Ron Paul: Americans Are Sick and Tired of Government Overreach

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News Anchor: Joining me now on the phone is former Republican Congressman, Ron Paul. Congressman, it’s great to have you back on the show. Where do you think he is right now, are you worried about that?

Ron Paul: You have no idea. I’m worried that somebody in our government might kill him with a cruise missile or a drone missile. We live in a bad time where American citizens don’t even have rights, and they can be killed. But the gentleman is trying to tell the truth about what’s going on, he’s not defecting, there are no signs of that happening. It’s a shame that we’re in an age where people that tell the truth about what the government is doing, get into trouble. We have a CIA agent in prison today because he told us there was torture going on in Guantanamo. So this is not good that the American people are being spied on. The government is secret, that’s not the way it’s supposed to be. It’s supposed to be the other way round, they’re supposed to protect our privacy.

News Anchor: You heard the quote that we played at the very beginning, where he talked about the fact that it would be easy for him to sell secrets to Russia, and that is a major concern as well.

Ron Paul: Yes, but you also heard him say that that wasn’t his intent.

News Anchor: He can say anything, though, you feel confident that he’s not going to do that?

Ron Paul: Absolutely, that would be my assessment. He wouldn’t be doing it this way, he wouldn’t make himself so vulnerable. No, I don’t think for a minute that he’s a traitor. Everybody is worried about him and what they’re going to do and how they’re going to convict him of treason and how they’re going to kill him. But what about the people who destroy our constitution, what kind of penalty is for those individuals who just take the second or fourth amendment and destroy it? What do we think about people who assassinate American citizens without trial and assume that that’s the law of the land? That’s where our problem is. Our problem isn’t with people who’re trying to tell us the truth about what’s happening.

News Anchor: You’re asking how people feel about this. According to the Washington Post Poll, 56% of Americans find the NSA program acceptable, and one of the greatest fears Snowden said in that same interview, was that he was going to go through all this and the America public wasn’t going to care about the fact that the government was spying on them.

Ron Paul: Yes, but you pick and chose. There are some pretty good statistics out there that the American people are sick and tired of this overreach. And yes, the propaganda is out there, that if you’re not for NSA spying on people, then you’re un-American, you’re unpatriotic, and you hate America; that’s all the propaganda. But what if you’re a strict constitutionalist and a civil libertarian, you’d have a different opinion. What about obeying the constitution, what’s so horrible about that?

News Anchor: You think the majority of Americans are disturbed by what they found out, and do you think they will react and do something about it?

Ron Paul: I think the majority are disturbed because they now know that the government knows everything about them, they keep all these records. And also, why can’t this be connected to the IRS? Just think of this overreach with the IRS, AP reports that now they have evidence that they spy on every single American to ‘make us safe’? No, people are starting to realize this.

News Anchor: Your son called for a Class Action Lawsuit against the federal government over this scandal, do you support that, do you think that’s a good idea?

Ron Paul: I think anything like that to call attention to it, is good. I have not been overly confident about the court system, but I emphasize the fact that the most important thing is that the American people wake up and understand what liberty is all about, what the constitution is about. And if they don’t understand that, nothing will change it, because the government is a reflection of education. Whether it’s the courts, whether it’s the presidency, the executive branch or the congressional branch, they reflect the clichés and the teachings that they’ve had for a hundred years. And, unfortunately, it has undermined our system of liberty and the constitution. As I was told once, when I said we should never go to war without a declaration: “That part of the constitution is an (?)”, that’s what we’re facing. So, to me, educating the American people and getting confidence back in their minds and hearts to believe that freedom can work and the government can’t take care of us and we should not depend that the government give us perfect safety and perfect security at the sacrifice of our liberty. It’s a foolish trend, and I think episodes like this do a lot to wake up a lot people.

News Anchor: I hope you’re right, Congressman, thank you so much for coming on, we appreciate your time.

  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=1nBocks 1nBocks

    Yeah, you first.
    Let me know when you’re there. I’ll upload the video.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=KizoneKaprow KizoneKaprow

    Yet another reason why nobody takes libertarians seriously.

    As if we needed another reason.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=procnet123 procnet123

    If Ron Paul says things might happen it will happen.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=Duckstaped Duckstaped

    It’s hard to wake up people that are comfortable and entertained

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=rickzavala rick zavala

    that bitch needs to let him speak

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=ZeroPermissionTwo ZeroPermissionTwo

    It would not shock me if he were already dead… or even if this was the chosen time to reveal to the people that they are being spied on.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=PoopyThumb PoopyThumb

    this bitch is annoying

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=llg4ever llg4ever

    I don’t know what would wake people up … too many are brainwashed beyond help! Short of a bloody revolution, this will go on and get much worse!

    Dr. Paul, big majority of Americans are too dumb to realize what’s going on, I don’t know if we have any hope left!

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=AsteroidSizedZit AsteroidSized Zit

    Fox is a joke.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=rhyno13261 rhyno13261

    Revolution time guys. Grab your flag and your guns and this this country over! Like it used to be !

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=xSnakeBerryx xSnakeBerryx

    We should listen. BEFORE ITS TOO LATE ;_;

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=Forty1Second Forty1Second

    Ron Paul is a fucking all American hero!

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=247atkins 247atkins

    Dianna Fienstien???

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=SteveXnycperformance SteveXnycperformance

    If the US really want this guy. does he not have a US passport with it`s RFID chip embedded in the book cover? ….

    THIS IS A NICE PUPPET SHOW.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=DougHellwig Doug Hellwig

    I found it difficult to watch this leech keep interrupting the great Dr. Paul. She needs to stfu and try to learn something!

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=JonathanWalliser Jonathan Walliser

    Ron Paul is super awesome. Always will be the greatest

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=stuartmcdonald stuart mcdonald

    ron paul for president americas only hope , and many more truth seekers . no more secrets and secret societies all over . lets all go home and grow vegies

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=mindfulmammal1981 mindfulmammal1981

    yeah, hey, fuck freedom. always thought the constitution was unamerican anyways.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=rogggggerful rogggggerful

    polls are clearly manipulated.. 6-70% are against if not more

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=mcgyver210 mcgyver210

    This guy is not a Traitor, He is a Hero for exposing the Treason Acts of the current out of control Administration.

    Their Government commits treason almost everyday so lets charge them with their crimes starting with guess who???????? There is no telling how many more blatant hidden abuses of the US Constitution they are currently committing against all of us.

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