Civil Liberties

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Would you want to live in a world where everyone knew everything about everyone?

And in case you’re wondering, that’s not where we’re headed. Instead, we’re blindly marching towards a dark future where the government knows everything about you but you know nothing about the government.

Remember the media’s hysterical outcry when Obama’s passport details were illegally accessed during the Democratic primaries in 2008? The fact that the privacy of regular citizens is routinely subjected to much more serious abuse was conveniently ignored.

The “Patriot” Act, which was supposed to fight terrorism, allows the government to snoop on average citizens, obtain nationwide search warrants without local judicial oversight, monitor private Internet usage (that includes our emails and surfing habits), search our homes and offices without our knowledge, and force libraries and bookstores to turn over our reading records.

There is no financial privacy left in this country. Banks have become a one stop shop for overzealous government snoops and other privacy violators, and we’ve been working overtime to impose our paranoid “Know Your Customer” standards on the rest of the world.

Medical privacy has deteriorated in a similar manner. Our medical records are being transcribed in India and insurance companies and other entities have the right to access our medical history any time they choose.

Ron Paul is one of the nation’s foremost defenders of our privacy. He keeps fighting against misguided Know Your Customer rules and the misnamed “Patriot” Act.

Join the Ron Paul Revolution and help us rebuild a nation where our right to be left alone has priority over the government’s desire to know everything.


637 responses to “Civil Liberties”

  1. Abraham West

    I agree. With the depressing political choices we have today we need someone that is truely for the people and the constitution. And the sooner the better! The people need to be inform eariler on about Dr. Paul, I didn’t pay enough attention to him until after Obama won…Now i’m regretting that.

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  2. A.V.Worley

    RON PAUL…YOU HAVE THEIR ATTENTION NOW…YOU NEED TO RUN AGAIN.
    GOD BLESS YOU AND GOD BLESS AMERICA…

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    1. Steve

      YES. I and a lot of others feel the same way. Come-on RON-PAUL you can do-it!!!!! We can do it. Get’er Done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  4. ajg123

    Hello,

    First off let me start by saying great site and I support Ron Paul!

    I’d just like to ask for Ron Paul’s opinion on extremist groups such as the Westboro Baptist Church organization and their events.

    We recently had a terrible natural disaster in my home town where nine people were killed. One being a friend of mine. You could imagine my horror today when showing up at a funeral and finding a group of people holding signs, thanking God for the deaths of my friend and neighbors.

    I’m thankful we have our constitutional rights and our freedoms of speech of religion are protected. Then again, I feel that as a peaceful citizen, I should be protected from such acts of hateful confrontations during such a sensitive time. I also feel that this group(and similar groups)are damaging to our nation as they stir hatred in the hearts of good people. I understand that these picketers are considered “peaceful protesters” because no physical harm is done. However having experienced this first hand, I can assure you it is enough to harm someone’s mental well being and cause unforgivable damage.

    So, the question I would like to ask is; What could be done to protect American citizens from unwillingly being exposed to hate groups but would still comply with our freedom of speech?

    Thank you.

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  5. Sean

    I myself and I’m sure with many others believed that the “Patriot Act” was necessary at the of 9/11. However realizing that I was uninformed and was immature of what the “Patriot Act” was really about. Then after hearing Congressman Paul speak about how it infringes on our Civil Liberties-well he was right. As a matter of fact this is what the 4th Amendment to the Constitution to the United States says…”The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” The “Patriot Act” does indeed infringe on the 4th Amendment right.

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  6. DR C

    I am typically a hard-lined conservative and maybe wrote off Ron Paul too soon… the more I read and the more liberal crap that floats to the surface with Obama, the more I like Ron. I was a big fan of Huckabee’s in the primary and they really aren’t that different. That said, it is extremely concerning that so many prior Paul supporters fled to Obama instead of sticking to their guns with write-ins and/or voting for the smaller government candidate in McCain (Palin would have been nice anyway). Now we are headed to a ctastrophic increase in goverment size and influence under the Dems and a Big Brother society is at hand. Maybe Ron, Huckabee, Palin, and Jindl can lead a small-government, pro-Constitutional revolution and fix this country.

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  7. April

    On the issue of marriage, I think the policy that shows the most respect for individual choice is France’s policy. For a marriage to be legal, the civil union must be performed by the local mayor. Any traditional or religiously thematic ceremonies are optional.

    This makes sense. Married couples receive legislated recognition (taxes, proof of property ownership, insurance). When a spouse dies, there are lots of legal documents to demonstrate legal transfer of wealth. For the marriage to be recognized as a legal union, it should be performed by a civil servant like a JoP. Any personal desire for religious convention can be respected with a separate ceremony performed by a priest or rabbi or imam. Or skipped entirely.

    A gay couple or a straight couple or a Buddhist couple – whatever. The union should be legal without prejudice on the State-side, as evidenced by the marriage license. The religious conventions should be separate, thereby upholding our constitutional right to separation of church and state at the most fundamental level. How did the French get this and we missed it? Perhaps we are still too Puritanical.

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  8. Dr. Thomas Latino

    Thanksgiving weekend is the time of year when we all reflect on what we are thankful for; family, friends, good health, etc. I was having a conversation with two liberal colleagues of mine and remarked to them that I was thankful to be living in the greatest nation God has given man-kind. To my surprise, my statement was meet with ridicule and admonishment.

    One of my colleagues asked me point blank “How can you be thankful to live in a country that causes so much ill throughout the world” adding “How can you be proud to live in a nation that puts justices and liberty second to profits; where greed dictates one’s way of life.” Consequently, his solution was to have the government enact legislation that would of all things outlaw greed, envy, lust, etc. In other words have the government control the most basic human emotions. My other liberal colleague, never one to miss a good argument, jumped in and added “How can you ignore all the injustices caused by this country both at home and abroad?”

    Have you ever sought the REAL reasons why the Left HATES the United States? Are you wondering how the Left has re-defined “Liberalism”?

    Read the rest of the conversation between myself and my liberal colleagues here: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1254564/why_the_american_left_hates_the_united.html?cat=9

    Feel free to leave a comment.

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    1. Christine

      Research…these videos will help you form your own new opinion.

      Petrodollar Recycling
      http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1283250336175505194

      Ron Paul on the Petrodollar Parts1-4
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxVZ945JR5g
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGWNzlWrzTY&feature=related
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ekdln_NZ-P4&feature=related
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgEfvi2sHQM&feature=related

      Petro Dollar Motive
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sb_tDhmE2ms&feature=related
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ag0h_uUDOc&feature=related
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6CVbFZQQ4g&feature=related
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCBYDzw2onk&feature=related

      Michael Moore – New Movie – Trailer
      MichaelMoore.com

      The Kay Griggs Interview
      http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=182423138094287597

      http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2249599749828467073&hl=en

      http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-1845381734434446385&hl=en

      http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-2605051104840303384&hl=en

      Osama Bin Laden Murdered – Benazir Bhutto
      (Obama talks about killing Osama yet he is already dead)
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3uag5wZ4mI&feature=related
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59wY_O18TFI&feature=related

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zmvexs6q42A&NR=1

      Benazir Bhutto Murdered – An outspoken women who knew too much
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wluVIrR-jw4

      Al Qaeda Doesn’t Exist
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ek7ZHenQnu4&feature=related
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnV_pNe_BB0&feature=related
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZtbYnslB0o&feature=related

      Dick Cheney caught telling the TRUTH about IRAQ!!!!!
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csKkdKlLUTc&NR=1

      Interview with Peter Joseph / Eerie Investigations / 1 of 3 [ zeitgeist, the movie ]
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQRnjBRET6k&feature=related
      Interview with Peter Joseph / Eerie Investigations / 2 of 3 [ zeitgeist, the movie ]
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8s4Kd483kQ&feature=related
      Interview with Peter Joseph / Eerie Investigations / 3 of 3 [ zeitgeist, the movie ]
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_-r02dq72c&feature=related
      The Venus Project part 1
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cf1gZxmIDKw&feature=related
      Past, Present, & Future of Mankind – Jacques Fresco – The Venus Project – 2/2
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CiURKL1TCY&NR=1
      Jacque Fresco in Larry King Interview 1974 – napisy PL
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McVEiktDvko&feature=related

      Zeitgeist – The Movie: Federal Reserve (Part 1 of 5)
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dmPchuXIXQ&feature=related
      Zeitgeist – The Movie: Federal Reserve (Part 2 of 5)
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBZne09Gf5A&feature=related
      Zeitgeist – The Movie: Federal Reserve (Part 3 of 5)
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjUrib_Gh0Y&feature=related
      Zeitgeist – The Movie: Federal Reserve (Part 4 of 5)
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BVNN1wqw3k&feature=related
      Zeitgeist – The Movie: Federal Reserve (Part 5 of 5)
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPPFgHF9VR4&NR=1

      Zeitgeist [Religion] The Greatest Story Ever Sold (1of 3)
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNf-P_5u_Hw&feature=related
      Zeitgeist [Religion] The Greatest Story Ever Sold (2 of 3)
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qc-mrJf45Hg&feature=related
      Zeitgeist [Religion] The Greatest Story Ever Sold (3 of 3)
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjAegPhQOUg&feature=related

      Zeitgeist – The Movie: World Trade Center (Part 1 of 4)
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_E4N5YIycI&feature=related
      Zeitgeist – The Movie: World Trade Center (Part 2 of 4)
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECMJ2LBK90Q&feature=related
      Zeitgeist – The Movie: World Trade Center (Part 3 of 4)
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSW1x_h4Kfo&feature=related
      Zeitgeist – The Movie: World Trade Center (Part 4 of 4)
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UeSDOb7NcgE&feature=related

      Bush Link to Kennedy Assassination
      http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4315024059102108031&q=jfk+alex+jones

      JFK and the FED
      http://www.john-f-kennedy.net/executiveorder11110.htm

      Why an Income Tax is NOT Necessary to Fund the American Government
      http://www.devvy.com/notax.html

      US British Oil Imperialism
      http://www.hermes-press.com/impintro1.htm

      Ultimate Goal: RID Chip, One World Government, 911 -Rockefeller talks about it 11 months before it happened.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nD7dbkkBIA&NR=1

      Ron Paul – He speaks the truth
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZUv7gXLbTo&feature=related

      There’s always more.

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  9. Dr. Thomas Latino

    Berg v. Obama: The Day of Reckoning

    Thomas J. Latino, Esq.
    Thomas.latino@biotechcapitalgroup.com

    The deadline has come and gone. At 5pm Eastern Standard Time, yesterday, December 1st, 2008 the case of Berg v. Obama reached a seminal moment. Yesterday was the deadline for the Obama legal team to file their response to the Berg Petition for a Writ of Certiorari. There was nothing. According to the Supreme Court’s docket for the case nothing was filed overnight. Mr. Obama has done what hasn’t been done before, he has made history twice, Mr. Obama has blatantly ignored a request from the Supreme Court of the United States—our highest and most revered legal institution; Mr. Obama, quiet frankly has thumbed his nose at the highest court in our land.

    Read the entire article as well as articles on the federal bailout, is Obama a Socialist and the original Berg v. Obama article here at : http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1262534/berg_v_obama.html?cat=9

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  10. Ryan

    Does anybody know what Ron Paul’s stance is on creationism in public schools? “In God We Trust” on the currency? The tax exempt status of churches? Organized prayer in public schools? It would seem to me that all of those things represent tax-payer sponsored support of quasi-relgious beliefs. Don’t those things qualify as “respect for an establishment of religion” and violate the first amendment?

    I don’t see barring those activities as “preventing the free exercise thereof”. People can individually pray wherever they want, believe in whatever they want, and devote time and private resources to any belief system they choose… just not do those things with public funds on publicly-owned lands.

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  11. Rebekah

    If Ron Paul has dropped out, Chuck Balwin on the Constitutional Party is a good alternative. Ron Paul has supported him and their platforms are very similar.

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  12. chuck monroe

    These topics are just criticisims. What are the proposals?
    Give me a reason to pull the lever for Ron

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  13. Jolene

    Shelly… you are ABSOLUTELY right…. What about someone with a plan! I am sick of Media, sick of politics dividing this country ….
    Ron Paul for President!

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  14. Shelly

    I like Ron Paul for the fact that he’s got a plan. You listen to these presidental debates, and you hear the same things over and over. You’d figure they’d at least put forth thought and ask more important questions to one another, willing to answer that same question themselves.

    One screams, “What do the people want?”
    The the other screams, “This is what the people need!”

    You have a passive person, and then an aggressive person running. What about someone who has a plan?

    I really desire for Ron Paul to get more publicity. Before he offically ‘dropped’ out of the race, I seen so many Ron Paul bumper stickers on Campus at MTSU everywhere. Since, Obama has taken the place of that ‘Ron Paul’ sticker. I know without a doubt, if the people KNEW that He’s on the ballot, and in places where his name isn’t on the ballot they can write him in, He’ll have a GREAT turn out and rock the nation when he gets elected.

    I’ve placed HOPE in Ron Paul. People need to KNOW they don’t have to choose the lesser of the two evils when there’s a man with a plan that’s been married to the same lady for 50 years establishing good character and integrity!

    The power of the people? People seem to forget that we have to power to overthrow our goverment if need be. I hate to say this, but if Ron Paul doesn’t get elected into office I fear for AMERICA on which of the other two do.

    Who’s the best candidate for this time, and in the hour? Ron Paul! He believes in the sanctity of the constitution. He believes in the restoration and balance of the powers of the people v the powers of our goverment branches.

    We NEED Ron Paul!
    America needs Ron Paul!

    I’m a student, my heart burns for America. I believe Ron Paul’s does as well. His heart, and integrity establishes wonderful character and trust from the people. We need a president who can’t sleep at night, because he’s thinking of ways to better, fix, and restore America. We need a president who desires to see the Eagle fly in all of it’s splendor again. We need a president who need a president who believes in the vision he has for America. I as a citizen of America, and a Citizen of Tennessee, BELIEVE IN YOU, RON PAUL, because YOU believe in AMERICA!

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    1. Eric Sharp

      Shelly are you still at MTSU? If so do you want to get a Students for Ron Paul started?

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  15. kassi

    I would like a response to the question of where Ron Paul stands on abortion. As a mother who is against it I feel that is a very important issue. It is not something that can be tabled until a later time. The issue of abortion needs to be addressed now.

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  16. Llana

    We weren’t supposed to write him in? Oops. My ballot was sent off already… absentee. I did write in Ron Paul. I’m sorry about that Ron. I didn’t know. All I knew is that it asked who I wanted for President and I wasn’t about to lie. If I didn’t vote, it would be the first time in my life that I didn’t since I turned 18.

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  17. JJ

    Ron Paul, you sir are the only hope for this God-forsaken country. Thank you sir for your upright stand, in the future of this nation. We are on the boundary of many unfortunate changes and it is nice to see somebody care in congress.

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  18. Joe

    Michael,
    Read, and re-read what Calvin said. Make it your mantra.

    Joe

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  19. Mathew McIntyre

    Ron Paul is not against gay marriage. He says gov’ts should not even have a say in marriage and that it is a religious function. He is not opposed to any arrangements free people willfully make. google “stossel ron paul” for some good interviews and you can hear it straight from his own mouth.

    Ron Paul is all about freedom and If there is something you feel like you should be allowed to do, that doesn’t hurt anyone or deny anybody’s rights, you can bet Ron Paul has your back.

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  20. Tim Champion

    Hi All,
    The thing with civil unions, is that they are endorsed by the government, the same as traditional marriages. The officiating priest/rabbi/minister etc. says “..And now, by the power vested in me, by the state of (yours here), I now pronounce you man and wife.” In a civil ceremony, the authority comes from the government, be it state or local. That’s why it’s different from the common law marriage, which is backed by inalienable rights given us by our creator. I believe that Dr. Paul recognizes no government discretion in any capacity is far better than a government sponsored attempt to legitimize something, in the effort to make it “equal”.

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  21. bridget

    Ron Paul ethically does not believe in gay marriage or civil unions for gays. But he also does not believe that it’s his or the government’s job to make that decision. As a homosexual individual, I find Ron Paul’s answer more calming and sensible than that of our current politics. Let the people decide what they want, and when the people make the wrong decision, which they will do (Civil Rights Movement), that is when the government intervenes. So what would Ron Paul say if it was the government’s turn to step in? Well, I’d hope he’d say let’s follow the Constitution, regardless of what an individual’s bias is.

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  22. mel

    I was for Ron Paul and read his book until I found out he was against Gay Marrriage and civil unions. That is why I’m glad he is not running. I like his foriegn policy but if I have a job, pay taxes and serve this country and risk my life for this country I should be given the same rights as everyone else. Illegal immigrants get more bennifits and rights than I do. What is wrong with this picture. I’m a US citizen paying taxes and have social security taken out of my pay check but I can’t choose who I want to marry.

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    1. Chris

      Well i dont think you read his book that throughly or watched him in intervviews as you have stated. Ron has stated, marriage is a religious entity and it is up to the states and religions to decide who gets married, not the federal government, but remember this doesnt mean gay couples dont get the same rights as straight couples, it just means its not up to the federal government to change what marriage is every time a group doesnt like its definition.

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  23. Karen Hartman

    Ron Paul is against gay marriage, civil unions abortion etc. I think that’s ok but some things are none of the governments business. I mean do you really think they will reverse roe vs wade? I think not. We would have alot of botched back alley abortions. People just need to raise their kids right. I am against stem cell research. And late term abortions. I don’t think we should have them at all but if a woman chooses to do so make them do it early. I’m so torn because I don’t want anyone to do that but it’s not up to me or you. They have to meet their maker and face it one day.

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    1. Karen Phelan

      I believe Ron Paul doesn’t want the federal government involved with decisions on gay marriage, civil unions, and abortion. He wants to leave that up to each State to decide.

      By the way, I feel the same way you do about the moral issues you mentioned.

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  24. Karen Hartman

    I still believe in Ron Paul but I really like Barack Obama. I know he can’t do it all but the guy at least wants to and that’s more than McCain. I would not be voting Hillary if she were the candidate. I would write in Ron Paul. Hillary lost my respect when she and McSame both talked more about what Obama was doing rather than what she would do. She had her chance, blew it and now McSame is spinng his wheels and we just hear alot of the same.

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  25. Karen Hartman

    Ron Paul was my first choice. I was on board a couple of years ago. I have given money to his campaign and was very hopeful for him. f Although,rom what I understand he has asked that we not write his name in so I’m going to respect that but I will not vote McCain! I am going to vote democrat this time. Normally, I would write his name in as I voted for Ross Perot two times when everyone said it was a wasted vote. To me no vote is a wasted vote. I am still glad I voted
    for Ross Perot because I really didn’t like the other candidates.
    What I like about Ron Paul is that he runs a clean campaign, he doesn’t waste my donations on trashing others.
    The only other hopefuls that I liked are Ross and Barack Obama.
    Sorry guys but I have to vote the better choice this time. I do feel we need change in this country and it’s not John McSame.
    Thanks, Karen Hartman, Willingboro, NJ

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  26. Max Berry

    I’m considering voting for Ron Paul. What is his stance on the abortion issue and stem-cell research?

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  27. Glenn Snead

    Ron, the simple fact of privacy is this: Our bureaucracy is splintered, inefficient, and prone to social engineering attacks. I know the EFF hates large cross agency databases but so long as we rely upon Privacy Act information in electronic stove pipes (Word, Excel, Access, etc) that can be carried as files on a laptop we will never ensure our privacy. The people I’ve known who became citizens, the hardest problem was keeping the INS from loosing the darn paperwork! Until we clean up the data collection, storage, and access practices in our executive branch we can never truly consider our privacy protected, Privacy Act or not.

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  28. ron paul

    What is Ron’s stand on gay marriage and committed partner unions?

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  29. B.Price

    What is Ron’s stand on a Pardons for the hundred of thousands, falsely accused of Drug Possesion or Drug Pharanelia. Many of these charges are from Bad Cops.

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  30. Alex

    Michael J. Howard, the bill also gave government the control over personal genetic information. They shouldn’t have the information in the first place.

    Bill names are deceptive also. You have to read the bill, not just the name of the bill.

    Private property rights protect our genetic information. We own ourselves, not the government. Not unless I give them my permission to my genetic information do they have any right to it. The courts are required to protect everyones property rights equally, not just one certain race. Passing anti-discrimination legislation only reinforces the problem of racial discrimination in our society. Law should be blind to discrimination.

    This is what Ron Paul writes about discrimination by race:
    “In the long run, the only way racism can be overcome is through the philosophy of individualism, which I have promoted throughout my life. Our rights come to us not because we belong to some group, but our rights come to us as individuals. And it is as individuals that we should judge one another. Racism is a particularly odious form of collectivism whereby individuals are treated not on their merits but on the basis of group identity. Nothing in my political philosophy, which is the exact opposite of racial totalitarianism of the twentieth century, gives aid or comfort to such thinking. To the contrary, my philosophy of individualism is the most radical intellectual challenge to racism ever posed.” — Ron Paul

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  31. Cris Solana

    Michael, You have to understand that if Ron Paul thinks something should be decided at the state level rather than the federal level, he will vote no. If we allow the federal government to vote on everything we centralize power, rather than doing what the constitution intended, allowing us, the people, and our local elected governments, govern certain aspects of like and law that should not be decided by the federal government.

    He is not necessarily voting against the idea, he is voting against federal government choosing rather than the local govt.

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  32. Calvin L

    Ron Paul’s reasoning for his nay vote:
    “Because of the federal government’s poor record in protecting privacy, I do not believe the best way to address concerns about the misuse of genetic information is through intrusive federal legislation,”

    The only reason why Ron Paul votes against the entire House for anything, it is against the Constitution of the United States!

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  33. RedPhalanx

    Also, in order to enforce this law correctly, the Federal government would have to keep an record of everyone’s genetic makeup. There are serious privacy issues that arise from that.

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  34. Mark

    Perceived high-risk genetics are not the fault of a person subjected to them, but they’re not my fault either, so why should I pay for other people’s supposedly higher risk through increased insurance rates?

    We might as well do away with risk analysis and have everyone pay the same rates no matter how likely they are to fall ill, thereby eliminating all financial incentives for proactive prevention because if you have problems of any kind your (by then probably nationalized) insurance company will take care of you for the rest of your life without increasing your rates.

    On the other hand, I do believe that genetic factors are overrated and that they give people a false sense of security or doom. At the same time, I don’t believe that insurance companies should be forced by the government to take or not to take certain factors into consideration.

    That’s just my opinion. I don’t know Ron Paul’s reasoning in this case, but it has probably do something with the Constitution, or his insights as a medical doctor into the problem.

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  35. Michael J. Howard

    I was very much a Ron Paul supporter, even though I knew that average Americans simply could not bring themselves to vote for such a “progressive” (albeit in reality closer to the founding fathers’ dreams than any modern politician), until I found out that he was the ONLY vote against a bill meant to protect people from being discriminated against based on their genetics. I can’t find a single word as to why he would make such a Bush-like error, but it is making me think that perhaps it is a good thing that my primary vote for him didn’t help him after all. Can ANYONE defend his nay vote? I doubt it!!! (By the way, I joined his campaign and did whatever I could to get people to actually listen to his words and look at his record, rather than blindly believing whatever the media tells them to believe!)

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    1. Matthew Blackmon

      It probably had parts in it that were unconstitutional, and therefore he voted it down.

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    2. Keeno

      I am unfamiliar with the legislation in question but I would surmise that it was because (and I am assuming this is for hiring practices etc) a private business owner has the right to discriminate against a percieved business risk as unfortunate as that is to the other person.

      I’m a minority. If a (private single owner) bar opened up an establishment that said none of my kind allowed then so be it. It makes that person a jerk but it’s his money to invest. I don’t have a “right” to patronize that place. It’s no different than discriminating who comes into my house. My house=my rules. I’ll vote that bar out with my wallet. A person who takes all the financial risk (meaning no public funds) in an enterprise shouldn’t be subject to other people’s ethics on who they can or can’t hire, fire, serve, cater to or discriminate against.

      So again my guess is that he voted no because of how it relates to free market forces rather than him supporting active discrimination against people.

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      1. Byron

        You nailed it. Principles, principles, principles, they work if applied.

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        1. Lindsey Brutus

          In government employment, I can understand laws making discrimination illegal. However, private business is different. Yes, principles work when applied!

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    3. someone

      Would you mind letting me know what bill you are referring to? I would like to look it up for myself, and I’m sure many others reading your post would like to do the same.

      Thank you.

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    4. Sammy T

      Blah, Blah, Blah…

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