Ron Paul on Drones, Libertarianism, and his Radio Show “Ron Paul’s America”

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Cornel West: And we are blessed to have one of the exemplary figures when it comes to genuine conviction and commitment. You may not always agree with our dear brother, I know Brother Tavis and I do not, but he is our dear brother. We’re talking about former Congressman and medical doctor, Ron Paul, who has run for president, both from the Libertarian ticket and also the Republican Party. He has a following across this nation, and he has respect from many, no matter how much you disagree with him. Brother Ron Paul, what a blessing to have you here.

Ron Paul: Thank you very much, it’s really nice to be with both of you.

Tavis Smiley: Congressman, it’s good to have you on. Let me start by asking you how you made the decision to do “Ron Paul’s America”. You’re about to debut twice-daily commentaries and weekly podcasts. Before I got started on this years ago, when I used to listen to Paul Harvey as a kid growing up in Indiana, I was just taken and fascinated by his style and his delivery. I didn’t always agree with what he had to say, but my first exposure to real insightful commentary was this guy named Paul Harvey. And now that you’ve left Congress, you’re joining the ranks in the world that Dr. West and I have had, so tell me about this new “Ron Paul’s America”.

Ron Paul: There you go starting off with something we agree with, because I remember so clearly listening to Paul Harvey, and I had dinner with him once and I thought it was marvelous. To me, he was a real giant for radio, so we have that in common. But starting with radio, probably the most important reason I had two requirements for doing something in my afterlife, and in politics they say there is really a life after Washington DC. And that involved not straying too far from my home because I’m about 60 miles away from a studio, and this is one thing. Like today, I’m not in a studio, but modern technology allows us to communicate. And the other thing is, I was invited to do it. So those two things came together and I enjoy talking about the issues, matter of fact, I enjoy a lot more when it’s not involved with the demagoguery that goes on in the U.S. Congress, that wears me down. All the talking and little action wears me down. So I enjoy a conversation where we can have friendly discussions and friendly disagreements.

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Ron Paul Makes National Radio Debut March 18

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Courtside Entertainment Group announced today that former Congressman and Presidential Candidate Ron Paul will make his national radio and podcast debut March 18, 2013. Ron Paul’s America will feature one of America’s most popular public figures sharing his thoughts and opinions on the issues listeners care about in twice daily one-minute radio commentaries with radio veteran and bestselling author Charles Goyette as his sidekick. In addition to the daily commentaries, Ron Paul’s America will also be available as a weekly podcast to satisfy the growing demand for on-demand digital content.

“There’s no questioning the fact that Ron Paul is one of today’s most impactful leaders. His thoughts and opinions have created a significant and loyal following that has made its presence known throughout the country,” said Norm Pattiz , Founder of Westwood One and Courtside Entertainment Group and Chairman of Launchpad Digital Media. “That following includes college campuses, corporate offices and everything in between. His new radio show for Courtside and his digital presence via podcasting create a platform that will be hugely successful.”

“I am very excited to have this opportunity to take the message of freedom to more people than ever, especially now when our country needs it so much,” said Ron Paul. “Radio and podcasting are a much more powerful means of communication than speaking on the floor of Congress. I welcome this chance to work with Norm and Courtside and interact with America in a new way, delivering a message that is timelier than ever and a philosophy that people are clearly hungry to hear more about.”

Demo Recordings

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#2: Optimism

#3: Student Loans

#4: Gun Control

#5: Immigration Reform
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#7: Intervention in Mali

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Ron Paul Reacts to State of the Union Address

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John Stossel: If only someone who really believed in limited government, someone who respects the dignity of the individual and individual freedom, if only someone like Ron Paul would run for president. Oh, he’s here via satellite. Dr. Paul, why didn’t you run for president?

Ron Paul: Well, John, that’s interesting, because I had a dream once that I actually did, and I had a dream that I was doing very well, and that I won the primary in Iowa. And, boy, I woke up that next morning, I went out and watched the TV, and my name was never mentioned, so I guess it was all just a dream. But I thought about it, so maybe some day I will.

John Stossel: And hence the point of my joking introduction. You were often ignored by, not this program, but many in the media. But you did get more than two million votes in the Republican primary.

Ron Paul: Yes, I was pretty pleased. Of course, you always want to do better, but I was very encouraged by the number of people, especially the young people that showed up when I went to the universities, because that’s where I have become more optimistic. I have to admit that I did watch some of the State of The Union message, and I didn’t come out of watching that very optimistic, that was rather depressing. But, in going to the college campuses, which I will continue to do, there’s reason to be optimistic. A lot of young people know what you and so many others have been talking about, it’s so different than it was when I first got into politics in 1970. A lot of people now do care about individual liberty and limited government.

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Ron Paul: Beware The Consequences of Pre-Emptive War

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by Ron Paul

Last year more US troops died by suicide than died in combat in Afghanistan. More than 20 percent of military personnel deployed to combat will develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Some 32 percent of US soldiers reported depression after deployments. More than 20 percent of active-duty military are on potentially dangerous psychotropic drugs; many are on multiple types. Violent crime among active duty military members increased 31 percent between 2006-2011.

The statistics, compiled by the military last year, are as telling as they are disturbing. The Defense Department scrambles to implement new programs to better treat the symptoms. They implement new substance abuse and psychological counseling programs while they continue to prescribe more dangerous psychotropic drugs. Unfortunately, most often ignored are the real causes of these alarming statistics.

The sharp rise in military suicides, drug and alcohol abuse, and domestic and other violence, is the unintended consequence of a violent foreign policy — of an endless and indefinable “global war on terrorism.”

Particularly in the past decade or so, we have lived in a society increasingly marked by belief in the use of force as a first and only option. We have seen wars of preemption and aggression, everywhere from Iraq to Pakistan to Libya, Yemen, and elsewhere. We have seen an unprecedented increase in the use of drones to kill overseas, often resulting in civilian deaths, which we call “collateral damage.” We have seen torture and assassination (even of American citizens) become official US policy. When asked by Senator Ron Wyden last week if the president has the right to assassinate American citizens on US soil, President Obama’s nominee to head the CIA, John Brennan, could not even give a straight answer.

The warning that “he who lives by the sword dies by the sword” goes not only for individuals but for entire societies. It is a warning to all of us. A country or a society that lives with the violence of pre-emptive war in fact self-destructs.

Let us not forget that this endless war is brought to us primarily by the neo-conservatives who dominate foreign policy in both political parties and who never cease agitating for US military deployments overseas. Of course with very few exceptions they have declined to serve in the military themselves. These endless wars would not be possible, we should also remember, without the Federal Reserve printing the money out of thin air to finance our overseas empire. We are speeding toward national bankruptcy while at the same time turning the rest of the world against us with our aggressive foreign policy. Does anyone really believe this will make us safer and more secure?

Many who claim to support the military look the other way when the service-members return home broken in mind and body after years of deployments abroad. I served five years as a US military doctor in the difficult 1960s and even then saw some of this first-hand. During the 1960s the consequence of an unwise prolonged war tragically resulted in violence in our streets, and even students being shot by our military at Kent State University.

The truth is, killing strangers in unconstitutional and senseless wars causes guilt to the participant no matter what kind of military indoctrination is attempted. Those afflicted may attempt to bury the pain in alcohol or drugs or other destructive behaviors, but we see that only leads to more problems. It may not be popular to point this out, but it goes against human nature to kill a fellow human being for retaliating against those who initiate a war of aggression on their soil.

Who cares most for those in military service, those who agitate for more of what is destroying their lives and weakening our national defense, or the many of us who are urging a foreign policy of non-intervention and peace? If we are to survive, we must beware the seen and unseen consequences of pre-emptive war.

 

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Ron Paul Calls on United Nations to Confiscate RonPaul.com

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Update: The dispute was peacefully resolved on May 22, 2013. WIPO ruled that RonPaul.com shall remain with its current owners. The fight for liberty continues.

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Ron Paul: Currency Devaluation Is Dangerous

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