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by Ron Paul
Saturday, Apr. 27, 2002 at 6:00 PM
Have you ever wondered what America would look like if it had truth representation in the Congress, that upheld the values of the Constitution? Please support Ron Paul.
Congressman Too Truthful (Ron Paul)
Congressman Too Truthful
> By: Congressman Ron Paul - House of Representatives
> 203 Cannon - Washington D.C. 20515
> The other day, I made a huge "gaffe" on national TV: I told the
truth about the crimes of the U.S. government.
> As you can imagine, the ceiling fell in, and a couple of walls
too. Congressman are supposed to support the government, I was
told. Oh, it's okay to criticize around the edges, but there are
certain subjects a member of the House of Representatives is not
supposed to bring up. But I touched the real "third-rail" of
American politics, and the sparks sure flew.
> I was interviewed on C-SPAN's morning "Washington
Journal," and I used the opportunity, as I do all such media
appearances, to point out how many of our liberties have been
stolen by the federal government. We must take them back. The
Constitution, after all, has a very limited role for Washington,
> If we stuck to the Constitution as written, we would have: no
federal meddling in our schools; no Federal Reserve; no U.S.
membership in the UN; no gun control; and no foreign aid. We
would have no welfare for big corporations, or the "poor"; no
American troops in 100 foreign countries; no Nafta, Gatt, or
"fast-track"; no arrogant federal judges usurping states rights; no
attacks on private property; and no income tax. We could get rid
of most of the cabinet departments, most of the agencies, and
most of the budget. The government would be small, frugal, and
> That system is called liberty. It's what the Founding Fathers
gave us. Under liberty, we built the greatest, freest, most
prosperous, most decent country on earth. It's no coincidence that
the monstrous growth of the federal government has been
accompanied by a sickening decline in living standards and
moral standards. The feds want us to be hamsters on a
treadmill--working hard, all day long, to pay high taxes, but
otherwise entirely docile and controlled. The huge, expensive,
and out-of-control leviathan that we call the federal government
wants to run every single aspect of our lives.
> Well, I'm sorry, but that's not America. It's not what the
Founders gave us. It's not the country you believe in. It's not the
country I believe in. So, on that TV interview, I emphasized not
only the attacks on our property, but also the decline of our civil
liberties, at the hands of the federal police. There are not
supposed to be any federal police, according to the Constitution.
> Then I really went over the line. I talked about the Waco
massacre. Bill Clinton and Janet Reno claim those 81 church
members, including 19 children, burned down their own church
and killed themselves, and good riddance. So they put few
survivors on trial, and threw them in prison for 40 years.
> We're not supposed to remember that the Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, and Firearms--talk about an unconstitutional
agency--rather than arrest David Koresh on his regular morning
jog, called in the TV stations for big publicity bonanza, and sent
a swat team in black masks and black uniforms to break down his
front door, guns blazing. They also sent in a helicopter gunship,
to shoot at the roof of a church full of innocents.
> The Branch Davidians resisted, and after a heartless siege of
almost two months, and after cutting off food, water, and
electricity, and playing horrible rock and roll through huge
speakers 24 hours a day, the feds sent in the tanks to crush the
walls of the church, and inject poisonous CS gas.
> Now, CS gas is banned under the Paris Convention on
Chemical Warfare. The U.S. could not use it in a war. But it
could and did use it against American civilians.
> After the tanks did their work on the church, the place burst
into flame, and all 81 people--men, women, children, and babies -
were incinerated in a screaming horror. Did some feds set the
fire? Did the flammable CS gas ignite, since without electricity,
the parishioners were using lanterns? Did a tank knock over a
lantern, striking one of the bales of hay being used against the
thin walls as a "defense" against bullets? Or did the Davidians, as
Clinton and Reno claim, kill themselves?
> A new documentary- -Waco: The Rules of Engagement- may
show, through FLIR infrared photography, FBI snipers killing
the Davidians by shooting through the back of the church, where
no media cameras were allowed. This film won a prize at the
famed Sundance Film Festival. It was made by people who took
the government's side, until they investigated.
> Whatever the truth, there's no question that an irresponsible
federal government has innocent blood on its hands, and not only
from Waco. And the refusal of corrupt and perverse liberals to
admit it means nothing.
> In my r~interview, in answer to a caller's question, I pointed out
that Waco, and the federal murders at Ruby Ridge- especially the
FBI sniper's shot that blasted apart the head of a young mother
holding her baby- caused many Americans to live in fear of
federal power. Then I uttered the sentiment that caused the media
hysteria: I said that a lot of Americans fear that they too might be
attacked by federal swat teams for exercising their constitutional
rights, or merely for wanting to be left alone.
> Whoa! You've never seen anything like it. For days, in an
all-out assault, I was attacked by Democrats, unions, big business,
establishment Republicans, and- of course- the media, in
Washington and my home state of Texas. Newspapers foamed at
the mouth, calling me a "right-wing extremist." (Say, isn't that
what George III called Thomas Jefferson?)
> I was even blamed for the Oklahoma City bombing! And by the
way, I don't believe we've gotten the full truth on that either. All
my many opponents were outraged that a Congressman would
criticize big government. "If you don't like Washington, resign!"
said a typical big-city newspaper editorial.
> But the media, as usual, were all wet. (Do they ever get
anything right?) The average Congressman may go to
Washington to wallow in power, and line his pockets with a big
lobbying job for a special interest (so he can keep ripping-off the
taxpayers). But that's not why I'm in Congress. It's not why I left
my medical practice as a physician. It's not why I put up with all
the abuse. It's not why I refuse a plush Congressional pension.
> I'm in this fight for a reason. I want to hand on to my children
and grandchildren, and to you and your family, a great and free
America, an America true to her Constitution, an America worthy
of her history. I will not let the crooks and clowns and criminals
have their way. I'm in Congress to represent the ideas of liberty,
the ideas that you and I share, for the people of my district, for the
people of Texas, for the people of America. That's why I'm
working to stop federal abuses, and to cut the government: its
taxes, its bureaucrats, its paramilitary police, its spending, its
meddling overseas, and every single unconstitutional action it
takes. And not with a pair of nail scissors, but with a hammer and
chisel. Won't you help me do this work?
> Not much of the federal leviathan would be left, if I had my
way. But you'd be able to keep the money you earn, your privacy
would be secure, your dollar would be sound, your local school
would be tops, and your kids wouldn't be sent off to some useless
or vicious foreign war to fight for the UN. But Jefferson and the
other Founders would recognize our government, and our
descendants would bless us. By the way, when I say cut taxes, I
don't mean fiddle with the code. I mean abolish the income tax
and the IRS, and replace them with nothing.
> Recently, I asked a famous Republican committee chairman-
who's always talking about getting rid of IRS- why he engineered
a secret 0 million raise for the tax collectors. "They need it for
their computers," this guy told me. So the IRS can't extract
enough from us as it is! The National Taxpayers Union says I
have the highest pro-taxpayer rating in Congressional history,
that I am the top "Taxpayer's Best Friend." You know I won't
play the Capitol Hill games with the Capitol Hill gang,
denouncing the IRS while giving the Gestapo more of your
money. Or figuring out some other federal tax for them to
squeeze out of you. I also want to abolish the Federal Reserve,
and send Alan Greenspan out to get a job.
> The value of our dollar and the level of our interest rates are not
supposed to be manipulated by a few members of the power elite
meeting secretly in a marble palace. The Federal Reserve is
unconstitutional, pure and simple. The only Constitutional
money is gold and silver, not notes redeemable in them. Not fed
funny money. Without the Federal Reserve, our money could not
be inflated at the behest of big government or big banks. Your
income and savings would not lose their value. Just as important,
we wouldn't have this endless string of booms and busts,
recessions and depressions, with each bust getting worse. They
aren't natural to the free market; they're caused by the schemers at
the Fed. President Andrew Jackson called the 19th-century Fed
"The Monster" because it was a vehicle for inflation and all sorts
of special-interest corruption. Let me tell you, things haven't
changed a bit. I also work to save our schools from D.C.
interference. Thanks to the feds, new curriculums not only smear
the Founders as "racist, slave-owning elitists," they seek to dumb
down our students so they will all be equal. "Look-say" reading
and the abolition of phonics has the same purpose, and so does
the new "fuzzy" math, in which there are no right and no wrong
answers. That must be what they use in the U.S. Treasury! It's
certainly what they use in the U.S. Congress.
> But ever since the beginning of federal aid to education and
accelerating with the establishment of the rotten Department of
Education, SAT scores have been dropping. Schools, with few
exceptions, are getting worse every year. To save our kids, we
must get the sticky fingers of the feds off our local schools, and
let parents rule. That's what the Constitution says, and the Bible
> And then there's my least favorite topic, the UN. World
government is obviously unconstitutional. It undermines our
country's sovereignty in the worst way possible. That's why I
want us out of the UN, and the UN itself taking a hike. After all,
the UN is socialist and corrupt (many votes can be bought with a
"blonde and a case of scotch," one UN ambassador once said). It
costs many billions, and it puts our soldiers in UN uniforms
under foreign commanders, and sends them off to
unconstitutional, undeclared wars. When Michael New, one of
the finest young men I've ever met, objected to wearing UN blue,
he was kicked out of the American Army. What an outrage! Not
one dime for the UN, and not one American soldier! Not in Haiti,
not in Bosnia, not in Somalia, not in Rwanda. I know its radical,
but how about devoting American military efforts to defending
America, and only America?
> Such ideas, said one newspaper reporter, make me a maverick
who will never go far because he won't go along to get along.
Darn right! What does "go far" mean? Get a big government job?
To heck with that. And I won't sell my vote for pork either. When
I walked through the U.S. Capitol this morning, I got angry. The
building is filled with statues and painting of Jefferson, Madison,
and the other Founders. Those great men sacrificed everything to
give us a free country, and a Constitution to keep it that way.
When I was first elected, I placed my hand on the Bible and
swore an oath to uphold the Constitution. That's exactly what I'm
fighting for. But such ideas drive the liberals crazy. That's why I
badly need your help. I've been targeted nationally for defeat. The
Democrats, the AFL-CIO, the teachers union, big business PACs,
the trial lawyers, the big bankers, the foreign-aid lobbyists, the
big media, and the establishment Republicans want to dance on
my political grave. The Fed, the Education Department, and the
UN are anxious to join in. They can't stand even one person
telling the truth. And they're terrified when that truth gains the
> Right now, four well-funded Democrats are competing to try to
beat me, and a Republican is rumored to have been offered
money at a secret meeting in Mexico(!) if he would try to knock
me off in a primary. Won't you help me stay up here to fight?
Frankly, I am in trouble if you don't. My Texas district has
22,000 square miles (not a misprint). I've got to travel all over it,
set up small offices to be manned by volunteers, advertise, pay
phone bills, and distribute video and audio tapes to the people to
get around the big-media lies. As I know from my last election,
which I won by the skin of my teeth, the media will carry any
smear, repeat any libel, throw any piece of mud, no matter how
untrue. In fact, the less true, the more they like it. They are
determined to silence me. But you can help me overcome all this.
Together, we can beat the bad guys arrayed against our country
and our freedom. We can support the Constitution. We can win.
Your generous contribution of or would be great...
0, 0, or even 0 or ,000 would be magnificent. Of
course, any amount would help, and in return, I will keep you
up-to-date on this fight as a member of my "kitchen cabinet."
What great men founded this country! What great people have
carried on their fight! That fight is not lost, not if you will join it.
Washington, D.C. is a loser, but among the people, our ideas are
gaining every single day.
> Keep the tide turning in our direction. Please make your most
generous contribution. Join this fight for the Constitution, and
stop those who want to rip it up, and throw it in the Potomac.
Together, we can join the Founders' fight. Together, we can make
> Sincerely, Ron Paul U. S. Congressman 203 Cannon,
Washington D.C. 20515
> Committee to Re-elect Ron Paul - 837 W. Plantation - Clute,
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