Ronald E. Paul

(Ronald Ernest Paul)

Ronald E. Paul
Ronald E. Paul
  • Born: August 20, 1935
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Ronald Ernest Paul is an American author, physician, and retired politician who served as the U.S. Representative for Texas's 22nd congressional district from 1976 to 1977 and again from 1979 to 1985, and for Texas's 14th congressional district from 1997 to 2013. On three occasions, he sought the presidency of the United States: as the Libertarian Party nominee in 1988 and as a candidate in the Republican primaries of 2008 and 2012. Paul is a critic of the federal government's fiscal policies, especially the existence of the Federal Reserve and the tax policy, as well as the military–industrial complex, and the War on Drugs. He has also been a vocal critic of mass surveillance policies such as the USA PATRIOT Act and the NSA surveillance programs. He was the first chairman of the conservative PAC Citizens for a Sound Economy and has been characterized as the "intellectual godfather" of the Tea Party movement.

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… every economic downturn suffered by this country over the past century can be traced to Federal Reserve policy. The Fed has followed a consistent policy of flooding the economy with easy money, leading to a misallocation of resources and an artificial 'boom' followed by a recession or depression when the Fed-created bubble bursts. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
A paper monetary standard means there are no restraints on the printing press or on federal deficits. Money, Coins & Minting
Abolish the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Central Intelligence Agency. Management & Managing Government
America was founded by men who understood that the threat of domestic tyranny is as great as any threat from abroad Defense & National Security ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
China, Japan, and Asia in general have been happy to hold U.S. debt instruments in recent decades, but they will not prop up our spending habits forever…. The greatest threat facing America today is not terrorism, or foreign economic competition, or illegal immigration. The greatest threat facing America today is the disastrous fiscal policies of our own government, marked by shameless deficit spending and Federal Reserve currency devaluation. Budgets & Budgeting
Doesn't it seem awfully strange that the Iraqi government we support is an ally of the Iranians who are our declared enemies? Are we not now supporting the Iranians by propping up their allies in Iraq? Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Every economic downturn suffered by this country over the past century can be traced to Federal Reserve policy. The Fed has followed a consistent policy of flooding the economy with easy money, leading to a misallocation of resources and an artificial 'boom' followed by a recession or depression when the Fed-created bubble bursts. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Every regulation requires two more regulations to deal with the unintended consequences. Regulation & Deregulation
Government cannot create a world without risks, nor would we really wish to live in such a fictional place. Only a totalitarian society would even claim absolute safety as a worthy ideal, because it would require total state control over its citizens’ lives. Liberty has meaning only if we still believe in it when terrible things happen and a false government security blanket beckons. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
Governments have nothing. They can't create anything, they never have. All they can do is steal from one group and give it to another Taxes
I am convinced that there are more threats to American liberty within the 10 mile radius of my office on Capitol Hill than there are on the rest of the globe. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I didn’t think that I would ever get elected. After all, you don’t vote for somebody who is attacking Santa Claus. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I’d rather build highways here then try nation building in Iraq Policy & Policy Making ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
If we had probably a repeal of most of the federal laws on drugs and the unfairness on how Blacks are treated with these drugs laws, it would be a tremendous improvement. Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs
In a free society you have to have honest money and honest money is tender backed by gold and silver. Money, Coins & Minting
It is a fallacy to think that politicians and bureaucrats are smart enough to manage the economy. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
It’s about time we talked to Cuba instead of fighting a war that is 40 years old. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
It’s time to rethink the whole system of HMOs and managed care. This entire unnecessary level of corporatism rakes off profits and worsens the quality of care. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
Legal issues aside, the American people and government should never abide the use of torture by our military or intelligence agencies. A decent society never accepts or justifies torture. It dehumanizes both torturer and victim, yet seldom produces reliable intelligence. Torture by rogue American troops or agents puts all Americans at risk, especially our rank-and-file soldiers stationed in dozens of dangerous places around the globe. God forbid terrorists take American soldiers or travelers hostage and torture them as some kind of sick retaliation for Abu Gharib. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
Liberty is an individual, not a collective, right. Freedom & Liberty
More people have been killed by religious philosophy … yet we do not prevent their books from being distributed. Freedom & Liberty
Now we’re going to get big government. Management & Managing Government
President’s don’t have the authority to go to war. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Racism is simply an ugly form of collectivism, the mindset that views humans strictly as members of groups rather than individuals. Racists believe that all individuals who share superficial physical characteristics are alike: as collectivists, racists think only in terms of groups. By encouraging Americans to adopt a group mentality, the advocates of so-called "diversity" actually perpetuate racism. Their obsession with racial group identity is inherently racist. The true antidote to racism is liberty Minorities & Women
Sanctions are not diplomacy; they are a precursor to war. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
September 11 was just an excuse to expand the Patriot Act. Legislation which had been proposed for years just got stuck in. Legislating & Legislative Process
Some people think that you can call they Federal Reserve and ask them what they are doing. I’ve been calling the Fed for 30 years and they have never told my anything. Secrecy & Transparency
Sometimes Republicans want to cut the social welfare programs and yet they ask for billions and billions more for the Defense Department. I don’t take that approach. Political Parties & Machines
Special interests and the demented philosophy of conquest have driven most wars throughout history. Rarely has the cause of liberty, as it was in our own revolution, been the driving force. War & Peace
the American people become less secure when we risk a major conflict driven by commercial interests and not constitutionally authorized by Congress. Victory under these circumstances is always elusive, and unintended consequences are inevitable Defense & National Security
The draft should be called slavery, involuntary servitude. Military & Veterans
The federal government has no right to treat all Americans as criminals by spying on their relationship with their doctors, employers, or bankers. Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
The income tax is the most regressive tax imaginable, allowing government to take first claim on our lives. The income tax assumes government owns us, as individuals, and has a sovereign claim to the fruits of our labor. Taxes
The issue is whether the fetus is human and deserves the protection of law. Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
The only true solution to the campaign money problem is a return to a proper constitutional government that does not control the economy. Big government and big campaign money go hand-in-hand. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The people are frightened. When they are frightened, they are much more willing to give us their liberties. But giving up their liberties won't make them safer, that's the real sad part of it. Freedom & Liberty
The war is going to end because we're gonna have such a political and financial havoc here with the devaluation of our dollar, because we just can't keep affording it. This is usually how empires end, by spending too much money maintaining their empire. We're in 130 countries, we have 700 bases around the world, and it's going to come to an end. I want it to come to an end more gracefully and peacefully, follow the constitution, and follow a more sensible foreign policy. War & Peace ;Military & Veterans ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The War is going to end because we're gonna have such a political and financial havoc here with the devaluation of our dollar, because we just can't keep affording it. This is usually how empires end, by spending too much money maintaining their empire. We're in 130 countries, we have 700 bases around the world, and it's going to come to an end. I want it to come to an end more gracefully and peacefully, follow the constitution, and follow a more sensible foreign policy. War & Peace ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The whole process is corrupt. I vote against everything. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
There are other ways of raising money other than the income tax….We got along pretty well without it for many years. Taxes
There is but one special interest that we should be working for, and that would solve just about all of our problems, and that is our liberty. Freedom & Liberty
There should not be any immigration policy. We should welcome anyone who wants to come here. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
There’s a mal-distribution in wealth in this country. Entitlements end up going to the rich anyway. Some of them should be attacked. The ones who rip us off, the ones who get bailed out. Equality & Equal Opportunity
Though many will criticize the president for mis-steps in Iraq and at home, it is with the complicity of Congress that we have become a nation of pre-emptive war, secret military tribunals, torture, rejection of habeas corpus, warrantless searches, undue government secrecy, extraordinary renditions, and uncontrolled spying on the American people. Fighting over there has nothing to do with preserving freedoms here at home. More likely the opposite is true. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Though many will criticize the president for mis-steps in Iraq and at home, it is with the complicity of Congress that we have become a nation of pre-emptive war, secret military tribunals, torture, rejection of habeas corpus, warrantless searches, undue government secrecy, extraordinary renditions, and uncontrolled spying on the American people. Fighting over there has nothing to do with preserving freedoms here at home. More likely the opposite is true. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
War is not popular politically because there is always a cost—a cost in people and a cost in money. War & Peace
We give up our liberties too casually [in emergencies and crises] Freedom & Liberty
We have depended on government for so much for so long that we as people have become less vigilant of our liberties. Freedom & Liberty
We have no constitutional authority to police the world or involve ourselves in nation building, in making the world safe for our style of democracy. Our founders advised against it and the early presidents followed that advice. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
We have to understand how we would act if some other country did to us what we do to them. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
We need to repeal the whole war on drugs. It isn’t working. We have already spent over $400 billion since the early 1970s, and it is wasted money Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs
We now have an accepted practice of the President assassinating people who he thinks are bad guys. I think it’s sad. Terrorism
What have we allowed ourselves to become? Are we no longer a nation of laws? Have we become instead a nation of men who make secret arrests? Are secret prisons now simply another tool of the federal government law enforcement? Is secret rendition of individuals now permitted, out of misplaced fear? Have we decided that the writ of habeas corpus is not worth defending? Is torture now an acceptable tool for making us safe? Unfortunately, the single answer to all of these questions from the leaders of our country and to many of our citizens appears to be yes. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
What right to 49 states have to punish the citizens of one state by dumping their garbage in that state without their consent. Energy ;Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
When everyone owns something, in reality nobody owns it. Control then occurs merely by the whims of the politicians in power. Miscellaneous
When one person can initiate war, by its definition, a republic no longer exists. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
When people rob banks, they go to prison. When bankers rob people, they get a bonus Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement