Quotes of the Day – Ron Paul Edition

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by Jim Quinn The Burning Platform

     

Those in power fear Ron Paul and his message of liberty, freedom, and responsibility. The quotes below are the true reflection of the man and his ideas. Ideas can change the world.

u201CIdeas are very important to the shaping of society. In fact, they are more powerful than bombings or armies or guns. And this is because ideas are capable of spreading without limit. They are behind all the choices we make. They can transform the world in a way that governments and armies cannot. Fighting for liberty with ideas makes more sense to me than fighting with guns or politics or political power. With ideas, we can make real change that lasts.u201D ~ Ron Paul, Liberty Defined: The 50 Urgent Issues That Affect Our Freedom

u201CUnder the United States Constitution, the federal government has no authority to hold states “accountable” for their education performance…In the free society envisioned by the founders, schools are held accountable to parents, not federal bureaucrats.u201D ~ Ron Paul

u201CI’m convinced that you never have to give up liberties to be safe. I think you’re less safe when you give up your liberties.u201D ~ Ron Paul

u201CFreedom is not defined by safety. Freedom is defined by the ability of citizens to live without government interference. 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.u201D ~ Ron Paul

u201CTruth is treason in the empire of lies.u201D ~ Ron Paul, The Revolution: A Manifesto

u201CMr. Speaker, I once again find myself compelled to vote against the annual budget resolution for a very simple reason: it makes government bigger.u201D ~ Ron Paul

u201CThe most basic principle to being a free American is the notion that we as individuals are responsible for our own lives and decisions. We do not have the right to rob our neighbors to make up for our mistakes, neither does our neighbor have any right to tell us how to live, so long as we aren't infringing on their rights. Freedom to make bad decisions is inherent in the freedom to make good ones. If we are only free to make good decisions, we are not really free.u201D ~ Ron Paul

u201CLiberty is lost through complacency and a subservient mindset. When we accept or even welcome automobile checkpoints, random searches, mandatory identification cards, and paramilitary police in our streets, we have lost a vital part of our American heritage. America was born of protest, revolution, and mistrust of government. Subservient societies neither maintain nor deserve freedom for long.u201D ~ Ron Paul

u201CFailure of government programs prompts more determined effort, while the loss of liberty is ignored or rationalized away…whether is it is the war on poverty, drugs, terrorism…or the current Hitler of the day, an appeal to patriotism is used to convince the people that a little sacrifice of liberty, here or there, is a small price to pay…The results, though, are frightening and will soon become even more so.u201D ~ Ron Paul

u201CWhen the federal government spends more each year than it collects in tax revenues, it has three choices: It can raise taxes, print money, or borrow money. While these actions may benefit politicians, all three options are bad for average Americans.u201D ~ Ron Paul

u201CA system of capitalism presumes sound money, not fiat money manipulated by a central bank. Capitalism cherishes voluntary contracts and interest rates that are determined by savings, not credit creation by a central bank.u201D ~ Ron Paul

u201CLet it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy.u201D ~ Ron Paul

u201CThe original American patriots were those individuals brave enough to resist with force the oppressive power of King George…Patriotism is more closely linked to dissent than it is to conformity and a blind desire for safety and security.u201D ~ Ron Paul

u201CAs many frustrated Americans who have joined the Tea Party realize, we cannot stand against big government at home while supporting it abroad. We cannot talk about fiscal responsibility while spending trillions on occupying and bullying the rest of the world. We cannot talk about the budget deficit and spiraling domestic spending without looking at the costs of maintaining an American empire of more than 700 military bases in more than 120 foreign countries. We cannot pat ourselves on the back for cutting a few thousand dollars from a nature preserve or an inner-city swimming pool at home while turning a blind eye to a Pentagon budget that nearly equals those of the rest of the world combined.u201D ~ Ron Paul

u201CIt is no coincidence that the century of total war coincided with the century of central banking.u201D ~ Ron Paul, End the Fed

u201CA citizen walking through the airport today is bombarded with 1984-style propaganda messages that are designed to make us fear some amorphous threat and also be suspicious of others. The government designs these messages to make us feel dependent and heavily lorded over in every aspect of our lives. These messages are becoming ever more pervasive, hitting us even in grocery stores when we are shopping.u201D ~ Ron Paul, Liberty Defined: The 50 Urgent Issues That Affect Our Freedom

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