"Our federal government, which was intended to operate as a very limited constitutional republic, has instead become a virtually socialist leviathan that redistributes trillions of dollars. We can hardly be surprised when countless special interests fight for the money. 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."
Dr. Ron Paul
(1935-) American physician, US Congressman (R-TX), US Presidential candidate
Why Is There So Much Money in Politics?, February 4, 2002
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That I could rate the quote 10 more times. All is correct except the illusion, the statist theocracy that infests this land is not our federal government.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    I'd give this 100 stars if I could. This is SO right on the mark. Ron Paul is MY hero!!!!! "The first people totalitarians destroy or silence are men of ideas and free minds" (Isaiah Berlin)
     -- L.P., Kirkland, WA     
  • 5
    Exactly right Ron Paul. Abolish the Federal Printing Press and put our Government on a leash. I don't need to be "governed" and I resent the devaluation and manipulation of my currency.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA, US      
    Rent seeking has for too long been wrong when the other side did it and perfectly fine when ours did. Entitlements, corporatism, and the military represent the three socialist beasts that devoured our republic. We will have to deal with all three in order to build another.
     -- Justin, Elkland     
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    Today we throw some of the bums out. Let's hope that the new ones will have more respect for the Constitution, the current ones sure don't.
     -- jim k, Austin,Tx     
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    When are the conservatives going to finally back Ron Paul? Until then, it is just another example of the truth of this quote.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
  • 3
    Socialist leviathan. Rings true for the time, like due season !
     -- Ron, Salem     
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    Big government creates ineffeciency, abuse , redundancy .
     -- tyson, houston, texas     
  • 3
    Will we now fight for our Constitution? Do we have the beginning with the new faces we see today?
     -- Abigail, Newport     
  • 2
    Good luck to your boy in Kentucky tonight Ron. It will be a start to getting back on the right path.
     -- cal, lewisville, tx     
     -- M.Brown, Florida      
    Dr. Ron Paul for president 2012.
     -- Randy, Ocean Springs     
     -- Lil, Columbia, SC      
    Truth and Wisdom have continuously emitted from the lips of Ron Paul. The great patriotic defender of the U.S. Constitution
     -- Mary - MI     
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    The more things change, the more they stay the same.
     -- jim k, Austin     

    There is no Socialist leviathan, this is misrepresention as usual, or politics as usual. There is only an individual who is trying to introduce the idea of humanity into an arrangement that is devoid of the concept. Humans do not compete therefore discrediting Mr Paul's assertion. Humanity is a conceptual idea based on cooperation absolutely, let me repeat, absolutely unknown by the childish "competitive" arrangement that exists. With the introduction of humanity you will have cooperation and trust, and the eventual no need for money.

     -- Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown     
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