"We have depended on government for so much for so long that we as people have become less vigilant of our liberties. As long as the government provides largesse for the majority, the special interest lobbyists will succeed in continuing the redistribution of welfare programs that occupies most of Congress's legislative time."
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Dr. Ron Paul
(1935-) American physician, US Congressman (R-TX), US Presidential candidate
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Sept 17, 1997 speech to Congress
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Yep, Congress justifies its daily existence trying to do things "for the greater good". And no other excuse has ever been given for tyranny. Its time to fundamentally change America...back to the Constitution and a system of justice.
 -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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     -- Mary - MI      
    It's ALL about money now in Congress -- who are they going to take it from, and who are they going to give it to. The protection of our liberties was the primary reason for forming the federal government, but that hardly is the case today. Most of what Congress and the President do is 'handle' us by explaining why they are yet again laying claim to more of our labor and property. They have become legalized thieves.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    That's right Archer...and America has become a labor camp.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    J and Archer, well said.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
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     -- Mike, Norwalk      
     -- Elizabeth, Astoria, NY      
    What we as enlightened people must do, is to strangle the Government and the Corporations that run our Government by cutting off their ability to control us. We must start by eliminating our debt by any means necessary. Just simply walk away from all your debt. What are they going to do? Send you to collections? So what. And please don't ask about your credit score. Really. Also stop paying taxes. We've seen what happens they run out of money. They sequester employees. Well would you go chase someone who "owed money to the Government" if you weren't getting paid? We the hard working people, the backbone of this great nation have the power. We need the courage to do what we have to in order to save our future.
     -- Dr. Randy S. Risner, Savannah     
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    Why did the Repubicrats reject him for mashed potatoes like McCain and Romney?
     -- cal, lewisville, tx     
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    "The absence of a police state is that people are free, and if you don't commit crimes you can do what you want. But today, you cant open up a business, you cant develop land, you can't go to the bank, you cant go to the doctor without the government knowing what youre doing. They talk about medical privacy, thats gone. Financial privacy, thats gone. The right to own property, thats essentially gone. So you have to get permission from the government for almost everything. And if that is the definition of a police state, that you cant do anything unless the government gives you permission, were well on our way. Ron Paul"
     -- Warrdoc, Elk Grove,     
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    " Redistribution of welfare programs that occupies most of Congress's legislative time. " ( They hate him that rebuketh in the gate, they abhor him that speaketh uprightly. They afflict the just, they take a bribe, and they turn aside the poor in the gate from their Right.) Amos 5:10,12. ( Thus he showed me: and, behold, the Lord stood upon a wall made by a plumbline, with a plumbline in his hand.) Amos7:7. Plumb and square, keep it plumb and square says the old builder. ( Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet. ) Isaiah 28:17. We as a nation are far removed from the Liberties once enjoyed by all. One of the greatest moments in life, to observe when corrected by our Creator, his guiding hands. The truth burns within that, which desire is given. That is the measure of faith. Well said, Dr. Randy S. Risner. Commonsense and the courage to act upon it !
     -- Ronw13, Yachats Or     
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    but no one would listen...
     -- Abby     
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     -- Mary - MI      
     
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