- 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, D.C.
- 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 limited.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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 $580
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 too.
- 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
U. S. Congressman
- Committee to Re-elect Ron Paul
837 W. Plantation
- "Congressman Too Truthful" (Congressman Ron
- Keep Your Eye on the Target: by Congressman Ron Paul
- ( Just a reminder that you can listen to his weekly taped
legislative update, toll free by calling 888-322-1414(US only))
- From Terry Burrows
- Dear Dr. Paul,
- Although I am a Canadian, I am a fellow physician and
I want to tell you that I support you totally. I have just read your posting
on Rense.com "Congressman Ron Paul's TV Gaffe" where you did
something amazing in politics today, you told the truth - out loud, in
public - and I want to give you my thanks and my full support and my encouragement.
If I could vote in America you would most certainly have it. You would
have my vote not only for re-election to Congress but for President.
I am a supporter and friend of Michael C. Ruppert and I helped to host
him when he was in Toronto speaking to us last January/2002 and I appreciate
so much the contributions you and Rep. Cynthia McKinney made to his video
"The Truth and Lies of 9-11"
- From our perpective here in Canada you and Cynthia McKinney
are the only people in the American government who not only make any sense
but who also seem still to be sane. Please continue to stand up for
your principles. They are right. And please continue to call for a real
investigation into what really happened on Sept. 11.
- You are a physician; you told God when you were elected
to office that you would defend the magnificent Constitution which He gave
to your nation and to its wonderful people who are our much loved cousins
and neighbors; and you stand up for political and moral truth in an ocean
of demonic corruption and lies.
- I am proud of you and I thank God for you. I believe
that it is the few true Americans like you who are left, who will acknowledge
their Creator and treasure their Constitution and defend it from its many
enemies most especially those from within, who are the only hope the rest
of us peoples of the world have left. It is only if Americans themselves
can rise up to save the legacy of liberty their forefathers bequeathed
them, that the rest of us have any hope of being saved from the abyss
of New World Order totalitarianism which has seized your nation and our
world like a rabid psychosis. I am completely with you in spirit and
in truth, just as every remaining true Canadian is still completely with
every remaining true American.
- It is true I am not a constitutent of yours from your
state electoral district. But I am certainly a constituent of yours as
a citizen of the world who is looking for a light of hope in the gloom
of the madness that has almost devoured America, and by spreading its
poison to the world, almost devoured the rest of us. If there is anything
I can do to help you and Cynthia McKinney from here in Toronto let me
know and to the very limit of my might and ability you will have it.
You don't just represent the people of your state anymore. You and Cynthia
McKinney represent me, and the millions and millions of people like me,
who are praying for the future that should be.
- May God be with you. I certainly am.
- Your colleague and admirer and solid rock by your side,
- Terry Burrows, B.Sc. M.D.
- (General Practice Psychotherapy)
- Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
- Copy to Rep. Cynthia McKinney.