There has been a lot of talk lately about the media’s lack of coverage of GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul. The reason most often cited for this has been Paul’s extreme beliefs that are outside the mainstream. These extreme beliefs can be summed up by the following 10 quotes.
1) “The Fed and the big banks are more dangerous to us than any military threat. These bankers have created a new class of aristocrats. The power to issue money needs to be put back into the hands of the people.”
2) “I don’t believe in centralized government. The whole American experiment is based on the idea that we have the power to govern ourselves.”
3) “Government isn’t driven by reason. It is driven by force. And whenever force is involved dangerous and scary things can happen.”
4) “I think it is humiliating to suppress gun ownership. Do you think the government can better manage firearms than we as individuals can?”
5) “You have to ask yourself who was our constitution written for? Without question it was written for a moral and religious people. It just doesn’t work for those without a moral and religious impulse.”
6) “Many people think it’s safe to put absolute power in the government. But the ultimate power belongs to the people. If some people aren’t able to handle that power, that doesn’t mean we take away their liberty. We need to educate them.”
7) “All the problems we are having today with our economy isn’t because of problems with our constitution or because we are bad people. It is simply because people are ignorant about the nature of money and credit.”
8) “We can’t keep allowing the government to load us up with debt. More debt creates slavery. Less debt means more liberty. That’s the choice.”
9) “We should encourage trade with all countries, but at the same time we shouldn’t form permanent political alliances with anyone or meddle in their affairs.”
10) “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.”
These quotes are not actually Ron Paul quotes. They are quotes from the Founding Fathers of the United States (paraphrased for the contemporary reader). However, they are quotes that mirror Ron Paul’s beliefs. It is a common media tactic these days to label Paul’s “beliefs” as extreme, disregarding the fact that Ron Paul’s beliefs (for the most part) are not HIS beliefs but those of the United States’ Founding Fathers.
In our current age, it seems fashionable to consider the beliefs of the Founding Fathers as quaint or out-dated—despite the fact that we all have been taught from an early age to admire Jefferson, Washington, Adams, et al as the artisans of our country’s exceptionality. Ron Paul though doesn’t simply pay lip service to the Founders and the Constitution they drew up. He truly honors the Founders by following the ideals set forth in their legal road map for governance. This is why so many people (who like Paul trust the wisdom of the Founding Fathers) are attracted to his message.
With our country imploding economically, culturally, and spiritually, perhaps it is about time we “the people” started listening again to the Founding Fathers, rather than the corporate stooges in Washington D.C. After all, whose beliefs would you really rather get behind? Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Franklin, Madison, and Hamilton? Or Obama, Boehner, Pelosi, Clinton, McConnell, and Biden?
Below are the verbatim Founding Father quotes and the gentlemen who wrote them.
1) “I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. Already they have raised up a moneyed aristocracy that has set the government at defiance. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.” – Thomas Jefferson
2) “We base all our experiments on the capacity of mankind for self-government.” -James Madison
3) “Government is not reason; it is not eloquence. It is force. And force, like fire, is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” – George Washington
4) “Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense? Where is the difference between having our arms in possession and under our direction, and having them under the management of Congress?” – Patrick Henry
5) “Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” – John Adams
6) “I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of society but the people themselves and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform them.” – Thomas Jefferson
7) All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation, nor from want of honor or virtue, so much as downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation.” – John Adams
8) “We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our selection between economy and liberty or profusion and servitude.” – Samuel Adams
9) “The great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is, in extending our commercial relations to have with them as little political connection as possible.” – George Washington
10) “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.” – Benjamin Franklin
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