Quotes Of The Day - Ron Paul Edition

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Quotes Of The Day - Ron Paul Edition

“Ideas 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.”

- Ron Paul, Liberty Defined: The 50 Urgent Issues That Affect Our Freedom

“Under 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.”

- Ron Paul

“I’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.”

- Ron Paul

“Freedom 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.”

- Ron Paul

“Truth is treason in the empire of lies.”

- Ron Paul, The Revolution: A Manifesto

“Mr. Speaker, I once again find myself compelled to vote against the annual budget resolution for a very simple reason: it makes government bigger.”

- Ron Paul

“The 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.”

- Ron Paul

“Liberty 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.”

- Ron Paul

“Failure 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.”

- Ron Paul

“When 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.”

- Ron Paul

“A 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.”

- Ron Paul

“Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it’s realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy.”

- Ron Paul

“The 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.”

- Ron Paul

“As 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.”

- Ron Paul

“It is no coincidence that the century of total war coincided with the century of central banking.”

- Ron Paul, End the Fed

 “A 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.”

- Ron Paul, Liberty Defined: The 50 Urgent Issues That Affect Our Freedom

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Clay Hill's picture

Coming to you live from the Ron Paul Quotations thread we have the official leaderboard results here at the Troll Nationals sponsored by Zero Hedge.

With overwhelming crowd support the Gold medal in the Ad Hominem attack 100 yard dash goes to..... Kato.

Meanwhile, at the top of the podium in CaPSLoCk MaRAthOn we have a new champion... LARRY DAVIS!!!!


Kickaha's picture

I think he is holding down the Shift key with one finger while pecking away at the rest of the keyboard with another.

Clay Hill's picture

I think he is holding his penis in one hand and typing with the other.

Unfortunately, for all of us, his much vaunted 170 I.Q. is located in the tip of said penis, and he is gripping it too tightly.


Smokey1's picture

Send money to the RP campaign and maybe that will put him over the top.

Frank N. Beans's picture

Kato, are you that squirrelly guy from the OJ trial?

Cadavre's picture

NAACP and Farrakhan: "Paul not racist" 

Farrakhan's statement is here (Youtube).

NAACP statement is here (YouTube).

Cynthia McKinney does not consider Ron Paul racist.

However, Bank of America admitted it is racist and got a slapped a fine for it.

Obama called Clinton a racist (YouTube).

Institutional accusations of racism is a scam to foster racism and bend our will.

buyingsterling's picture

I gave McCain and Palin $1500 in 2008. For me, that's a lot of money. Then I woke up. Four years later, I thank God 'troops on the ground' McCain is not president, and would vote for Farakhan over McCain in a heartbeat.

Stoploss's picture

==============FUCK THE FED===================

==============FUCK KATO=====================

mendolover's picture

at least they are heterosexual nutjobs, unlike you asshole.  Oh, sorry Mr. President.

Teamtc321's picture

CNN has released the unedited interview. Ron Paul DID NOT STORM out. It was a creative editing HIT JOB!




Ron Paul did not walk/storm out... the interview was over... it was an EIGHT MINUTE INTERVIEW!!


CNN Just released the unedited full interview here, see for your self.

Robot Traders Mom's picture

The R3VOLUTION is here!!!


Reverse Apache Master's picture

It's no coincidence that the century of total war coincided with the cancellation of Knight Rider.

DaveyJones's picture

your avatar reminds me, Kraft is looking for fat rich kids to test market a dangerously hot Kimchi drenched in liquerer 

crzyhun's picture

RP again ... this is campaign adv!

Tyler did you  charge for this?

CrockettAlmanac.com's picture

Get a dictionary. Look up endorsement and advertising. You may be surprised to find that they are two completely different words. Free speech and petitioning for the redress of wrongs, bitchez!

crzyhun's picture

What is interesting to me is the monomanical adoration of this idiot savant. As always, the case of the IS something is right. Just a question of true believers interpretation. His stand the Fed is right on. Otherwise.....

Oh, dictionaries are good for EST grads.

CrockettAlmanac.com's picture

Ad hominem attacks are so persuasive that you just might convince me, asshole.

Temporalist's picture

The fact is Most of Ron Paul supporters don't agree with him on everything they just want someone with integrity and who Votes for the Constitution and sides with the Bill of Rights.

fockewulf190's picture

Post of the day. It's funny how often I have read from RP detractors that they often agree with much of what he stands for, but because of his views on one particular issue, they won't vote for him. I wonder just how many Americans are one issue voters. I got a feeling it's more than I want to know.

Cathartes Aura's picture

well, I understand your point, but I'm guessing you're male?

because on the issue of female body sovereignty, that's a rather big issue. . . for the females.

earleflorida's picture

your mind works in mysterious ways -- such that actions are the defribrillators of dreams - or in your 'funk & wagnalls' world,... nightmares

buyingsterling's picture

So no fed, but

Ongoing imperialism, increasing police state tactics, crony capitalism, total centralization of power in DC - that's all good to you? Wake up and smell the coming collapse.

Dr. Richard Head's picture

It has been said, author unknown to me, that the difference between someone in marketing and a political activitist is that in marketing someone has to pay for the ad to be distributed, but political activists volunteer to do it for free. 

My guess is that while making Federal Reserve Notes is the goal of many on this site, a true push for freedom and liberty is in everyone's, including this unknown Tyler dude, best interests.

Killtruck's picture

Yes, Tyler, please put up a story documenting Romney's ties to the Stanford Ponzi, or Gingrich's pocketed funds from Freddie Mac. I'd like to hear more from the corrupt candidates.

Endurus's picture

RP has the right ideas... I just don't think he's the right leader.

But then again... nobody up for election is so I'm going to vote for him anyways.

CrockettAlmanac.com's picture

Ron Paul does not intend to lead, he intends to administer according to the Constitution.

Endurus's picture

I understand and respect your point of view.

It is my opnion however that the sheeple need a leader so much that they will always have one... they demand it and society(banks/gov/media) will supply it.

I believe in ron pauls message.. but the awakening of the masses is often a violent affair.... someone needs to be an example... If I was 35... I'd be running myself.

CrockettAlmanac.com's picture

It's not up to you to determine who is a sheep and who is not.

Endurus's picture

In what may be a fuitle effort here.. I'm not saying who is and who isn't...

I'm saying that they exist and they demand a leader.

Ron paul is willing to take the reigns off... but the people will find a leader and will be dissapointed when it's not him.

It's a step in the right direction so I'm going to support him... I just wonder about the next step is all.

CrockettAlmanac.com's picture

The people have been indoctrinated to believe that the government has their best interests in mind and that only government can solve their problems. Ron Paul wants to walk this back slowly and deliberately.

Endurus's picture

For once we are in agreement.

But just because Ron Paul is elected... doesn't mean humanity is going to change.

That's all I'm saying.

I just think Paul is the first step on a long jorney... not the final solution.

CrockettAlmanac.com's picture

"I HEARTILY ACCEPT the motto, — "That government is best which governs least"; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe, — "That government is best which governs not at all"; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have...

But, to speak practically and as a citizen, unlike those who call themselves no-government men, I ask for, not at once no government, but at once a better government. Let every man make known what kind of government would command his respect, and that will be one step toward obtaining it." -- Thoreau's Civil Disobedience

KickIce's picture

People usually end up with exactly what they deserve, and I fear this is true for US citizens.  The fact that someone like Obama could be nominated, let alone elected, speaks volumes for the mentality of many US citizens.  It's like you mentioned, as a nation we have come to believe that more laws is the solution and each time the noose becomes tighter under the illusion of freedom and justice.

I think RP is a step in the right direction and if he were to be elected it would show an awaking of the people.  I'll guarantee you though, as his popularity grows sly wo does his chances of assaination.  I certainly admire his courage and it is exacty what we need.  Will the people recognize it is the question.

earleflorida's picture

fatalist,... need not apply 

XitSam's picture

When Ron Paul is elected, you can be a leader. Go start a comany or community organization, show the people what can be done with their new-found freedom. The awakening need not be violent.

fockewulf190's picture

What is going to be interesting to see is if Ron wins one caucus after the next, how many House politicians fighting for a seat, or trying to keep it, actually start adopting their own election campaigns and try to hitch themselves onto the RP bandwagon.

Troll Magnet's picture

hey!  maybe that jesus guy will make a comeback and lead all the dumbfucks in america!  i'd still vote for ron paul though.  

Joe Sixpack's picture



Some people may need leaders, but the leader does not ahve to be POTUS.

I mean right now we don't even have a POTUS, we have a TOTUS.

Endurus's picture

Couldn't agree more Sixpack! +1

Troll Magnet's picture

god, i hope so.  i'd just like to, just once, for 4 years or 8, live free.  it'd be nice.

DaveyJones's picture

brilliant point. We have pulled so far from the principles in those documents that we have forgotten that truth. We do not need a "leader." We need to lead ourselves out of this desperate, criminal, immoral mess. He deserves the position because and only because he emodies that

Endurus's picture

You mis-understand... I'm not saying we need a leader... I'm saying that society demands one. HUGE difference.

The sheeple will get one whether we here like it or not.

Like it or not.. it's our culture... our society that is to blame for all our problems... not Obama.. not the banks.... not corporate..
It's demand... society demanded.. they supplied. This is the hangover from the woodstock generation... 40 years later.

Assetman's picture

This is the hangover from the woodstock generation... 40 years later.

Uhhhh... no it isn't.

You could just as well make your argument that "society demands" a leader all the way back to Washington and Lincoln, if you really want to hammer the point.

What you really can't to is claim that this is "hangover effect" from just one generation.  Heck, one could equally make the claim that society demanded that Frankin D. Roosevelt create all the wonderful social safety nets (of which many we still have in place today)-- and probably make a more salient point. 

Of course, no one in their right minds would pin all of our problems on our Greatest generation.

Our society pulls and tugs between seeking leaders that endorse "government solutions" to all our problems, and those that work to "enhance our individual freedoms".  Of course, these trends lie on continuums, and the lever can be pushed and pulled independently between social economic policies.  Unfortunatately, our society has endorsed government intervention to such an extreme, that leaders are using it against the very people who elect them.  As a result, both our economic freedoms and social freedoms are being taken away-- and the people (finally) are not totally ignoring it.

We are entering a new era, folks.  And society will demand it.


Endurus's picture

The woodstock crowd the best generation?

How about 1776..... When free thought and inaliable rights were pushed to such an extreme we had to create a new country to cope with it!

And as for the new era... I hope your right. I hope the times are a changin....


Temporalist's picture

Endurus just so you know I, for one, am reading all your posts and completely respect what you are saying; without agreeing on all of it.  You are getting a bit of a bad rap so I thought I'd let you know that I appreciate your attempt to navigate a difficult topic, as both a personal issue and as a national topic.


These are not things to be taken lightly, although most people do.  Keep your head up and believe what you will as long as you are awake enough to be thinking outside of the "cloud" of mainstream bipartisan demagoguery.