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Ron Paul Video at the Faith & Freedom Coalition Conference – June 4th 2011

Ron Paul Video at the Faith & Freedom Coalition Conference – June 4th 2011

TRANSCRIPT:

John Ramstead: Good evening. It still feels like a concert in here. I would like to introduce to you tonight a great warrior in the conservative cause, Ron Paul.

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You can clap for Ron. He’s great. Four years ago, he burst onto the scene in the Republican presidential primary. His fidelity to the Constitution and his vision of our founding fathers just has no peer in our movement. He’s been fighting for conservative principles, limited government, individual liberty, personal responsibility in the 30 years he has served this country.

Paul remains today one of the foremost advocates in Congress for limiting the size and scope of government and a defender of personal liberty. Please give a warm welcome to Ron Paul.

Ron Paul: Thank you very much. Thank you. It’s a delight to be here tonight. I can’t imagine people staying up this late to listen to politicians, believe me, but it’s great to be here. It’s a great theme here tonight in talking about freedom and faith. I cannot imagine any two more important issues than that because I frequently say throughout my campaigning and the rallies that we’ve had that the goal of all political activity is liberty and what is the purpose of having this liberty? Well the purpose of  liberty as far as I’m concerned is to allow creative energy to be released for us to then seek virtue and excellence because governments can’t provide virtue and excellence. You have to have a free society so we as individuals can assume that responsibility

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Ron Paul: You know, life is precious. I’m an O.B. doctor; I’ve delivered over four thousand babies and there are some of my friends who take a different position on the life issue. And they claim that the mother – you’ve heard all the arguments – that the mother’s life is precious, you can’t interfere with her and her body. But as an O.B. doctor, let me tell ya, life does begin at conception.

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And also, it’s very legal. If I, as a physician, do something wrong and injure the fetus, I can rightfully be sued, because of the rights of the fetus. If the fetus is injured in an accident or a homicide, there is a homicide because of the fetus being killed. So there’s no doubt in my mind about the respect that we should have for life.

Why is this so important? Well, for most of us, we respect liberty and freedom. That’s what we’re engaged in, it’s protecting freedom. So if we do not have high respect for life, how can we be dealing with our personal freedom, our rights to home-school our kids and the right to pick our religion and make personal choices on what we do. It would be impossible if you do not have high regards and respect for life, and then respect for liberty; because without liberty, we do not have what has made this country so great.

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RP: We live in different times today because I think there’s been a total rejection of some of these basic principles that have made America great. I was in the military during the 1960’s. I was in the Air Force for 5 years. The 60’s were rough times. We were engaged in, unfortunately, an undeclared war and it was tragic in the sense of life lost, but cultural changes were occurring and that is when abortion became commonplace. So the people change before the laws change. So morality has a lot to do with legislation. We don’t have abortions today because the law permits it – that’s made it worse. The law accommodated the social changes that occurred. It was the breakdown of our social system at that time. The war had something to do with it, the drug culture had something to do with it, and of course this moved toward making life so careless and accepting the notion of abortion.

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But during this period of time, there was a rejection of the family as well. It started off and the statistics came out and they started to show that minorities were having more babies out of wedlock, but now it’s cultural. I mean it is getting to be an epidemic that the family values in the families have broken down and this is where our real problems come from. We would like to think that all we have to do is select the right politicians and everything is going to be ok, but believe me, the government is a reflection of the people. That’s why the burden is on people like me and you to make sure that we have those values.

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RP: But the family is something that’s very important. It is ingrained in our Christian heritage. There’s – in the Constitution, one of the provisions I cite the most frequently is Article 1, Section 8 because that tells you everything we’re allowed to do. The rest of the things we’re not allowed to do and the 9th and 10th amendment, of course, confirms that belief. But there’s a biblical passage in the Old Testament that says – it’s 1st Samuel, Chapter 8. So I remember that – 1st Samuel, Chapter 8. Now that is the provision I’m sure you have heard of it before because this is when, after the people – after the Israelites came out of Egypt, they had accepted God as their king and that’s what they lived by.

They did not have a king; what they had were judges. It was a patriarchal society, it was a family-driven society, but there were always going to be arguments and conflicts. So these conflicts were taken, not to the government, but to somebody who was chosen to be a judge and a respected person that respected the law and respected their traditions. But a time came – there was always temptation, even as Israelites were leaving Egypt, that there was the temptation to drift away from the belief in God, but there was this effort made under Samuel – People came and said, “you know, we want somebody to come and take care of us – we want a king” and Samuel strongly objected to it. He explained to them, “you do not want a king; that will substitute for God. And he said – he predicts in this – you need to read that chapter. He predicts what happens if you have a king. He said the king will take your young people, your young men to fight war, the young women to be used in the government. They’re going to tax you and they’re gonna overburden you. And you’re going to have to work so much time – 25%, 35%, 45% of the time, for the king.

And I got to thinking, you know, uh – it was astute wisdom and astute advice, but isn’t that essentially what we have done today? I don’t think we need a king and we don’t need Washington to act as if they’re the king in this country.

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But today there is so much dependency – dependency on the government and it’s cradle to grave and we have so little confidence in ourselves. We believe that if we don’t have the safety net – if we don’t have the government there, if we don’t have medical care taken care of, if we don’t have the government schools, everything would fall apart. We have, as a people, lost our confidence and understanding of what true liberty is all about and where it comes from. It doesn’t come from our king or our government. Our liberties come from our creator. That’s where our life and liberty comes from.

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But it was advised by the founders that the Constitution would not work if we did not remain a moral society. And we’re at the crossroads right now because we have lived beyond our means, we have become totally dependent. We do all the things we shouldn’t do and don’t do the things we should do. What are we doing – just take for instance our foreign policy. When’s the last time we declared war? When’s the last time we’ve won a war out right? It’s been a long time ago. We do need, in the Constitution, a strong national defense. We should have a strong national defense and we’re allowed to defend ourselves, but the obligation is to be the Congress through the people. When we have an enemy that we have to go after, we should declare the war, win the war, and not have these perpetual wars, allowing our president to go into places like Libya without even telling us about it.

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But faith – faith and freedom is a crucial item. We must have the faith that generates an understanding about what true liberty is all about. But we also have to have confidence and an understanding – understanding about the proper foreign policy, the Constitutional foreign policy, but an understanding of free market economics. What about a biblical understanding about what honest money is about? What about honest weights and measures and no paper currency and no Federal Reserve that destroys our currency.

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There’s nothing moral about our financial system and our monetary system and this recent breakdown of our system is proof positive of it because it was predictable that there was a bubble out there. Many predicted that it would come and it would burst and it did. But guess what? Washington panicked and they said that the end of the world is coming so what we must do is tax the people and spend more money, and borrow more money, and print more money, and that’s going to get us out of trouble. But they didn’t ask how did we get into this trouble. Well we spent too much, we borrowed too much, we regulated too much, and we printed to much – and they thought that was going to help.

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But it doesn’t work that way. Honest money means that you can’t counterfeit money. There’s a good little booklet called “The Law” by Bastiat and he teaches a principle that you, as an individual – or the government can’t do anything that you as an individual can’t do. But you are not allowed to counterfeit. Why do we allow the government to counterfeit? That’s why government is so big; they don’t have to be responsible. And we don’t need to raise the national debt so that they’re just encouraged to spend more money.

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They should not be allowed to just print the money because it is immoral; it is the encouragement for big government. There hasn’t been a war fought in the many, many centuries without debasing the currency. Since the crash of 2008, our dollar actually has been devalued 50% against gold. So therefore, look out for trouble. The odds of us cutting back over on the hill and live sensibly are not very good. So we are going to be challenged because we wil not be able to depend on our king. The king’s time has run out and guess who you’re going to have to depend on? You’re going to have to depend on yourself, your family, your friends, your neighbors, and your church, to be prepared.

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It will be challenging, there is no doubt about it, but the reason why we should be optimistic about this is we have great traditions. We know something about sound money, private property, contract rights, and it’s not quite like the kind of problems that the Soviet system met. But we will. We’re overextended internationally and we cannot be the peacemaker of the world. We cannot be nation-building because we don’t have the money.

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I, at times, when I think about what we need to do – everybody that wants to tell you what to do – you have to sacrifice. Well you know what, I don’t tell the people I talk to that it’s up to you – you have to sacrifice. You might have to go to work and take care of yourself, but what would it be like if you had less regulation and no income tax and sound money? It’s not a sacrifice. That means you can take care of yourself a lot easier.

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The people that oughta be sacrificing are the people who ripped us off in building up of the bubble and we went and bailed them out and they’re making big bucks again and we don’t – and the people who are suffering is the middle class. They’ve lost their jobs, they lost their mortgage, they lost their houses. A moral society would not let that happen. We need to believe, once again, in the principles of liberty. We need to understand why the family is the bedrock; the educational system should be through the family and the church. We should be promoting homeschooling and private schooling and not depending on our public school system.

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But the good news is I have been speaking out a lot, in the last couple years especially around the country and with a lot of young people and I spot a lot of young people here.

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The burden is falling on the young people, but it’s not the next generation; it’s this generation – it’s right here today, so we have to deal with our problem. But there’s a lot of enthusiasm from the renewal of the concept of personal liberty and the concept of our Constitution and those things that  have made America great and I thank you very much.

(applause)

Thank you!

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  • RJ

    Awesome! Keep spreading the good word!

    Ron Paul 2012!

  • Adrian

    Thanks for posting this. No one in the media wants to talk about Ron Paul even though his poll numbers are better then when he started in 07. Keep spreading the word about Ron Paul. I will be too.