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Ronald Ernest Paul (born August 20, 1935) is an American author, physician, and retired politician who served as the U.S. Representative for Texas's 22nd congressional district from 1976 to 1977 and again from 1979 to 1985, and then for Texas's 14th congressional district from 1997 to 2013. On three occasions, he sought the presidency of the United States: as the Libertarian Party nominee in 1988 and as a candidate for the Republican Party in 2008 and 2012. A self-described constitutionalist, Paul is a critic of the federal government's fiscal policies, especially the existence of the Federal Reserve and the tax policy, as well as the military–industrial complex, the war on drugs, and the war on terror. He has also been a vocal critic of mass surveillance policies such as the USA PATRIOT Act and the NSA surveillance programs. He was the first chairman of the conservative PAC Citizens for a Sound Economy, a free-market group focused on limited government, and has been characterized as the "intellectual godfather" of the Tea Party movement, a fiscally conservative political movement that is largely against most matters of interventionism.

Paul served as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force from 1963 to 1968, and worked as an obstetrician-gynecologist from the 1960s to the 1980s. He became the first Representative in history to serve concurrently with a child in Congress when his son, Rand Paul, was elected to the U.S. Senate from Kentucky in 2010. Paul is a Senior Fellow of the Mises Institute, and has published a number of books and promoted the ideas of economists of the Austrian School such as Murray Rothbard, Friedrich Hayek, and Ludwig von Mises during his political campaigns.

After the popularity and grassroots enthusiasm of his 2008 presidential bid, Paul announced in July 2011 that he would forgo seeking another term in Congress in order to focus on his 2012 bid for the presidency. Finishing in the top four with delegates in both races (while winning four states in the 2012 primaries), he refused to endorse the Republican nominations of John McCain and Mitt Romney during their respective 2008 and 2012 campaigns, and on May 14, 2012, Paul announced that he would not be competing in any other presidential primaries but that he would still compete for delegates in states where the primary elections had already been held. At both the 2008 and 2012 Republican National Conventions, Paul received the second-highest amount of delegates behind only McCain and Romney respectively.

In January 2013, Paul retired from Congress but still remains active on college campuses, giving speeches promoting his libertarian vision. He also continues to provide political commentary through The Ron Paul Liberty Report, a web show he co-hosts on YouTube. Paul received one electoral vote from a Texas faithless elector in the 2016 presidential election, making him the oldest person to receive an Electoral College vote, as well as the second registered Libertarian presidential candidate in history to receive an electoral vote, after John Hospers in 1972.


Because gold is honest money it is disliked by dishonest men.



What we should all argue for is the use of freedom rather than having a monetary system with regulation domination that is run by a cartel and the special interests -- that is the kind of system we have today.



Though I don't personally believe that Bitcoin is true money, it should be perfectly legal, and there should be no restrictions on it; there should be no taxes on it.



When the dollar is in trouble, that will be one of the alternatives, and the more Bitcoins are used, the worse it will be for the dollar.



A failing state cannot stop a revolution whose time has come.





We must educate ourselves and others about our precious civil liberties to ensure that we never accept demands that we give up our Constitution so that the government can pretend to protect us.



The Federal Reserve and Congress have systematically taught the American people to trust the government and that caution in spending is harmful to the economy.



I lean toward a flat tax. But I want to make it real flat, like ZERO.



The Federal Reserve System is nothing more than legalized counterfeit.



Unfortunately, the greater the humanitarian outreach, the greater the violence required to achieve it.





Stop policing the world and we can get rid of income tax.



When one person can initiate war, by its definition, a republic no longer exists.



We have a greater responsibility to act than those who live in ignorance. Once you become knowledgeable, you have an obligation to do something about it.



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.



I'm not against the FBI investigation in doing a proper role, but I'm against the FBI spying on people like Martin Luther King. I'm against the CIA fighting secret wars and overthrowing government.



Why is patriotism thought to be blind loyalty to the government and the politicians who run it, rather than loyalty to the principles of liberty and support for the people? Real patriotism is a willingness to challenge the government when it's wrong.



Close Dept. of Education, but don't dismantle public schools.



Our goals can only be achieved with a society that respects and equally protects the rights of every human being, old and young, rich and poor, regardless of gender, color, race, or creed. We must reject the initiation of violence by individuals or government as morally repugnant.



Is it any more moral to dilute the value of the purchasing power of the money you hold in your wallet than it is for the farmer to dilute the milk supply with water?



Without precise meanings behind words, politicians and elites can obscure reality and condition people to reflexively associate certain words with positive or negative perceptions. In other words, unpleasant facts can be hidden behind purposely meaningless language.



History has shown that the masses have been quite receptive to the promises of authoritarians which are rarely if ever fulfilled.



For those who have asked, I freely confess that Jesus Christ is my personal Savior, and that I seek His guidance in all that I do.



I never voted to spend one penny of Social Security money.



Government should never be able to do anything you can't do. If you can't steal from your neighbor, you can't send the government to steal for you.



I have some help on tweeting.



The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God's grace alone can accomplish such a thing.



Freedom is living without government coercion. So when a politician talks about freedom for this group or that, ask yourself whether he is advocating more government action or less.





What we need is a strong defense, but right now there is zero chance of an invasion by another country and right now we have more firepower than all other countries put together.



The American people are sick and tired of Washington and the people who have been in charge have been passing all these bills and I've been voting no all of the time and vote no on these appropriation bills.







Truth is treason in the empire of lies.



Big government flourishes under Republicans.







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



Demanding domestic security in times of war invites carelessness in preserving civil liberties and the right of privacy. Frequently the people are only too anxious for their freedoms to be sacrificed on the altar of authoritarianism thought to be necessary to remain safe and secure.



No matter how many pro-freedom politicians we elect to office, the only way to guarantee constitutional government is through an educated and activist public devoted to the ideals of liberty.



Too many members of Congress believe they can solve all economic problems, cure all social ills, and bring about worldwide peace and prosperity simply by creating new federal programs.



When it comes to the environment and global warming from emissions, it has to be dealt with in one of two ways -- preemptive regulations, which I don't agree with, or with private property principles. Nobody has the right to pollute their neighbors' air or water or land.



Once you get the government involved in agriculture you'll have nothing but problems and expenses.



I will veto any spending bill that contains funding for Planned Parenthood, facilities that perform abortion and all government family planning schemes.



Our forefathers would think it's time for a revolution. This is why they revolted in the first place... They revolted against much more mild oppression.





Young people are not raw material to be employed by the political class on behalf of whatever fashionable political, military, or social cause catches its fancy. In a free society, their lives are not the playthings of government.



We don't have the freedom of speech to talk about the weather. We have the first amendment so we can say some very controversial things.



American voters should understand that Congress will always find a way to spend every last dollar sent to Washington.

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American voters should understand that Congress will always find a way to spend every last dollar sent to Washington. Remember, politicians get votes by promising everything to everyone, always at the expense of some other invisible taxpayers. ...The federal government cannot maintain a budget surplus any more than an alcoholic can leave a fresh bottle of whiskey untouched in the cupboard.



The ultimate goal of the anti-religious elites is to transform America into a completely secular nation, a nation that is legally and culturally biased against Christianity.



Jury verdicts, basketball games, and even music are enough to set off black rage, it seems.



We in the Congress have a moral and constitutional obligation to protect the value of the dollar and to understand why it is so important to the economy that a central bank not be given the unbelievable power of inflating a currency at will and pretending that it knows how to fine-tune an economy through this counterfeit system of money.



The Cap and Trade Bill HR 2454 was voted on last Friday. Proponents claim this bill will help the environment, but what it really does is put another nail in the economy's coffin.





Everyone on the Commission assumes that 9 11 resulted from a lack of government action. No one in Washington has raised the question of whether our shortcomings, brought to light by 9 11, could have been a result of too much government.



The federal government cannot maintain a budget surplus any more than an alcoholic can leave a fresh bottle of whiskey untouched in the cupboard.



Unskilled and inexperienced workers are the ones most often deprived of employment opportunities by increases in the minimum wage.



By encouraging Americans to adopt a group mentality, the advocates of so called 'diversity' actually perpetuate racism. Their obsession with racial group identity is inherently racist.



There is no such thing as a hate crime.



It would help the poor people who need jobs. Minimum wage is a mandate. We're against mandates so why should we have it? It would be very beneficial.





Given the inefficiencies of what DC laughingly calls the 'criminal justice system,' I think we can safely assume that 95 percent of the black males in that city are semi-criminal or entirely criminal.



I wouldn't vote against getting rid of the Jim Crow laws.



For the same reason a disease cannot be cured by more of the germ that caused it, the inflation and debt accumulation of the Obama years will not inflate our way out of it.





In the end, there is no substitute for clear thinking, logic, and common sense.... A better path to enlightenment involves reading and thinking for yourself.



Speak up, speak often and don't worry about those that at this point cannot understand as they can never un-hear what we tell them.







I'm all for raw milk. I think you should make your own choice on whether you drink raw milk or not.



I'm an imperfect messenger, but the message is perfect.









Unlike Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, I never voted to provide taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood.



Outsourcing is a reflection of a bad economic environment domestically. If you fix that, you fix outsourcing. Our primary export is paper money, and that should change if you change the monetary policy.



Right now, nobody legalized paper money. Where did that come from.



I have a personal belief that you never have to give up liberty for security. You can still provide security without sacrificing our Bill of Rights.



When the goal of political action is no longer the defense of liberty, no word other than demagoguery can describe the despicable nature of politics.



Only about 5 percent of blacks have sensible political opinions.



I am convinced that there are more threats to American liberty within the 10-mile radius of my office on Capitol Hill than there are on the rest of the globe.



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.



If you ever can bring about revolutionary changes,
two things would be required:
young people would have to be involved
and you would need music.



Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution says Congress has the ability to coin money and regulate the currency and doesn't say anything about gold or silver.



The true patriot is motivated by a sense of responsibility and out of self-interest for himself, his family, and the future of his country to resist government abuse of power. He rejects the notion that patriotism means obedience to the state.









What you are inferring is, If we were to legalise heroin tomorrow everybody would use heroin. How many people here would start using heroin? I bet nobody would. Oh yeah, I need the government to take care of me. I don't want to use heroin, so I need these laws.



I think it's a theory... the theory of evolution and I don't accept it as a theory.



One thing is clear: The Founding Fathers never intended a nation where citizens would pay nearly half of everything they earn to the government.





As an O.B. doctor of thirty years, and having delivered 4,000 babies, I can assure you life begins at conception.



This much is true: you have been lied to.





What if the American people woke up and understood that the official reasons for going to war are almost always based on lies and promoted by war propaganda in order to serve special interests?



There is no reason, in a free society, that farmers shouldn't be allowed to raise hemp. Hemp is a good product.



You know, the greatest hoax I think that has been around in many, many years if not hundreds of years has been this hoax on the environment and global warming. You notice they don't call it global warming anymore. It's weather control.





Israeli government and the neocons want US to bomb Iran.



Suicide terrorism stops when we stop intervening abroad.





I think the policy makers like the idea of being the boss. I mean people who like to boss other people around like to go into politics so they can become the boss.







During the last campaign I knew what was happening. You know, they mocked me for my foreign policy and they laughed at my monetary policy. No more. No more.





Today's events are reminiscent of the Old Testament story of how the Israelites demanded a king over God's objection. They believed that a king would give them peace and security. The results proved otherwise.



What we need to do is not only live within our means, but start paying down the deficit, and offer an opportunity at least for the next generation to get out.



Bush humble foreign policy was hijacked into nation-building.



But whether the resistance against government tyrants is non-violent or physically violent, the effort to overthrow state oppression qualifies as true patriotism.





With the exception of the military industrial complex, we all want a more peaceful world.



Once again, President Clinton is using American troops to deflect attention from his record of lies, distortions, obstructions of justice and abuse of power.



America's heart and soul is more embedded in our love of liberty, self-reliance, and tolerance than by our foreign policy, driven by powerful special interests with little regard for the Constitution.



The notion of a rigid separation between church and state has no basis in either the text of the Constitution or the writings of our Founding Fathers. On the contrary, our Founders' political views were strongly informed by their religious beliefs.



Intellectually and compassionately explaining the reason freedom works is required for credibility.





Quantitative easing is just the latest chapter in the Federal Reserve's hundred-year history of failure. ... The American people have suffered long enough under a monetary policy controlled by an unaccountable, secretive central bank. It is time to finally audit -- and then end -- the Fed.


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