Ron Paul Wins my Vote

I couldn’t figure out why the media (and politicos) have been ignoring Ron Paul – until I started to read more about him and what he stands for. Don’t cast your vote for any candidate, please, until you understand that the Federal Reserve bank is a private institution, not a government one:

Mr. Speaker, I rise to introduce legislation to restore financial stability to America’s economy by abolishing the Federal Reserve. I also ask unanimous consent to insert the attached article by Lew Rockwell, president of the Ludwig Von Mises Institute, which explains the benefits of abolishing the Fed and restoring the gold standard, into the record.

Since the creation of the Federal Reserve, middle and working-class Americans have been victimized by a boom-and-bust monetary policy. In addition, most Americans have suffered a steadily eroding purchasing power because of the Federal Reserve’s inflationary policies. This represents a real, if hidden, tax imposed on the American people.

From the Great Depression, to the stagflation of the seventies, to the burst of the dotcom bubble last year, every economic downturn suffered by the country over the last 80 years can be traced to Federal Reserve policy. The Fed has followed a consistent policy of flooding the economy with easy money, leading to a misallocation of resources and an artificial “boom” followed by a recession or depression when the Fed-created bubble bursts.

With a stable currency, American exporters will no longer be held hostage to an erratic monetary policy. Stabilizing the currency will also give Americans new incentives to save as they will no longer have to fear inflation eroding their savings. Those members concerned about increasing America’s exports or the low rate of savings should be enthusiastic supporters of this legislation.

Though the Federal Reserve policy harms the average American, it benefits those in a position to take advantage of the cycles in monetary policy. The main beneficiaries are those who receive access to artificially inflated money and/or credit before the inflationary effects of the policy impact the entire economy. Federal Reserve policies also benefit big spending politicians who use the inflated currency created by the Fed to hide the true costs of the welfare-warfare state. It is time for Congress to put the interests of the American people ahead of the special interests and their own appetite for big government.

Abolishing the Federal Reserve will allow Congress to reassert its constitutional authority over monetary policy. The United States Constitution grants to Congress the authority to coin money and regulate the value of the currency. The Constitution does not give Congress the authority to delegate control over monetary policy to a central bank. Furthermore, the Constitution certainly does not empower the federal government to erode the American standard of living via an inflationary monetary policy.

In fact, Congress’ constitutional mandate regarding monetary policy should only permit currency backed by stable commodities such as silver and gold to be used as legal tender. Therefore, abolishing the Federal Reserve and returning to a constitutional system will enable America to return to the type of monetary system envisioned by our nation’s founders: one where the value of money is consistent because it is tied to a commodity such as gold. Such a monetary system is the basis of a true free-market economy.

In conclusion, Mr. Speaker, I urge my colleagues to stand up for working Americans by putting an end to the manipulation of the money supply which erodes Americans’ standard of living, enlarges big government, and enriches well-connected elites, by cosponsoring my legislation to abolish the Federal Reserve.

This has nothing to do with being liberal or conservative, Democrat or Republican – it has to do with being a true American. Mr. Paul is the only one who seems to be speaking the truth – which I’m sure the establishment hates, and is the reason they’re keeping him from participating in debates and political discussions. If you elect anybody who doesn’t understand that America is fully controlled by this private institution (the Federal Reserve), your’e simply inviting disaster.

We have been controlled by and ruled in fear for far too long.

42 thoughts on “Ron Paul Wins my Vote”

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  3. Paul is the only guy in congress actually pulling for the people. He stares down the fed and calls it like it is… The best part is they dont even dare deny it…
    If it were not for the internet.. noone would know who Paul even is.. the media downplays Ron at every turn… It has been said that it does not matter who gets elected because major policy never changes with either party.. Except this time.. we dont need to rely on the Main Stream media to dangle before us a handful of “Whos the lesser evil” .
    Now for once the people can disseminate true information because of the internet.. they cant hide the Ron Paul message, they cant hide his impeccable voting record… they cant hide the fact that he is the King of the Internet! they cant hide that he outbeat so called 1st tier candidate Mc Cain in funds,.. Paul is on the Rise.. His message of freedom , Liberty, peace, monetary reform and tough Immigration cannot be downplayed anymore.. No More Corporate agendas, No more senseless wars.. No more Deficit spending no more Amnesty talk…

    Ron Paul for Presidentlll..
    Ill see you all at the Primaries with a Ron Paul vote in hand…
    Ron Paul 2008!

  4. Chris, I’ve been a fan since the first time I saw you on Call for Help. Then I found out you were a huge Weird Al fan, and I thought you were the coolest guy on TV. Now you’re pulling for Ron Paul… DOES YOUR AWESOMENESS NEVER END?!?!?!

    Oh, and I just saw your name in a book I bought about making money with AdSense. So apparently other people find you awesome enough to write about too.

  5. You’re right, Ron Paul is a breath of fresh air. He does speak truth to power, and, I agree, that is why he’s not getting the attention he so deserves.

    I think he’s fascinating and a refreshing voice from the Republican party. With that being said, you have to be careful to not be swept away by the guy.

    What’s appealing about him are his libertarian views…and both conservatives and liberals have strong libertarian views, which is why he’s appealing to both groups.

    With that being said…

    I have issues with libertarians who want to put governmental restrictions on a woman’s uterus, and who, ultimately, don’t believe women should be allowed to make up their own minds regarding whether or not they want to have children.

    What’s moreI have issues, in general, with anyone who votes against funding stem cell research, or family planning, or for abortion bills that don’t take into account the life of the woman. I’m also not a fan of his belief that there was no inteded separation between church and state by the founding fathers, and how he votes regarding those issues.

    Also, I’m not sure where you stand on the net neutrality issue, but, if you’re for it, Ron Paul is not your guy.

    There are many, many issues beyond this, where Paul may or may not be in your corner. The corners I mention might not be important to you, but they’re the big ones for me.

    I enjoy Paul. I wish we could get back to the day when these were the Republicans with whom we dealt, because then we could debate the issues, and do so truthfully. However, I don’t think we should be voting for people only because they’re acting as they should. All that shows is how far we’ve fallen. The overall picture still counts.

  6. Thanks for putting this up Chris – I had no idea Ron Paul had the balls to talk about this. Good for him (and us)

  7. I like most of what Ron Paul says. The only thing I object to is his wanting to eliminate Social Security and Medicare. As a senior citizen and paying for those all my life I now depend on them and don’t want to lose them.
    I don’t have any favorites yet – but I do have a long list of ‘cross-offs’. Sorry, Ron Paul is one of them.

  8. Please, please understand what this election is about.

    It is not about abortion. It is about perpetual war.

    We must stop it.

    There is no difference between the Democrats and the Republicans of the “top tier” – they are all members of the War Party. Ron Paul is not, and never was.

    That is the critical issue of our time. Availability or lack of abortion rights does not kill people on a daily basis; our insane war policy does.

    All of the “issues” you cite, Lunabean, are things that Paul votes against because he believes it should be left to private individuals or the States, not the Federal Government (which, as an anarcho capitalist, I agree with). Remember, it is MUCH EASIER to change a State law than a Federal one.

  9. Like Dennis Kucinich, Ron Paul is entertaining and occasionally inspiring, but he has a snowball’s chance in hell of being president.

    It’s also very easy to paint the Federal Reserve as a villain and to rhapsodize nostalgic about the gold standard. However, if you look at history, however, the basic premise, that a gold standard prevents currency manipulation, inflation, etc., just doesn’t bear up under close scrutiny. All of these things occurred in countries under the gold standard, too.

    Also, at the current price of gold, the total gold stores in the world are worth about $2.5 trillion, which is less than the amount of currency in circulation in the US alone. That means that if a gold standard were adopted, each “dollar” would not be backed by “dollar’s worth” of gold.

    For more info, read the Wikipedia article about the gold standard.

  10. Chris, you go, man!

    Lunabean said: “I’m also not a fan of his belief that there was no inteded separation between church and state by the founding fathers, and how he votes regarding those issues.”

    I just wanted to point out that Paul does believe in an intended separation, albeit one in which the government (state) is to keep its nose out of the church’s business. What he doesn’t believe is that it cuts both ways. =)

  11. Be wary!

    Ron Paul has a curious lack of policy on energy issues, global warming, sustainability, and other green issues. Why????

    It is very easy for a green liberal to be attracted to much of what a libertarian like Ron Paul says publicly, but be warned – there is no such thing as a green libertarian, not yet anyway. Libertarian ideology is the market will solve anything and everything. That is true in many ways, but it is also true that the market created many of the environmental horrors we now have no solutions for, all in the pursuit of personal financial gain without regard to the future.

    Also, with only a little research you will find Ron Paul has some serious racist skeletons in his closet.

  12. Put the Congress in charge of monetary policy? Are you kidding? I’d rather put my 12 year old son in charge (at least he’s supervised by an adult)! Have any of you ever taken an economics class? The Federal Reserve has done more to stabilze our economy than any goofy hard-money, gold-standard crap ever did. Does it surprise anyone that we haven’t had anything near a depression in the last 80 years? You think Congress is the architect of that? Hell no.

    By the way, where was the gold standard and hard money stability in the 1930s? Oh yeah – it didn’t mean a damn thing then and it doesn’t mean a damn thing now.

    Wake up. The gold standard makes about as much sense as a flat earth.

  13. Glad to see Ron Paul is getting the attention from thinking folks that he deserves. I’ve talked with him and his staff. He is a VERY humble man, very unassuming and NOT full of his self-importance. When responds to my letters the replys actually deal with my issues not a canned thank you note like all the others. Don’t like his Libertarian views fair enough. Don’t like his views on abortion fair enough. Even teh president can not overturn RvW so why worry about it. BTW what has RvW done for this nation…? Let’s list them, 50 million doctors, teachers, engineers, police officers et. butchered in teh womb for the selfish convenience of a woman’s one night stand. An entire generation of employees and business owners that would be supporting the SS program for baby boomers. Guess why teh illegal aliens are support by both parites and give su lip service hmmm…you’ll get you guys are smart your here right….lol….Yes…pass the word until the USA censors the Internet like China we need to help educate the public; which is intentionally dumbed down by public aka government schools. There’s actually more but the fact you guys just woke up to the fed. reserves is great. Now go to von Mises website and get educated on economics for your own financial sakes and your future children.
    and thanks for reading my post. Chris nice to see you mature and beyond just techno-geek stuff….keep it up….

  14. Having been a big fan of Ron Paul’s for a long time (see my URL), I’d like to clear up a misconception or two about his positions and his “being in your corner). Often he seems to be against things such as stem cell research and abortion and so-called “net neutrality,” when in actuality what he’s against are these things being decided at the Federal level. He believe in power being taken back out of the hands of Washington and reduction of the size of the Federal Government. So when he votes against a bill such as one funding stem cell research, it’s generally because he doesn’t find any constitutional authorization for the Federal Government to be taking people’s money to pay for such things. Kudos to you, Chris, for backing him. There’s more info about this remarkable man on my site: Of course, there’s plenty of information about him all over the net, since he seems to be the King of the Internet among politicians these days.

  15. Although I lean toward Libertarian I’m not sure I would agree with abolihing the Federal Reserve. I certainly agree with his statement about why the terrorists want to attack us – not because they hate our freedoms ( What we have left), but because of our foreign policy in the Middle East. I was ready to vote for him because of that, but unfortunately after investigating some of his votes I was disillusioned.

  16. No matter what you may think of abortion (for which there is a libertarian argument for each side, btw), no matter what you may think of stem cell research, no matter what you may think of internet (or other media) regulation or public education or medical marijuana or even recreational drug use (including alcohol and cigarettes, of course) or national security letters or…, well, probably just about anything, either way, on which you might possibly believe you’re at odds with Dr. Paul, the U.S. Constitution says — and his (ultimately-imposed-upon-you legislative) position is always based on this inescapable fact — the federal government simply has no legitimate authority to control it, or to conduct it, or to steal your money to pay for it (or to delegate an existing /valid/ authority to create and control the money supply to a private, increasingly secretive institution, of course).

    At the very least, the 10th Amendment says that such authorities fall to the individual petri dishes of liberty, the states, to handle as they see fit, if to government at all. They cannot be allowed to be cynically demagogued for unconstitutional political, authoritarian, ever-growing federal government gain. Well, not further, anyway…

    Enumerated federal powers, decentralized government and states’ rights, individual liberty. That’s the law, and it doesn’t apply just to selected pet issues. The free market can and will provide, voluntarily. /That’s/ how a free society works. And Dr. Paul is the only major-party candidate (in a very long time) who respects that: the consistent, limited rule of Constitutional law. Ridiculously easy choice.

  17. I just received the following email from MoveOn and they say all the Republicans in the race would just be George Bush – Act II.

    My question is, after looking at the pitiful performance by the newly elected congressional Democrats, why would anybody in their right mind vote for one of them either, let alone another Bushie?

    If you truly want this country to change course –

    Dear MoveOn member,

    What would a third Bush term look like? Endless war in Iraq, continued torture and spying, more ultra-conservative judges, more and more people without health care, and so on … it’d be awful.

    But that’s impossible, right? Well, maybe not. Every Republican candidate for president is trying to distinguish himself from Bush, but the major candidates* would carry forward Bush’s core agenda:

    ·President Giuliani would support a second escalation of the war in Iraq.
    ·President Romney would double the size of the Guantanamo Bay prison.
    ·President McCain would bomb, bomb, bomb Iran.
    ·President Fred Thompson would have offered Scooter Libby a full pardon.

    We can make sure the Bush era ends in 2008. But it means starting now, not next year: building strength in key neighborhoods, creating cutting-edge tools for volunteers, and designing the most sophisticated voter turnout effort progressives have ever run.
    * Ron Paul is first in many of the polls and is third in fundraising.

  18. Ron Paul is first politician that has excioted me in my entire adult life. America is in desparate need of an honest leader and he is the only one who can boast such. In regards to lunabeans comments I’d advise that he look at the reasons Paul voted as he did on the items listed. Regardless of his personal views on any issue his priority, and the basis for his decisions is the role of the federal government and the constitutional limits placed on it. His view is that the Constitution allows the Fed a very narrow and defined authority and has no business regulating or funding any of thise things. Read the Constitution and you’ll find he is right.

  19. Wow, no wonder people hate him. I have to really take a look at his platform now. I realize that’s TOTALLY out of Vogue, but I also think it’s about time we stopped running the country like a rich kid’s popularity contest, no matter what party you like today.

  20. What does Ron Paul believe in?

    Every Federal agency that regulates anything must be eliminated. There should not be any EPA, FDA, OSHA, FEC, etc. If the states want to do something, fine. If one state does and another doesn’t, oh well. Don’t worry, the polluted air and water will stop right at the border. Or maybe someone can sue. Or maybe they can’t.

    All Federal social programs must be eliminated. If the states want one, fine. But of course it’s rather obvious what would happen to most state programs with no Federal funding.

    So the question for all of you fanatical Ron Paul supporters is simple. What can the federal government do in Ron Paul’s worldview?

    BikerBill says that

    At the very least, the 10th Amendment says that such authorities fall to the individual petri dishes of liberty, the states, to handle as they see fit, if to government at all.

    We are talking about the petri dishes of liberty that had Jim Crow laws until forced to abandon them by that source of all evil, the Federal government, aren’t we? The ones whose state police in several proven cases and God knows how many unknown ones actually conspired to commit race based murders or at least refuse to go after the murderers? The states that until the vile Supreme Court said they couldn’t outlawed contraception in some states? The ones that had Blue Laws that said that stores couldn’t operate on Sunday and lied about their reasoning when it was pointed out that there was this Church and State problem? Those bastions of liberty?

    Why is Ron Paul so popular? Because so many Americans know nothing about history. Not really. You’ve got lots of people who think they know what the Constitution is about and why but have not a clue about how to put it in context.

    It’s the 21st Century, folks. Not the 18th or 19th. If every change requires a Constitutional amendment we might as well fold our tent as a nation now.

  21. Chris,
    Do you pay income taxes? What about everyone else? I just got out of college and don’t know what is going on. I would like to believe this is a trustworthy video but how can i?


  22. I read the othe post where the guy lists theproblems he has with Ron Paul.

    Every single one of them was a fase projection.. down to the last.
    That will make more popl vote for him just to give him a fair shake.

  23. Thanx Chris , for taking a stand on such a hot topic.
    Its great too see another individual in the media taking
    a stand for our freedoms… Vote Ron Paul and get a
    free country ……

  24. My basic Ron Paul hate letter:

    Ron Paul is first and foremost a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Ron Paul is a mass hypnotist preying on lemming-like non-thinkers. He’s Jim Jones. He’s David Koresh. He’s the Pied Piper. Paul puts on a good anti Iraq occupation face while defending U.S. militarism in general .He seems ignorant of the fact that there is just another in that long linage of U.S. Salvadorian option dirty tricks going on in Iraq.

    Far worse, Ron Paul talks as though 9/11 was a legit event. It wasn’t. No planes were hijacked on 9-11-2001.And, no planes were flown into any buildings on 9-11-2001.The entire 19 Arab hijacker story is an absurd fairy tale. Those warnings that he considers gospel were just as phony as the rest of the black-OP false flag farce now known as 9/11.

    The best two word description of Ron Paul is “Libertarian Looney”. The second best two word description of Ron Paul is “Economic Anarchist”.

    There are people and there are resources. For certain, this is a mutual point of departure you and I can agree upon. One of the core reasons groups or a population of people characterized by shared cultural or geographic bonds develop societies is to provide for their common good by their collective doling out of the blessings of the wealth and resources of the realm in which they live with some reasonable facsimile of egalitarianism.

    This is one of several things libertarians and kindred non-thinkers such as Ron Paul don’t seem to be able to understand. Government is the apparatus by which and through which that sharing and cooperating is brought about. The government is the people. It is the people promulgating this sharing and cooperating for common good. Government is the people working as in one accord for the common good of their society. There is nothing neither inherently good about small government nor inherently bad about big government.

    Do we need to maintain and defend this lame-brained capitalist system in which only a few share the preponderance of the benefits of the resources of the land?? Rather, and to be more precise, do we move toward (revolution) a far more sensible sharing and cooperating modus operandi in which the people allocate those resources with a rational even-handed approach to assure that resources benefit all.

    For crying out loud, these days in the U.S. year by year one trillion dollars migrates from the poorest 96 million households to the wealthiest 13 thousand households. With a 12.5 trillion dollar GNP ask yourself the question: how much longer can we hang on to this capitalist insanity? Our friend Ron Paul is only concerned with the well being of those wealthiest 13 thousand households, and if you understand his philosophy (he’s an economic anarchist)-which you apparently don’t- Paul’s repugnant ideology proves just this. You’ve been duped. Ron Paul’s presidential aspirations don’t deserve your support or anyone else’s. Paul’s flapdoodle pro-military anti-proletarian stance on almost every issue only seeks to accelerate this already tsunami-like surge of wealth from the masses to the few, the rich, and the powerful.

    Free market capitalism is madness and must be eliminated from the face of the earth. Free market capitalism is economic anarchy by definition .America and the world needs Marxist-Leninist-Maoist communist revolution.

    Markets only benefit those who control them. A society does not survive (and ours is not) unless this control by the few of those markets is harnessed .All the things you’re unjustly complaining about the government ignores the fact that government is a proxy of the people acting in cooperation and sharing in the people’s quest to reign in the monopolizing of the benefits of the resources of the land by that aforementioned few, rich, and powerful. Without such a holding of sway, on the economic side of things ,we will not survive – period.

    Every penny spent on national defense throughout our nation’s entire history is fraudulent and farcical. Every bullet fired by the U.S. military throughout it’s entire history is a fraud. All of history’s U.S foreign aggression consists of pirating and racketeering purposed with stealing the resources of other nations following a season of demonizing lies against any head of state that isn’t content with their nation’s being a client state serving predatory global capitalism and criminal finance oligarchs.

    All right, I feel you might want to ask ‘what about the hallowed WWII’? Didn’t we save the world from Hitler? Fact is that if the U.S. hadn’t been enticed by Zionist to enter the First World War, there would not have even so much as been a WWII. We should blame Zionist influences, B’nai Brith, and the Rothshields for the Balfore connected underhanded under the table Zionist dealings that led to America’s entering that European war now known as WWI. Germany and England were primed to end WWI under conditions equitable to both sides. The blatant unfairness of the Treaty of Versailles coupled with the fact that the Jewish bankers were conspiring to shrink the Deutsch Mark to oblivion set the stage. Brown Brothers Harriman, Fritz Thyssen, Samuel Prescott Bush (great grandfather of current U.S. President George W. Bush), the Rothshields -of course- and other western finance criminals helped fund the Third Reich into power. WWII was not a war involving the Allies vs. the Axis powers. Rather it was the Illuminati vs. the people of the earth with proletarian killing proletarian to the tune of 55 million deaths. Then comes Britton Woods and the U.S. perfidious Albion was born foreboding the death of the human species unless we somehow reverse this capitalist imperialist American Exceptionalist foolhardiness.

    “The first casualty when war comes is truth”. ~ Hiram W. Johnson
    “History is written by the winners”. ~ Alex Haley

    The U.S. has a friendly neighbor to the north, a friendly neighbor to the south, and vast oceans to the east and west. There is no justifiable reason for the United States of America to even have a standing army. In fact Jefferson and Madison urged early on that we not. They were ignored. All support of U.S. military aggression can be chalked up to ignorance, racism, xenophobia, and ignorant worship of the Golden Calf “City on a Hill” U.S. of A. myth paradigm.

    Ron Paul: Not!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. When they asked what I would need to vote, I said, “Someone that at least talks from their heart”. And now I see him, a politician, yet a man of integrity and honesty; Ron Paul.

  26. wow, this is the guy who helped me unfux my computer so many times back in the days when techtv and g4 were separate entities.

    and chris pirillo STILL knows the deal!

    anyone unconvinced of ron paul should challenge themselves to find a valid reason not to vote for him. and remember, this is the internet, why settle for blogger responses when links to source material are everywhere? look for flip-flopping, pandering, ANYTHING that proves he’s off track. you will quickly find that paul belittles ALL candidates in honesty and efficiency, and has NEVER voted to curb the rights of americans since the first day he was able to cast a vote.

    make your vote informed, do not let the next president simply be the one who sat on television longer.

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