Congressman Ron Paul on the Makings of a Police State


Daring to Speak the Unspeakable

Recently I came across this amazing speech in the House of Representatives by Congressman Ron Paul titled ‘Is America a Police State?’ I say amazing for several reasons. Obviously the title is a major reason. I wonder why? Also, the mere fact of these words beings delivered on the floor of Congress. Not only that; if you look at the date this speech was delivered, and remember the climate during that time, you’ll appreciate the amount of courage it would take to speak these words in a place where everyone…

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    Terror and fear are used to achieve complacency and obedience, especially when citizens are deluded into believing they are still a free people. The changes, they are assured, will be minimal, short-lived, and necessary, such as those that occur in times of a declared war. Under these conditions, most citizens believe that once the war is won, the restrictions on their liberties will be reversed. For the most part, however, after a declared war is over, the return to normalcy is never complete. In an undeclared war, without a precise enemy and therefore no precise ending, returning to normalcy can prove illusory.

    Most police states, surprisingly, come about through the democratic process with majority support. During a crisis, the rights of individuals and the minority are more easily trampled, which is more likely to condition a nation to become a police state than a military coup. Promised benefits initially seem to exceed the cost in dollars or lost freedom. When people face terrorism or great fear- from whatever source- the tendency to demand economic and physical security over liberty and self-reliance proves irresistible. The masses are easily led to believe that security and liberty are mutually exclusive, and demand for security far exceeds that for liberty.

    Once it's discovered that the desire for both economic and physical security that prompted the sacrifice of liberty inevitably led to the loss of prosperity and no real safety, it's too late. Reversing the trend from authoritarian rule toward a freer society becomes very difficult, takes a long time, and entails much suffering.

    It may be true that the average American does not feel intimidated by the encroachment of the police state. I'm sure our citizens are more tolerant of what they see as mere nuisances because they have been deluded into believing all this government supervision is necessary and helpful- and besides they are living quite comfortably, material wise. However the reaction will be different once all this new legislation we're passing comes into full force, and the material comforts that soften our concerns for government regulations are decreased. This attitude then will change dramatically, but the trend toward the authoritarian state will be difficult to reverse.

...Well, at least there is one outspoken representative out there who sees what we see. We don’t have to agree with every other view or stand taken by Representative Paul, but on this particular issue, the rapid erosion of our civil liberties, I don’t see anyone else out there. How do we go about getting more of them?!

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  1. everyone should look into bob schulz
    and the formation of a new Continental Congress which is happening right now-check here http://www.givemeliberty.org/ for election information including dates and candidates from each state-it`s time to really take our country back by ousting the current corrupted congress

  2. I don't respect Ron Paul in the sense that he doesn't have the guts to run as a Libertarian (which is what he really is). So instead, he compromises his "values" and keeps running as a "Republican" (so he doesn't lose his job).

    As far as saying we're a police state in many ways, he has some vaid points. Why do millions of people who say they're concerned about this do nothing? Because not all but many settle for the status quo. I hate my job, my wife and kids drive me nuts, I wish I had a better car, etc. But, we're not homeless. So it's ok. There's a detachment from the ulgy reality that's going on.

    When the MSM gives those rare "reports" on Iraq and Afghanistan, how many people pay attention? In some ways it's like back in Vietnam. Cronkite gave out the stock market results and then the casulty figures for the day. And to many they paid no attention.

    Another part of the problem is many of these people refusing to see Obama as anything but perfect. He'll solve all of our problems because he's been packaged as being the Ultra Cool Perfect President.

    Now reality. Name one real change that he's done since he's been elected. He hasn't done anything. He continues to believe that "bi-partisanship" will solve all of our problems. Meanwhile the neocons are still pissed off that he's President. Many want to destroy him. Other racist nutjobs want to see him get killed. Is THAT why he won't be tougher (and then risk being labeled as "uppity" by the Still Mostly White Power Elite)?

    I don't listen to progressive talk radio anymore because what's the point? Is anybody else sick of hearing hosts saying how much longer are we going to put up with this? I know it's not their job to fix this. But still, there are only so many ways to say the neocons are sick and twisted, we need single payer now, etc.

    Not ready to emigrate yet. But very frustrated….

  3. In response to T, hate to burst your bubble, but Dr. Paul did run as a Libertarin in 1988 for President. He came in 3rd place.

    However, he found out the hard way that the "3rd Party" doesn't work, and frankly will never work thanks to the "Washington Party". (To those, who think we have a 2 party system need to stop drinking the Left v Right Kool-Aid)
    If he hadn't run for President under the GOP flag, he would not have gotten in the debates, wouldn't have gained the support of millions of Americans, and we wouldn't have had the tea parties that have taken place, including the one this past weekend in DC where anywhere from a million to 2 million people came and marched. (That isn't including the people all over the country who had their own tea parties in various cities amongst the states)
    Also, we wouldn't have state chapters of "End the Fed" throughout the country.
    I understand your puriest visions, because I believe in them myself, but in this instance, with Dr. Paul compromising his principles in under to get into the ring with the big boys, I'll be glad to be his cut man, and trainer.

    It's all about Freedom. Freedom doesn't have a central plan. Dr Paul uses politics to gain freedom, Sibel uses this blog, and her countless work in educating the people on the abuses. I take the track of supporting liberty minded organizations, and talking to people about the moral superiority of liberty.

    "Freedom's the answer, what is the freaking question". Ernest Hancock.

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