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Ron Paul Bids Farwell to Congress in a Powerful Speech For Liberty

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Ron Paul (Photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

This past Wednesday Congressman Ron Paul of Texas gave his farewell speech to Congress with heavy words of what is needed to revitalize our liberties as men and women for freedom. At the same time the stock market has been contracting throughout the month with many financial analysts speculating  a stock market crash, or at the very least a minor market correction. The latter possibility could surpass the 2008 recession market correction where many people lost 30% of their 401k’s and portfolios. With European austerity protests and public disputes over how to handle Greece becoming more volatile,  the threat of tax hikes (fiscal cliff) under the Obama administration on dividends and capital gains further strangling the middle class, the question of whether the Fed is actually doing the U.S. a service with QE3? and the  recent news that 40 states now have filed for secession from the Union has to make you wonder what has brought us to this point? Ron Paul’s farewell speech reveals the state of the crisis we face pretty clearly.

Ron Paul said this in reference to the liberties our founding fathers warned us of losing.

“After over 100 years we face a society quite different from the one that was intended by the Founders.  In many ways their efforts to protect future generations with the Constitution from this danger has failed.  Skeptics, at the time the Constitution was written in 1787, warned us of today’s possible outcome.  The insidious nature of the erosion of our liberties and the reassurance our great abundance gave us, allowed the process to evolve into the dangerous period in which we now live.”

In regards to the ever burgeoning size of the Federal Government he comments:

Today we face a dependency on government largesse for almost every need.  Our liberties are restricted and government operates outside the rule of law, protecting and rewarding those who buy or coerce government into satisfying their demands. Here are a few examples:

  • Undeclared wars are commonplace.
  • The economy is overregulated, overtaxed and grossly distorted by a deeply flawed monetary system.
  • Debt is growing exponentially.
  • The Patriot Act and FISA legislation passed without much debate have resulted in a steady erosion of our 4th Amendment rights.
  • Tragically our government engages in preemptive war, otherwise known as aggression, with no complaints from the American people.
  • The drone warfare we are pursuing worldwide is destined to end badly for us as the hatred builds for innocent lives lost and the international laws flaunted. Once we are financially weakened and militarily challenged, there will be a lot resentment thrown our way.
  • It’s now the law of the land that the military can arrest American citizens, hold them indefinitely, without charges or a trial.
  • Rampant hostility toward free trade is supported by a large number in Washington.
  • Supporters of sanctions, currency manipulation and WTO trade retaliation, call the true free traders “isolationists.”
  • Sanctions are used to punish countries that don’t follow our orders.
  • Bailouts and guarantees for all kinds of misbehavior are routine.
  • Central economic planning through monetary policy, regulations and legislative mandates has been an acceptable policy.

Differences Between 2012 Presidential Candidates Romney and Obama?

Republican and Democratic presidential candidates Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama are more alike than different in their stances on

many issues like universal health care, gun rights, energy, NDAA, the Patriot Act, Iran, sanctions, economic stimulus. bank and auto bailouts, civil rights, TARP, the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, and campaign donations.

They are both for government mandating healthcare, concur that income taxes should remain the same on those who pay the most and they agree the President may start a war on his own without a declaration of war from Congress like in the current cases of Libya and Syria.  The distinctions, are that one is more inclined toward Labor Unions and the other is more in favor of big business.

What the National Defense Authorization Act 2011 Means for You

By: Ryan Mathew Dernick

What does it mean to us as American citizens to be free? Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is what I always thought up until this little piece of legislation dubbed the National Defense Authorization Act 2011 was recently passed mid December of this year.

The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth?

The N.D.A.A. 2011 permits the  President of the United States to unlawfully detain American citizens without normal due process of law. That means our 4th and 5th Amendment rights in the Bill of Rights are absolutely nullified or non-existent.

Republican GOP Presidential Candidate Ron Paul elaborates further on the ramifications of this invasive,  draconian and inane piece of legislation for the people everywhere who appreciate democracy.

But what definitively do these amendments in the Bill of Rights, that were put in place to protect U.S. citizens actually ensure for us as Americans?

The Fourth Amendment states “that  the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

We are already being illegally searched and properties are seized at the T.S.A. checkpoints in the airports nation wide due to previous legislation like the Patriot Act passed during President G.W. Bush first term in office on October 26, 2001 after . On May 26, 2011 President Barack Obama signed a four year extension of three key provisions of the Patriot Act which are roving wiretaps, searches of business records (the “library records provision”), and conducting surveillance of “lone wolves” or individuals suspected of terrorist-related activities not linked to terrorist group.

The Fifth Amendments says “No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”

The N.D.A.A. in concert with prior pieces of legislation like the PATRIOT ACT have ensured that our civil liberties may be on thin ice. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) noted that the National Defense Authorization Acts ability to indefinitely incarcerate American citizens is absolutely unconscionable and unconstitutional.