Subject:  A must read!
Date:     Tue, 30 Apr 2002 09:34:20 -0700
From:     John
Sent:     Monday, April 29, 2002 12:07 PM
Subject:  "Congressman Too Truthful" (Congressman Ron Paul)
                “Keep Your Eye on the Target”
                    Congressman Ron Paul
                  House of Representatives
                     203 Cannon H.O.B.
                   Washington, D.C. 20515
 The other day, I made a huge "gaffe" on national TV:
 I told the truth about the crimes of the U.S. government.
 As you can imagine, the ceiling fell in, and a couple of walls
 too.  Congressman are supposed to support the government, I was
 told. Oh, it's okay to criticize around the edges, but there are
 certain subjects a member of the House of Representatives is not
 supposed to bring up.  But I touched the real "third-rail" of
 American politics, and the sparks sure flew.
 I was interviewed on C-SPAN's morning "Washington Journal,”
 and I used the opportunity, as I do all such media appearances,
 to point out how many of our liberties have been stolen
 by the federal government. We must take them back.
 The Constitution, after all, has a very limited role for
 Washington, D.C.
 If we stuck to the Constitution as written, we would have:
 No federal meddling in our schools; no Federal Reserve; no U.S.
 membership in the UN; no gun control; and no foreign aid.  We
 would have no welfare for big corporations, or the "poor"; no
 American troops in 100 foreign countries; no Nafta, Gatt, or
 "fast-track"; no arrogant federal judges usurping states rights;
 no attacks on private property; and no income tax.
 We could get rid of most of the cabinet departments, most of
 the agencies, and most of the budget. The government would be
 small, frugal, and limited.
 That system is called liberty. It's what the Founding Fathers
 gave us.  Under liberty, we built the greatest, freest, most
 prosperous, most decent country on earth.  It's no coincidence
 that the monstrous growth of the federal government has been
 accompanied by a sickening decline in living standards and
 moral standards.  The feds want us to be hamsters on a
 treadmill ‑‑ working hard, all day long, to pay high taxes, but
 otherwise entirely docile and controlled.  The huge, expensive,
 and out‑of‑control leviathan that we call the federal government
 wants to run every single aspect of our lives.
 Well, I'm sorry, but that's not America.  It's not what the
 Founders gave us.  It's not the country you believe in. It's not
 the country I believe in. So, on that TV interview, I emphasized
 not only the attacks on our property, but also the decline of
 our civil liberties, at the hands of the federal police.
 There are not supposed to be any federal police, according to
 the Constitution.
 Then I really went over the line.  I talked about the Waco
 massacre.  Bill Clinton and Janet Reno claim those 81 church
 members, including 19 children, burned down their own church
 and killed themselves, and good riddance.  So they put few
 survivors on trial, and threw them in prison for 40 years.
 We're not supposed to remember that the Bureau of Alcohol,
 Tobacco, and Firearms ‑‑ talk about an unconstitutional
 Agency ‑‑ rather than arrest David Koresh on his regular morning
 jog, called in the TV stations for big publicity bonanza, and
 sent a swat team in black masks and black uniforms to break down
 his front door, guns blazing.  They also sent in a helicopter
 gunship, to shoot at the roof of a church full of innocents.
 The Branch Davidians resisted, and after a heartless siege of
 almost two months, and after cutting off food, water, and
 electricity, and playing horrible rock and roll through huge
 speakers 24 hours a day, the feds sent in the tanks to crush the
 walls of the church, and inject poisonous CS gas.
 Now, CS gas is banned under the Paris Convention on
 Chemical Warfare.  The U.S. could not use it in a war.
 But it could and did use it against American civilians.
 After the tanks did their work on the church, the place burst
 into flame, and all 81 people -- men, women, children, and
 babies -- were incinerated in a screaming horror.
 Did some feds set the fire?
 Did the flammable CS gas ignite, since without electricity,
 the parishioners were using lanterns?  Did a tank knock over a
 lantern, striking one of the bales of hay being used against the
 thin walls as a "defense" against bullets? Or did the Davidians,
 as Clinton and Reno claim, kill themselves?
 A new documentary ‑‑ Waco: The Rules of Engagement ‑‑ may
 show, through FLIR infrared photography, FBI snipers killing
 the Davidians by shooting through the back of the church, where
 no media cameras were allowed.  This film won a prize at the
 famed Sundance Film Festival.  It was made by people who took
 the government's side, until they investigated.
 Whatever the truth, there's no question that an irresponsible
 federal government has innocent blood on its hands, and not only
 from Waco.  And the refusal of corrupt and perverse liberals to
 admit it means nothing.
 In my interview, in answer to a caller's question, I pointed
 out that Waco, and the federal murders at Ruby Ridge ‑‑
 especially the FBI sniper's shot that blasted apart the head
 of a young mother holding her baby ‑‑ caused many Americans to
 live in fear of federal power.
 Then I uttered the sentiment that caused the media hysteria:
 I said that a lot of Americans fear that they too might
 be attacked by federal swat teams for exercising their
 constitutional rights, or merely for wanting to be left alone.
 Whoa! You've never seen anything like it.  For days, in an
 all‑out assault, I was attacked by Democrats, unions, big
 business, establishment Republicans, and ‑‑ of course ‑‑
 the media, in Washington and my home state of Texas.
 Newspapers foamed at the mouth, calling me a "right-wing
 extremist."  (Say, isn't that what George III called
 Thomas Jefferson?)
 I was even blamed for the Oklahoma City bombing!  And by the
 way, I don't believe we've gotten the full truth on that either.
 All my many opponents were outraged that a Congressman would
 criticize big government.  "If you don't like Washington,
 resign!" said a typical big-city newspaper editorial.
 But the media, as usual, were all wet.  (Do they ever get
 anything right?)  The average Congressman may go to
 Washington to wallow in power, and line his pockets with a big
 lobbying job for a special interest (so he can keep ripping‑off
 the taxpayers). But that's not why I'm in Congress. It's not why
 I left my medical practice as a physician. It's not why I put up
 with all the abuse. It's not why I refuse a plush Congressional
 I'm in this fight for a reason.  I want to hand on to my
 children and grandchildren, and to you and your family,
 a great and free  America, an America true to her Constitution,
 an America worthy of her history.  I will not let the crooks
 and clowns and criminals have their way.  I'm in Congress to
 represent the ideas of liberty, the ideas that you and I share,
 for the people of my district, for the people of Texas, for the
 people of America.  That's why I'm working to stop federal
 abuses, and to cut the government:  its taxes, its bureaucrats,
 its paramilitary police, its spending, its meddling overseas,
 and every single unconstitutional action it takes. And not with
 a pair of nail scissors, but with a hammer and chisel.
 Won't you help me do this work?
 Not much of the federal leviathan would be left, if I had my
 way.  But you'd be able to keep the money you earn, your privacy
 would be secure, your dollar would be sound, your local school
 would be tops, and your kids wouldn't be sent off to some
 useless or vicious foreign war to fight for the UN.
 But Jefferson and the other Founders would recognize our
 government, and our descendants would bless us.  By the way,
 when I say cut taxes, I don't mean fiddle with the code.
 I mean abolish the income tax and the IRS, and replace them
 with nothing.
 Recently, I asked a famous Republican committee chairman ‑‑
 who's always talking about getting rid of IRS- why he engineered
 a secret $580 million raise for the tax collectors.  "They need
 it for their computers," this guy told me.  So the IRS can't
 extract enough from us as it is!  The National Taxpayers Union
 says I have the highest pro-taxpayer rating in Congressional
 history, that I am the top "Taxpayer's Best Friend."  You know
 I won't play the Capitol Hill games with the Capitol Hill gang,
 denouncing the IRS while giving the Gestapo more of your
 money.  Or figuring out some other federal tax for them to
 squeeze out of you.  I also want to abolish the Federal Reserve,
 and send Alan Greenspan out to get a job.
 The value of our dollar and the level of our interest rates are
 not supposed to be manipulated by a few members of the power
 elite meeting secretly in a marble palace.  The Federal Reserve
 is unconstitutional, pure and simple.  The only Constitutional
 money is gold and silver, not notes redeemable in them.  Not fed
 funny money.  Without the Federal Reserve, our money could not
 be inflated at the behest of big government or big banks.  Your
 income and savings would not lose their value.  Just as
 important, we wouldn't have this endless string of booms and
 busts, recessions and depressions, with each bust getting worse.
 They aren't natural to the free market;  they're caused by the
 schemers at the Fed.  President Andrew Jackson called the
 19th century Fed "The Monster" because it was a vehicle for
 inflation and all sorts of special‑interest corruption.
 Let me tell you, things haven't changed a bit.
 I also work to save our schools from D.C. interference.
 Thanks to the feds, new curriculums not only smear the
 Founders as "racist, slave-owning elitists," they seek to
 dumb down our students so they will all be equal.
 "Look-say" reading and the abolition of phonics has the same
 purpose, and so does the new "fuzzy" math, in which there are
 no right and no wrong answers.  That must be what they use
 in the U.S. Treasury!  It's certainly what they use in the U.S.
 But ever since the beginning of federal aid to education and
 accelerating with the establishment of the rotten Department of
 Education, SAT scores have been dropping.  Schools, with few
 exceptions, are getting worse every year.  To save our kids, we
 must get the sticky fingers of the feds off our local schools,
 and let parents rule.  That's what the Constitution says,
 and the Bible too.
 And then there's my least favorite topic, the UN.  World
 government is obviously unconstitutional.  It undermines our
 country's sovereignty in the worst way possible.  That's why I
 want us out of the UN, and the UN itself taking a hike.
 After all, the UN is socialist and corrupt (many votes can be
 bought with a "blonde and a case of scotch," one UN ambassador
 once said).  It costs many billions, and it puts our soldiers in
 UN uniforms under foreign commanders, and sends them off to
 unconstitutional, undeclared wars.  When Michael New, one of
 the finest young men I've ever met, objected to wearing UN blue,
 he was kicked out of the American Army.  What an outrage!  Not
 one dime for the UN, and not one American soldier! Not in Haiti,
 not in Bosnia, not in Somalia, not in Rwanda.  I know it’s
 radical, but how about devoting American military efforts to
 defending America, and only America?
 Such ideas, said one newspaper reporter, make me a maverick
 who will never go far because he won't go along to get along.
 Darn right!  What does "go far" mean?  Get a big government job?
 To heck with that.  And I won't sell my vote for pork either.
 When I walked through the U.S. Capitol this morning, I got
 angry.  The building is filled with statues and painting of
 Jefferson, Madison, and the other Founders.  Those great men
 sacrificed everything to give us a free country, and a
 Constitution to keep it that way.
 When I was first elected, I placed my hand on the Bible and
 swore an oath to uphold the Constitution.  That's exactly what
 I'm fighting for.  But such ideas drive the liberals crazy.
 That's why I badly need your help. I've been targeted nationally
 for defeat.  The Democrats, the AFL-CIO, the teachers union,
 big business PACs, the trial lawyers, the big bankers, the
 foreign-aid lobbyists, the big media, and the establishment
 Republicans want to dance on my political grave.  The Fed, the
 Education Department, and the UN are anxious to join in.
 They can't stand even one person telling the truth.
 And they're terrified when that truth gains the people's
 Right now, four well-funded Democrats are competing to try to
 beat me, and a Republican is rumored to have been offered
 money at a secret meeting in Mexico(!) if he would try to knock
 me off in a primary.  Won't you help me stay up here to fight?
 Frankly, I am in trouble if you don't.  My Texas district has
 22,000 square miles (not a misprint).  I've got to travel all
 over it, set up small offices to be manned by volunteers,
 advertise, pay phone bills, and distribute video and audio tapes
 to the people to get around the big-media lies.  As I know from
 my last election, which I won by the skin of my teeth,
 the media will carry any smear, repeat any libel, throw any
 piece of mud, no matter how untrue.  In fact, the less true,
 the more they like it.  They are determined to silence me.
 But you can help me overcome all this.
 Together, we can beat the bad guys arrayed against our country
 and our freedom.  We can support the Constitution.  We can win.
 Your generous contribution of $25 or $50 would be great ...
 $100, $250, or even $500 or $1,000 would be magnificent.
 Of course, any amount would help, and in return, I will keep you
 up‑to‑date on this fight as a member of my "kitchen cabinet."
 What great men founded this country!  What great people have
 carried on their fight!  That fight is not lost, not if you will
 join it.
 Washington, D.C. is a loser, but among the people, our ideas are
 gaining every single day.
 Keep the tide turning in our direction.  Please make your most
 generous contribution. Join this fight for the Constitution, and
 stop those who want to rip it up, and throw it in the Potomac.
 Together, we can join the Founders' fight. Together, we can make
 Ron Paul
 U. S. Congressman
 203 Cannon House Office Building
 Washington D.C. 20515
 Committee to Re-elect Ron Paul
 837 W. Plantation
 Clute, Texas 77531
“Keep Your Eye on the Target,” by Congressman Ron Paul



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