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January 4, 2008

Ron Paul Defends Liberty on PBS

by tarran

Bill Moyers has published an interesting interview with Ron Paul on his website. Whether you are a friend or foe of Paul, I highly recommend it.

Part 1

Part 2:

Part 3:

He makes many good points. He calls for less government regulation of media, even in the face of Fox News’ refusal to include him in the upcoming debates. He talks about the need to raise a new generation that believes in self reliance rather than waiting for someone to give them hand-outs.I found two passages to be very meaningful. On the ideological differences between the mainstream candidates vying for both the Democratic and Republican nominations, here’s what he had to say:

… when you get up on the leadership ladder, it seems like policies aren’t a whole lot different.

Foreign policy never changed. Domestic fiscal policy, the welfare entitlement system never changes. Monetary policy won’t even be discussed. And that’s both parties. And the vehicle that you use I think is not as relevant as the message. And that has been what has driven me is the fact that we need to change course in this country. I highly respect the Constitution. But I’m not even overly rigid about the Constitution. There’s a vehicle for changing it. I just I’m not overly rigid don’t ignore it. Don’t go to war without declaring it. And you know, you listen to the Fourth Amendment. Listen to what it says about the privacy rights of the American people.

On foreign policy he makes the point that all too often is missed by his supporters and detractors. Regardless of the needfulness of the wars, we cannot afford them. Sooner or later we won’t be able to afford these adventures, and rather than having some measure of control of how these wars wind down, the wars will end disastrously for the U.S. government and to the citizens and residents of the country.

If you go by years, it was our worst year. We lost 900 men in Iraq, over 100 in Afghanistan. Afghanistan is blowing up. It’s coming unraveled. We’re involved in two countries they are trying to nation build. At the same time, it looks like we’ll be in Pakistan. So, this whole idea that there’s some type of victory going on over there, and it’s a disaster.

And they would like us to not talk about it anymore. But we cannot hide from it, because it’s tied into the finances. All great countries end when they extend themselves too far overseas. And the litmus test is what do they do to their currency? We did not have to fight the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union [collapsed] because of economic reasons. That is what’s going to happen here. We willfully invaded. You know how many weapons we have. We have more weapons, probably twice as many as everybody else put together. Nobody would dare touch us. And yet everybody’s frightened. “Oh, who’s going to attack us? And who’s going to deliver us?” But it’s the financial thing that will finally bring us to our knees.

In the end Ron Paul is accomplishing a very important task. Even if he is unsuccessful at forcing a brokered convention, his candidacy has inoculated a significant part of the U.S. electorate against making the same mistake our grandparents made in the late 1920′s and 1930′s when they embraced the fascism of Hoover and FDR, plunging the U.S. into a depression that lasted well into 1947.


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8 Comments

  1. That is exactly right.

    Comment by dbassam — January 4, 2008 @ 10:20 pm
  2. I also enjoyed Bill Moyers interview. When actually given a chance to speak his views, Dr. Paul is quite eloquent. Other interviews I’ve seen, like the Russert one, RP was being backed into a corner a little. Russert didn’t want to discuss ideas or policies. He wanted to attack Ron, and make him look bad. PBS is accused of being a bunch of leftist trash, but to me, they are considerably more “fair and balanced” than any other news outlet. I think Bill Moyers may be a closet “Paulie”. When Ron actually gets to speak, it’s hard to argue that this man would not lead our country in a productive, rather than destructive way. Ron Paul ’08

    Comment by Nathan Garrett — January 5, 2008 @ 5:10 am
  3. I also think it was a very nice, objective interview. In this modern day, we have two bunches of people competing for politics — those orators that have little backing in their philosophy and those that have a solid philosophy, but are plain-spoken. Congressman Paul is the latter and has conviction… no matter what happens. He is not just a face pushing for the office. Thank you Congressman Paul!

    Comment by Justin — January 5, 2008 @ 7:52 am
  4. It’s what I’ve been saying all along no way we can continue this Empire of ours because we simply can’t afford the bill. If other countries paid tribute to us for protection that covered the cost then I could see it being possible. We literally can’t afford to fight a war on terror by ourselves.

    I noticed that PBS has better investigative reporting (Frontline), and talk shows such as Bill Moyers and Charlie Rose too.

    Bill Moyers had a great interview with Victor Gold too. Barry Goldwater should have won. If he did maybe the Democrats would have stayed Democrats and not have taken over the Republican Party too. Barry Goldwater hated them. He once said that good Christians should kick Falwell in the ass.

    http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/06292007/watch2.html

    An elected Ron Paul would send the Pat Robertsons back home. The Neocons would go back home too. All that would be left would be the Libertarians, Goldwater Conservatives and the Eastern Establishment.

    Comment by uhm — January 5, 2008 @ 8:08 am
  5. smedley butler and fdr stood up to the facists in the 1930s and 1940s. fdr created a social safety net that was needed then and is needed now. he didn’t, however, say that it should never be held accountable to fiscal wisdom or common sense. over the past 75 years the social safety net has saved lives whereas the free market—the playground of both the facists AND the libertarians—has dictated the destruction of anyone and any thing that stands in the way of material profit.
    long live ron paul. lucky for us he is wiser, stronger, more humane, more intelligent and better informed than many of his conservative supporters—people apparently delirious with self-love and clueless as to their specific culpability in enabling the rise fo the fourth reich in america.

    Comment by ted tyson — January 5, 2008 @ 2:51 pm
  6. smedley butler and fdr stood up to the facists in the 1930s and 1940s. fdr created a social safety net that was needed then and is needed now. he didn’t, however, say that it should never be held accountable to fiscal wisdom or common sense. over the past 75 years the social safety net has saved lives whereas the free market—the playground of both the facists AND the libertarians—has dictated the destruction of anyone and any thing that stands in the way of material profit.
    long live ron paul. lucky for us he is wiser, stronger, more humane, more intelligent and better informed than many of his conservative supporters—people apparently delirious with self-love and clueless as to their specific culpability in enabling the rise of the fourth reich in america.

    Comment by ted tyson — January 5, 2008 @ 2:54 pm
  7. Ted, I’m afraid you really don’t know your history very well at all. FDR sung the praises of the fascists in the 1930′s, advocated implementing very similar institutions in the USA, and in fact was able to implement many fascist systems within this country, some of which were overturned by the Supreme Court. Do you happen to know under which President the private ownership of gold was made illegal? How about the bank holiday that caused thousands of banks to become bankrupt.

    P.S. Fascists are not free market capitalists. They are socialists who believe in very limited capitalism subject to massive regulation and intrusion by the state. You really are pretty clueless about all this, aren’t you?

    Comment by Eric — January 5, 2008 @ 6:47 pm
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