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"Keep Your Eye on the Target"
by 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.