Sunday, September 20, 2009

Ron Paul Inteview with Time Magazine

Saw this 9/17/2009 interview with Congressman Ron Paul -- the unsuccessful 2008 Republican presidential candidate. In it, Rep. Paul gives his usual light-hearted but eminently reasonable responses to current events and our current situation, fielding questions ranging from his treatment at the hands of the major media to his views on the Federal Reserve. I supported Dr. Paul in his presidential bid, and still do. In fact, I think he's one of the very few government officials who really and truly understand the national predicament we find ourselves in today. For example, Paul's libertarian views against the income tax cut to the heart of the question: income taxes are incompatible with a free society because they derrogate a right to our incomes -- a principle which effectively makes us slaves and cedes our property rights to government. Once we do so, it is no longer a question of whether we own the fruits of labor -- we do not. We are left only to beg for whatever scraps the government decides to allow us to keep. This is slavery. I heard this principle illustrated just the other day while listening to the radio. A caller to some late night radio program was railing against churches paying no taxes. According to him, this was a government "hand-out" to the churches. In other words, letting the churches *keep* all of their donations was a "government giveaway" which removed the churches ability to criticize government policies! So the donations which you and I give to the church are not their property -- but in reality belong to the government which arrogates the power to decide how much of the donations they may keep. Unbelievable, but this is the logical principle to which an income tax must necessarily lead. Anyway, Rep. Paul is one of the very few who seem to understand the crux of this and so many other problems that face this government. Go watch the interview and see how different a course we could have chosen in the last election. Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness -- how far these ideals seem from us today.