Ron Paul: physical opposition to government
may become necessary
By Peter Duveen
PETER'S NEW YORK, August 20, 2008--In a radio interview today, U.S.
congressman Ron Paul said it may become necessary for citizens to
resort to physical opposition if the government continues to erode
civil liberties and commit international acts of aggression.
Asked by radio show host Alex Jones if
he believed in the use of violence or other physical action to
oppose an unjust government, Paul, a one-time presidential candidate
for the Libertarian Party and a contender for the Republican
presidential nomination until he dropped out of the race earlier this
year, answered in the affirmative.
"Well, there's always that possibility that that time will come." he said. "I believe in that."
Paul then cited Mahatma Gandhi, the
Indian spiritual leader who led nonviolent demonstrations to promote
the independence of India from Great Britain, and Martin Luther King,
who used the same nonviolent techniques on behalf of the American
civil rights movement in the 1960s, as examples of physical protest.
"When the state goes off track, you
usually do have to stand up," he said. When to do so, he said, is "an
individual personal decision."
Paul was interviewed by telephone from the Houston, Texas hospital where his wife, Carol Paul, is a patient.
On other matters, Paul said tickets
for the Rally for the Republic, a September 2 event in Minneapolis,
Minn. of which he is a chief sponsor, have been selling well. He said
he expects to address the gathering in spite of his wife's poor health
and hospitalization. His wife recently emerged from 12 days on a
respirator, and her condition is improving, Paul said.
On the economy, Paul said he did not
expect an improvement any time soon. "We' ve only had 25 percent of the
correction that is necessary" Paul said. "I think it's
going to get much worse."
Paul compared the American economic
situation to Japan's downturn in the late 1980s. "Japan still
essentially hasn't recovered," he said. The current economic downturn,
said Paul, "could last a decade or longer."
"What they're doing" is just prolonging the agony, Paul said, referring
to the bailout of investment banks and other measures initiated
earlier this year by the Federal Reserve, the nation's central bank.
Paul said the Fed's easy money policy was like continuing to give a
drug addict a fix, which he said makes the patient feel better, "but
the patient dies."
On the international front, Paul
decried the U.S. public response to the conflict between Georgia and
Russia. Paul said he supported close relations with the Russian
government, and said the friction between the U.S. and Russia was the
result of the enlargement of NATO to the Russian border. "We are in
places where we shouldn't be," he said, which "just leads to a lot of
Alex Jones's Infowars: http://www.infowars.com
Rally for the Republic: http://rally.campaignforliberty.com/
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