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Ron Paul: Federal Agents Should Be Disarmed – OpEd

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While I oppose most gun control proposals, there is one group of Americans I do believe should be disarmed: federal agents. The use of force by federal agents to enforce unjust and unconstitutional laws is one of the major, albeit overlooked, threats to liberty. Too often Americans are victimized by government force simply for engaging in commercial transactions disproved of by Congress and the federal bureaucracy.

For example, the offices of Rawesome Foods in Venice, California, have been repeatedly raided by armed federal and state agents, and Rawesome’s founder, 65-year old James Stewart, has been imprisoned. What heinous crime justified this action? Rawesome sold unpasteurized (raw) milk and cheese to willing customers – in a state where raw milk is legal! You cannot even drink milk from a cow without a federal permit!

This is hardly the only case of federal agents using force against those who would dare meet consumer demand for raw milk. In 2011 armed agents of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) raided the business of Pennsylvanian Amish farmer Dan Allgyer. Federal agents wasted a whole year and who knows how many millions of our tax dollars posing as customers in order to stop Allgyer from selling his raw milk to willing customers.

The use of force against individuals making choices not approved of by the political elite does not just stop with raw milk. The Natural News website has documented numerous accounts of federal persecution, including armed raids, of health food stores and alternative medical practitioners.

Federal bureaucrats are also using force to crack down on the makers of gold coins for fear that people may use these coins as an alternative to the Federal Reserve’s fiat currency. Bernard von NotHaus, the founder of Liberty Dollars, is currently awaiting sentencing on federal counterfeiting charges — even though Mr. von NotHaus took steps to ensure his coins where not used as “legal tender.”

Yet, the federal government was so concerned over the possibility that Mr. von NotHaus’s customers might use his coins in regular day-to-day commerce they actually labeled Mr. von NotHaus a “terrorist.”

These type of police state tactics used against, among others, raw milk producers, alternative health providers, and gold coin dealers is justified by the paternalistic attitude common in Washington, D.C. A member of Congress actually once told me that, “The people need these types of laws because they do not know what is good for them.” This mindset fuels the growth of the nanny state and inevitably leads to what C.S. Lewis said may be the worst from of tyranny “…a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims.”

All Americans, even if they do not believe it is a wise choice to drink raw milk or use gold coins, should be concerned about the use of force to limit our choices. This is because there is no limiting principle to the idea that the government force is justified if used “for our own good.” Today it is those who sell raw milk who are being victimized by government force, tomorrow it could be those who sell soda pop or Styrofoam cups. Therefore, all Americans should speak out against these injustices.


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Ron Paul

Ronald Ernest "Ron" Paul (born August 20, 1935) is an American physician, author, and politician who has been serving as the U.S. Representative for Texas's 14th congressional district, which includes Galveston, since 1997. He is a three-time candidate for President of the United States, as a Libertarian in 1988 and as a Republican in 2008 and 2012.

6 thoughts on “Ron Paul: Federal Agents Should Be Disarmed – OpEd”

  1. Well written, Ron. Now that said, we should do our best to avoid breaking any laws that we even disagree with. If the government doesn’t want us to sell raw milk, don’t sell raw milk as a protest against the law. Just do your best to articulate the injustice of such laws. It’s legal to buy and sell cows. So therefore people can always buy raw milk. They just have to buy the whole cow. What next? Ban cows?

    But this is a very frightening trend, and it’s why we should be concerned. It may not be you today, but it’s a very scary state of affairs when injustice and immorality are practiced as a matter of policy and considered to just and moral. Think about the people getting into trouble for selling raw milk. Meanwhile, pornography is legal. Now I’m not saying ban pornography necessarily. But how can something like that be accepted and celebrated, and since it has to do with sex it’s some kind of civil right, but then a person can get into trouble for engaging in mutually beneficial and voluntary trade over raw milk or silver coins?

  2. Dear Dr. Paul, what can we collectively do as concerned citizens that will make an impact on the idiots in Washington? They obviously have no respect for the thoughts and actions of individuals, as they have repeatedly subjugated us when we attempt to exercise our freedom as individuals. But when you campaigned for President, and we dropped a money bomb that got everyone’s attention, they started to listen. All of a sudden you started to hear about the printing press of the Fed on the financial networks etc. What else can we do? We need you Dr. Paul. If you don’t like the idea of you leading and us following, consider it organizing us. Educating us. Showing us the way. As you always have. Giving us the means to make our own ends.

  3. Excellent column and very accurate! If they really are “civil servants” or just “serving the public” then what reason do they have to be armed? Why can’t they just rely on local law enforcement to arrive to protect them as the Obama/Feinstein elites in DC expect out of us?

  4. Dear Dr. Paul:
    Do you agree that:
    History has shown time and again that as soon as people give up their essential liberties for temporary safety, not only they don’t deserve them, they end up loosing them. I just fear that this push by the left and Obama for “gun control” in the name of protecting the people from guns is the last thing the American people have to be able to defend themselves against tyrannical government that is ready to shut down people’s first amendment right. Once that happens, there is nothing else left to call free in this nation because everyone will be officially a prisoner of the government. I consider myself fortunate enough that I lived during your time to be one of your students and to be your son even though you’re not my father biologically. I look up to you as my father, and I love you so much Dr. Paul.

  5. @jeff… Dr. Paul is not going to tell anyone what to do to promote liberty (or in any matter), other than do what you feel makes the biggest contribution. The way that I tend to opt for to promote the case of liberty is an intellectual approach. Appeal to people’s minds, and be willing to accept that they probably will not agree with everything you say. Too many people in the liberty movement are dismissive of others who have long been Republicans or Democrats. Can we blame these people? It is how most Americans were raised. When I meet someone that has opposite views I do not dismiss their views or get angry with them. That turns people away. Act as a professional and others will come our way because we are right.

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