Lately, I have been reading about Thomas Jefferson and I was surprised to find out how similar that, Congressman and Presidential Candidate, Ron Paul is to Thomas Jefferson. Now, Ron Paul is a man who is being constantly labeled by the media as… crazy, an anarchist, a racist, an isolationist, or they completely ignore him. Thomas Jefferson was the author of the Declaration of Independence, Continental Congressman, an ambassador, and the 3rd President and 2nd Vice President, just to name a few things he accomplished. So, why do I think that the man who wrote the Declaration of Independence, and who understood the Spirit and Letter of the Constitution is very similar to a man who is constantly being labeled as crazy. Let’s just look at their own words:
Ron Paul: There is no greater threat to the security and prosperity of the United States today than the out-of-control, secretive Federal Reserve.
Thomas Jefferson: “The incorporation of a bank (which at that time was very much like the Federal Reserve), and the powers assumed by this bill, have not, in my opinion, been delegated to the United States by the Constitution.”
Thomas Jefferson said, “If the America people ever allow private banks to control the issuance of their currencies, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all their prosperity until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.”
Thomas Jefferson: “Let the General Government be reduced to foreign concerns only, and let our affairs be disentangled from those of all other nations, except as to commerce, which the merchants will manage the better, the more they are left free to manage for themselves.
“Ron Paul: Wants to avoid long and expensive wars that bankrupt our country, advocates a noninterventionist policy, and wants to end all foreign aid.
Ron Paul: Lowering taxes will leave you more money to take care of yourself and your family, and it will allow businesses greater opportunities to hire new workers, increase current salaries, and expand their companies.
Ron Paul: I will not vote for one single penny that isn’t paid for, because debt is the monster, debt is what’s going to eat us up and that is why our economy is on the brink.
Thomas Jefferson: “We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty or profusion and servitude. If we run into such debt, as that we must be taxed in our meat and in our drink, in our necessaries and our comforts, in our labors and our amusements, for our calling and our creeds…[we will] have no time to think, no means of calling our miss-managers to account but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow-sufferers… And this is the tendency of all human governments. A departure from principle in one instance becomes a precedent for[ another]… till the bulk of society is reduced to be mere automatons of misery… And the fore-horse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness and oppression.”
Thomas Jefferson: “That paper money has some advantages, it is admitted. But that its abuses also are inevitable, and, by breaking up the measure of value, makes a lottery of all private property, cannot be denied. Shall we ever be able to put a constitutional veto on it?”
“Precious metals are the most perfect medium because it will preserve its own level; because, having intrinsic and universal value, it can never die in our hands, and it is the surest resource of reliance in time of war.”
You can see that Jefferson and Paul have very similar philosophies. If that makes Ron Paul crazy then I wish more of our policy makers were crazy as well!!!