Ron Paul: The Second American Revolution Has Begun

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Alexander Higgins
September 16, 2010 at 6:16 pmCongressman Ron Paul Spoke with CNN’s Anderson Cooper on AC360 last night and told Anderson we live in revolutionary times.

During further discussion on the current state of the Tea Party he
further clarified that the Second American Revolution has already began.

He went on to state “the most magnificent thing is that this revolution is going on and the people have discovered it.”

Ron Paul further went on to tell Anderson Cooper that present day
America is in a revolutionary end of an age like the one that occurred
right before the downfall of the Soviet system.
Some quotes from Ron Paul on CNN.

Paul: It probably depends on the state, but it’s much going to be much tougher, because we live in revolutionary times.

COOPER: And you really believe this is a revolutionary time, that this is a…

PAUL: Oh, yes, because it’s — but it’s economics. I see everything
in terms of economic policies. And that’s what drives everybody. That’s
what makes people so angry and upset.

You think, if there were no economic problems, this would be going
on? But this is the end of Keynesianism. Keynesianism has been with us
for 70 years, and it’s failing. And even the liberals know it’s failing. It’s sort of like revolutionary end of an age with the downfall of the Soviet system.

It finally just didn’t work. You didn’t have to fight it anymore. It
didn’t come from the leaders. It came from the grassroots. And that’s
what’s happening right now. The grassroots knows that government fails.
Even today, statistics says hardly anybody trusts the government anymore, and good reason. It doesn’t function. It doesn’t have the right system anymore.

I think the most magnificent thing is that this revolution
is going on and the people have discovered it, and they’re not blaming
the average citizen. They’re blaming Washington.
That’s why Republicans and Democrats are losing.

But the most important thing for me is — is having something to say or having some influence on what the message should be. Right now, the message is, Washington has messed up, and we have to do something. They spend too much money. Government is too big. We have to reduce the size and scope of government.

But then on the finer points is where the discussion is going on, and I don’t like the idea of having one kingpin either,  dictating what everybody believes in.
I think it should be grassroots. And that is good. But, in my modest
way, what I will try to do is get the Tea Party people to think about,
you can’t cut back spending if you don’t think about foreign policy and
bringing troops home and ending — ending endless war, you know?

And we should, as conservatives, be concerned about civil liberties.
Those are the kind of things that are very important to me. And the
grassroots in the Tea Party movements are very open to that.

Complete Transcripts:

COOPER: Well, Sarah Palin responded to Rove, telling him and others who dismiss O’Donnell to — quote — “buck up.”

Democrats are certainly hoping the infighting helps them. But there
are plenty of Democrats concerned about the enthusiasm and energy
unleashed by Tea Party activists.

With me now is former presidential candidate Texas Representative
Ron Paul, whose son, obviously, Rand Paul, is running for Senate in
Kentucky and is a Tea Party favorite.

Congressman, thanks very much for be — being with us.

REP. RON PAUL (R), TEXAS: Thank you.

COOPER: What do you think of Christine O’Donnell? Do you think she can win?

PAUL: Oh, sure, I think she can win. I think she’s going to have to work very hard.

She has, you know, the roughest job of all the Tea Party candidates,
because she’s in a more liberal state. It’s — she has a much more
difficult job than my son has, say, in Kentucky or Angle has in — in —
in Nevada.

So, no. But — but she can win. There’s a lot of unhappiness in this
country. And, for that reason, the numbers are just coming together.
The Democrats are disillusioned. They’re not going to show up. The
Republicans are. And the Tea Party people are added on to the
Republicans, because a lot of them haven’t been involved before.

They’re independents. And — and it adds to — it isn’t taking away
from the Republicans. If have you a Republican base, the Tea Party
people add on to it. That’s why she has a very good chance.

COOPER: So, the Democrats tonight who are saying, oh, wow, this is
great for the Democratic Party, you think they’re maybe measuring the
drapes too early?

PAUL: Well, if I talk to Republicans and they sound a little too cocky, that’s what I tell them…

(LAUGHTER)

PAUL: … because I don’t think anybody should get — you know, they
should wait and see. They should always run — I used to run track, and
I always assumed somebody was going to step on me if I didn’t keep
running. So, I think that’s the way it is in politics. You ought to
keep running and not assume that you can glide to victory.

COOPER: Yes, it’s not over until it’s over.

A number of Tea Party activists who I have talked to in the last
couple days and — and before this primary were saying, look, even if
she can’t win, it’s still important that she won, and — and we don’t
really care if she can’t win. It’s important to make a point. It’s
important to vote your principles.

Do you think that’s true, or do you think it’s more important to get a safe Republican seat in the Senate?

PAUL: Well, I think both is true. I think the fact that she won is
very important, and we should be glad about that. But, also, you should
go for the winning.

But you’re — I guess you’re suggesting that, well, if you knew she couldn’t win, therefore, you…

COOPER: Right.

PAUL: .,.. should cop out and bend your principles.

Well, I’m not one that would endorse that very easily, because my
goal in life has been to nudge people over to a more principled
position, whether it has to do with foreign policy or civil liberties
or economic policy. So, that’s always been my goal.

So, I think winning, along with those goals and those principles, of course, is the ideal situation.

COOPER: Is there room in the Republican Party today for, you know, a
Mike Castle, who some would call a moderate Republican or what some in
the Tea Party would say is just a liberal Republican or a Democrat who
just calls himself a Republican?

But, I mean, are there — is there room for a Mike Castle in the Republican Party today?

PAUL: Sure. It probably depends on the state, but it’s much going to be much tougher, because we live in revolutionary times.

What we’re witnessing today is change coming from the grassroots. I
have noticed over the many years that presidential candidates always
campaign on change, and they never get it.

But change, real change only comes philosophically from the
grassroots, when the people endorse certain views or condemn certain
views. And that’s what’s happening this time. And this only happens
once maybe in two or three lifetimes. It doesn’t happen often.

COOPER: And you really believe this is a revolutionary time, that this is a…

PAUL: Oh, yes, because it’s — but it’s economics. I see
everything in terms of economic policies. And that’s what drives
everybody. That’s what makes people so angry and upset.

You think, if there were no economic problems, this would be going
on? But this is the end of Keynesianism. Keynesianism has been with us
for 70 years, and it’s failing. And even the liberals know it’s
failing. It’s sort of like revolutionary end of an age with the downfall of the Soviet system.

It finally just didn’t work. You didn’t have to fight it
anymore. It didn’t come from the leaders. It came from the grassroots.
And that’s what’s happening right now. The grassroots knows that
government fails. Even today, statistics says hardly anybody trusts the
government anymore, and good reason.

COOPER: But what about…

PAUL: It doesn’t function. It doesn’t have the right system anymore.

COOPER: What — there — there are those who say, well, look, what
about actually getting things done in Washington, I mean, that — that
compromise is essential in politics, that, no matter what, you need at
some point to compromise with someone on the other side of the aisle or
someone even within your own party to effect change?

Do you think that’s true? And, if so, do you think these new — these
new voices, these — some of those who have been elected by the Tea
Party and their supporters, do you think they’re going to be willing to
compromise on things?

PAUL: Well, I don’t — I don’t think we have to — have to compromise.
I think you build coalitions. I work a lot with the Democrats on
foreign policy and civil liberties. So I think coalitions are very good.

But, compromise, yes, if I want to eliminate the income tax, and the
other side wants to reduce it 50 percent, I would say, well, you know,
if it’s reduced 50 percent, that’s not bad. That’s a good compromise.
But if somebody else wants to double your taxes, and somebody says,
well, let’s not double, let’s just increase it by 25 percent, no, I
don’t deal with those kind of compromises.

Always compromise with people in your goals, which, to me, is
perfecting liberty, increasing individual liberty, and the free
marketplace. When you compromise moving in that direction and working
with coalitions, that’s quite a bit of difference.

But if you work coalitions — and, you know, I have worked with the
various ones, like Barney Frank and Dennis Kucinich and others, in
trying to promote an agenda. And this is seen as compromise. It’s not
exactly compromise.

But I think the — the people in the country see this as — as good,
because you can work together and find out what you agree on. I think
the war issue is a great issue that — and, you know, the Federal
Reserve has been something.

I had tremendous support from Democrats. I had 320 members of
Congress sign on to that bill. So, that is what I think is important.
But I didn’t have to compromise my principles.

COOPER: As a — as sitting member of Congress, though, given the
anger that is out there — I mean, obviously, you have a lot of support
among and sort of, you know, a lot of credit among Tea Party activists.

But do you think some — some Republican congresspeople are concerned
about being seen as too moderate, as being seen as too willing to
compromise?

PAUL: The — by the — by the Tea Party people, you mean?

COOPER: Yes.

PAUL: Yes, I think that’s — that’s — that’s it.

But I just think that we’re moving in the right direction. And I
think the most magnificent thing is that this revolution is going on
and the people have discovered it, and they’re not blaming the average
citizen. They’re blaming Washington. That’s why Republicans and
Democrats are losing.

But the most important thing for me is — is having something
to say or having some influence on what the message should be. Right
now, the message is, Washington has messed up, and we have to do
something. They spend too much money. Government is too big. We have to
reduce the size and scope of government.

But then on the finer points is where the discussion is going on, and I don’t like the idea of having one kingpin either

COOPER: Right.

PAUL: … dictating what everybody believes in.
I think it should be grassroots. And that is good. But, in my modest
way, what I will try to do is get the Tea Party people to think about,
you can’t cut back spending if you don’t think about foreign policy and
bringing troops home and ending — ending endless war, you know?

And we should, as conservatives, be concerned about civil
liberties. Those are the kind of things that are very important to me.
And the grassroots in the Tea Party movements are very open to that
, even though I would admit they don’t all agree with that…

COOPER: Right.

PAUL: … because a lot of other Republicans now have gotten involved,
and they — and they want it to be the old Republican agenda.

COOPER: Right.

PAUL: And the Tea Party people don’t like that, and they can see through this.

And the one thing is, if some of these people get elected, and they
don’t do as — as expected, if they keep voting for big government and
more taxes, they’re going to be held accountable this go-round.

COOPER: All right, it’s a fascinating time.

Congressman Ron Paul, it’s always good to talk to you. Thank you, sir.

PAUL: Thank you.

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