Almost every successful political campagin needs a slogan than voters can latch onto, and encompass all the traits and platforms a candidate wants to invoke. On Saturday, November 5th, Presidential candidate Ron Paul ushered in his slogan of ‘Legalize Freedom’ during his stop in the state of Minnesota that ties together is political, diplomatic, and economic messages.
“It’s the Federal Reserve that by interfering in the monetary system, monkeying around with interest rates, they create the bubbles,” Paul said. “For a while they can create one bubble and patch it up again, but eventually the big bubble bursts.”
He also condemned government bailouts of big banks and companies.
“They said if we don’t bail out the system there would be a depression,” Paul said. “Guess where the depression would have been? It would have been on those who were receiving our money. Instead the depression was dealt to the people, the middle class, they lost their jobs and they lost their houses and we the taxpayer absorbed the debt.”
Paul also voiced support for abolishing the Department of Education and the federal income tax, condemned the drug war as a tragedy and worried about creation of a worldwide monetary currency.
“You cannot stop an idea whose time has come and the idea of liberty’s time has returned,” Paul said of his supporters. “We don’t have to understand each little issue, all we have to do is legalize freedom.” – The Minnesota Independent
In these two words, Ron Paul distilled his entire campaign into a single phrase. America was created and based on freedoms, both individually, and economically, and it was also how the founding fathers desired local and foreign policy to be administered. In his farewell speech, President George Washington warned the US against falling into ‘entangling alliances’, and advocated that trade would help create lasting allies more than war or unncessary involvements.
Since the end of World War II, the United States has been the primary economic superpower, and over time, we have used the military to solidify that position more than stable economics. It has led many nations to see us as an enemy rather than an ally, and helped create the terrorism which has plagued the West since the late 1960’s.
Freedom and liberty have always been the foundations for the Ron Paul grass roots revolution that began a little more than four years ago, but now that platform has a slogan. The concept of legalizing freedom, at a time where the government has been removing freedoms and liberties from the American people, both economically, and individually through the FDA, EPA, and Homeland Security agencies, is a powerful message that does not require voters to be overwhelmed by details, but instead is the voice behind every policy Ron Paul seeks to implement in the White House.