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NY Sun Editorial: Ron Paul's Secret Weapon

Editorial of The New York Sun | September 9, 2011

"The question after the latest Republican presidential debate is why Ron Paul keeps winning them....Our guess, though, is that more than the other candidates Ron Paul gives the impression that he is animated by a clear and coherent set of principles in which he deeply believes. His sense of principle is his source of power, his secret weapon...."


[surprisingly noted] * Within days of September 11, 2001, Congressman Paul introduced a bill to grant letters of marque and reprisal against Osama bin Laden.

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A lot of "thank yous" from RP supporters, plus this....

"I always follow the GOP even while I am a Democrat. Your article caused me to realize what I was seeing. I am today changing my registration to Republican so that I may vote for Ron Paul in the primary. We can debate other issues, but I'm sick of war and the police state. Enough is enough."



~wobbles but doesn't fall down~

Leave it to Ron Paul

to be the only person to support the Constitutional approach to the issue.

"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

Looking At The NY Sun Comments, Below The Article,,,

Maybe, just maybe, this next Presidential Primary and election, will prove that a republic, governed by a majority vote, can work as the founders envisioned.....A Republic by the People and For the people, and not for a minority of rich guys.


Rule of Law (Constitutional), Not Mob Rule (Democracy)

A republic is NOT governed by a majority vote. Rather, a republic is governed by the rule of constitutional law where the states hold nearly all of the power. For the states to hold the majority of power, the 17th amendment MUST be axed and the senators appointed by their respective state legislatures. The American republic was an experiment in balancing power between the state governments and the people in those states. Notice the past tense. Due to various factors, the American republic has been transformed into a democracy starting with the Civil War and democracies (rule of the majority or mob) ALWAYS lead to dictatorships.


When I refer to the states holding the majority of power, I'm referring to the balance of power between the states with their respective people and the federal government (10th amendment). At the much less powerful federal level of the American republic, the will of the state legislature is supposed to be represented in the US Senate and the will of the people of the state represented in the House of Representatives.

Notice today that the federal level has usurped nearly all the power and that power is mainly represented by the people's interests as both chambers of the US Congress are elected by the people (mob rule). As originally intended, the US Congress would have the LEAST power and that power would be shared by the interests of the state legislatures and the people of those states. US senators and representatives should be the LEAST powerful while state legislators much more powerful as determined by the constitutions of each state. The people of the states would retain most of the power as originally envisioned by our founders. The United States today is far removed from the intention of the founders as outlined by the US Constitution and it's founding documents, i.e. the Federalist and Anti-Federalist papers. The United States today more resembles the centralized power of the former Soviet Union.

Thanks For The Civics Lesson, tpreitzel.

But in my humble opinion you left out 2 very important things.

1. The Power of money was supposed to be spread far and wide, in the hands of we the people, by insisting that only Gold/Silver be used as money.
This is very important, according to Ron Paul, because money can buy control and power.
Gold/Silver cannot be created at the whim of a bureaucrat.

And 2. how was the Constitution meant to be enforced ?
Well, according to Constitutional lawyer Edwin Vieira, Article I section 8 covers the militia of the several states and how it should execute { enforce }the laws of the union.


Thanks for your views.


The Constitution...

does NOT say that only gold and silver can be used as money! It says the States can only use gold and silver to pay their debts.

"No State shall... make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts"

This is saying that the States can't pay their debts with bills of credit or promisory notes. Which is basically how the US Govt is currently "paying their debts" by issuing securities (promises to pay) to foreign governments.

This does NOT say that the People must use only gold and silver as money. This is proved by the Free Banking Era where banks based their privately issued money on all sorts of commodities: crops, land, trees, etc.(but most often gold/silver). And there were no Constitutional challenges to privately issued currencies during this period.

Ron Paul is NOT for the Govt demanding that the People only use gold and silver as money. He wants currencies created by the market to compete with each other.

Austrian economics demands a free market of privately created commodity-based monies.

A free people must be free to use anything they want for exchange or they or not really free!

~wobbles but doesn't fall down~

Here Is A Direct Quote From Dr. Paul:

From the Ron Paul Money book published in 1991.Page 12:
"There is no law of economics stating that only Gold can be used as money in a free society. But Gold has served as the principal medium of exchange throughout history because its value does not depend on a government fulfilling its promises, especially in times of crises. Gold is scarce; it is portable; it is easily divisible; it is durable; it is desirable for non-monetary purposes; and it is impossible to counterfeit."

{Note;Ultra sound machines can detect Tungsten filled fake Gold bars, and are currently in wide use}

Connecticut Congressman Roger Sherman is credited with pushing for the passage of the Gold/Silver clause in the U.S. Constitution. Here is something he wrote in 1752, you may be interested in:


The sooner the U.S. legal tender laws are repealed, { Ron Paul has repeatedly introduced legislation to repeal them } the sooner "Free" people can decide what medium of exchange they prefer.


Thank you...

for the Roger Sherman link. Never read that before. :)

Sherman is VERY wordy... :p

I wish the Constitution also included the requirement that the federal govt can only use/issue gold and silver also and not bills of credit (frn's)...

~wobbles but doesn't fall down~

Everything Falls Into Place

Certainly, those two specific points are inherent in the original and accurate interpretation of the federal constitution of the US. Once the balance of power sharing (competing not necessarily agreeing special interests) arrangement of the American republic is understood, everything else falls into place. For example, the money needed to execute the federal duties specified in Article 1, Section 8 of the US Constitution is modest and thereby contraindicates the alleged need of the 16th amendment or a fiat monetary system. The 16th (federal confiscation of the wealth of the states) and 17th (stripping state legislatures of representation at the federal level) amendments simply empowered and enlarged the central government even more at the expense of the states and their respective peoples.

With an accurate interpretation of the US Constitution, enforcement of the federal constitution is a natural extension of the power sharing arrangement between the state governments and their respective peoples at the federal level. Notice that the three branches of the federal government RARELY if EVER enforce the constitutional provisions providing for checks and balances on THEMSELVES. In other words, we have the three branches of the federal government engaged in collusion to steal power from the states and their peoples, i.e. a conspiracy. More than one congressional critter has stated in the past that they actually look for ways around those constitutional restrictions. So, how do we rectify this problem? Like Vieira, I think the use of independent militias from the states of the union to enforce the US Constitution is LONG overdue. So, my fellow Americans, when are we, the people, and our state governments going to act to restore constitutional law?

If I Were Governor

Now, the logical extension of these observations leads to prototyping a governor fit for carrying out enforcement of the US Constitution. As an example, I'd submit the name of Ray McBerry of Georgia. What characteristics should a governor possess? Will the people stand behind such a governor because the odds of confrontation with the federal government would be high? With Ron Paul as POTUS, the need for state-rights' governors might be mitigated for awhile, but never outdated. The need for fiercely independent, state-rights' governors will ALWAYS be vital or we, the people, will NEVER restore our American republic.

It's important for the reader to think about the characteristics of their leaders before deciding to vote... a lot! Look at Ron Paul.

Thank you

This is a vital distinction that not all Americans understand.

"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

You're welcome

In order to reclaim our American republic, we must understand it's intended purpose.

I loved this article...

and learned something new!I never knew he wrote a bill to grant letters of marque and reprisal against Bin Laden. We would've saved thousands of lives and billions of dollars taking his lead.:( Liked, shared, and thanked the author.

Well written and objective article.

Someone that explains why they disagree, and without denigrating the opposition.

Thanks for posting.

To love Liberty is to be free.

"...The cause of Liberty..." RON PAUL 2012!!

Dr Paul should use this

Dr paul should use the information about the bill to grant letters of marque & reprisal in response to those who throw 9/11 at him to call him weak on national defense. He is not weak he is just brilliant.



"A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself within" W. Durant

There's ANOTHER fine article

There's ANOTHER fine article over at americanfreepress.net you all might want to check out...It's by Mark Anderson, and dated September 09, 2011... http://americanfreepress.net/?p=460

well written

it's nice to hear good things about ron paul from someone who leans to the left. paul has a unique gift for bringing both sides together.

Great article

It's amazing how powerful of a candidate Dr. Paul is when given a fair chance in an interview or fair rep in an article.

It's really a fine

It's really a fine article...thanks for linking it. Lots o' people in NY...many will read and understand...


I just complimented the author.

Being On the Right Side of History: Psalm 46:10

Definitely worth reading!

Please go to website so writer can see how many people desire to read fair pieces about RP

This was really a perfect

This was really a perfect article. Super.

absolutely excellent article

Thanks for posting. It made my day and I believe it is true.