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Flashback: Libertarian Party's Ron Paul Sends "Dear Frank" Letter

Libertarian Party's Ron Paul Sends "Dear Frank" Letter

from the Libertarian Party News, March/April 1987

Following is the text of a letter sent to Frank Fahrenkopf, chairman of

the Republican National Committee, by Ron Paul, former member of Congress

from Texas and now a member of the Libertarian Party.

As a lifelong Republican, it saddens me to have to write this letter.

My parents believed in the Republican Party and its free enterprise

philosophy, and that's the way I was brought up. At age 21, in 1956, I cast

my first vote for Ike and the entire Republican slate.

Because of frustration with the direction in which the country was

going, I became a political activist and ran for the U.S. Congress in 1974.

Even with Watergate, my loyalty, optimism, and hope for the future were tied

to the Republican Party and its message of free enterprise, limited

government, and balanced budgets.

Eventually I was elected to the U.S. Congress four times as a

Republican. This permitted me a first-hand look at the interworkings of the

U.S. Congress, seeing both the benefits and partisan frustrations that guide

its shaky proceedings. I found that although representative government still

exists, special interest control of the legislative process clearly presents

a danger to our constitutional system of government.

In 1976 I was impressed with Ronald Reagan's program and was one of the

four members of Congress who endorsed his candidacy. In 1980, unlike other

Republican office holders in Texas, I again supported our President in his


Since 1981, however, I have gradually and steadily grown weary of the

Republican Party's efforts to reduce the size of the federal government.

Since then Ronald Reagan and the Republican Party have given us skyrocketing

deficits, and astoundingly a doubled national debt. How is it that the party

of balanced budgets, with control of the White House and Senate, accumulated

red ink greater than all previous administrations put together? Tip O'Neill,

although part of the problem, cannot alone be blamed.

Tax revenues are up 59 percent since 1980. Because of our economic

growth? No. During Carter's four years, we had growth of 37.2 percent;

Reagan's five years have given us 30.7 percent. The new revenues are due to

four giant Republican tax increases since 1981.

All republicans rightly chastised Carter for his $38 billion deficit.

But they ignore or even defend deficits of $220 billion, as government

spending has grown 10.4 percent per year since Reagan took office, while the

federal payroll has zoomed by a quarter of a million bureaucrats.

Despite the Supply-Sider-Keynesian claim that "deficits don't matter,"

the debt presents a grave threat to our country. Thanks to the President and

Republican Party, we have lost the chance to reduce the deficit and the

spending in a non-crisis fashion. Even worse, big government has been

legitimized in a way the Democrats never could have accomplished. It was

tragic to listen to Ronald Reagan on the 1986 campaign trail bragging about

his high spending on farm subsidies, welfare, warfare, etc., in his futile

effort to hold on to control of the Senate.

Instead of cutting some of the immeasurable waste in the Department of

Defense, it has gotten worse, with the inevitable result that we are less

secure today. Reagan's foreign aid expenditures exceed Eisenhower's,

Kennedy's, Johnson's, Nixon's, Ford's, and Carter's put together. Foreign

intervention has exploded since 1980. Only an end to military welfare for

foreign governments plus a curtailment of our unconstitutional commitments

abroad will enable us really to defend ourselves and solve our financial


Amidst the failure of the Gramm-Rudman gimmick, we hear the President

and the Republican Party call for a balanced-budget ammendment and a line-

item veto. This is only a smokescreen. President Reagan, as governor of

California, had a line-item veto and virtually never used it. As President

he has failed to exercise his constitutional responsibility to veto spending.

Instead, he has encouraged it.

Monetary policy has been disastrous as well. The five Reagan appointees

to the Federal Reserve Board have advocated even faster monetary inflation

than Chairman Volcker, and this is the fourth straight year of double-digit

increases. The chickens have yet to come home to roost, but they will, and

America will suffer from a Reaganomics that is nothing but warmed-over


Candidate Reagan in 1980 correctly opposed draft registration. Yet when

he had the chance to abolish it, he reneged, as he did on his pledge to

abolish the Departments of Education and Energy, or to work against abortion.

Under the guise of attacking drug use and money laundering, the

Republican Administration has systematically attacked personal and financial

privacy. The effect has been to victimize innocent Americans who wish to

conduct their private lives without government snooping. (Should people

really be put on a suspected drug dealer list because they transfer $3,000 at

one time?) Reagan's urine testing of Americans without probable cause is a

clear violation of our civil liberties, as are his proposals for extensive

"lie detector" tests.

Under Reagan, the IRS has grown bigger, richer, more powerful, and more

arrogant. In the words of the founders of our country, our government has

"sent hither swarms" of tax gatherers "to harass our people and eat out their

substance." His officers jailed the innocent George Hansen, with the

President refusing to pardon a great American whose only crime was to defend

the Constitution. Reagan's new tax "reform" gives even more power to the

IRS. Far from making taxes fairer or simpler, it deceitfully raises more

revenue for the government to waste.

Knowing this administration's record, I wasn't surprised by its Libyan

disinformation campaign, Israeli-Iranian arms-for-hostages swap, or illegal

funding of the Contras. All this has contributed to my disenchantment with

the Republican Party, and helped me make up my mind.

I want to totally disassociate myself from the policies that have given

us unprecedented deficits, massive monetary inflation, indiscriminate

military spending, an irrational and unconstitutional foreign policy, zooming

foreign aid, the exaltation of international banking, and the attack on our

personal liberties and privacy.

After years of trying to work through the Republican Party both in and

out of government, I have reluctantly concluded that my efforts must be

carried on outside the Republican Party. Republicans know that the

Democratic agenda is dangerous to our political and economic health. Yet, in

the past six years Republicans have expanded its worst aspects and called

them our own. The Republican Party has not reduced the size of government.

It has become big government's best friend.

If Ronald Reagan couldn't or wouldn't balance the budget, which

Republican leader on the horizon can we possibly expect to do so? There is

no credibility left for the Republican Party as a force to reduce the size of

government. That is the message of the Reagan years.

I conclude that one must look to other avenues if a successful effort is

ever to be achieved in reversing America's direction.

I therefore resign my membership in the Republican Party and enclose my

membership card.


The Case for Drug Legalization

by Ron Paul, MD

Today in Washington and on the campaign trail, Republicans and

Democrats, conservatives and liberals, are calling for drastic action on


The Reagan administration has made these substances a special issue, of

course. From Nancy Reagan and her "Just Say No" to Ed Meese and his anti-

"money-laundering," officials have engineered mammoth increases in government

spending for anti-drug efforts, and for spying on American citizens.

The Assault on our Privacy


Our financial privacy has been attacked with restrictions on the use of

honestly earned cash, and bank surveillance that has sought to make every

teller a monetary cop.

In the name of fighting drugs, the central government has modernized its

vast computer network and linked it with data files in states and localities,

enabling the IRS, FBI and other agencies to construct dossiers on every

innocent American.

In the Washington, D.C., of 1988, anyone exercising the basic human

right to privacy is branded a possible criminal. This kind of 1984-think,

more appropriate to Soviet Russia than the U.S.A., has grown alarmingly since

Reagan came into office.

As human beings, we have the right to keep our personal and family

finances - and other intimate matters - secret from nosey relatives. Yet the

politicians, who are dangerous as well as nosey, claim the right to strip us

bare. This dreadful development is foreign to our Constitution and

everything America was established to defend. The politicians claim it has

nothing to do with taxing and controlling us.

In this, as in virtually everything else, the politicians are lying. In

fact, I believe that the drug hysteria was whipped up to strengthen big

government's hold over us, and to distract Americans from the crimes of

Washington, and the addiction to big government that is endemic there.

There is Another Way


Instead of spending tax money and assaulting civil liberties in the name

of fighting drugs - usually couched in childish military metaphors - we

should consider a policy based on the American tradition of Freedom. And I

know the people are ready.

I'm traveling full-time now, all over the country, and wherever I go, I

get the message loud and clear: Americans want a change in federal drug

policy. They may wonder about the proper course. But I am convinced that

here, as in all other areas of public policy, the just and efficacious

solution is liberty.

Drugs: Legal and Illegal


Alcohol is a very dangerous drug. It kills 100,000 AMericans every

year. Bit it is no business of government to outlaw liquor. In a free

society, adults have the right to do whatever they wish, so long as they do

not agress or commit fraud against others.

Tobacco is an even more dangerous drug. It kills 350,000 Americans a

year in long, lingering, painful deaths. As a physician, I urge people not

to smoke. But I would not be justified in calling in the police. Adults

have the right to smoke, even if it harms them.


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That is precisely the letter

That is precisely the letter that Jon Huntsman published on his web site to prove that Ron Paul is not a "real" Republican. It was a desperate attempt to smear Ron Paul that undoubtedly backfired. I sent Huntsman's campaign a letter thanking them for putting up that letter.

Thank you

Not just Jon Huntsman.
Rick Perry campaign also issued a statement attacking Ron Paul based on this letter.
Actually I think the Perry team was the first one.

This letter is so powerful exposing the big gov't GOP.
This letter should be mandatory reading in every school class across America.

Thank you for your activism BobW.
That's the spirit.
That's how we win.

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