Ron Paul: ‘Consider Opting Out’ of Government (Video)
February 12, 2011
(ChattahBox Political News)—Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), the kooky libertarian who inspires hordes of young wild-eyed anti-government supporters, is now advocating that they opt out of the “system” and refuse government help of any kind. What does that mean exactly? Well, apparently Paul is suggesting that his ardent followers go off the grid and live off of the land, while homeschooling their children. If their home catches fire, they will just have to extinguish it with a hose drawn from a private well. And if they become a victim of a crime, instead of calling the police, they should just exercise their Second Amendment remedies to obtain frontier justice. And if they need to purchase something they can’t grow or make for themselves, they should use real gold and silver, instead of U.S. legal tender. Of course, this is all patently ridiculous. Paul’s libertarian paradise would crumble, as soon as one of his followers needs emergency medical care from a hospital that receives government subsidies, or they become unable to work due to a chronic illness and need the Medicaid and Social Security disability programs to survive. But reality has no place in libertarian kookery.
Paul made his remarks during a speech at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. The right-wing shindig began on Thursday with the unhinged Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) fearmongering about President Obama causing food shortages and stealing your money by imposing a 75 percent tax rate. How could Ron Paul top that? Somehow he managed to, with his opting out nonsense.
Paul told the adoring CPAC crowd that he was optimistic about the future of his young libertarian followers.
“I would like to make one suggestion before I close—just to think about because it’s not a perfect solution,” said Paul.
“We’re not doing such a good job being government these days. We make promises and we don’t know about the future. But would you consider opting out of the whole system under one condition? You pay 10 percent of your income but you take care of yourself don’t ask the government for anything.”
The crowd of Ron Paul supporters stood up cheering in response to his “opting out” plan.