“These agencies (like the CFPB, FDA, FDIC, NSA, and SEC) have assumed frightening new powers over the everyday lives of American citizens, giving government entities free rein over you and me in ways unprecedented in our country’s history.” Sen. Rand Paul
“As a result of IndyMac Bank’s failure during the 2008 financial crisis, I experienced firsthand the government bullies at the SEC and FDIC. Don’t think it can happen to you, because you are honest, hardworking, and follow the rules? I didn’t think it could happen to me either, but it did. It is not right to ask Americans to fight and die for us on battlefields around the world, to preserve our freedoms and liberties, while at the same time bureaucrats in our own government work to deprive us of those same rights.” Mike Perry, former Chairman and CEO, IndyMac Bank
Excerpt From Ron Paul’s Foreward to Senator Rand Paul’s book “Government Bullies”:
“The sole purpose of government is to protect our liberties. But today we have a government that has too often become the enemy of liberty. The Constitution is supposed to restrain and limit government’s power. But every day our government behaves as if it has no limits on its powers.
How our government regularly abuses American citizens and ignores their rights would’ve outraged our Founding Fathers. They did not fight a revolution against a tyrannical government in faraway England simply to implement the same kind of government on their own soil. As Benjamin Franklin famously said and our Founders knew well, those who trade liberty for security get neither.
(By the way, in the New York Times article on the N.S.A. below, co-written by fellow Democratic United States Senators and Intelligence Committee members Ron Wyden of Oregon, Mark Udall of Colorado, and Martin Heinrich of New Mexico, they also quoted Mr. Franklin and have similar liberty concerns to the Pauls’: “We recall Benjamin Franklin’s famous admonition that those who would give up essential liberty in the pursuit of temporary safety will lose both and deserve neither.”, “But it also needs to preserve the right of citizens to be free from unwarranted interference in their lives, which the framers understood was vital to American liberties.”)
Freedom is not defined by safety. Freedom is defined by the ability of citizens to live without government interference. Government cannot create a world without risks, nor would we really wish to live in such a fictional place. Only a totalitarian society would even claim absolute safety as a worthy ideal, because it would require total state control over its citizens’ lives. Liberty has meaning only if we still believe in it when terrible things happen and a false government security blanket beckons.”
“Here are Three Articles from (Just) Today That Should Concern Every American Who Values Freedom and Liberty Above All.”, Mike Perry: