Ron Paul: Palin Can't 'Rein in the Empire'
Former Republican and Libertarian presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul on September 2 called the Republicansâ€™ vice presidential nominee, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, a â€śgood personâ€ť but said she would be unable to â€śrein in the empire.â€ť
Paul delivered his criticism of the candidate and the government she would aim to reform after delivering a speech at the libertarian â€śCampaign for
As for Palin, â€śsheâ€™s a good person but I donâ€™t think she can, uh, rein in the empire,â€ť Paul told the Business & Media Institute (BMI) of the vice president pick Sen. John McCainâ€™s campaign has touted as a â€śmaverickâ€ť and â€śreformer.â€ť
Paul, an advocate for an isolationist foreign policy, told BMI that Republicans should â€śfollow their hearts, follow their brainsâ€ť and vote for an idealistic candidate in November.
â€śI think politics should always be idealistic,â€ť he said. â€śIâ€™m involved in politics and Iâ€™m an idealist.â€ť
In his speech, Paul called for a return to â€śhard moneyâ€ť economics and bashed government institutions like the Federal Reserve.
â€śWeâ€™ve got a system of government that has been encouraged by a school system â€“ the economics taught in the school system â€“ itâ€™s never a free-market policy of hard money economics. Itâ€™s always Keynesian, soft money economics that are wrong.â€ť
Paul has launched the â€śCampaign for Libertyâ€ť to educate people on his platform that seeks to abolish the Federal Reserve, repeal the Patriot Act and withdraw from foreign entanglements. And economics, he said, needs to be taught with a hard-money approach.
Paulâ€™s ideas are based on his principles of a strictly limited federal government and an active private market.
Itâ€™s an idea even that could even
â€śPeople have a right to their property, their air and their water,â€ť he said. â€ś
â€śA true revolution will impact not only the Republican Party, but the Democrat Party and the Independent Party,â€ť he said.
Paul said the message he brought to his audience was one he hoped would revolutionize the way a young generation thinks about the roles of the individual and the roles of the government.