Should Federal Agents Threatening Liberty Be Disarmed?
In Ron Paul’s latest “Texas Straight Talk” titled When They Came For The Raw Milk Drinkers…,” he takes on the issue of gun control and armed Federal agents and says that if there is anyone that should be disarmed it is Federal agents, because the “use of force by federal agents to enforce unjust and unconstitutional laws is one of the major, albeit overlooked, threats to liberty.”
Paul writes, “While I oppose most gun control proposals, there is one group of Americans I do believe should be disarmed: federal agents. The use of force by federal agents to enforce unjust and unconstitutional laws is one of the major, albeit overlooked, threats to liberty. Too often Americans are victimized by government force simply for engaging in commercial transactions disproved of by Congress and the federal bureaucracy.”
Paul presented the numerous raids by armed federal and state agents on the offices of Rawesome Foods in Venice, California. Founder James Stewart, 65, has also been imprisoned. “For what?” you ask. Rawesome sold unpasteurized (raw) milk and cheese to willing customers – in a state where raw milk is legal! You cannot even drink milk from a cow without a federal permit!
Paul also pointed out that this is not the only case in which Federal agents felt the need to bust up “raw milk terrorists.”
“In 2011 armed agents of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) raided the business of Pennsylvanian Amish farmer Dan Allgyer,” Paul writes. “Federal agents wasted a whole year and who knows how many millions of our tax dollars posing as customers in order to stop Allgyer from selling his raw milk to willing customers.”
“The use of force against individuals making choices not approved of by the political elite does not just stop with raw milk,” the former Texas Congressman writes. Of course, Natural News, makes it a point to cover these injustices, and they are injustices. We’ve covered many of these incidents here at Freedom Outpost.
Paul also points out how Federal bureaucrats seek to crackdown on makers of gold coins as alternatives to the fiat currency produced by the Federal Reserve. “Bernard von NotHaus, the founder of Liberty Dollars, is currently awaiting sentencing on federal counterfeiting charges — even though Mr. von NotHaus took steps to ensure his coins where not used as ‘legal tender.’”
It gets worse. The Federal government ended up labeling Mr. von NotHaus a “terrorist.” A terrorist! Seriously?
“These type of police state tactics used against, among others, raw milk producers, alternative health providers, and gold coin dealers,” Paul writes, “is justified by the paternalistic attitude common in Washington, D.C. A member of Congress actually once told me that, ‘The people need these types of laws because they do not know what is good for them.’ This mindset fuels the growth of the nanny state and inevitably leads to what C.S. Lewis said may be the worst from of tyranny ‘…a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims.’”
Paul then issues a warning and a call to action.
“All Americans, even if they do not believe it is a wise choice to drink raw milk or use gold coins, should be concerned about the use of force to limit our choices. This is because there is no limiting principle to the idea that the government force is justified if used “for our own good.” Today it is those who sell raw milk who are being victimized by government force, tomorrow it could be those who sell soda pop or Styrofoam cups. Therefore, all Americans should speak out against these injustices.”