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Ron Paul Challenges Militarism, Drug War as He Live-Tweets Trump’s SOTU Address

Washington, D.C. – On Tuesday evening, former Congressman Dr. Ron Paul announced on his Twitter page that he would be live-tweeting President Trump’s State of the Union speech. Paul then proceeded to critically assess the speech with his liberty-based perspective.

Trump’s address began as a ceremonious introduction expected of an imperial celebration; to begin his speech, Trump called for bipartisan unity, which Paul presciently noted was potentially a bad idea, if the “coming together” included “bad foreign policy, bad monetary policy, deficit financing, massive military spending and foreign entanglements.”

A liberty icon and champion of individual freedom, Paul has steadfastly worked to call out federal government expansion throughout his decades of government service.

Next, Trump briefly touched on healthcare, claiming that Americans with “terminal conditions should have access to experimental treatments that could potentially save their lives.” Trump’s words stand in contrast to his actions, particularly his appointment of Jeff Sessions, who has revived the federal war on cannabis – a critical medicine for many ill patients across the U.S. – after campaigning on a promise to leave the decision to legalize marijuana up to states.

A short time later, Trump went on to claim:

“My duty, and the sacred duty of every elected official in this chamber, is to defend Americans — to protect their safety, their families, their communities, and their right to the American Dream. Because Americans are dreamers too.”

Paul, known as a strong constitutionalist, was quick to call out Trump’s ideals, noting that the “prime function of Federal government is NOT protecting our safety! It is the preservation of our Liberty.”

Paul noted Liberty as “that forgotten word.” The reason for this tweet is simple, as it was only spoken by Trump once as he discussed protecting “religious liberty.” Additionally, as Matt Agorist of The Free Thought Project noted, “the word ‘freedom’ was only mentioned six times and it was purely symbolic, referring to foreign countries and statues in Washington.”

The one common theme that was mentioned quite frequently by Trump was the projection of strength and power, which Paul noted equated to “ more spending to enrich the military-industrial complex.”

“Unmatched power is the surest means of our defense,” declared Trump, who then went on to say, “As part of our defense, we must modernize and rebuild our nuclear arsenal, hopefully never having to use it, but making it so strong and powerful that it will deter any acts of aggression.”

Trump went on to say the Federal government needs more power to detain terrorists, despite the PATRIOT Act and NDAA already allowing for virtually groundless indefinite detention.

“I am also asking the Congress to ensure that, in the fight against ISIS and al-Qa’ida, we continue to have all necessary power to detain terrorists — wherever we chase them down. Our warriors in Afghanistan also have new rules of engagement. Along with their heroic Afghan partners, our military is no longer undermined by artificial timelines, and we no longer tell our enemies our plans,” Trump stated.

Trump then pivoted to discussion of Iran and North Korea. “When the people of Iran rose up against the crimes of their corrupt dictatorship, I did not stay silent. America stands with the people of Iran in their courageous struggle for freedom,” Trump stated.

“North Korea’s reckless pursuit of nuclear missiles could very soon threaten our homeland,” Trump continued. “We are waging a campaign of maximum pressure to prevent that from ever happening. Past experience has taught us that complacency and concessions only invite aggression and provocation. I will not repeat the mistakes of past administrations that got us into this very dangerous position.”

Ron Paul didn’t mince his words in response:

Paul concluded that Trump’s address was a “glorification of militarism and an aggressive foreign policy.”

Wrapping up his twitterstorm, Paul noted that Congress “members’ over-enthusiastic response to militarism” was extremely discouraging.

Exclusive Interview: Libertarian Party Responds To SOTU

When President Obama proposed tax increases, free community college and other pipe dreams, Libertarians shifted in their seats, maybe even turned off the speech altogether.

Arvin Vohra, vice chair, Libertarian National Committee composed and presented the Libertarian Party reaction, posting it to the party’s YouTube.

“Mr. President, in your State of the Union address, you propose to make Big Government even bigger,” he said.

“Mr. President, your attempts to raise the minimum wage will destroy one of the most important forms of education in this country. Many young people develop responsibility and marketable skills in entry-level, minimum-wage jobs. Those skills make workers more attractive to future employers,” he added.

In an interview with Joshua Cook for BenSwann.com, Vohra explained that the Republican Party is not in favor of raising the federal minimum wage, but it’s a show: “The Republicans are making a big show fighting the federal minimum wage, but in states that they control where there is a Republican governor and Republican legislature, those states still have a minimum wage,” he said. The minimum wage, he explained, takes opportunity from students, from the poorest people who are trying to get a foothold in the job market, recent felons who are trying to get their lives back together.

“If you think that minimum wage damages opportunity, you should get rid of the minimum wage. And Republicans haven’t tried to do that at all,” he said.

He said that Libertarians would also fight the mandatory sick leave requirement for employers. “That kind of micro regulation is what is going to kill jobs,” he added.

He said the Libertarian Party and its candidates is key. “We have so many Libertarian candidates in so many states that are working to get rid of these regulations and taxes that are getting in the way of jobs,” Vohra said.

Libertarian-leaning conservatives who continue voting Republican need to make their real voices heard: But when you cast a vote for a Libertarian, you’re telling them very clearly that you have neither my permission nor my approval to grow or sustain big government. Shrink it now.

And that right there is the message that people need to be sending,” he said.

And that’s exactly the message Vohra sent to the President with his speech.

Read the full text here.

Listen to Joshua Cook’s full interview with Arvin Vohra, vice chair, Libertarian National Committee, here.

(Video) Rand Paul delivers rebuttal to Obama’s SOTU speech

WASHINGTON, January 28, 2014– Rand Paul (R-Ky.) delivered a rebuttal to rebuke President Obama’s State of the Union address. Paul echoes former President Reagan multiple times. Paul also criticizes Obama for government spending and “job creation”.

Paul is expected to launch a bid for the White House in 2016.

Watch the full speech below.

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