Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Understanding Ron Paul: The Patriot Act

 By Dan Beaulieu

"I am an imperfect messenger, but the message is perfect"    
–  Ron Paul

One thing is certain of Dr. Ron Paul, he is not a sound-bite candidate. That is, he often speaks over the heads of voters which causes a lack of understanding. It is in my personal opinion that Ron Paul cannot be understood in the 30 seconds allocated to him in debates. His ideas must be studied; however, once one does understand Dr. Paul, they often stick around.

For this reason I present to you my series: 

Understanding Ron Paul

The Patriot Act
Though most Americans arbitrarily support the Patriot Act in respect to how “9/11 changed our way of life”, few are aware that the Patriot Act was authored long before that date. This negates that notion altogether and confirms that 9/11 was craftily used as a convenient device to instate the legislation.

Upon reading the 1,472* page bill, one can see why the authors made sure it was not available to the eyes of our congressmen before it was voted on. The ill-titled “Patriot” Act represents anything but patriotism, and in fact impedes on virtually all of the amendments in the Bill of Rights. Due to the fact that most Americans are oblivious to the contents of the Patriot Act, I will briefly go over a few bullet points; however I will spare you lengthy detail to abstain the scope of this document.

·         Freedom from unreasonable searches: The government may search and seize Americans' papers and effects without probable cause to assist terror investigation. Violates Amendment IV

·         Right to a speedy and public trial: The government may jail Americans indefinitely without a trial. Violates Amendment VI

·         Freedom of association: To assist terror investigation, the government may monitor religious and political institutions without suspecting criminal activity. Violates Amendment I

·         Right to legal representation: The government may monitor conversations between attorneys and clients in federal prisons and deny lawyers to Americans accused of crimes. Violates Amendment VI

  -        Freedom of speech: The government may prosecute librarians or keepers of any other records if they tell anyone the government subpoenaed information related to a terror investigation. Violates Amendment I

·         Right to liberty: Americans may be jailed without being charged or being able to confront witnesses against them. US citizens (labeled "unlawful combatants") have been held incommunicado and refused attorneys. Violates Amendment VI

·         The enemy redefined: The patriot act also broadens the definition of "terrorist" to anyone who opposes a federal government program or policy. This gives them probable cause for 70% of Americans conservatively.

By supporting the Patriot Act, the other candidates endorse the idea of exchanging security for our basic freedoms, a model Benjamin Franklin strongly advised against. Americans rational idealizes that if you are guilty of no crimes than you’ve got nothing to hide, so it’s worth it. This just isn’t the case, as the great Thomas Paine once said, “He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.”

These wise words resonate today in the case of a 10th grader wrongfully arrested and held for 2 months without council, due process or visitation from his mother. (video) He was innocent (see comments) but the Patriot Act refused him the right of due process. These trespasses on our civil liberties will only get worse and happen more frequently as time goes by, as is the predictable evolutionary process.

People often try to dismiss these criticisms as libertarian alarmist propaganda, though I combat that ideology with simple logic. Once our Constitutional rights have been taken away from even just one single American, no matter how bad they are, then we have undoubtedly lost our way.  As I outlined in an article I wrote entitled “The American Way Abandoned” (link) I expressed the importance of adhering to our founding fathers principles, which concludes that if we do not, we do so at our own peril.

The absence of legislation like the Patriot Act is what makes America free. When we submit our freedoms in fear - then the terrorist truly have won.

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*Depending on the source the amount of pages in the patriot act is between 342 and 2,500. Dr. Twight mentioned in an interview that she had read all 1,472 pages. Personally I don't claim to be the expert on every page, however I have read enough to ascertain its completely unconstitutional.


  1. Great blog! You have a talent for getting Dr. Ron Paul's message out succintly! We need to get you more exposure so I'm going to link your page over to the Daily Paul and ask people to start posting it around the web. Nicely done!

    One critical comment though:

    In your blog regarding the Patriot Act you use an example of a 16 year old boy being arrested under the Patriot Act as proof of how this law can be abused. And while your principle point is true, the example you used is wrong.

    Here is a link to the actual charges posted against this kid.


    And here is the related news story I got the PDF from:


    The kid was nothing more than an internet prank caller who got caught.

    You might want to remove this as an example, because anyone else following the trail - especially anti-paul people - will likely use this as evidence of the crazy "paul bots".

    Other than that, love your site!


  2. Thanks Chuck!

    Although I agree, perhaps its not the best example in light of your added links however I still persist. I am sure you agree with my upcoming sentiments... should the kid have been taken from his home for two months? Should he have been denied of due process? Of seeing his mother?

    We've had bomb threats long before the patriot act and the police would usually catch the kids and they would see a juvenile court judge within a week. That's how America does it.

    I am going to search for a better example.

  3. As a Canadian that watched our Prime Minister fly to Washington on Wednesday of this week, to sign the "Beyond Borders" papers that will allow the Patriot Act to take effect & be enforced in Canada as well, & watch our MSM sell this to the public as the best way to improve Cross Border Shopping (they bought it too!), I must say that we in Canada need Ron Paul to win as much as you do !

    "Ron Paul is good," Torah Code.

  4. I am a reader from Michigan and I just want to plead anyone in Ron Paul's party to hire this individual for his ability to summarize Paul's ideologies. Michigan is a very fertile state for Ron Paul's message seeing as the Republican party completely abandoned the state in the previous presidential campaign and we remember that to this day. The Tea Party is very strong in this state... as a constitutional progressivist- A democratic leaning Libertarian... I want Ron Paul to win in Michigan to help the state positions that will be available as much as I want him to finally have an competitive shot at the Presidency.

    Ron Paul please hire this young man and make a point to visit us in Michigan- we need you here.