Ron Paul: We don’t understand the definition of ‘rights’

Dana Loesch filled in for Glenn on Wednesday’s Glenn Beck Program, and she was joined by former Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) to discuss a range of topics including the Supreme Court’s ruling in Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., Senator Thad Cochran’s (R-MS) marginal win over Chris McDaniel in Mississippi, and our current foreign policy nightmare.

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On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of religious freedom – deciding Obamacare cannot force for-profit, closely held companies to violate their religious beliefs by paying for emergency contraceptive coverage that could lead to abortions. Dana asked Paul how he feels about the ruling, and he explained it is an issue of Americans understanding their rights.

“It’s to me such a shame that we are going through this thing… If we lived in a free society, and we recognized a more concise definition of rights, these kind of debates wouldn’t go on,” Paul explained. “But, you know, once you grant too much power to government to issue mandates – which is nothing more than the destruction of liberty of certain individuals – then you have these detailed minutiae arguments about how you regain a little bit of our freedoms.”

Paul reiterated that until the American people have a better “understanding of what rights are” and what “mandates we shouldn’t have,” this “agony” will continue.

Last month, Paul supported Mississippi State Senator Chris McDaniel (R) in his quest to unseat four decade long incumbent Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS). While, McDaniel won the popular vote in the Republican primary in early June, he failed to reach the 50% threshold needed to avoid a runoff. After dumping millions of dollars and resources into the race, the establishment triumphed in the runoff, with Cochran narrowly beating McDaniel.

“I’m always looking for good things coming out of bad things, and it’s a bad scene over there,” Paul said of Mississippi. “But the good that’s coming out of it is it shows the Republican leadership’s true colors that they are liberal Democrats, and they’ll do anything to make sure that any challenge from a conservative libertarian viewpoint will be punished. And this should be an enlightenment.”

Paul said he hopes this election will signal a “realignment” of the party system that sees the “libertarian constitutional wing” of the Republican Party coming together with “the anti-corporatism and the pro-peace section” of the Democratic Party to form a “coalition.”

Finally, on the topic of foreign policy, Paul lamented the “two choices” America has decided between for too long.

“Our national interests are best served by staying out of it, not spending the money, not losing any lives, and bringing our troops home,” Paul said. “We’ve only had two choices… If they do what we tell them, we give them a lot of money. If they don’t do what we tell them, we invade them and kill them and bomb them. And I’d like another option: Just be friends with them, trade with them, and stay out of their business.”

  • Jeff Lambeau

    Good Guy Ron Paul. As always. Keep on brotha.

  • Anonymous

    Ron Paul makes more sense than what we hear fro the GOP today. We need guys like Paul to stir the pot in Washington, not only against democrats, but also the GOP establishment.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve said before, while created with the best of intentions, the “Bill Of Rights” was a misstep (if only symbolically) because now we have whole organizations whose sole purpose is the “rights creation business” and these “rights” are being “created”, not through the amendment process, but by twisted Supreme Court decisions.

  • Crassus

    Rube Paul is still around? I thought he’d passed away from terminal lunacy.

    • cravinbob .

      And you “thought”! See what happens when you try that? We have some deep thinkers on board here. Whole sentences, almost…

    • ken.

      ron paul has been saying for 30+ years, what the tea party and conservatives are just starting to figure out. in fact the tea parties principles were bases on ron paul principles.

  • Jay

    I guess that’s the New World Government that Obama wants: pass a bill, then* consider whether it’s Constitutional, needed, or even ethical only after someone questions it.

    Big Government does what is best for Big Government.

  • Anonymous

    Certain women groups are an embarrassment to women. It’s insane to think birth control, or anything you want to use should be paid for by others. The government (taxpayers) are not your sugar daddy.

    • bcz

      I agree but this ruling ensured that the govt will most likely be forced to pay for these treatments/procedures…unless insurance companies foot the bill for the 4 contraceptives not included – which is doubtful

  • Connor Kenway

    I wish we had him in or at least someone who spoke like that.

  • Anonymous

    Dems & Repubs are 2 sides of the same coin. Obammy is a puppet of New World Order Globalist Elites, as are The Bush Family & Clintons, etc.

  • Anonymous

    The last couple sentences is why no one takes Ron Paul seriously. Yeah, let’s trade with them. That’ll work.

    • cravinbob .

      Can you expand on how that would not work? Import and export has been the backbone of successful societies since day one. Money is the common language. Is this why no one takes takes you seriously? You should have said that you do not take him seriously. Do not pretend to speak for me.

  • Sunset Rider

    A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government.
    A democracy will continue to exist up until the voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury.
    From that moment on, the majority always vote for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.
    (Alexander Tyler a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh 1787)

    Ron Paul is trying to get us to revert back to a REPUBLIC.

    I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the …………….

    • Anonymous

      Tyler got it wrong. A democracy will continue to exist up until the voters lose their moral discipline. You see, that part comes before the voting themselves money.

    • David

      “Republics become Democracies, and Democracies ALWAYS elect a dictator.” Aristotle, Greek Philosopher, Astronomer, and mentor to Alexander the Great.

  • Suzanne Rice

    So many people against the Supreme Court ruling keep saying that it hurts women’s rights and this ruling opens up a can of worms because what if a company is owned by so and so and they say it’s against their religion to pay for x, y, and z. Yet no one, including Hobby Lobby, is stopping women from doing whatever they want. They can still go out and get whatever contraceptives they want. But to me, the bigger question is, why should employers be expected to provide health insurance at all? I’ve read recently that it wasn’t until WWII that employer-provided health insurance became widespread. Before that, people got insurance on their own. No one expected or demanded that companies provide health insurance. Companies provide a job in a respectful, safe environment and workers do their jobs. Why should companies provide more than a job? People want everything provided for them by either businesses or the government.

    • Shawn Cameron

      Before WW2 a few days in the hospital didn’t run into the tens of thousands of dollars. Doctors charged what people could pay. Now hospitals charge 30 bucks for a Tylenol. Until that is addressed the healthcare issue in this country will never be solved.

      • Shane Sanders

        Insurance companies (actually Medicare) decide what doctors charge. Even if I, as a future doctor, wanted to make lets say $50 for an exam based on all the years I gave up in school and money in debt, I would have to charge insurance $250 to get paid that. If I accept insurance, I cannot just charge patients a cash pay of $50, or else I would have to pay back all of the money insurance companies paid to me because I cannot charge different prices to different patients. The cost of healthcare is not the fault of doctors, it is Medicare (the government) who dictates reimbursement costs. The cost of education doesn’t help either, as I will graduate with just under $300k in debt.

        • ken.

          ron paul talks about that a lot, that before medicare healthcare was cheap, after medicare prices skyrocketed.

        • Anonymous

          thanks – hope you hang in there. you didn’t mention it so wondering how you think frivilous medical malpractice lawsuits figure into things.

        • cravinbob .

          And then you’ll realize that you have to buy a permit from the DEA to prescribe medication! Government backed student loans forced colleges to raise their tuition fees, you know, being a college and all, they are smart enough to recognize easy money. Insurance companies, DEA, college money… it does not sound like anything that will heal anybody. Do not deal with any patients that might need pain relief either,. the DEA frowns on opioids but they were fun to eat in college!
          And yes, good luck Doc!

        • Shawn Cameron

          I understand all of that, forgive me I wasn’t trying to say it was the fault of the doctors. When Medicare came along they would only pay so much on the dollar. So doctors raised their rates to compensate (typical government solution too stupid to figure out doctors would think to do that).

          I agree with you on everything you said my point was mostly an objection to the original commentors notion that because people didn’t need health insurance prior to WW2 that they don’t need it today, as if nothing has changed in this country in 70 years.

          My other point (or an extension of the original) is that medical care is too expensive and nobody is looking at that problem. Once again I’m not blaming the doctors as they have malpractice insurance, student loans etc.

          But we could do something about frivolous lawsuits in this country, tort reform is desperately needed in this country. as for the price of education that’s the same as healthcare, as government loans have universities to jack the price of an education through the roof.

          There are several things that could be done to lower costs, but nobody is talking about the actual cost of healthcare. Giving more people access to government provided insurance is not going to do anything but drive those costs up, for the above mentioned reasons.

          Most people can only afford medical insurance through their employer that’s all I was saying that Suzanne Rice’s notion that people don’t need it now because they didn’t need it 70 years ago is absurd.

  • Janean Guy

    As always, he’s so right on some things but a little bit off on foreign policy issues.

    • cravinbob .

      “foreign policy issues”? What is off about “let’s butt out”?

  • CD Jorgensen

    It’s one thing to lament having a two-party system. But that will never change until we change our election methodology. Plurality (aka First-Past-The-Post) drives us to two parties. That’s simple mathematics combined with rational self-interest. In other words, a vote for a third party is effectively a vote taken from whichever of the major players you would have preferred.

    A switch to Instant Runoff voting would allow 3rd parties to thrive. It does have problems, true, but it has no problems that Plurality doesn’t, and lacks many that Plurality has. And it’s super simple to tally and report, which other more accurate voting systems lack. The greatest deterrent to adopting it are incumbents, who set polices, and who are incentivized to keep the system the way it is so as to keep their jobs. That’s tough to overcome.

    • ken.

      george washington and others didn’t believe in or want a party system, they believed ( rightly so ) that parties were ripe for infiltration and corruption and that the parties will always become all about the party instead of the country. also our country is about we the people and self governing, not party governing. the parties control instead of we the people. we cannot have freedom as long as we have parties controlling congress.

  • dave

    unfortunately he is naive…be nice and we all be happy…dream on

    • cravinbob .

      Finish your thought. Think it through first.

  • Jew Whisperer


    12. Our right lies in force. The word “right” is an abstract thought and proved by nothing. The word means no more than: Give me what I want in order that thereby I may have a proof that I am stronger than you.

    13. Where does right begin? Where does it end?

    14. In any State in which there is a bad organization of authority, an impersonality of laws and of the rulers who have lost their personality amid the flood of rights ever multiplying out of liberalism, I find a new right – to attack by the right of the strong, and to scatter to the winds all existing forces of order and regulation, to reconstruct all institutions and to become the sovereign lord of those who have left to us the rights of their power by laying them down voluntarily in their liberalism.

    15. Our power in the present tottering condition of all forms of power will be more invincible than any other, because it will remain invisible until the moment when it has gained such strength that no cunning can any longer undermine it.

    16. Out of the temporary evil we are now compelled to commit will emerge the good of an unshakable rule, which will restore the regular course of the machinery of the national life, brought to naught by liberalism. The result justifies the means. Let us, however, in our plans, direct our attention not so much to what is good and moral as to what is necessary and useful.

    17. Before us is a plan in which is laid down strategically the line from which we cannot deviate without running the risk of seeing the labor of many centuries brought to naught.

    18. In order to elaborate satisfactory forms of action it is necessary to have regard to the rascality, the slackness, the instability of the mob, its lack of capacity to understand and respect the conditions of its own life, or its own welfare. It must be understood that the might of a mob is blind, senseless and un-reasoning force ever at the mercy of a suggestion from any side. The blind cannot lead the blind without bringing them into the abyss; consequently, members of the mob, upstarts from the people even though they should be as a genius for wisdom, yet having no understanding of the political, cannot come forward as leaders of the mob without bringing the whole nation to ruin.

    19. Only one trained from childhood for independent rule can have understanding of the words that can be made up of the political alphabet.

    20. A people left to itself, i.e., to upstarts from its midst, brings itself to ruin by party dissensions excited by the pursuit of power and honors and the disorders arising therefrom. Is it possible for the masses of the people calmly and without petty jealousies to form judgment, to deal with the affairs of the country, which cannot be mixed up with personal interest? Can they defend themselves from an external foe? It is unthinkable; for a plan broken up into as many parts as there are heads in the mob, loses all homogeneity, and thereby becomes unintelligible and impossible of execution.

    Keep wearing Becks magic spectacles people

    • cravinbob .

      What a bunch of nonsense. When I am right I am right. Am I right? You have the Right to remain silent. Exercise it.

      • Jew Whisperer

        That is an excerpt from the Luciferic and Satanic Babylonian Talmud exalting ” Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion” . The Luciferic cabal that has ransacked D.C. , the world for that matter. The above is the elites mindset that the mindless mob is comprised of human cattle that have no rights whatsoever. That their claim to “Right is Might” and supersedes everything. Just how daft are you? You even read the link?!!

        I have the right to say whatever the hell I want, including defaming and exposing the Rev 2:9, and 3:9 Synagogue of Satan “Jews” that are implementing the Jew World Order and trying to wake up ignorant Jew dupes such as Becks sycophant followers.

  • john james

    “Just be friends with them, trade with them, and stay out of their business.” That statement tells me this man is so out of touch it is frightening. How do you make friends with EVIL. They have said over and ver and over agian they want us DEAD.

  • Susan

    Exactly—our Natural Rights come from God and NEVER THE STATE. We do NOT need permission for our unalienable “natural rights”.

    There is no “right” to enslave producers to supply products for the lazy and slothful. That is what unconstitutional “Rights” are—-the enslavement of the productive–and allows the confiscation of private property (unconstitutional.)

  • Jon Swift

    All the arguments for defeating your liberal teachers and professors:

  • Igor Shafarevich

    All the arguments for defeating your liberal teachers and professors:

  • Obamasucks69

    Is this the same Ron Paul that says he never voted for an earmark???? see what the old sly dog would do is load a bill that he knew would pass, and then vote no on that bill this way he could claim he never voted for an earmark while he is cashing the check at the bank…….Paul is a loon.

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