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President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden spent most of last week’s first Presidential debate trading insults and interrupting each other. The result was a debate with very little discussion of actual issues or policies.

In one of the evening’s few substantive exchanges, President Trump rightly criticized Vice President Biden for saying he would listen to the “scientists” in determining whether to lock down the country. President Trump also acknowledged that the lockdowns were a harmful over-reaction that needs to end.

Unfortunately, President Trump once again pledged that Covid vaccines would soon be available. This raises the specter of a repeat of the swine flu debacle where a vaccine rushed into production for political purposes caused more deaths than the swine flu itself. President Trump also raised concerns about mandatory Covid vaccinations by suggesting the military would be in charge of vaccine distribution.

Vice President Biden vehemently denied he was a socialist, while championing increased spending, taxes, regulations, expanded Obamacare, and a modified “Green New Deal.” Biden may not consider himself a socialist, but if his economic plans were implemented it would take America further down the road to socialism — and serfdom.

President Trump also denounced socialism, while bragging about his own big government policies such as tariffs, massive spending increases, and plans to maintain the “popular” provisions of Obamacare.

One topic that did not come up was gun control. This may have been because both candidates support infringements on the Second Amendment. Joe Biden was chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee when it passed gun control measures like the assault weapons ban and the “Brady Bill.” President Trump has not only banned bump stocks by executive order, which President Obama refused to do because his Attorney General correctly determined that the President lacks the authority to do so, but has enthusiastically endorsed “red flag” laws. These laws allow law enforcement to, as President Trump put it, “take the guns first worry about due process later.”

The Congressional Budget Office has projected that the federal debt will exceed the gross domestic product next year and reach 195 percent of GDP by 2050! This report was issued before this week’s revelation that the federal debt reached record levels of $27 billion.

This is the biggest threat to our national security, but it was unmentioned during the debate. This is not surprising since few in the political or media elite understand the debt crisis well enough to give it the attention it deserves. Although if Biden wins and Democrats seize control of the Senate, Republicans will likely remember they are supposed to be against big spending and debt.

One critical area that could have led to an interesting exchange was monetary policy. Biden has called Trump’s tweets attacking the Fed as an assault on Fed’s independence, as if the Fed were ever free from political pressure. President Trump has gone from supporting a fed audit, criticizing low interest rates, and supporting the gold standard, to pushing the Fed to adopt the insane policy of zero interest rates

The debate is the latest evidence the two major parties will not on their own restore our lost liberties. Those who want to roll back the welfare-warfare state should avoid focusing on political parties or personalities. Instead we must focus on spreading the ideas of liberty among our fellow citizens and building a liberty movement that puts principles of liberty above partisanship.

(Republished from The Ron Paul Institute by permission of author or representative)
 
• Category: Ideology • Tags: 2020 Election, Donald Trump, Joe Biden 
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  1. Wyatt says:

    Good to see the stroke didn’t take the ol’ Libertarian warhorse down.

    Kind of a flat take that doesn’t tell us anything new or interesting, but still. God bless Ron Paul.

  2. Mark G. says:

    We wouldn’t be in such bad shape if Ron Paul or someone like him were president. Our public schools and mainstream media have left most people woefully unprepared to make intelligent choices when voting. They have little accurate knowledge of history, economics or political theory and it results in things like the sad spectacle we just witnessed in the last debate. If you are unable to discuss ideas and offer supporting evidence and reasoned argument for your views, then the only thing left is to engage in name calling, personal attacks and promises of more free stuff for the voters.

    • Agree: Achmed E. Newman
  3. This report was issued before this week’s revelation that the federal debt reached record levels of $27 billion.

    If only Ron, if only.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  4. @Marshal Marlow

    Haha, good catch, Mr. Marlow! At least I can be sure that this was a typo, not innumeracy, as Dr. Paul knows the numbers.

    I didn’t know about his stroke, Wyatt. I hope this real national treasure will be around with us for a long time to come.

    Also, for Wyatt, the one new thing, for me anyway, in this column was the part about Trump and the Red Flag laws. I followed some of this in the time leading up to that big Richmond, VA gun rally, but I guess I lost track with all the Kung Flu nonsense.

    Trump never did have any principles. That’s not why I voted for him. Uncontrolled immigration is the existential issue. We have a million people coming every year, most of whom don’t give a rat’s ass about the evil of Red Flag laws. I think that’s one thing that Ron Paul never did get, BTW (or doesn’t ever want to talk about).

  5. onebornfree says: • Website

    “President Trump also denounced socialism, while bragging about his own big government policies such as tariffs, massive spending increases, and plans to maintain the “popular” provisions of Obamacare.”

    Yup. And the underlying message from both ,er, “debaters” was[ as always]:

    “Mo’ gubmint, mo’ gubmint, mo’ gubmint!

    That is: Trumps “mo’ gubmint!” socialism versus Bidens “mo’ gubmint!” socialism.

    Some real clear choices there for all you confused slaves out there !🤣

    “Government is a disease masquerading as its own cure” Robert LeFevere

    “Taking the State wherever found, striking into its history at any point, one sees no way to differentiate the activities of its founders, administrators and beneficiaries from those of a professional-criminal class.” Albert J. Nock

    “Everything government touches turns to crap” Ringo Starr

    “Because they are all ultimately funded via both direct and indirect theft [taxes], and counterfeiting [central bank monopolies], all governments are essentially, at their very cores, 100% corrupt criminal scams which cannot be “reformed”or “improved”,simply because of their innate criminal nature.” onebornfree

    Regards, onebornfree

    • Agree: GomezAdddams
  6. What makes Trump preferable to Biden (and to every other Democrat or Republican) is that Congress and the courts will block much of Trump’s socialism, just because he’s Trump. Any other President, if his party gets control of both houses, can run wild. Some here may be too young to remember Lyndon Johnson, but surely everyone recalls Dubya.

    Of course it would be better if Paul was President, but that ship sailed in 1988 (I voted for him, along with more than 400,000 others).

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  7. @Rex Little

    Very true, Rex. If Trump proposed a Socialist “Medicare Plan D” thing like Bush, Jr. did, the Congress would vote it down just out of animosity. Yet, if it came up to his desk for his signature, and he didn’t think of it first, he could just not sign it out of his taking it personally, like he does a lot.

    I voted for Ron Paul numerous times, but I think he had his best shot in ’12 running in the R primary. I told him to his face in February of that year that if he wanted to win in the State of REDACTED, he needed to talk about illegal immigration. People don’t listen! ;-}

  8. Someone please enlighten me, why does a country that can print money at will and not cause inflation domestically have to worry about “The Congressional Budget Office has projected that the federal debt will exceed the gross domestic product next year and reach 195 percent of GDP by 2050! This report was issued before this week’s revelation that the federal debt reached record levels of $27 billion.”

  9. Jmaie says:

    Someone please enlighten me, why does a country that can print money at will and not cause inflation domestically…

    Because it’s not at all clear that inflation won’t accelerate once a modicum of normality returns to the economy. That, and the method of measuring inflation is both simplistic and political in nature, i.e. easily gamed so that the desired policy can be pursued. As example food prices have been increasing for years at several times the “official” overall rate.

    At the end of the day, a dollar is worth only what you can buy with it.

  10. Jmaie says:

    latest evidence the two major parties will not on their own restore our lost liberties.

    This suggests you think (or at least until recently thought) that this was even a remote possibility…

  11. Truly is it written in Galatians 6:7

    “Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”

    I really hope Kellyanne does not get her daughter or her husband killed by the Trump virus.

    Covid Donny will probably infect a few hundred more of his staff before his sickness runs its course. It’s obvious that God is now punishing him and his supporters directly for all his lies and false accusations, and also all the harm he has afflicted on America.

    If he does not repent and mend his wicked ways soon, there will be even more punishment coming for him.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  12. @GreatSocialist

    It’s not any worse than a bad flu season, for cryin’ out loud. Of course President Trump has infected plenty of people. Plenty of people are infected. Most people with common sense neither know nor care. Do you stay 6 ft. away from anyone with a common cold, when you don’t even know he’s got it?

    Get a hold of yourself, woman!

    (0:25 though 0:50 will put you in tears! I guarantee it.)

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