Ron Paul – “The border can be used to keep us in” – Politician or Prophet?

“The Border Fence Can Be Used To Keep Us In” – September 7, 211

Interestingly, he also talks about “capital controls”. FATCA – the new Berlin Wall – is a form of capital control.

This video generated many comments.  Most people think that Ron Paul is out of his mind? One comment said:

“Ron Prescience for president!”

In 2012, Amnesty International published a report which was very critical of the U.S. government. In her superb blog, Victoria in France, describes this as follows:

Amnesty International has published a scathing report concerning efforts to control immigration to the U.S.

It’s called Hostile Terrain:  Human Rights Violations in Immigration Enforcement in the American Southwest and it documents some of the worst horrors of a post-911 America.

She notes that:

“Failure to respect these conventions puts the United States government firmly in the camp of the “law breakers.”  If only a mere fraction of what Amnesty International is reporting is true, it makes a mockery of the idea that the U.S. is a bastion of freedom and a country respectful of laws.

For those who would prefer to ignore this or who think they are safe because they aren’t of Mexican origin or “illegal,”  I’d like to respectfully point out that all efforts against immigrants sooner or later trap citizens and documented immigrants as well.  It can be as simple as encountering major inconvenience trying to go about their daily lives (having to prove citizenship, produce papers, being hassled because of an accent by law enforcement) or it can be as bad as being detained and abused on the suspicion that one might just be in an “irregular situation.”  Amnesty cites 82 cases where U.S. citizens were incarcerated until they could clear up their status.”

Note the last sentence. Looks like Ron Paul is “Ron Prescience!”

A final thought:

You might be interested to know that the Constitution of the United States does NOT include a right to either leave  or enter the United States. The constitutions of other countries do provide for such a right. For example, S. 6 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms reads as follows:

Mobility of citizens

6. (1) Every citizen of Canada has the right to enter, remain in and leave Canada.

The U.S. is enacting laws that burden the right of U.S. citizens to leave or enter the United States. For example a recent post at the Isaac Brock Society discussed the new issue of : NO Tax Compliance = No Passport. (http://isaacbrocksociety.com/2012/03/21/no-u-s-tax-compliance-no-u-s-passport-increased-demand-for-a-second-passport/)

U.S. laws also require that a U.S. citizen must enter and leave the United States with a U.S. passport.

The Canadian Charter of Rights guarantees Canadian Citizens the  right to enter or to leave Canada. It is clear that the Government of the United States is taking steps to restrict the mobility rights of U.S. citizens. As scholars note, the U.S. constitution has lost its appeal to the rest of the world.

Is Ron Paul (to use the language of some people at the Isaac Brock Society) a “nutbar” or is he prophet?

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One thought on “Ron Paul – “The border can be used to keep us in” – Politician or Prophet?

  1. renounceuscitizenship Post author

    Interesting comment on this issue:

    http://isaacbrocksociety.ca/2012/12/12/future-of-americans-abroad-prognostications-from-mr-mopsick/comment-page-2/#comment-112924

    The day is near when the only U.S. citizens permitted to leave its borders for more than a brief, exit-visa vacation will be military and diplomatic personnel, or private contractors on a short leash. Anyone else will find the barriers to emigration, foreign trade initiatives, overseas postings or free international movement in general to be virtually insurmountable.

    The U.S. will take its rightful place in history beside Soviet Russia, East Germany, North Korea and their ilk in its iron-fisted imposition of border and capital controls – though even those countries never tried to impose extraterritorial taxes on those expat citizens who were either prescient or fortunate enough to escape while they still could.

    We are indeed the last of a dying breed.

    Reply

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