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Ron Paul at Cornell

Ron Paul spoke to the faithful (and the curious) at Lynah Rink on the Cornell Campus tonight.  A capacity crowd of students, plus a lot of people who clearly traveled a ways, came to shake the rafters with cheers of "President Paul" and "End The Fed".

Anyone who has watched the Republican primary debates had already heard the talking points in Paul's stump speech.

He railed against attacks on privacy, laws which regulate the internet, the Patriot Act, and government by executive order.  He particularly highlighted the Defense Authorization Act, and the recent Obama executive order which extended its authority to seize key parts of the U.S. economy not only in wartime, but, now, in peacetime as well.  He mentioned sound money, and the calls of "End the Fed" rang out again.  

"Hey, that's a good idea," he joked.  But he went on to say that the current financial system would collapse on it's own, citing the power of the laws of economics.

He refered to the recent Secret Service scandal, reminding the crowd that he did not accept Secret Service protection.

It got mighty hot in Lynah without ice on the floor.  As the temperature went up, some of the merely curious, and those with young children went in search of some air.  But most stayed to the end.

Paul spoke passionately about private property.  He reminded the crowd that societies with the worst records of spoiling the environment have been the ones with the most socialism.  Where the concept of private property is elevated, and others -- including the govenment -- can't mess with your stuff, the problems of pollution are less a problem.

He spoke briefly on foreign policy.  Saying "staying out of other people's business" got big applause. He left young people with a warning:  he predicted if things go on the way they are, there would be a collapse of confidence in the currency, in law and order, and in the government.  Paul noted that the Department of Homeland Security has been buying guns and millions of bullets.  "Who do you think they are going to shoot with all those bullets?" he asked.

As usual, Paul ended with a note of optimism:  It doesn't need to end that way.  You can be the future, the voice of liberty. It only takes a small group of people to change things.  Go out and win the revolution.

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