February 25th, 2013

When They Came For The Milk Drinkers…


This article was written by Ron Paul and originally published at The Free Foundation

While I oppose most gun control proposals, there is one group of Americans I do believe should be disarmed: federal agents. The use of force by federal agents to enforce unjust and unconstitutional laws is one of the major, albeit overlooked, threats to liberty. Too often Americans are victimized by government force simply for engaging in commercial transactions disproved of by Congress and the federal bureaucracy.

For example, the offices of Rawesome Foods in Venice, California, have been repeatedly raided by armed federal and state agents, and Rawesome’s founder, 65-year old James Stewart, has been imprisoned. What heinous crime justified this action? Rawesome sold unpasteurized (raw) milk and cheese to willing customers – in a state where raw milk is legal! You cannot even drink milk from a cow without a federal permit!

This is hardly the only case of federal agents using force against those who would dare meet consumer demand for raw milk. In 2011 armed agents of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) raided the business of Pennsylvanian Amish farmer Dan Allgyer. Federal agents wasted a whole year and who knows how many millions of our tax dollars posing as customers in order to stop Allgyer from selling his raw milk to willing customers.

The use of force against individuals making choices not approved of by the political elite does not just stop with raw milk. The Natural News website has documented numerous accounts of federal persecution, including armed raids, of health food stores and alternative medical practitioners.

Federal bureaucrats are also using force to crack down on the makers of gold coins for fear that people may use these coins as an alternative to the Federal Reserve’s fiat currency. Bernard von NotHaus, the founder of Liberty Dollars, is currently awaiting sentencing on federal counterfeiting charges — even though Mr. von NotHaus took steps to ensure his coins where not used as “legal tender.”

Yet, the federal government was so concerned over the possibility that Mr. von NotHaus’s customers might use his coins in regular day-to-day commerce they actually labeled Mr. von NotHaus a “terrorist.”

These type of police state tactics used against, among others, raw milk producers, alternative health providers, and gold coin dealers is justified by the paternalistic attitude common in Washington, D.C. A member of Congress actually once told me that, “The people need these types of laws because they do not know what is good for them.” This mindset fuels the growth of the nanny state and inevitably leads to what C.S. Lewis said may be the worst from of tyranny “…a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims.”

All Americans, even if they do not believe it is a wise choice to drink raw milk or use gold coins, should be concerned about the use of force to limit our choices. This is because there is no limiting principle to the idea that the government force is justified if used “for our own good.” Today it is those who sell raw milk who are being victimized by government force, tomorrow it could be those who sell soda pop or Styrofoam cups. Therefore, all Americans should speak out against these injustices.

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    Ed Warden Says:

    These are so called AMERICAN CITIZENS who turn their backs on OUR CONSTITUTION and go against the will of the people and their FREE CHOICE. Big business is behind most of this with their lobbyist in Washington, to protect their interest and money. Look at a company like Monsanto who have gone after people like the Farmers Market and have federal agents shut them down. I say it is time to shut down the big businesses that help run this country and get back to buying from LOCAL MERCHANTS. I try to buy only from the small businesses in my community, they are apart of our community and not some huge corporation a thousand miles away.

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    jack Says:

    when the economy gos down, the govt wants to control the food, and i mean all of it! they will use food as a weapon ,with out them you don’t eat! they know food stores would be cleaned out in days leving only empty shelves. now a farm with real milk and cheese can keep peolpe not only alive but in good health!( health food stores make you healthy) they want people weak tired and down and out!they look at it this way, weaken your enemy to the point that they can’t fight and they will serender to us for food. why else would they have fusion(prison) campes set up all over the country? thats why the govt wants only one company to grow and supply food (GMO monsucmo)thats why they call him a terrorist because he would be feeding their enemy!(lets not forget if you have more then 7 days worth of food you are a terrorist) these people are controlled by the zionists the same ones that want your guns.

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    GeorgeW. Says:

    Limitless Surveillance and the Death of Privacy: Inside the FISA/Echelon Spy Grid – Annie Machon


  4. 4
    Linda Says:

    Dear Dr. Paul,
    First, I speak with the utmost respect for you Sir. Yet I feel compelled to write and ask you to take a more aggressive stance. I completely agree that we should speak out against these intrusions on our free choices; However, I have another concern. Speaking out does have power; especially to turn the masses in the direction of looking at the truth instead of the propaganda they have been fed. Yet, with all due respect, despite the power of speech, you spoke on the floor of Congress for 10 years and you failed to convince people of the emergency state we have been sliding into; how can more passive rhetoric help us at this juncture? You had a popular political machine and you raised a lot of money, but you lost because the media, which is controlled by the Globalists, shut you out.
    Yes, the milk issue is important, but isn’t it time for something more aggressive? When a virus or infection is destroying a person’s health, do you prescribe waiting? Surely not? There are times when the body will heal itself, but the body of this nation is sick with a virulent strain of infection. Surely you would treat this aggressively! I believe you are a good, kind man; that you are like an old country doctor who has devoted his life to preserving life. That has true merit and value, and I applaud you for all of your efforts. I am glad you have such good character. God Bless your parents for raising you right! However, the problem right now is that we are at the end of a long train of abuses, and if we do not impeach Obama, in order to make an example of him to the Globalists/ Federal Reserve bankers that are choking the life out of our country; if we do not insist that Obama’s treason and the treason of the men in Office who stood by and allowed this to happen, is punished to the full extent of the law, then it is certain that future generations will know that we failed to take decisive action to save our Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Moreover, if we do not protect the 2nd Amendment, and actively protect our gun rights, we are sunk. Dr. Paul, We need you to join the fight to impeach Obama and every person serving in Office who has betrayed his or her Oath. Consider the Tenth Amendment Center and Nullification; the Secession Movement; David Zuniga’s Indictment Engine. These are powerful tools. Please understand that this virulent and lethal strain is killing our country and our freedom. We will be left neutered and crippled if this continues, -and it will continue if we do not get it out of our system, our country, our world, now. Please take swift, aggressive and effective action against this virulence. Thank You for your service! God Bless You. Linda

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    Cal Says:

    @ Linda,
    Ron Paul did not lose because of the media – he won. He was cheated out by election fraud because those who put preseidential candidates into office wanted Romney an Obama to be our “choices”.

    “if we do not impeach Obama…” WE need to arrest and prosecute Obama, Panetta, and Dempsey for TREASON. Yes, they committed treason as the US Constitution describes and as our laws describe when the GAVE the UN authority over the USA and over the US Military.

    Impeachment is just removal from office, and that they cannot run for public office again. Treason still carries the death penalty. Don’t forget that Obama has also committed MURDER 1 under our laws, mass murder, war crimes, and multiple other CRIMINAL and civil offenses for which he can be prosecuted and everyone ignores it – including you.

    The problem is that we HAVE to enforce our constitutional laws or we are nothing but slaves.

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    Cal Says:

    Back to Ron Paul, despite the media non coverage, he won. Yet even though election fraud during a federal campaign is BOTH a federal criminal offense and a STATE offense – nothing was done here again.

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    Linda Says:

    Dear Cal, No disagreement from me. I merely thought he had to be impeached before he was prosecuted for treason, and I assumed his trial would bring sufficient evidence to light to ensure that. I am not an attorney, so I focused on the parts I do know.
    The thrust of my argument was that Dr Paul’s article seemed tangential, because it brought up a rather minor issue, rather than focusing on the gun grab and the impeachment of Obama, as well as Tom Wood’s Nullification, Zuniga’s Indictment Engine and so on, …and (as you said) prosecuting Obama for
    As to the real reasons for Dr. Paul’s loss, there seem to be so many layers between me and the facts in this cases, that I can only tell you what I observed, after I checked with what I considered at the time to be reliable sources. Frankly, from my perspective, the Tea Party failed me (as a person). I did my best to work with them, interact with them, support Dr. Paul’s campaign; but they failed to make clear what the problems were, so I had no idea what the underlying cause of his failure to be elected was (I mean his failure according to the media; and as judged by the result that Obama assumed office); all I knew was that I watched him get overlooked, interrupted, and excluded. Therefore it seemed reasonable to blame the media and whomever controls the media. Then the Tea Party claimed a great victory in Congress and I watched and waited for the big change. As Obama’s corruption grew more obvious, I waited for the Tea Party Congress to take action. I saw bupkis.
    I wasn’t on the inside watching all of this. God knows I would have loved to be, but I wasn’t. So I can only tell you how it looked from out here.
    When you say he “won” what do you mean? That is the first time I have heard anyone say that. Do you mean he received sufficient popular and electoral votes to be President, but was defrauded? If he won and there was both Federal and State fraud, then why was no action taken? And why was no one out here in the hinterlands told?
    My letter surely does not argue with the idea that we “have to enforce our constitutional laws or we are nothing but slaves”. I thought I was being very supportive of that idea.

    I truly enjoy your posts! Very educational. I take the stance of a Mental Health Professional with a very Prepper and Pro- Constitution attitude in most of these posts. During the election, I was watching Dr Paul get cut out and cut off, and it broke my heart for him. Most recently, even Alex Jones cut him off. I don’t want him to get sidelined, therefore, I suggested that he try a new and more aggressive approach, because he needs some fire in his eyes, if he is to rekindle the spark he had with the grass roots.
    So, I hope we are on the same page, or closer to it. I would truly enjoy hearing more of the facts, and if you want to write me directly, you may do so at my email address (which I assume Elias Alias can give you?).

    God Bless! Linda

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    csaaphill Says:

    I see lots saying impeach Obama, but Clinton was impeached if I remember right, but kept his office.
    i don’t see Obama being removed unless by force.
    But ya I seen a video on this: Very much totalarinaism form of Gov being don’e here. Thats why when people like myslef warn people of these slippery slopes we should be taken more serious.

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    cal Says:

    @ Linda, “When you say he “won” what do you mean? That is the first time I have heard anyone say that. Do you mean he received sufficient popular and electoral votes to be President, but was defrauded?”

    Yes, I mean exactly that. How could you not have heard about robo calls saying that the only candidate left was Romney – but to show support for the party everyone still needed to get out and mark Romney’s name.

    Did you not know about his delegates who had bones broken, hip prothesis broken, locked out of the voting area, etc?

    This is just part:
    Great Compilation Detailing The Voting Inconsistencies (Not to say blatant fraud)
    Must give credit to a facebook comment on Ben Swann’s page for this great compilation that highlights voting and counting “inconsistencies”
    Significant Evidence of Algorithm Vote Flipping in GOP Primary Elections.
    -2012 Election RIGGED – This is going Viral
    -Ron Paul – Fraud Victim in 2012.
    -Nevada Election Fraud Proof In 5 minutes, Nevada GOP Caucus Fraud Voter Rights Violated.
    -What Happened to Ron Paul’s Vote in Nevada?
    -Ron Paul: Vote Rigged Against Him In Nevada?
    -Voting fraud against Ron Paul Victory in North Dakota – Super Tuesday Night 03/06/12.
    -GOP voter fraud against Ron Paul 2012 – Clear Evidence.
    -Alaska Election Fraud Confirmed Ron Paul Camp Cries Foul 2012
    Election Caucus.
    -Ron Paul 100% proof of Maine Election fraud! Ben Swann Reality Check WXIX FOX 2/15/12
    -Maddow: Proof Ron Paul Was Robbed In Maine.
    -Ron Paul Openly Calls GOP Election Fraud.
    -Ron Paul Talks About Election Fraud on Columbia, MO Radio 03/16/12.
    -Ron Paul: Their Shenanigans Won’t Stop Us.
    -Rachel Maddow “I’m delegate shenanigans worried”.
    -”Rig a state convention if you have to, I mean that’s what insiders do” – Chris Todd, MSNBC.
    -Admit It: The Elections Are Rigged.
    -Iowa Caucuses RIGGED! Cover up Ron Paul Win!
    -Ron Paul Won New Hampshire Rigged 88% Poll on CNN.
    -Ron Paul wins 90% of the vote in a poll in Birmingham, Alabama.
    -This is what happened when I tried to cast my vote today… – Ron Paul 2012.
    -Voter Fraud in Alabama? Memory Cards Switched!
    -Delegate Vote Anomaly In Alabama VERIFIED!
    -Ron Paul Ballots in Idaho Thousands Missing.
    -Ron Paul Supporters Observe the Vote at Kansas Caucuses – March 10 2012.
    -Vote Fraud at the Iowa Caucus – Eye Witness Call to Alex Jones.
    -Iowa vote was a fraud Ron Paul Won that one.
    -Iowa Vote Count Observer Claims Fraud Helped Romney Win.
    -CONFIRMED: Voter Fraud Found in 8 Precincts’ in Iowa Caucuses! 1/19/12
    -What do you mean the numbers don’t match?
    -Iowa Caucus STOLEN from Ron Paul?
    -New Voter Fraud Dead People Voting South Carolina – Zombies Voting?
    -Dead People Receive Ballots in NH Primary.
    -Ron Paul Wolfeboro NH reported voting fraud 1/10/12.
    -MORE Ron Paul Election Fraud 3-24-12 GOP Vote Rigging Hidden Cam.
    -Ron Paul Election Fraud ADMITTED Hidden Cam Bryan Spencer St Charles GOP.
    -GOP Election Fraud Against Ron Paul at Missouri Clay County 3.17.12 • Must See •.
    -Voter Fraud Declared at Christian County, Missouri GOP Caucus.
    –Breaking News: Athens-Clarke County, GA Republican Delegate Fraud.
    -Ben Swann – Ron Paul Supports got evidence of Election fraud – Missouri and Georgia.
    -Ben Swann Explains Missouri Delegate Election Fraud Reality Check Ron Paul.
    -Missouri Caucus Rigged Fraud, NO Camera’s Allowed Ron Paul Mitt Romney Voters Election St Charles.
    -Reality Check North Dakota Caucus railroaded to give majority of delegates to Romney?
    -Fraud Charges Filed Over Puerto Rico Primary in San Juan Supreme Court.
    -Goldman Employees Donated $1 Million to Obama Campaign.
    -Goldman Sachs’ $1 Million Man: Mitt Romney’s Ties To A ‘Toxic And Destructive’ Bank.
    -Illumination: the Secret Religion – Goldman Sachs.
    -Just How Corrupt Will The United States Voting System Be In 2012? – VIRALIZE
    -Bain Capital Owns Clear Channel (Romney Supported by Talk Show sphere).
    Professor Murray Sabrin admits Ron Paul MEDIA BLACKOUT by the Federal Reserve.
    -Ballot Box Switcheroo?
    -Ron Paul delegates sabotaged by surprise slate full of Santorum delegates at Congressional Assembly.
    -2012 Wyoming Republican State Convention – Erroneous ballots cast purposely.
    -Mitt Romney Caught Giving Free Sub Sandwiches For Votes! IT’S A FELONY!
    -Voter Fraud Revealed Against Ron Paul – Interview with an Arizona Congressional District Delegate.
    -Charlie Cheater: all relevant data found so far. | Peace. Gold. Liberty | Ron Paul 2012.
    -Romney Passing Out FAKE Ron Paul Slates At Nevada Republican Convention – 5/6/12.
    -Oklahoma GOP continues national trend of disenfranchising Paul supporters.

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    Corey Rodgers Says:

    i fully agree with the article / its content,
    i only learned of these kinds of offenses in the last year or two,
    i have no idea how such a thing is to be stopped, and it absolutely needs to be.
    there is simply way to high percentage of the population that

    a.) isn’t aware this is even occurring
    b.) hears a blip on news about it and thinks it doesn’t matter for them

    i didn’t fight anyone to the death over the forcible change of showerheads in my apartment complex back in the 1990s, (Rand Paul can give more examples of this type of issue),
    i can’t say i’m willing to fight to the death over an issue like that today – i’m really not sure; i am willing to vote as best i can over such a thing though, and sign petitions, etc.

    c.) i and many others are obviously willing to stand our ground up to death if required over gungrabbing issues.

    Let me ask other’s thoughts on this theoretical:
    - what if you were a small dairy farmer, and decided the armed fed thugs had no right to assault you, so you respond in-kind, the obvious result will be what *they* will call “suicide by cop”, but what we know is “give me liberty or give me death”, etc.

    Do you think it would then make enough national news for the mass-public to wake up?
    I sadly think too many in the public will go to item “b.” above. like cows grazing they will hear the screams of one cow getting slaughtered, look up briefly, when the screams subside they will go back to munching on the grass.

    i’ve got my lines in the sand on gun theft;
    i don’t yet know what to do on unlawful dairy raids and similar crimes;
    and this very thing occurred in my county too about a year ago. it wasn’t on any news at all, i learned of it from a friend who used to buy such. the victims acquiessed – what would happen if they fully resisted?

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