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Ron Paul: Obama Made a 'Very Good' Move on Cuba

By    |   Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 03:12 PM

Libertarian icon Ron Paul, in an appearance Thursday on Newsmax TV, applauded President Barack Obama's move to re-establish relations with Cuba and voiced skepticism about whether North Korea really engineered the Sony data-breach debacle.

The former Texas congressman and two-time Republican presidential candidate also told "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner that it will take a generation to turn American voters against a two-party duopoly and a monolithic government in order to begin dismantling what he called "the welfare-warfare state."

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Paul, founder of Voices of Liberty, said that the Sony episode — with the studio pulling a movie that lampoons North Korea — means "there are a lot of failures to be looked at," especially considering the additional billions spent on U.S. security after 9/11.

"You'd think we'd be able to keep up with somebody who doesn't have any money," Paul said, alluding to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's isolated and impoverished regime.

He questioned whether North Korea had the capability to break into Sony's computer systems and flood the Internet with embarrassing internal emails and sensitive company information, or to deliver on hazy threats of violence against theaters that were slated to screen "The Interview."

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"What a lot of people are now wondering is, how are they so smart to do this?" said Paul. "They can't even have lights on at nighttime. It's the most … [poverty-]ridden, failed country in the world, and they're smart enough to steal all this cyberware and cybersecurity? I just have a lot of questions about it and I'm going to wait to get more information."

Paul also returned to his signature themes of smaller government, respect for individual liberty, and sweeping financial and economic reforms.

He said Republican victories in the Nov. 4 election do not necessarily signal a move away from "the disastrous policies of the last 100 years … whether it's the Federal Reserve, the IRS, the welfare system or our empire."

"I have no confidence that all of a sudden we're going to get a few more people in Congress and Congress is going to act responsibly, and they're not going to sneak the bad stuff in at the last minute like they always do — and they did this recent time," he said, alluding to controversial provisions tucked into the latest budget bill.

Paul said it may take an even bigger crisis than the financial collapse of 2008 to awaken the American people to the reality of their situation — declining standards of living, problems multiplying here and abroad, and an erosion of U.S. stature.

"In many ways, we're on the verge of collapse," he said, "but I come down on the side that this could be a good thing if the people wake up and do the things they should do and maybe restore some of the values like sound money, free markets, balanced budgets, protection of civil liberties, and [a] talk about the Fourth Amendment again.

"All of a sudden, things could change," he said, "but I don't think it's going to be a gradual, graceful change."

Paul said that outside of Washington, D.C., there are encouraging developments on these fronts. But he said that American voters have a lot of assumptions and teaching to un-learn about economics, markets and governance before they will stop asking the federal government to take care of them.

"It's going to take a generation," he said. "To shift away from the true beliefs we had in the early part of our history, it look a long, long time."

He credited Obama for normalizing relations with Cuba after half a century and opening the way to travel and commerce between the estranged neighbors.

"We did it with China," said Paul. "Just think how much better things are with China. They didn't go more communist. Communism is more or less faded there and there are bankers now. I would say trading with countries is very good and having relations with countries is very good. It was certainly what the founders advised us to do."

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Libertarian icon Ron Paul, in an appearance Thursday on Newsmax TV, applauded President Barack Obama's move to re-establish relations with Cuba and voiced skepticism about whether North Korea really engineered the Sony data-breach debacle.
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