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Ron Paul pooh-poohs swine flu; yet another grab for more Fed control!

Republican Texas Congressman Ron Paul on the left

Ron Paul is -- or was -- an ob-gyn doctor. So he should know, right? And he says all this swine flu H2ON9 or whatever scary flu talk is, well, just that -- scare talk. Just another facet of an ongoing plot by the federal government to frighten the public and assume more control over the lives of Americans.

In a regular video report to supporters (see below), the 11-term libertarian-like Texas Republican congressman says simply: "The government shouldn't be in the medical business."

He describes a similar outbreak of swine flu back in 1976 when Democrat Joe Biden was already a senator but Barack Obama was just a teenager. Paul says he was one of two votes against federal involvement in flu-fighting back then.

"There was a panic," he recalls, "and they said it was going to sweep the nation and the government came up with some flu shots and the government was going to inoculate everybody and save the world from this disaster."

According to Paul, one person died in the swine flu outbreak that year while more than 25 died as a result of bad reactions to the flu shots. Which sounds like scary stuff to those of us sneezing into our bent arms and compulsively washing our hands this morning. By late today word of mouth and exaggerated e-mails will have the number of those 1976 deaths up to 250 or worse.

Not to mention the secret highway being planned from Mexico across Texas to connect with Canada. But that's another conspiracy.

"Here we are once again," Paul says, "swine flu coming up and everybody's panicking. It's practically like we've been attacked by nuclear weapons. I mean, press conferences on the weekend! And how did the Department of Homeland Security get into the medical business?"

Paul, who's even older than another unsuccessful Republican presidential candidate John McCain, paints the outbreak of panic over the outbreak of flu as another bid by the new Democratic administration to grow government unnecessarily. He has more to say in the video below.

"The big question," the shirt-sleeved Grandpa Paul lectures, "is, does bigger government always solve these problems? It usually makes them much worse."

Which is, of course, a totally ridiculous assertion. Look at how well the federal government handled the Hurricane Katrina aftermath.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Photo: Ron Paul greets an infant. Credit: Associated Press

 
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Andrew, I don't need the federal government to take care of me and my community when a major natural disaster happens (two already have, one being the major atlantic seaboard hurricane that happened in 2003) but then again, I live in a town where people can trust each other and work together when something like that happens.

Ron Paul is the voice of reason. That's why he's unpopular wih the media and mainstream politicos.

Freedom is popular, but not with the corrupt.

Joking aside, Ron Paul is right.

Can't we have normal 'news events' any more? Does everything have to be an 'emergency ushering in new waves of regulation'? We KNOW Congress acts like a chicken with its head cut off when faced with an emergency.

[Maybe that is why we see so little actual news (rather than infotainment) on news channels any more. Perhaps the media is actually trying to act 'responsibly' by shielding Congress from alarm that might harm the nation --but I digress.]

Look at the definition of pandemic. It speaks of how contagious something is, and how many countries it is in. The common cold is likely a 'pandemic' every single year under those definitions. But how deadly is it, and how many schools should we really be closing when someone might have it?

I'm not a doctor and at some point I have to leave it to those who are to say how problematic a specific disease is. But I do know panic when I see it, and it is always counterproductive.

Ron Paul is right. A Los Alamos simulation shows that the flu will not be contained even when isolating people that have the flu. It will only slow the advance by a month or so, but eventually all will come in contact with the virus. It costs too much to try to stop something like this. Of course Paul knows this. I would say again we have government officials trying to feel important as usual.

Great article! The only problem with it is you forgot to put the "/sarcasm" at the end of the last paragraph. I know you are kidding, but not everyone will get your joke. Just a word of warning so your hate mail doesn't start piling up for no good reason. But then again, you are probably already aware of that by now.

"Not to mention the secret highway being planned from Mexico across Texas to connect with Canada. But that's another conspiracy."

Its no secret. Slow and steady win the race. The NAU is very real, but like the dismantling of our Bill of Rights when the time is right, the news of that highway will come to light.

"According to Paul, one person died in the swine flu outbreak that year while more than 25 died as a result of bad reactions to the flu shots. Which sounds like scary stuff to those of us sneezing into our bent arms and compulsively washing our hands this morning. By late today word of mouth and exaggerated e-mails will have the number of those 1976 deaths up to 250 or worse."

Have any reporters actually researched and written about the 1976 numbers or is it only Ron Paul that finds this relevant?

Well, your piece does make me wonder, Andrew. We've gone from saturation coverage of the "pirates" to saturation coverage of the Swine Flu, almost overnight. Can't these media organizations stay "on message?" I'm missing the pirates already. Now, if only there were pirates who had contracted the Swine Flu, that would be a real story! We could crank up the international bureaucracy and spend so much money killing, eradicating, and rebuilding. We could get some NATO medical ships involved, too, and drop some dust on Somalia to eradicate the flu and the pirates at the same time. Man, give me the News Reels and the good old days. This crisis is going to waste.

For those of you who don't know, the author of this article, Andrew Malcolm, has been bashing Ron Paul, for any reason or none, for at least a year.

We get it, Andrew: you don't like Dr Paul. Fine, you're entitled to your opinion. Now would you just please go away?

Texas voters are going to give Gov Rick Perry the boot over the supposedly secret NAFTA highway.

I love Ron paul! before I watched the video and when the story first hit I'm thinking to myself how bad it is that the media and our elected officials love to sell fear at any opportunity.

In Obama's 100 day speech he say's something to the effect of his dealing with the "Pandemic" what a joke. And the whole pirate parade blown up into Obama's first 'national security threat" The MSM will never do the job a "free media" is supposed to do, they are simply too entrenched in the corrupt system.

It should be clear by now the the problem is not right or left, dem or repub, it is a systemic infection and it in fact leads to the federal reserve.

Another big thing to realize is that the distraction worked in Mexico and the Mexican President gave himself new powers. Now if we had an actual functioning media in this country we would know what those powers, that he gained likely at the expense of the Mexican people, were.

Ron Paul has a point and should talk to our panic stricken
vice president who has just made a total ass of himself
again.The thought that Biden could be sworn in as pres. if (god forbid ) a tragedy struck our pres,is downright
vomit inducing and gives me the creeps.
Obama has got to silence this nervous nelly before he
totaly discredits the new administration. Does anybody
take Biden seriously ? What did Obama ever see in this
acutely verbal diarhea afflicted poor excuse for a senator ?

Ron Paul is no epidemiologist. He's populist, genial, absolutist, paranoid, and nerdly, but he's no epidemiologist.

He's a loon. Period.

First, though I consider myself a liberal, I have to agree, in spirit at least, with Dr. Paul. We have taken this H1N1 flu scare too far. With 36,000 people dieing out of about 200,000 cases of "regular" flu virus every year there doesn't seem to be any statistical justification for the panic over H1N1. There are diseases out there that may be cause for alarm in the future and if we treat every sniffle that comes along as a world health crisis, we won't pay attention when a serious epidemic occurs. This is not to say that taking the proper precautions isn't justified, but excessive hype shouldn't be part of that (think about the constant announcement of terrorism threat level changes that have become ineffective from over use). One shouldn't minimize the unfortunate deaths from this pandemic but things should be kept in perspective.

On a different, less important subject, after reading
Andrew Malcolm's bio under "Our Bloggers" at the top of the page, I have to question this statement: "He (Malcolm) is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four." Which of his 14 nonfiction books did he father? Do his children know?

Now that most of this irrational overreaction is over: Is it too early to point out that Ron was right -- again?

"Ron Paul is ... absolutist, paranoid, and nerdly ...a loon. Period."

And people who call names are childish. You poopypants dumbell.


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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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