Rand Paul Drops Bomb To Disarm Feds
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) is taking on the federal government once again, specifically the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). On Wednesday Sen. Paul dropped a bombshell and introduced an amendment to a FDA funding bill that would disarm the FDA and would achieve several other goals.
Paul began his statement to the Senate,
“I’m troubled by images of armed agents raiding Amish farms and preventing them selling milk directly from the cow. I think we have bigger problems in our country than sending armed FDA agents into peaceful farmers’ land and telling them they can’t sell milk directly from the cow.”
It seems his primary concern is over the federal government regulating the food industry from start to finish. One of the issues concerns unpasteurized milk, which is more healthy for you than, the stuff you get in the store, and it tastes better too. The federal government forbids it in interstate commerce. They think raw milk is a weapon of some sorts and farmers are the new terrorists.
Paul said that the first provision of the amendment would stop, “overzealous regulation of vitamins, food and supplements by codifying the First Amendment prohibition on prior restraint.”
“The First Amendment says you can’t prevent speech, even commercial speech, in advance of the speech. You can’t tell Cheerios that they can’t say there’s a health benefit to their Cheerios. Under our current FDA laws, FDA says if you want to market prune juice, you can’t say that it cures constipation,” he said.
“Despite four court orders condemning the practice as a violation of the First Amendment, the FDA continues to suppress consumers’ rights to be informed and to make informed choices.”
In regards to Rand Paul’s efforts to disarm the FDA, he said, “Historically the criminal law was intended to punish only the most horrible offenses that everyone agreed were inherently wrong or evil, offenses like rape, murder, theft, arson – but now we’ve basically federalized thousands of activities and called them crimes. If bureaucrats need to involve the police, let’s have them use the FBI, but I see no reason to have the FDA carrying weapons.”
Paul gives the American people a glimpse into just how big the federal government has become. He said that the Constitution only cites four federal crimes, however today “it’s estimated there are over 4,000, but no one has an exact number.”
“We’ve gone too far, and we’ve abrogated the First Amendment, and what we need to do is tell the FDA that the courts have ruled that the First Amendment does apply to commercial speech, and the FDA has been overstepping their bounds,” he said.
NaturalNews.com said that the amendment to the FDA funding bill,
would disarm the FDA and make the agency stop using guns against the American people; it would halt the FDA’s armed raids on raw milk farmers; it would also stop the FDA’s outrageous and longstanding censorship of truthful health claims of dietary supplements and medicinal herbs.
This is a big deal. While it may not pass, given its sudden introduction and lack of enough time to build grassroots support, the very fact that U.S. Senator Rand Paul has introduced such an amendment is proof positive that Rand Paul is exactly the kind of leader that can help take our nation out of the age of government tyranny and censorship and into a new era of transparency, accountability and liberty. Ending the FDA’s unconstitutional censorship of truthful health claims could, without question, help prevent disease and greatly reduce the out-of-control health care costs that are bankrupting America.
Sadly, our Senate does not value the Constitution or the freedom of Americans and rejected the amendment by a vote of 78-15. All Democrats were in favor of keeping the FDA armed and against freedom.