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Brian Willhide, Forum Communications Co., Published February 20 2012

Ron Paul: Don’t tell farmers what to raise, sell

JAMESTOWN – Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, continued his push for the Republican presidential nomination on Monday when he spoke to voters here.

Paul greeted District 12 convention-goers at the Knights of Columbus and gave about a seven-minute speech highlighting three issues: size of government, fiscal policy and farming.

“In this state, people are very much oriented to limited government and more freedom, and that’s what we need,” he said.

Paul listed the Environmental Protection Agency as one of the federal agencies he said the nation’s Founding Fathers would be “shocked” to see in place.

“It’s people who own the land and local government that should be responsible for the environment, and if there’s any regulations, they should all be local,” he said.

Paul also re-affirmed his stance regarding citizens’ personal liberties.

“This assumption that government can regulate us and protect us against ourselves has led us to way too much interference in our lives,” he said. “We have to realize that liberty will bring all people together.”

Economically, Paul said while North Dakota is not facing as difficult of a situation as other parts of the country, he wants to reform fiscal policies domestically rather than working with foreign agencies such as the United Nations.

“The current financial system will not prevail, and the internationalists know that,” he said. “We need monetary reform, but it should be here under our national sovereignty.”

Paul also said there’s no reason for farmers in a free society to be told what goods they cannot raise nor sell.

He pointed to the issue of raw, unpasteurized milk, which has been linked to recent bacterial infections in 38 cases on the East Coast.

“Farmers ought to be able to sell raw milk,” he said.

North Dakota is one of 20 states that prohibit raw milk sales altogether, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s website.

He also said farmers should be allowed to grow hemp.

North Dakota Republicans will hold a statewide presidential caucus on March 6.

Brian Willhide writes for The Jamestown Sun