Ron Paul: Trump’s ‘Take Charge and Take Over’ Approach ‘Worries Me’

Former Republican Congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul stated he’s worried about Donald Trump’s “take charge and take over” rhetoric because “I think we’ve had too much government taking charge and taking over” on Thursday’s broadcast of Newsmax TV’s “The Hard Line.”

Paul said that while he doesn’t think Trump is ruining the Republican Party, “What I fear is that he may be tapping in to something, and a sentiment — and that people may love this aggressive personality that’s going to take charge. That worries me a little bit. … But the thing that concerns me is that it’s sort of like ‘take charge and take over’ and I think we’ve had too much government taking charge and taking over. And it’s the government that created it. And we don’t need somebody with an iron fist to come in and say, ‘It’ll be done my way, and I can correct all these problems,’ because the solution isn’t to have somebody strong to tell us what to do, what we need is enough people to have confidence in themselves and let the people make their own decisions.”

Paul also stated that “tapping into a lot of feelings” and “taps into a lot of people” with his talk on the economy and the border, although, some will also “resent” Trump’s rhetoric. And that it was “a little too early” to judge Trump’s electoral viability.

Later, he continued that “sometimes when people say, ‘I have the answers and I will take care of it,’ they don’t quite understand how liberty works. It should be, ‘Leave me alone, and I’ll take care of it.’ … And so people — it’s a contest between the people who want self-reliance, and those who say, ‘I’m going to take charge, and I’m going to make sure the government takes care of everything, all the problems that exist in the world.'” And “I don’t think anybody should be running the economy, and that’s the whole fallacy of our last hundred years. … He can’t run the economy, he can’t create jobs, and he should know that. He can create jobs if he stays in the building industry, but even his industry is going to be in trouble because he might build too many buildings because interest rates are zero.”

Paul added that it would be different if Trump was talking about getting the economy back on track by eliminating the Federal Reserve, balancing the budget, and “going back to a market economy and sound money”.

Paul concluded his discussion on the economic policies of the 2016 field by criticizing candidates talking about what growth rates they’ll produce, instead of talking about “real changes in the way the economy is run”.

He also touched on the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage, arguing that government marriage licenses are unneeded.

(h/t Washington Examiner)

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