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Welcome back to Huckabee this is our special Republican presidential forum.
And joining us now is congressman Ron Paul of Texas congressman good to have you here thank you very nice to -- here your first question comes from.
Can -- -- -- can you can congressman you advocate for pure constitutional -- given that filter.
What do you think are the three primary domestic responsibilities.
Of the federal government.
Domestic response the -- in response.
Protecting the borders.
Providing a sound economy -- sound currency that's in the constitution very clear is -- that's a major issue.
And and and really.
It in enforcing the bill of rights I mean there there's a very specific and looking at all and how would be property rises well is.
Freedom of speech and all those other -- so those would be.
This would be the major issues.
-- the constitution overall load -- Be a major issues well.
Congressman good evening to you in 1995.
We lost a 168 oklahomans and -- domestic terrorist attack.
My assistant attorney general policy east -- is a survivor.
Of that blast and it's that many years after that utilizing tools the Patriot Act fighting domestic terrorism.
You come -- opposed to Patriot Act based upon constitutional privacy concerns about to share some of you can -- concerns with the respect privacy.
But what -- and as a thoughtful alternative do you have to the Patriot Act to prevent further acts of domestic terrorism in the future what -- the one thing is is he saying you're.
Always preventing all crimes and home all criminal acts I mean you destroy liberty by doing that.
But the Patriot Act if it would have been called the repeal of the Fourth Amendment it when -- -- that's essentially what that does and that's way too much sacrifice.
It -- you know what there are laws in the books -- a per mile -- -- but if you think you can -- enough laws to prevent all crimes.
And all acts of violence.
Just think of the acts of violence occur in our household you know.
Access are you gonna put cameras in every household or what ever so there are not I don't think it's a lack of laws that is our problem so congressman you don't believe that there needs to be a comprehensive.
Law the federal level equipping law enforcement to prevent domestic terrorism in this country.
I don't believe we need a comprehensive law -- federal level I believe we need state laws against violence.
The the one law that we do have a national level that we totally ignore.
In that is that.
Terrorism as a crime and it's not a war yet we have drifted off to being -- This is a war on terrorism and as a justification to pursue war.
Not only all running all around the world may even domestically.
So I would say it's a crime but.
The constitution I think is very clear there's nothing in our constitution this is.
That model and actually be a prerogative of the government they can offer a national police force I mean.
Even today -- -- if you're talking about.
Criminal acts of violence murder or manslaughter.
Rob -- the -- state issued this nationalization.
Of law enforcement.
And we we have already a 100000.
Federal bureaucrats -- and -- we don't need anymore federal policeman.
And I I think that the problem isn't a lack of federal laws and federal policemen.
Congressman what would she call the attacks ride around the corner on the Twin Towers.
In New York City what would you call that this is -- that's an act of violence and insecure I have to terrorism congressman yeah I think it's it can.
And and and -- we do have responsibility when you know from protecting our borders and all but this an active.
Act of terrorism and we have responsibility we should be checking our borders and finding out who's -- who's coming in but we ought to understand that hole.
That whole problem.
Rather than than just saying that what we need is more -- federal policemen and it's a lack of federal police activity in federal guns.
That will make us safer but if you don't understand is actually.
And all the problems of why we are facing this crisis and what people want to come here and kill us.
Just -- more laws won't do it I mean -- visit this whole thing is all messed up because.
What we have been told for ten years is that people want to come here commit acts of terrorism against this because we're free and prosperous.
As long as people believe that believe me you're not gonna solve -- problem you're not gonna make the people any safer.
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