Notable August 20 birthdays:

Ron Paul ( Ronald Ernest Paul, 1935 - ), MD, former US Congressman (R), author, activist:

"One thing is clear: The Founding Fathers never intended a nation where citizens would pay nearly half of everything they earn to the government."

"Under the United States Constitution, the federal government has no authority to hold states 'accountable' for their education performance."

"In the free society envisioned by the founders, schools are held accountable to parents, not federal bureaucrats."

"The most basic principle to being a free American is the notion that we as individuals are responsible for our own lives and decisions. We do not have the right to rob our neighbors to make up for our mistakes, neither does our neighbor have any right to tell us how to live, so long as we aren’t infringing on their rights. Freedom to make bad decisions is inherent in the freedom to make good ones. If we are only free to make good decisions, we are not really free."

"Freedom is not defined by safety. Freedom is defined by the ability of citizens to live without government interference. Government cannot create a world without risks, nor would we really wish to live in such a fictional place. Only a totalitarian society would even claim absolute safety as a worthy ideal, because it would require total state control over its citizens’ lives. Liberty has meaning only if we still believe in it when terrible things happen and a false government security blanket beckons."

"I'm convinced that you never have to give up liberties to be safe. I think you're less safe when you give up your liberties."

"Truth is treason in the empire of lies."

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