In 2002, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas made a series of predictions about the US and the world. Here is a look at Ron Paul’s prophecies and his consistency.
In addition to linked sources placed throughout this post, a video of Ron Paul’s speech, in which he made the predictions listed here, is at the bottom of the post.
Taxpayer Funds Will Rebuild Palestine, Afghanistan
I predict U.S. taxpayers will pay to rebuild Palestine, both the West Bank and the Gaza, as well as Afghanistan. U.S. taxpayers paid to bomb these areas, so we will be expected to rebuild them. TRUE
The Arab Spring
Some of our moderate Arab allies will be overthrown by Islamic fundamentalists. TRUE
The United States Will Ignore The United Nations
The U.N. will continue to condemn, through resolutions, Israeli-U.S. policies in the Middle East, and they will be ignored. TRUE
The Obama administration wielded its first veto at the UN security council last night in a move to swipe down a resolution condemning Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory.
The US stood alone among the 15 members of the security council in failing to condemn the resumption of settlement building that has caused a serious rift between the Israeli government and the Palestinian authority and derailed attempts to kick-start the peace process.
Clandestine European Support for Palestine
Some European countries will clandestinely support the Muslim countries and their anti-Israel pursuits. TRUE
The European Union should consider Israel’s treatment of its Arab population a “core issue, not second tier to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” according to a classified working paper produced by European embassies in Israel, parts of which were obtained by Haaretz.
American Aid To China
China, ironically assisted by American aid, much more openly will sell to militant Muslims the weapons they want, and will align herself with the Arab nations. TRUE
2011-08-29 (China Military News cited from Xinhua) — The friendship and cooperation relations between China and the Arab world have the foundation and potential for further development in the long run despite temporary impact of the region’s ongoing unrest, said Chinese special envoy to the Middle East Wu Sike here on Sunday.
The United States, with Tony Blair as head cheerleader, will attack Iraq without proper authority, and a major war, the largest since World War II, will result. TRUE
Central Asian Resources Up For Grabs
Major moves will be made by China, India, Russia, and Pakistan in Central Asia to take advantage of the chaos for the purpose of grabbing land, resources, and strategic advantages sought after for years. TRUE
But the rich mineral reserves lying untapped in Afghanistan after decades of war are a tempting and potentially lucrative lure for resource-hungry China, whose companies have already shown an ability to operate profitably in hostile environments.
The Financial Crisis
Price inflation, with a major economic downturn, will decimate U.S. Federal Government finances, with exploding deficits and uncontrolled spending. TRUE
Federal Reserve policy will continue at an expanding rate, with massive credit expansion, which will make the dollar crisis worse. [s]Gold will be seen as an alternative to paper money as it returns to its historic role as money.[/s] TRUE
The first top-to-bottom audit of the Federal Reserve uncovered eye-popping new details about how the U.S. provided a whopping $16 trillion in secret loans to bail out American and foreign banks and businesses during the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.
Loss of Civil Liberties
Erosion of civil liberties here at home will continue as our government responds to political fear in dealing with the terrorist threat by making generous use of the powers obtained with the Patriot Act. TRUE
…this bill codifies the power of indefinite detention. It expressly empowers the President — with regard to anyone accused of the acts in section (b) – to detain them “without trial until the end of the hostilities.”
American War Casualties
Many American military personnel and civilians will be killed in the coming conflict. TRUE
War on Terror: Afghanistan and Iraq Wars total 2001–present
Dead: 6,580/Wounded: 41,936/Missing: 3
The United States Will Commit War Crimes
The leaders of whichever side loses the war will be hauled into and tried before the International Criminal Court for war crimes. The United States will not officially lose the war, but neither will we win. Our military and political leaders will not be tried by the International Criminal Court. TRUE
Cheney should be afraid of being tried as a war criminal. Last year a complaint was filed in International Criminal Court (I.C.C.) against George W. Bush, Richard Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, George Tenet, Condi Rice, and Alberto Gonzales over the practice of extraordinary rendition. The complaint requested an investigation into the above mentioned Bush administration officials.
The reason why the Obama administration won’t prosecute the previous administration for war crimes is that it would be an expansion of executive power that would set a dangerous precedent. If Obama prosecutes Bush, then a future president would also have the power carry out the same kinds of prosecutions against previous administrations.
Massive Federal Government Expansion
The Congress and the President will shift radically toward expanding the size and scope of the Federal Government. This will satisfy both the liberals and the conservatives. TRUE
As you can see, from 2000 to 2008, under President Bush, Federal spending rose by $1.3 trillion, from $1.9 trillion a year to $3.2 trillion a year. From 2009 to 2011, meanwhile, under President Obama, federal spending has risen by $600 billion, from $3.2 trillion a year to $3.8 trillion a year.
The Rise of the American Police State
Military and police powers will grow, satisfying the conservatives. The welfare state, both domestic and international, will expand, satisfying the liberals. Both sides will endorse military adventurism overseas.TRUE
The Constitution Undermined
This is the most important of my predictions: Policy changes could prevent all of the previous predictions from occurring. Unfortunately, that will not occur. In due course, the Constitution will continue to be steadily undermined and the American Republic further weakened.TRUE
Class Division and Warfare
Agitation from more class warfare will succeed in dividing us domestically, and believe it or not, I expect lobbyists will thrive more than ever during the dangerous period of chaos.TRUE
By their slogan We are the 99%, the protesters claim that the growing income and wealth inequality in the United States between the wealthiest 1% and the remaining 99% of the population is unfair. Specifically the protesters are against social and economic inequality, high unemployment, greed, corruption, and allege that many large corporations—particularly from the financial services sector—have gone unpunished for gross fraud, are parasitic and have undue influence on government. Following the Zuccotti Park protest, other similar protests and movements ensued around the United States and the world.
I have no timetable for these predictions, but just in case, keep them around and look at them in 5 to 10 years. Let us hope and pray that I am wrong on all accounts. If so, I will be very pleased. — Ron Paul
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