Thursday, February 23, 2012

Fox Jesse Watters: Ron Paul Misreading and Misinterpreting the Constitution

Nothing in the Constitution about gold and silver, says Bill O'Reilly during a segment wherein Jesse Watters replayed an interview with Ron Paul. Watters proceeds to pronounce Ron Paul is misreading the Constitution... and misinterprets the Constitution...

Of interest, comments on the video of the segments posted at youtube

ron paul is absolutely wrong about what the constitution says

i've already cited the germane clauses, so now i'll give a real world example

president madison is often called the 'father of the constitution' because he's considered its primary author

madison issued $36 million dollars of paper money to finance the war of 1812

madison's actions speak more certainly than any of his previous arguments could have

youtube video Jesse Watters with Ron Paul

As aired on "The O'Reilly Factor" on September 7, 2011.

you're a big gold guy...

As aired on "The O'Reilly Factor" on September 7, 2011.


'Factor' Producer Jesse Watters Confronts Ron Paul September 8, 2011

WATTERS: And you're a big gold guy. You talk about gold a lot. Bill thinks this is fascinating, but it's a little confusing. What do you want to do with gold?

PAUL: Well, I want to just obey the Constitution. The Constitution says only gold and silver can be legal tender. And Bill has a little problem with economic understanding. Have you noticed that? He doesn't pronounce, you know, the words quite correctly, and he admits it that he doesn't know much about it.

WATTERS: Well, enlighten us. What is your idea of what we should do with gold? Is it all in Fort Knox? Should we start digging it up?

PAUL: I just said we should obey the Constitution and make gold and silver legal tender. Why doesn't he care or anybody care about the Constitution? Right now, nobody legalized paper money. Where did that come from? They just ignore it. They talk about the Constitution when it pleases them. But when it doesn't please them, like going to war without a declaration. Go bomb -- go bomb Iran, they might get a nuclear weapon. Well, is there a declaration of war? Why is it that some people, you know, think we should obey the Constitution sometimes and not other times.

WATTERS: So that wasn't so bad. You didn't want to explain that to O'Reilly?

PAUL: Well, he wouldn't have understood it.

WATTERS: Thank you very much.


O'REILLY: All right. Here now is Jesse Watters. Now, I have read the Constitution, and it doesn't say anything about gold and silver. What is he talking about?

WATTERS: No, he is misreading the Constitution. And this theory of his has been around for quite some time. It's just not taken very seriously in most circles. Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution says Congress has the ability to coin money and regulate the currency and doesn't say anything about gold or silver.

O'REILLY: Gold or silver, right.

WATTERS: And what I think he is saying is that Article 10 does not allow the states to print money. And that's just because you don't want to have Massachusetts having one currency and New York having another.

O'REILLY: Right.

WATTERS: That's chaos.

O'REILLY: Right.

WATTERS: And he's misinterpreting that.

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