Capital Beat extra: Ron Paul on the Browns

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul has compared Plainfield tax fugitives Ed and Elaine Brown to Gandhi and Martin Luther King.

In an interview with Lee Rogers, who runs the website, Paul expressed sympathy for the couple, who have been holed up in their hilltop home for several months, threatening violence if marshals come to arrest them. The Browns have each been sentenced to 63 months in prison for crimes related to their refusal to pay federal income taxes for nearly 10 years. The Browns contend that there is no law compelling ordinary Americans to pay income taxes.

Paul, a Texas Congressman who has campaigned on promises to lower taxes and rein in the Federal Reserve, said the Browns' civil disobedience should be commended.

"People who point this out and fight the tax code and fight the monetary code are heroic," he said in a video that's been linked to on several pro-Brown websites. "I compare them to people like Gandhi, who's willing to speak out and try to bring about change in a peaceful manner; Martin Luther King fought laws that were unfair and unjust, and he suffered, too."

- Margot Sanger-Katz

UPDATE: In a Fox News interview, introduced by the question "Why is a presidential candidate comparing (Ed Brown) to some of the biggest heroes in the world?" Paul said Tuesday his statement was meant to applaud those who oppose tax laws peacefully, willingly accepting the consequences. He does not advocate violent resistance against those laws, he said.

"I think if you don't like the tax law, you should change it. That's why I ran for Congress," he said. "That's why I'm running for president."

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God bless the Browns

Ron Paul is right, guys. The income tax is the biggest fraud ever perpetrated on the American people, and I applaud the Browns for their stand. Modern government encroachment against private property (of which laber and wages are a part) is turning us all into serfs. Our plight is not unlike what Gandhi faced from British imperialists. While our present situation lacks the stigma of racism that was borne by African slaves, the practical result of the tax code is to reduce us to slaves, whose labor is 100 percent owned by wealthy bankers and politicians whose prerogative it is to decide how much of the fruit of our labor we get to keep. God bless the Browns.
Alan Couchman
Leander, Texas

A hero

Many thousands are probably reading ths article from around the nation because Ron Paul supporters are legion. You may have already come to this realization: Ron Paul is America's new hero. By the way, didn't you think Ron Paul schooled Cavuto in ways he never imagined he could be schooled?
Patrick Gaudin