Ron Paul: ‘We Are Dangerous to the Status Quo’

By Melanie Arter | January 11, 2012 | 1:22 PM EST

Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, a Republican presidential candidate, and 3-month-old Heide Lange in Dubuque, Iowa on Dec. 22, 2011. (AP Photo)

( – Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), who placed second in Tuesday’s New Hampshire Republican presidential primary, said that people have described him and his supporters as “dangerous,” a label that Paul said was accurate, because his campaign is “dangerous to the status quo of this country.”

“We don’t always get the coverage or the interest shown on what is going on, because if they did, they wouldn’t ... be ignoring so much of what we’re doing,” Paul said. “But you know, I find it sort of fascinating when they finally get around, and this is different people--it could be in the media. It could be our opponents or whatever, but I sort of have to chuckle when they describe you and me as being dangerous.

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“That’s one thing, they are telling the truth, because we are dangerous to the status quo of this country,” Paul said, as his supporters yelled “President Paul” and the crowd cheered. “And we will remain a danger to the Federal Reserve system as well.

Paul said his campaign’s focus on the issue of monetary policy marked the first time that subject had ever been raised during a presidential campaign since the Federal Reserve was created by President Woodrow Wilson on Dec. 23, 1913.

“You know in studying monetary history from the beginning of our country, and even throughout all of history, monetary policy on periodic occasions will become the dominant issue, and we have emphasized that – and has become an important issue. Just think, this is the first presidential campaign that the subject ever came up since the Federal Reserve was started,” Paul said.

He predicted that monetary policy will continue to be a “dominant issue.”

“There’s no way they’re going to put it to bed, because they have destroyed our money. It’s wordwide. There’s a financial crisis going on and it’s only sound money and personal liberty that can solve the crisis that we have today,” Paul added.