During an early morning interview on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Ron Paul tried to educate the Mika Brzezinski-led panel on American freedom vs dependence on government. "Morning Joe" regular panel member Mike Barnicle chimed in, asking Mr. Paul a curious question:
"Do you feel, in speaking to this next generation that you just spoke of, any obligation to talk to them, perhaps instruct them about the fact that there has been a social contract among Americans from one generation to another to help those that need help the most?"
The Congressman and perennial Presidential candidate delivered a clear and concise reply that started with his shooting down Barnicle's alleged "fact" about a social contract. (There is no such thing in our Constitution.)
And then, the interview took on a more confrontational tone as another MSNBC regular, Sam Stein of the Huffington Post asked Ron Paul if and why he takes Social Security checks. Mr. Paul answered by educating Stein that there is a difference between something like Food Stamps and Social Security.
Watch the exchange, including Brzezinski's abrupt ending of the segment: