“When one gets in bed with government, one must expect the diseases it spreads.”
In the last post, I gave you a laundry list of reasons why I will not vote for Mitt Romney, even if Rand is on the ticket. As a Constitutional Conservative, there is only one candidate running that has my ear and my vote, and that is Dr. Ron Paul.
I discovered Ron Paul during the previous election cycle, while watching a Republican debate in 2007. There sat this composed, older gentleman among a sea of blusterers on the stage that seemed unobtrusive at first and easily ignored. Until he opened his mouth, that is. I can recall a discussion about 9/11 where Paul expressed that he believed that the attacks were in retaliation to our own actions in the Middle East, and that intrigued me. I started paying a little more attention to the debates. Even though he wasn’t given much air time, after watching several discussions, I thought to myself, “Wow. This guy makes sense.”
People call him kooky, a wacko, and a crazy old man. If you listen to Paul’s message and vision for America, it’s one that is in line with the ideas of our founding fathers and with preserving the Constitution. It’s a message of personal liberty, freedom from tyranny, and limited government. Of ending foreign wars and strengthening our military defense at home. And most importantly, it’s a message of peace. How is that crazy?
To me, candidates like Romney, who mistakenly call themselves conservatives, are the epitome of what is wrong in our society. We have allowed our government to seize power that does not belong to them, and have created too many “kings” in Washington and on Wall Street. Our freedoms are being slowly stripped away through executive orders, totalitarian laws, and unconstitutional taxation. Big government advocates will argue that we need those things to protect us, while Libertarians take the stance that the rights of the people are paramount. Who is correct?
To answer that question, we need to take a look at the role of the government as outlined in Article I, Section 8; Articles II-V, Amendments XIII-XVI, XIX-XX, XXIII-XXVI of the United States Constitution:
1) Defense, war prosecution, foreign relations, peace negotiation, foreign and interstate commerce;
2) The protection of the citizen’s constitutional rights and the right to vote;
3) The establishment of federal courts;
4) Coining money;
5) Establishing post offices and roads;
6) Establishing a national system of universal weights and measures;
7) Taxation for revenue to perform these tasks.
That’s it. That is the scope of the Federal Government. Everything else belongs to the states. The Federal Government is NOT authorized to tell you that you need to have insurance, that you must pay for entitlement programs for others, or honestly, that you have to do anything that is not outlined in the Constitution. The government cannot give your money away to others, and they have been doing so for a very long time. Paul understands that, and he’s the only one who is willing to fix it.
In his book, “End the Fed”, Paul writes, “Nothing good can come from the Federal Reserve. It’s immoral, unconstitutional, impractical, promotes bad economics, and undermines liberty.” His case against the Fed is a sound one. The Federal Reserve and those who manipulate the dollar can be held directly responsible for the economic woes that this country has been facing since the creation of the Fed in 1913. Through cheap credit and excessive printing of money, we have allowed the national deficit to grow to astronomical proportions without placing a burden on Congress to raise taxes to pay for it. This is not how it was supposed to work, according to the Constitution.(see above, #7) This system has created artificial booms and busts that will ultimately lead to the collapse of the dollar and our economy.
Paul wants to return to the gold standard. This is a wise decision. We need to have sound money to back the useless pieces of paper that continue to be generated by our “central banking” system. Thomas Jefferson warned against this in a letter to John Taylor on May 28, 1816:
“And I sincerely believe, with you, that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies; and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale,” wrote Jefferson.
Paul blames the manipulation of interest rates and the rejection of free market principles for the economic mess that we find ourselves in today. Our debt is enormous, and the only way that we will pull ourselves out of the quagmire is to return to a free market system and sound money. That’s not “kooky”, that’s Economics 101. We need to cut spending, eliminate unconstitutional government agencies, balance the budget, and stop relying on a central banking system to manipulate our economy. With his plan to cut 1 trillion in the first year of office, Paul could make this a reality.
There are many other areas where Ron Paul is a cut above the rest. Take the 2nd Amendment, for instance. In direct contrast to Mitt Romney, who signed and supported bills such as an assault weapons ban and the Brady Bill, Dr. Paul introduced legislation to repeal these obvious infringements upon the right to bear arms. He has also authored legislation that would prevent the U.N. from using American tax dollars to fund gun control programs such as the “Small Arms Treaty” and to end membership in the U.N. altogether.
He has stood strong on the subject of abortion. As a gynecologist, Dr. Paul has delivered thousands of babies, and holds life precious. He admits, however, that it is not his right to dictate to anyone how to live their lives. On the Tonight Show with Jay Leno in March, Dr. Paul clarified that he believes that a woman should have a right to choose, but that he doesn’t accept harm to the unborn. He believes that these are moral issues that are difficult to interpret, however, he holds to Mill’s “no harm” principle. Here is the video:
Paul also has great ideas on several other issues, including ending the war on drugs, immigration, and taxes. However, I think that there is one issue where he definitely stands above the rest: foreign policy.
Opponents call Paul an isolationist when it comes to foreign policy, and that opinion is simply ignorant and misinformed. Jefferson advocated “peace, commerce, and friendship with other nations, free of entangling alliances.” Not only is that fair, it’s economically sound as well. As a nation,we have spent hundreds of billions of dollars on unconstitutional foreign aid, nation building, and foreign wars. Paul believes in non-interventionism, which is often confused with isolationism.
There is a HUGE difference between non-interventionism and isolationism. Take North Korea, for example. North Korea has an isolationist foreign policy: they abstain from any involvement, economic or otherwise, with other countries. They do not support trade, travel, or international agreements under any circumstances. Non-interventionism, on the other hand, is based on the idea of avoiding “entangling” alliances but retaining diplomacy, free trade, and avoiding foreign wars that are not directly related to self-defense. It’s a concept that advances national interests but protects the freedom of our people; one of “no harm and no foul”. It’s also one of minding our own business, which our leaders seem to have serious trouble doing.
Paul advocates a foreign policy that promotes peace and prosperity without generating hatred from other countries around the world. This is what our founding fathers intended for America’s foreign policy to be. They didn’t intend for us to send our husbands, wives, and children overseas to die for causes that only line politicians’ pockets. They also didn’t intend for us to spend money that we don’t have building up other nations only to tear them down again. This isn’t sound policy; it’s madness. And people call Ron Paul crazy…
These are just a sampling of reasons why I will vote for Ron Paul in November, whether he makes the ballot in Tampa or not. I truly believe that if we don’t have a candidate who is mindful of our Constitution and who is willing to protect our personal liberty, we are destined for failure and economic collapse. We are also on the brink of war with Iran and continue to aid Israel, both of which go completely against what our founding fathers stood for and envisioned for this country.
We need a strong leader who is willing to fight for the citizens of America, not thousands of miles away in some foreign land, but right here at home. We need a President with a solid vision for America, an advocate of peace and personal liberty.
That man is Ron Paul.
“In a free society, the government’s job is simply to protect liberty and let the people do the rest”