From Dr. No to President Veto
by Bill Huff: The
Sky Is NOT Falling!
For years U.S.
Representative Ron Paul has been called "Dr. No" by his
detractors for consistently rejecting each and every Bill he has
viewed as unconstitutional, unlawful or unwise. But after all this
time that invective is seen by his supporters as a badge of honor.
The Constitution and Ron Paul are becoming more familiar to Americans
as Ron's wisdom enters the vernacular of Americans of all ages,
sexes and conditions, who still love Liberty. Could America be ready
to have a man of such character and faithfulness in the White House?
Have we learned some bitter lessons? Is Liberty the Answer?
long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial
appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry
in defence of custom. But tumult soon subsides. Time makes more
converts than reason..." ~ Thomas Paine in Common Sense
anyone else Ron Paul is defining this election cycle.
Constitutional government," didn't make as much sense to many
Americans as they had their first look at Ron Paul during the 2008
campaign. But just a few wars, and a few bailouts later, and they
seem to be coming around to Ron's old fashioned ideas for peaceful
and economical solutions. If you listen carefully you'll hear even
President Obama, noticeably adjusting his rhetoric, waxing a little
more Paulish. Ron Paul's rustic, Constitutional views seemed
alien. But not any more. The status quo dies hard. Just ask Galileo.
But Ron Paul persists.
consistent message of Ron Paul:
In order to
be free, we must all live free, and let others live as they please,
as long as they commit no crime against us. We Cannot be the Policemen
of the World. We have ample resources to care for all of our people
if we let the free market, lawful money, and private charity work
for us. If a measure is incompatible with Liberty and/or the Constitution,
and we could never afford it in a million years, why do it? It must
be destroyed or abandoned before it spawns another system of related
laws and regulations that will also need to be killed. As for the
Federal Reserve Banking System, Ron wrote the book: End
Time AND Reason on his side.
coming around – especially our young people and even our career
military. We all have a vested interest in sustainable liberty,
peace and prosperity. Even career military personnel understand
that it's easier to fight a war from a righteous defensive posture
than from that of an offensive nation-building empire. Sun Tzu warned
them a long time ago about overextending their forces. What could
possibly make more sense to someone truly dedicated to the protection
of their own country and Constitution than Just
War Theory? Ron Paul enjoys reminding his rivals that the military
support him financially more than all of the other candidates combined.
Ron Paul wants
more Liberty for All of us as well as for Each of us. He recognizes
one right far better than any of the other candidates: The right
to be let alone.
right to be let alone is the most comprehensive of rights and
the right most prized by civilized men. This right is, of course,
also possessed as against all other Individuals, all obligated
to act strictly within the limits of their own equal rights. Consequently
any infringement of any Individual's rights is precluded."
~ Hamilton Long
Paul Revolution will Continue After the Next Election.
Revolution requires a clear vision with the tried and true first
principles thoroughly integrated. Dr. Paul recently mentioned an
Revolution." This is refreshing language and helps promote
my hot issue which is Liberty Education. How can Americans Live
Free, if they don't know what it means? If there ever was a plan
that worked well we need to return to it and cautiously consider
its full meaning and original intent – line by line and precept
by precept. Thanks to Dr. Paul the debates have been forced
to deal with real facts and logic and not mere rhetoric. Each frustrated
grimace from one of his competitors provides us with a queue for
another teachable moment from Ron Paul, who seizes each one and
takes it as far as it will go, anchoring his positions on the first
principles of the Founders and the Framers of the Constitution.
Ron Paul has truly been the one to "man up" when it comes
to Constitutional issues. Once he is in the Oval Office I fully
expect him to use the same playbook as legislation tries to make
its way across his desk. I further would expect less use of pocket
vetoes and no recourse to line-item veto or the ridiculous signing
statements that we have seen in the current administration. If it's
tainted with unconstitutional elements it will be Vetoed. I have
little doubt. The era of stealth legislation can be brought to an
is what I expect him to use as a measuring stick for every jot and
tittle in every measure sent to him. Constitutional responsibilities
must be uniform across the board. The Congress should have no expectation
of presidential approval on unconstitutional legislation such as
they have in the past. Past habits of trading favors between the
Executive and the Congress must be abandoned. If the Congress [not
the Executive] thinks we need to go to war, they can pass the lawfully
required Declaration and see if they can convince Ron not
to veto it. This high bar could have prevented perhaps a million
deaths in the last decade alone. Most of them were non-combatants,
including women, children and old people. WAR
IS A RACKET.
Ron will be
voting the same way. Only his Veto will expose government
to more effective scrutiny and control.
I also expect
him to act maturely and circumspectly as he considers the safe reentry
speed for our Constitutional Republic. Even though we can reasonably
expect prosperity to return under a lawful system, there will be
some pain and dislocations to deal with in the most prudent manner
– more good reasons to have Ron Paul in the Oval Office.
Oh! To have
a President that would firmly stand between unlawful government
and the rights of each individual citizen!
want government to grab me anywhere.
I don't think
a future Congress would want to embarrass itself with anything like
the NDAA provisions Ron Paul has loudly decried, and for which he
has already launched a repeal effort. You don't have to guess how
Ron would react. Watch the alacrity with which he pursues the NDAA
in this recent response in the South Carolina Debates. He can't
wait to sink his teeth and claws into it! Video
Jealous of Individual Rights will be able to Defend them against
the other two branches.
I would like
to see a Congress with more reticence over whether it could get
Any new laws passed. There will be Gridlock you say? We have
been getting deluged by laws upon laws and regulations upon regulations
most of which have absolutely nothing to do with lawful government
or the Constitution.
the Congress turn? Certainly Supreme
Court Chief Justice, Andrew Napolitano would not lift a gavel
to help them. Of course no Oath-keeping Judge would meddle in legislation.
And the Courts have no Executive powers to wield.
visualized Liberty and the process for installing and enforcing
it within the following paragraph from his best seller, Common
conclude these remarks, with the following timely and well intended
hints, We ought to reflect, that there are three different
ways by which an independency may hereafter be effected; and
that one of those three, will one day or other, be the fate of
 By the
legal voice of the people in congress;
 by a
military power; or
 by a
It may not
always happen that our soldiers are citizens, and the multitude
a body of reasonable men; virtue, as I have already remarked,
is not hereditary, neither is it perpetual. Should an independency
be brought about by the first of those means, we have every opportunity
and every encouragement before us, to form the noblest, purest
constitution on the face of the earth. We have it in our power
to begin the world over again. A situation, similar to the
present, hath not happened since the days of Noah until now. The
birthday of a new world is at hand, and a race of men perhaps
as numerous as all Europe contains, are to receive their portion
of freedom from the event of a few months. The reflection is awful,
and in this point of view, how trifling, how ridiculous, do the
little, paltry cavillings, of a few weak or interested men appear,
when weighed against the business of a world. ~ Thomas Paine [emphasis added]
There are dire
consequences ahead for those who willfully ignore the principles
of liberty. In the faux debates [paltry cavillings] we now see a
small group of weak or interested men [men with vested interests
that contradict liberty] and One Ron Paul who stands for nothing
more than the Rule of Law under the Constitution.
Ron is asked how soon we should withdraw troops from unlawful war
arenas he immediately responds with the only lawful answer: "We
Just Marched In So We Can Just March Out."
were unlawfully deployed the only lawful solution is to bring them
voters we need only ask ourselves: "Which candidate is giving
Lawful Answers? Is that the same one who will give only Lawful Orders?"
Or will we be made fools again by one of the others who are always
promising that which is unlawful for them to give and that which
will shipwreck our Republic?
will always do the right thing... after they've exhausted
all the alternatives. ~ Winston Churchill
Are we ready
to do the right thing? Are we ready for Ron Paul?
If you want
lawful government plus something, don't vote for Ron Paul.
But if you want lawful government plus nothing you already
know what to do.
harder and harder to ignore Ron Paul. No one can argue that he isn't
articulating himself better and better as he connects with more
and more Americans. His debate performance has been stunning of
With Ron Paul,
We the People, may just have it in our power to begin the Constitutional
Republic over again.
am the Champion of the Constitution!" ~ Ron Paul
The veto power
has been used and abused over the last 220+ years. The number of
vetoes does not necessarily correlate with the Constitutional Quality
of a President. Grover Cleveland, one of Ron Paul's favorites, weighs
in with a 414 total counting regular and pocket vetoes. FDR is the
all time champ with a total of 635. Lincoln's total was only 7.
Grant's: 93. Source
As the American
People become better educated in Constitutional matters I expect
them to demand more and more that their president exercise his veto
powers to drive government exclusively in a Constitutional direction
providing always less government and more Liberty.
Huff [send him mail] is a
Classical Libertarian and proprietor of LEXREX.com
a former public school music teacher turned home schooling advocate;
a US Navy veteran, and host of WarIsARacket.com.
is available as a guest
lecturer or for interviews on talk radio.
© 2012 Bill Huff
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