5 Greatest Dangers to a Free Society
by Ron Paul: Bombing
the Gaza Prison Camp
an excerpt from Ron's Farewell to Congress address which was given
on November 15, 2012.
What are the
greatest dangers that the American people face today and impede
the goal of a free society? There are five.
1. The continuous
attack on our civil liberties which threatens the rule of law and
our ability to resist the onrush of tyranny.
anti-Americanism that has engulfed the world. Because the phenomenon
of "blow-back" is not understood or denied, our foreign
policy is destined to keep us involved in many wars that we have
no business being in. National bankruptcy and a greater threat to
our national security will result.
3. The ease
in which we go to war, without a declaration by Congress, but accepting
international authority from the UN or NATO even for preemptive
wars, otherwise known as aggression.
4. A financial
political crisis as a consequence of excessive debt, unfunded liabilities,
spending, bailouts, and gross discrepancy in wealth distribution
going from the middle class to the rich. The danger of central economic
planning, by the Federal Reserve must be understood.
5. World government
taking over local and US sovereignty by getting involved in the
issues of war, welfare, trade, banking, a world currency, taxes,
property ownership, and private ownership of guns.
is an answer for these very dangerous trends.
What a wonderful
world it would be if everyone accepted the simple moral premise
of rejecting all acts of aggression. The retort to such a suggestion
is always: itís too simplistic, too idealistic, impractical, naïve,
utopian, dangerous, and unrealistic to strive for such an ideal.
answer to that is that for thousands of years the acceptance of
government force, to rule over the people, at the sacrifice of liberty,
was considered moral and the only available option for achieving
peace and prosperity.
be more utopian than that myth Ė considering the results especially
looking at the state sponsored killing, by nearly every government
during the 20th Century, estimated to be in the hundreds
of millions. Itís time to reconsider this grant of authority to
No good has
ever come from granting monopoly power to the state to use aggression
against the people to arbitrarily mold human behavior. Such power,
when left unchecked, becomes the seed of an ugly tyranny. This method
of governance has been adequately tested, and the results are in:
reality dictates we try liberty.
of non-aggression and rejecting all offensive use of force should
be tried. The idealism of government sanctioned violence has been
abused throughout history and is the primary source of poverty and
war. The theory of a society being based on individual freedom has
been around for a long time. Itís time to take a bold step and actually
permit it by advancing this cause, rather than taking a step backwards
as some would like us to do.
Today the principle
of habeas corpus, established when King John signed the Magna Carta
in 1215, is under attack. Thereís every reason to believe that a
renewed effort with the use of the internet that we can instead
advance the cause of liberty by spreading an uncensored message
that will serve to rein in government authority and challenge the
obsession with war and welfare.
What Iím talking
about is a system of government guided by the moral principles of
peace and tolerance.
were convinced that a free society could not exist without a moral
people. Just writing rules wonít work if the people choose to ignore
them. Today the rule of law written in the Constitution has little
meaning for most Americans, especially those who work in Washington
claimed "only a virtuous people are capable of freedom."
John Adams concurred: "Our Constitution was made for a moral
and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government
of any other."
A moral people
must reject all violence in an effort to mold peopleís beliefs or
A society that
boos or ridicules the Golden Rule is not a moral society. All great
religions endorse the Golden Rule. The same moral standards that
individuals are required to follow should apply to all government
officials. They cannot be exempt.
solution is not in the hands of the government.
falls on each and every individual, with guidance from family, friends
The #1 responsibility
for each of us is to change ourselves with hope that others will
follow. This is of greater importance than working on changing the
government; that is secondary to promoting a virtuous society. If
we can achieve this, then the government will change.
mean that political action or holding office has no value. At times
it does nudge policy in the right direction. But what is true is
that when seeking office is done for personal aggrandizement, money
or power, it becomes useless if not harmful. When political action
is taken for the right reasons itís easy to understand why compromise
should be avoided. It also becomes clear why progress is best achieved
by working with coalitions, which bring people together, without
anyone sacrificing his principles.
to be truly beneficial, must be directed toward changing the hearts
and minds of the people, recognizing that itís the virtue and morality
of the people that allow liberty to flourish.
Constitution or more laws per se, have no value if the peopleís
attitudes arenít changed.
liberty and peace, two powerful human emotions have to be overcome.
Number one is "envy" which leads to hate and class warfare.
Number two is "intolerance" which leads to bigoted and
judgemental policies. These emotions must be replaced with a much
better understanding of love, compassion, tolerance and free market
economics. Freedom, when understood, brings people together. When
tried, freedom is popular.
we have faced over the years has been that economic interventionists
are swayed by envy, whereas social interventionists are swayed by
intolerance of habits and lifestyles. The misunderstanding that
tolerance is an endorsement of certain activities, motivates many
to legislate moral standards which should only be set by individuals
making their own choices. Both sides use force to deal with these
misplaced emotions. Both are authoritarians. Neither endorses voluntarism.
Both views ought to be rejected.
I have come
to one firm conviction after these many years of trying to figure
out "the plain truth of things." The best chance for achieving
peace and prosperity, for the maximum number of people world-wide,
is to pursue the cause of LIBERTY.
If you find
this to be a worthwhile message, spread it throughout the land.
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