1) FORGEIN POLICY
If you hit someone and kill their family, they will hate you and probably hit you back in the future.
That’s what blowback is all about. It seems like such a simple concept, but many of Ron Paul’s opponents for the Presidency vehemently denied its validity.
They proclaim that what our military does abroad has no effect on how the citizens of the world feel towards us. The 9/11 terrorists hated our wealth and freedom so intensely that they sacrificed their lives to prove it? (Of course, our government bombing their countries, propping up their dictators and supplying their enemies with money and weapons had nothing to do with it…)
Instead of securing our borders, we’ve been planning, initiating and waging wars of aggression. Our military is spread thin all across the planet, yet we remain involved in dangerous power plays that unnecessarily put the lives of our soldiers at risk. And we brazenly squandered the wealth of our nation as if there were no tomorrow.
It doesn’t make any sense unless you consider increasing the profits of the military-industrial complex to be in the “national interest”, no matter what the cost to the rest of us may be.
America first. That is what Ron Paul‘s national defense proposal is all about. And with America he means all Americans, not just the elite. If elected President, Ron Paul will continue his efforts to secure our borders, safely bring our troops back home, and finally overhaul the intelligence apparatus in cooperation with intelligence professionals rather than political opportunists.
Ron Paul loves America. He is one of the very few true patriots left in Washington who are actively working on protecting our freedoms, our lives and our dignity.
In these United States of America, many people cannot afford even basic health insurance. They suffer severely under the present system and have to live under the constant fear of not knowing what they will do if they or their loved ones ever fall seriously ill.
But in many cases, insured individuals aren’t much better off either. In comparison to the exorbitant insurance premiums they pay, the medical care they receive is often very poor.
Additionally, due to the government-enforced monopolies of HMOs (Health Maintenance Organizations) and pharmaceutical companies, many patients will never even hear about some of the most effective and non-invasive treatment methods. These natural and inexpensive ways of regaining one’s health are being suppressed by the FDA and the medical establishment not because of safety concerns (they’ve been around for hundreds of years), but because they cannot be patented and would therefore cut into the pharmaceutical industry’s profits.
The current system is most definitely broken, and it must eventually be abolished if we want to regain both our health and our freedom.
But Obamacare is the worst possible answer. All it does is perpetuate a flawed system by forcing everyone to become a client of insurance companies, even those who don’t want to or need to participate.
Why should anyone be forced to subsidize the medical care of others? Very few individuals would personally assault their neighbors at gunpoint and steal thousands of dollars to pay for their own medical needs. How could any freedom loving person agree to delegate such criminal acts to the government by supporting a compulsory health insurance system?
There is only one solution that will lead to true health and true freedom: making health care more affordable. Ron Paul believes that only true free market competition will put pressure on the providers and force them to lower their costs to remain in business. Additionally, Ron Paul wants to change the tax code to allow individual Americans to fully deduct all health care costs from their taxes.
Through these measures and the elimination of government-sponsored health care monopolies a much larger number of people will be able to finally access affordable health care, either by paying for medical insurance or by covering their medical expenses, which are now much lower, out of their own pocket.
In the days before Medicare and Medicaid, the poor and elderly were admitted to hospitals at the same rate they are now, and received good care. Before those programs came into existence, every physician understood that he or she had a responsibility towards the less fortunate and free medical care was the norm. Hardly anyone is aware of this today, since it doesn’t fit into the typical, by the script story of government rescuing us from a predatory private sector.
Illegal aliens already receive de-facto free health care. Why can’t poor Americans have the same… not as a right, but as a charitable benefit provided by doctors who feel a personal responsibility for their fellow citizens?
Unfortunately, the current medical monopoly corrupts many doctors by rewarding practices that are not in the patients’ best interest. Pharmaceutical companies have a vested interest in not curing people, but getting them permanently addicted to expensive drugs that have many side effects, thereby requiring additional drugs to suppress those side effects. Many doctors are afraid to speak up and question the system for fear of being ostracized by their peers or even losing their license.
Under a liberated health care system prices would come down and additional options would become available, thereby making health care much more affordable. Moral corruption would give way to true compassion, and many doctors would remember their implicit obligation to provide free medical care to those in need, just like they did in the past.
As a medical doctor, Ron Paul swore the Hippocratic Oath many decades ago. His entire person and career is a monument to the beauty and sanctity of human life. Ron Paul knows that life without health can be very difficult and is not what it was meant to be. He has personally cared for the poor for many years, without asking anything in return.
The government’s original role is to protect our freedoms and restrain itself from causing too much harm. Ron Paul is working to prevent greedy bureaucrats, opportunist politicians and corrupt pharmaceutical companies from having any sort of unhealthy influence over our bodies and minds.
Government has been mismanaging medical care for more than 45 years; for every problem it has created it has responded by exponentially expanding the role of government.
Points to consider:
True competition in the delivery of medical care is what is needed, not more government meddling.
Ron Paul supports the elimination of the income tax and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). He asserts that Congress had no power to impose a direct income tax and has introduced legislation to repeal of the 16th Amendment to the Constitution, which was ratified on February 3, 1913.
An income tax is the most degrading and totalitarian of all possible taxes. Its implementation wrongly suggests that the government owns the lives and labor of the citizens it is supposed to represent. Tellingly, “a heavy progressive or graduated income tax” is Plank #2 of the Communist Manifesto, which was written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels and first published in 1848.
To provide funding for the federal government, Ron Paul supports excise taxes, non-protectionist tariffs, massive cuts in spending.
4)WAR ON DRUGS
Ron Paulopposes the War on Drugs.
On November 20, 2008 Ron Paul said in a New York Times / Freakonomics interview:
“[...] the federal war on drugs has proven costly and ineffective, while creating terrible violent crime. But if you question policy, you are accused of being pro-drug. That is preposterous. As a physician, father, and grandfather, I abhor drugs. I just know that there is a better way — through local laws, communities, churches, and families — to combat the very serious problem of drug abuse than a massive federal-government bureaucracy.”
Ron Paul works towards the elimination of the inefficient Department of Education, leaving education decisions to be made at the state, local or personal level. Parents should have the right to spend their money on the school or method of schooling they deem appropriate for their children.
On November 14, 2008 Ron Paul said in a New York Times interview:
“First, the Constitution does not authorize the Department of Education, and the founders never envisioned the federal government dictating those education policies.
Second, it is a huge bureaucracy that squanders our money. We send billions of dollars to Washington and get back less than we sent. The money would be much better off left in states and local communities rather than being squandered in Washington.
Finally, I think that the smallest level of government possible best performs education. Teachers, parents, and local community leaders should be making decisions about exactly how our children should be taught, not Washington bureaucrats.
The Department of Education has given us No Child Left Behind, massive unfunded mandates, indoctrination, and in some cases, forced medication of our children with psychotropic drugs. We should get rid of all of that and get those choices back in the hands of the people.”
6) CIVIL LIBERTIES
Would you want to live in a world where everyone knew everything about everyone?
And in case you’re wondering, that’s not where we’re headed. Instead, we’re blindly marching towards a dark future where the government knows everything about you but you know nothing about the government.
Remember the media’s hysterical outcry when Obama’s passport details were illegally accessed during the Democratic primaries in 2008? The fact that the privacy of regular citizens is routinely subjected to much more serious abuse was conveniently ignored.
The “Patriot” Act, which was supposed to fight terrorism, allows the government to snoop on average citizens, obtain nationwide search warrants without local judicial oversight, monitor private Internet usage (that includes our emails and surfing habits), search our homes and offices without our knowledge, and force libraries and bookstores to turn over our reading records.
There is no financial privacy left in this country. Banks have become a one stop shop for overzealous government snoops and other privacy violators, and we’ve been working overtime to impose our paranoid “Know Your Customer” standards on the rest of the world.
Medical privacy has deteriorated in a similar manner. Our medical records are being transcribed in India and insurance companies and other entities have the right to access our medical history any time they choose.
Ron Paul is one of the nation’s foremost defenders of our privacy. He keeps fighting against misguided Know Your Customer rules and the misnamed “Patriot” Act.
Rep. Paul’s interview with Newsmax follows:
Newsmax: What should our relationship be with Israel?
Ron Paul: We should be their friend and their trading partner. They are a democracy and we share many values with them. But we should not be their master. We should not dictate where their borders will be nor should we have veto power over their foreign policy.
This is not just about Israel, by the way, this is about how we should conduct ourselves with other countries around the world.
Newsmax: But Israel is not like other countries. We have a large Jewish population in America. What do you say to those who criticize your policy toward Israel?
Ron Paul: I think that some not only misunderstand the American Constitution and the role we should have in the world, they also misunderstand Zionism. Part of the original idea of Zionism, as I understand it, was that there should be Jewish independence and Jewish self-reliance. Today, America doesn’t want anyone to be self-reliant. We want to rule the world and be the saviors of the world and we are going broke in the process.
Newsmax: Some object to your policy of cutting foreign aid to Israel.
Ron Paul: I have objected to all foreign aid. I define foreign aid as taking money from poor people in rich countries and giving it to rich people in poor countries. We just can’t keep doing this. We don’t have the money anymore.
Stop and consider America’s policy: We give $3 billion a year to Israel in loans; and we give $12 billion or more in assistance to Israel’s self-declared enemies. Some of these are countries that say they will drive Israel into the sea.
Newsmax: What do you say to evangelical Christians who want that aid to continue?
Ron Paul: I say to them that our aid in the region is out of balance and it is wrong. Foreign aid does not help Israel. It is a net disadvantage. I say to them that “the borrower is servant to the lender” and America should never be the master of Israel and its fate. We should be her friend.
In October, 1981, most of the world and most of the Congress voiced outrage over Israel’s attack on Iraq and their nuclear development. I was one of the few who defended her right to make her own decisions on foreign policy and to act in her own self-interest.
Newsmax: What then, if anything, should we do for Israel?
Ron Paul: We should share intelligence for mutually agreed-upon goals. We should honor our pledge to refuse any arms sales that would undermine Israel’s qualitative military edge in the region.
But we should stop interfering with them. We should not announce bargaining positions even before she begins her negotiations. We should not dictate what she can and cannot do. We should stop trying to buy her allegiance. And Israel should stop sacrificing their sovereignty as an independent state to us or anybody else, no matter how well-intentioned.
Ron Paul will receive cooperation from both sides of the isle because he is consitantly adhered to the Constitution. He has a proven record of following the Constitution and following through on what he tells his constituents he is going to do. By his strict adherence to the Constitution it makes him socially liberal and fiscally conservative. By socially liberal, I mean that he beleives the federal government should not intrude on peoples personal lives. Ron Paul beleives that social issues should be left up to the individual states to decide, not the federal government. His fiscally conservative stance will bring people from both sides of the isle together for sure because the whole gridlock in Washington stems from one side not wanting to cut welfare and one side doesn't want to cut warfare. Ron Paul wants to cut both, which makes him a great middle man in negotiations. I agree, the Republican field is full of clowns with the exception of Paul. The thing that is really irritating is seeing how many people, mainly from the baby boomers and older, still are hung up on the Dems vs. Repubs fiasco. If people will follow the money they will see that the same people who finance Gingrich, Romney, Perry, and The Bush's are the same people who finance Obama, Clinton, Gore, Reid, and Pelosi.
Still, I'm not convinced an adherence to the constitution is on every Congressman's mind...
On their mind, but do they actually follow it? Check out ronpaul.com and ronpaul2012.com. Take a few minutes to check out his record and, legislation he has sponsored and cosponsored, also the book "Liberty Defined" is a great read and will give more insight on his positions. If you don't mind me asking, other than the current gridlock, what is one thing about the Federal Government that you can not stand?
Oh...I'll vote. This election is the same as 2008. There is not one fully qualified candidate who even comes close to my requirements for being a leader. So, unfortunately, we all will be voting for the lesser of two evils. Not the greater of two men who both want America to succeed. Fundamental change too far to the left or to the right will only cause further damage to the Republic. That fact is evidenced by the Right's Patriot Act and by the Left's National Healthcare Mandate.
Mr. Paul cannot sway the majority of Americans to uphold the Constitution.
Who would you vote for if Mr. Paul does not get nominated?
When do you think an armed revolt will be the answer?
48% of all Americans receive some sort of Federal assistance. Do you really think that they will vote for anybody who will take that assistance away from them? Or, will they vote for anybody who wants to force the rest of us to continue to pay for somebody elses existence?
I appreciate Mr. Paul's efforts, but he cannot beat the Distributor in Office. Mr. Paul offers "personal responsibility". Mr. Obama offers free phones, free abortions, free rent, free food, free healthcare, freedom FROM responsibility.
I fear the younger generations like free stuff more than hard work.
With all due respect, while there are many good ideas on this page, there is one perception that cannot be escaped -- that Ron Paul has no chance whatsoever to be elected, and is widely regarded as intending to run 3rd party if his Republican efforts fail, which will assuredly lock down what I believe is going to happen anyway. He would draw just enough votes as a third party candidate to assure the President wins the race.
Obama is not leaving the White House. We all want him to go, but we aren't in charge. Mark my words. He returns in 2012, and we can kiss America goodbye. We may have Ron Paul to thank for that next fall. Sorry Jonathan, but that's the depressing prediction I'm making right now.
Thats fine, if you want to think that way you can stay home with Junior on election day. Not to upset you but your beloved GOP and the Democratic party as well are doomed. My generation, the one labeled as generation X, the generation with no dreams, as we were told growing up is capable of individual thought and doesn't need some group of elites to tell us what we should think or how we should vote. We are the ones fighting to repeal Roe vs. Wade, and to reinstate prayer in school because we understand the Constitution and that the government works for us, not the other way around. We understand what a disaster the war on drugs is and will continue to be. We understand that parents should be in charge of their childs education and not the government. We understand that the second amendment has nothing to do with deer hunting and we refuse to let ANYONE take our Bill of Rights away. We understand that if a foreign country were to occupy Canada and Mexico and build military bases along their borders with the United States that the country occupying our neighbors would be a threat to us, we would not be a threat to them. So, we understand the foreign policy that our Founding Fathers talked about and we understand the concept of blowback. We understand what a threat the Federal Reserve is and how they repeatedly steal from each one of us by continually printing money and devaluing our currency. We understand that there are no Democrats and Republicans because the majority of each party is owned by the same people who have the goal of a one body global government. The tide has turned and their is a whole generation of Constitutionalist and Libertarians riding the ever growing wave that will soon come crashing down on the establishment. Once an ideas time has come there is no man, no government, and no army that can stop it.
"We all want him to go"
We vote on principle, therefore we vote for the person not against someone else. Anyone who values freedom has to vote for the candidate who beleives in the least amount of government, and adheres to the Constitution.
Check out ronpaul.com and ronpaul2012.com and come join us folks that are fighting for liberty, the Constitution, and prosperity. This 29 year old would appreciate your help but I have to warn you that 90% of this group is under the age of thirty and are some hard workin' sons of guns when it comes to folks trampling our Constitution.
Who would you vote for if Mr. Paul does not get nominated?
Or, will you throw your support to a third party...ensuring four more years of Marxism? Maybe.....just maybe....four more years of Mr. Obama's administration will be the best thing for this country.
Think about it. A vast majority of Americans are clueless about the direction this nation is heading. Eventually, when Mr. Obama takes more and more freedom from more and more citizens, more and more citizens like you will demand the rights our ancestors fought the English to obtain. Then and only then will the Constitution actually mean something to the clueless wretches that gave their freedoms away for security and freebies. Times just aren't hard enough right now for the average American to stand for anything...except to stand in a fast food line.
So, maybe, four more years...each one becoming progressively worse, just might be the kick in the head that this nation needs to return to what has worked for over 200 years...minus the crony capitalism, minus the forced discrimination against whites, minus the handouts to those of color just because they are not caucasian, minus the idea that big, intrusive government is the answer to all the world's ills.
When will armed conflict become an option? There is a war of lies going on between the GOP and the Dems. American lives and livelihoods are the spoils of this war. Today's laws disallow citizens the right to protect our Constitution and our nation from enemies within. Even our military has been put in handcuffs here and abroad.
Thank you for the invitation. You and your band of Constitutionalists want the same thing I do. We just see different ways to the common destination. Will you explain Mr. Paul's stance on the Iranian threat?
I certainly don't want Obama to go either. :)