By Alden L. Benton
Earlier this year I read Ron Paul’s book Liberty Defined. I found some of his ideas interesting, many odd, and some outright dangerous. My conclusion is Ron Paul is not the man to lead the United States of America.
Congressman Paul’s libertarian foreign policy views are, frankly, delusional and dangerous. He thinks the United States should simply ignore Iran and its threat to Israel and the entire region.
Paul thinks we should just try to get along with China, and its insane sycophant state North Korea, all while they threaten not only the stability of Asia, but, in the case of the People’s Republic of China, the entire planet.
This alone disqualifies Ron Paul from any serious consideration as a potential president. The oath of office states that the president swears to protect the Constitution and the United States from ALL enemies, foreign and domestic. Congressman Paul’s personal philosophy prevents him from fulfilling that oath.
Ron Paul is just as dangerous as Barack Obama.
We live in the 21st century in a truly dangerous world. America stands virtually alone as the last best hope of freedom and liberty on the planet. Even our so-called allies (England and France) are failing, and their resolve to stand against tyranny is faltering.
Paul’s philosophy calls for isolationism in a time of globalism. If the United States succumbs to this, two things will happen, both bad:
- We will be vulnerable to attack not just from terrorists and rogue states like North Korea, Venezuela, or Iran, but also from emboldened super-power wannabes like China and Russia, and,
- Our economy, without international trade and the ability to secure stable energy supplies, will fail.
These policies didn’t work in the era of our founding, and certainly will not work in today’s complex world.
Now, in the aftermath of the riots of the welfare class in England, Congressman Paul, in a Fox News interview with Lou Dobbs, is predicting riots in the United States if we enact necessary fiscal measures, like those implemented in Wisconsin, nationwide. (See interview here: Fox News Interview with Ron Paul)
Ron Paul’s Nostradamus doomsayer routine is not leadership. A president needs to inspire and encourage us, especially when it comes down to making tough choices. Yes, the president needs to speak honestly of the dire consequences of action or inaction. However, the president must not, indeed cannot, give up on the character of the American people.
Ron Paul is simply wrong.
In the Fox News interview, Congressman Paul used Wisconsin as an example of the potential for unrest.
However, the only people who took to the streets of Madison, Wisconsin, were the spoiled and privileged union class, many brought in from all over the country to join the protests.
These selfish leeches put themselves above the people, and the children, they were supposed to serve because the governor asked them to pay a small part of the cost of their extravagant pensions and medical coverage; an increase that still left them paying far less for far more than most of Americans receive.
Governor Walker and Republican legislators won the fight by standing firm, while the Democrats ran away and hid, holding the democratic process hostage to their demands.
After the legislature approved the governor’s proposals, the unions mounted a recall election against a number of Wisconsin state senators who voted against the union, but lost as the “offending” legislators kept their seats.
The people of Wisconsin won. Wisconsin has been quiet ever since.
Governor Walker’s plan is working. In just a few short months, Wisconsin is saving millions of dollars, yet Ron Paul says people are angry and impatient, and may riot if they don’t get what they want.
Ron Paul needs to look at life beyond the Washington, D.C. beltway. Every time there are violent protests, the Leftists are behind it, not the ordinary American who goes to work every day to support his or her family. Lumping the radical Left mob and its violence with the vast majority of law abiding Americans is, at best, insulting and unworthy of a presidential candidate.
Most Americans are indeed angry. However, the anger is not about potential reductions in entitlement programs; it is over the ever-expanding reach and scope of government, its cost, and its effect on our personal liberty. One would think that a card carrying libertarian would understand that.
To put things in perspective, the English welfare class riots were a direct result of decades of a permissive, godless, nanny state.
The English cradle-to-grave entitlement system represents the same mentality that drives the statists in the United States; the same people, mostly with (D) behind their names, who have been pushing the same socialistic balderdash down our throats for years.
These so-called “working class youths” never worked a day in their lives, live nicely with their color televisions and I-phones, all at the expense of those who do work.
Those “working class youths” suffer from the chronic liberal mental illness of “it is all about me” and “you owe me.” The result is resentment towards anyone who dares to work and strive for success. This resentment turned to violence against the very people who make the lifestyle of these socio-economic parasites possible.
There is an old, but appropriate cliché: “Idol hands are the devil’s workshop.”
The United States also has a welfare class, a class enabled by alleged do-gooders whose primary mission is, through economic justice (read redistribution of wealth), to ensure equal outcomes for all. In the United States, the only way to accomplish this is to make us all equally poor.
As Ronal Reagan once said, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.’” It is this compulsion, the need to control every minute detail of our lives, which drives Americans to anger, to say “Enough! Leave me alone!” not, as Congressman Paul suggests, the promise of a government spending the people’s money wisely.
Nineteenth century French economist and statesman Frédéric Bastiat said, “Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget that the state lives at the expense of everyone.” Unfortunately, England, and the rest of Europe, has forgotten this, but the idea is not dead in America, yet.
There is a lesson in the cause of these riots that Congressman Paul cannot, or will not, see. That lesson rests, in part, in the basic character of America, and the fundamental differences between that character and that of the British and the rest of Europe.
America is in crisis. However, with proper leadership and resolve we can work our way back to prosperity and to the values that made this country great.
Ron Paul, however, is not the man for the job.