Ron Paul On Dark Knight Shooting: Absolute Safety Means Absolute Despotism

Security and Self-Governance
by Ron Paul


The senseless and horrific killings last week at a movie theater in Colorado reminded Americans that life is fragile and beautiful, and we should not take family, friends, and loved ones for granted. Our prayers go out to the injured victims and the families of those killed. As a nation we should use this terrible event to come together with the resolve to create a society that better values life.

We should also face the sober reality that government cannot protect us from all possible harm. No matter how many laws we pass, no matter how many police or federal agents we put on the streets, no matter how routinely we monitor internet communications, a determined individual or group can still cause great harm. We as individuals are responsible for our safety and the safety of our families.

Furthermore, it is the role of civil society rather than government to build a culture of responsible, peaceful, productive individuals. Government cannot mandate morality or instill hope in troubled individuals. External controls on our behavior imposed by government through laws, police, and jails usually apply only after a terrible crime has occurred.

Internal self governance, by contrast, is a much more powerful regulator of human behavior than any law. This self-governance must be developed from birth, first by parents but later also through the positive influence of relatives and adult role models. Beyond childhood, character development can occur through religious, civic, and social institutions. Ultimately, self-governance cannot be developed without an underlying foundation of morality.

Government, however, is not a moral actor. The state should protect our rights, but it cannot develop our character. Whenever terrible crimes occur, many Americans understandably demand that government “do something” to prevent similar crimes in the future. But this reflexive impulse almost always leads to bad laws and the loss of liberty.

Do we really want to live in a world of police checkpoints, surveillance cameras, and metal detectors? Do we really believe government can provide total security? Do we want to involuntarily commit every disaffected, disturbed, or alienated person who fantasizes about violence? Or can we accept that liberty is more important than the illusion of state-provided security?

Freedom is not defined by safety. Freedom is defined by the ability of citizens to live without government interference. Government cannot create a world without risks, nor would we really wish to live in such a fictional place. Only a totalitarian society would even claim absolute safety as a worthy ideal, because it would require total state control over its citizens’ lives. Liberty has meaning only if we still believe in it when terrible things happen and a false government security blanket beckons.

Dr. Ron Paul is a Republican member of Congress from Texas.

Ron Paul On National Defense Authorization Act – Establishes Martial Law In America

Ron Paul: The Only One We Can Trust

The Rock River Patriots do not endorse candidates.  However, this video sheds light on who Ron Paul really is.  As the father of the true TEA Party movement, it is an important video to show.  Dr. Paul’s views are very close to the views of the Rock River Patriots.  That’s why it is posted on this site.

Ron Paul On FEMA and Ron Paul Can’t Win? Part 2

Ron Paul Can’t Win?

We keep hearing the mantra that Ron Paul is unelectable.  A new Gallup Poll says otherwise: Obama in Close Race Against Romney, Perry, Bachmann, Paul

Ron Paul is within two points of Obama even with much of the mainstream media trying to ignore him.  Based on the angst by the Republican Party, it is clear the only candidate who would not perpetuate the status quo is Ron Paul.  The rest of the pack seems like a continuation of the G.W. Bush presidency.

Ron Paul has been very clear on his positions for a long time…following the Constitution.  What is so admirable is the fact that even when his positions may not be have been popular, Dr. Paul did not try to change them based on a poll.  He stood on principle.  Standing on principle is what the real TEA Party is all about, contrary to what some in the co-opted Republican version of the TEA Party would have you believe.

The more we compromise on principle, the more slippery the slope gets.  We are on the brink of a total financial collapse with hyperinflation and “1984″ is here.

The only road out of this can be found in 2 Chronicles 2:14:

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

If we do as this passage says, we will automatically return to the principles that made this nation great.

The Debt Ceiling, The Dream Act, And The Downgrade

It has definitely been a wild couple of weeks that continues to prove to me that nothing will ever change in Washington D.C.

We have seen a debt ceiling deal that does nothing to change the course our country is headed on.  The TEA Party has been called terrorists by Vice President Joe Biden, and demonized by some in talk radio and the IMPOTENT Republican establishment.

I don’t know how many times I’ve heard the Republican establishment wimps say, ” We only have one branch of government, how much can we be expected to do?”  Controlling one branch of government is all that is needed to prevent any bad bill from being passed!

THE SOLUTION SHOULD HAVE BEEN: Pass a spending freeze bill and cuts similar to what Sen. Rand Paul suggested ( a spending freeze and 1% cut each year for six years), and spend the rest of the time explaining it to your districts.  If the Senate and POTUS refuse to do anything with the bill, stay in your district and keep explaining it.  That is truly why we have a system of checks and balances.  The sky will not fall as they have led you to believe.

Patriots be happy to know that all your WI Republican Congressman voted for this “phoney reform” including media darling Paul Ryan.  The same Paul Ryan who voted for TARP and the Patriot Act extension.

Coming from the Democrats (aka Socialists & Communists) we expect this type of behavior because they have a globalist agenda to bring down America.  It is time people recognize many in the Republican Party also have a globalist agenda, have sold out, or are just too stupid to see what is going on.

Notice that the only Republican Presidential Candidates who were really speaking out against this bill before it passed was Ron Paul, Gary Johnson, and to some extent, Michele Bachmann.  The rest of the pack remained relatively silent on the bill until AFTER it passed.  Only when their words would no longer have any real impact on the debate / discourse did they actively speak against it.  Why? Because they wanted it the bill to pass.

The only way America can be brought down is if the middle class is broken.  They are in the process of doing this by growing the welfare state, continuing to spend like drunken sailors printing more and more money along the way, continuing to fight wars in the middle east that do not do anything to protect us, and continue to strip us of our rights in the name of “protecting us” while leaving us with open borders.

So what did we have?  Another manufactured crisis with an artificial timetable, a phoney debate with a phoney solution, a chance to demonize true patriots, and  a distraction from other things.  What other things?  How about this:  Dream Act: Obama passes amnesty by a back door ICE directive

We also have the credit rating of the U.S. now downgraded by S&P from AAA to AA+ .  This was probably going to happen anyway if real reform was not enacted and the downgrade was signaled weeks ago by S&P.  The prospective downgrade was also used as a scare tactic to pass the debt limit increase.  I have wondered aloud, “Who really owns these credit rating agencies and are the same people behind the Federal Reserve somehow connected?”  I do not know the answer, but it is definitely an intriguing question.

The downgrade will likely hurt the middle and lower middle class the most.  Mortgage rates will likely rise.  We’ll probably see more inflation and job loss.  Small businesses will not be able to expand and many will have to close altogether.  The retirement savings of many will probably see significant losses as the stock market continues to slide.

Consider finding ways to beat inflation and try to become more self reliant.  As the WI recall elections draw closer and closer, help fight to keep the Socialists from winning back the WI State Senate.  The only solution to this mess is through the State Sovereignty/ Nullification movement.

Hang on…it is going to be a bumpy ride.

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