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.

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Presidential Candidates Coming To Wisconsin

Here are a couple of upcoming events that people may be interested in attending…

Presidential candidate Ron Paul will speak at the Stock Pavilion at 7:00 PM on Thursday, March 29, 2012 at UW- Madison for a town hall meeting.  While you don’t need to pre-register to get in, if you sign up here now, you can enter the venue early at 6:00 PM, 30 minutes prior to the general public.  Doors open to everyone at 6:30 PM — walk-ups are welcome.  Here is the link: http://ronpaulatuwmadison.eventbrite.com/

Presidential Kick Off by the Wisconsin Faith & Freedom Coalition, will be held at the Country Springs Hotel on Saturday, March 31st in Waukesha, WI from 10:00 AM-12:00. Hear from CONFIRMED speakers Governor Mitt Romney, Senator Rick Santorum, and Speaker Newt Gingrich.  Other invited speakers include Rep. Ron Paul, Gov. Scott Walker, Sen. Ron Johnson, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, Rep. Paul Ryan, Rep. Sean Duffy, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, Rep. Tom Petri, and Rep. Reid Ribble.  For more information, visit www.wiffckickoff.eventbrite.com.

Ron Paul poll shocker: He beats Obama head-to-head

From The Christian Science Monitor:

How about this for a poll shocker: While everybody in US politics has been preoccupied with the Michigan primary, Ron Paul has sneaked up on President Obama and for the first time leads the incumbent in a head-to-head survey.

That’s right, leads – as in, ahead of, out front, winning, and so forth. According to a Rasmussen Reports poll released Tuesday, at the moment Representative Paul bests Mr. Obama in a head-to-head matchup by 43 to 41 percent.

The same poll has Mitt Romney tied with Obama, at 44 percent each. Rick Santorum is three points behind the president, according to Rasmussen, and Newt Gingrich is 10 points behind.

Wow. Paul is outperforming all the other GOP candidates, by this measure. His campaign is spinning this as evidence he’s the most electable of all.

“In order to win back the White House, Republicans must nominate a consistent candidate that offers something besides the status quo. Ron Paul is that candidate,” said national campaign chairman Jesse Benton in a statement on the Rasmussen results.

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South Carolina, Ron Paul, and The Lincoln Myth

On the topic of Lincoln…as was mentioned in our last meeting, a good book to read is “The Real Lincoln” by Thomas DiLorenzo.

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 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.