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Paul: Limit military to national defense

August 22, 2011 “Concord Monitor” – History is an excellent teacher, and though her lessons can be painful, Americans had better start listening up, says Texas Rep. Ron Paul.

If not, the 6,000 soldiers lost in Iraq and Afghanistan will have died for nothing, he said in a meeting yesterday with the Monitor editorial board.

“I’m hoping and praying we can get a message out of this, learn a lesson. If you don’t change your viewpoints, if you don’t understand history . . . they will have died in vain. We thought we learned our lesson in Vietnam,” he said, but war “is constant, it’s endless, it’s killing. How many more people have to die before we wake up and admit that those people should not have died? If we would have only had the proper policy, those (soldiers) would have been alive today.”

The proper policy, Paul said, is to keep our military limited to national defense, not intervening in other nation’s affairs.

“Great countries are brought to their knees because they go empire building,” he said during the hour-long interview.

Paul is running for the Republican nomination for the 2012 presidential election and made a two-day visit to New Hampshire. He began Wednesday night by officially opening his campaign headquarters in the city and ended with a house party in Amherst last night.

Known mostly for his decades-long crusade to shrink the size of the federal government, Paul jokingly suggested yesterday a few dozen jobs that could be added to the rolls.

“Anybody who wants to start a new war should have his head examined (and) there’s room for a lot of psychiatrists down there in Washington,” said Paul, paraphrasing former defense secretary Robert Gates.

Paul has stood apart from his Republican competitors in his staunch criticism of the country’s military spending. If elected, he said he would close the dozens of military bases America has around the world to bring billions, if not trillions, of dollars in savings and economic stimulus to the country.

“What do we need ’em for? . . . It’s $1.4 trillion we spend on maintaining our militarism,” Paul said. “It mostly gets us into more trouble by getting involved over there. We’re just getting killed over there, shot at and wasting our money. There’s no authority for it, for us to be the policeman of the world.”

For Paul, everything the federal government does must find, at its roots, authority granted by the U.S. Constitution. That means no Environmental Protection Agency, no federal health care programs and no income tax.

Reducing taxes is the only job creation program he believes the Constitution would allow.

“We need more spending, in the private economy,” he said. “People need to be able to make business decisions on how to allocate their resources. That’s how we got into (the recession). Our big problem is . . . misdirected investments by the government.”

The Federal Reserve system also contributed to the recession, he said, through “this silliness of constantly creating new money when you need it.”

Other Republicans in recent days have been critical of the Federal Reserve, with Paul’s home-state Gov. Rick Perry, the newest candidate in the presidential field, saying recently, “printing more money to play politics at this particular time in American history is almost treacherous – or treasonous in my opinion.”

“I don’t use those words,” Paul responded yesterday. “I think they’re misinformed on monetary policy and that’s the more important thing. Evidently (Perry) thought it was good politics. I have never met the man, I don’t know what his monetary policy is. I’m not disappointed he addressed the Fed, but he doesn’t do it the way I do.”

Paul is consistently courteous even toward those he disagrees with, partly because the country’s situation isn’t the fault of any one person, he said.

The country has been led astray for years, he said, duped into believing in Keynesian economic theories that “they are to be taken care of and we are to be the policemen of the world. It’s not (Fed Chairman Ben) Bernanke, it’s the system. It’s not Obama, it’s not George Bush. It’s a system of foreign policy that has been around a long time, a foreign policy I challenge. I probably slip up, but I basically try really hard to not personalize. I don’t enjoy that at all.”

 

I like Paul

 

Congressman Ron Paul is a true patriot and citizen statesman who has governed with Constitutional principles.

Paul, a U.S. Air Force veteran, has served with distinction as a representative for Texas. He is also an advocate for low taxes, free markets, honest money, and a pro-America foreign policy void of corporate special interests.

Over the years Paul has had a consistent voting record and has voted against every tax increase and every unbalanced budget. Paul is no friend of Wall Street bankers and corporate welfare beneficiaries.

Our founding fathers stood up to the British empire so that we could be free.

Now Paul stands up to the corporate empire so that Americans can be free from the rule of their special interests.

Paul placed second in the Iowa straw poll, losing to Michele Bachmann by less than 1 percent. Paul is one of the “big three” candidates remaining in the Republican presidential contest; don’t be fooled by the media blackout regarding Paul’s popularity with the working class. Remember, Paul has corporate special interests on the run, and they fear his nomination in 2012, for they know their days are numbered in Washington.

It is time to restore prosperity, peace, freedom and true economic security to America’s working families.

In 2012 vote for the change you wanted; vote Ron Paul, a true American hero.

 

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  1. September 10, 2011 at 3:59 am

    genie :

    Hi Shervin,
    I appreciate your clarification about the Green Movement! And thank you for your compliment(s) you are very kind.

    Thanks Genie, you too 🙂

  2. September 9, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Hi Shervin,
    I appreciate your clarification about the Green Movement! And thank you for your compliment(s) you are very kind.

  3. September 7, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Hi Shervin the Iranian!

    Thomas Jefferson said: “peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none.”
    Your argument is much like that of Thomas Barnett from his book “The Pentagon’s New Map.” To watch his videos also, the arrogance is is even more apparent than his book. The point is well taken but underneath it all is the “white man’s burden”. I can always spot it. It’s like doctors who train to heal the sick but at the same time they feel that those same people are mere insects. Plus they are paid off by Big Pharma so they become even dangerous.
    I am also against the Green Movement using the US to help them overthrow the mullahs.
    Chinese foreign policy is to trade with all and leave internal affairs to the people of a given country.
    “Isolationism” is a term whose reputation needs to be restored.

    peace-

    • September 8, 2011 at 10:20 am

      Hi Genie, thanks for visiting, well may I notice a few things? Green movement is not an opposition group in Iran. Green movement has 50 members in parliament right now, and a green guy was president of Iran before Ahmadinejad for 8 years. Only thugs and deceived people were among the troublemakers in 2009 in Tehran’s streets, who damaged people’s properties and disrespected Ashura (which really brought an end to them by the people) and killing and injuring police officers which almost turned into a big fight between the police and them. Dozens of police officers were detained next to thugs. I can’t really call them green protesters, they’re not even green, green party condemned their act. Green thugs are also responsible for trying to break into police stations to steal guns which unfortunately led to some deaths.
      I read your “All Roads Lead to Jerusalem” http://www.matterofprinciple.net/, and I must say that is a very informative and intelligent blog, it’s a blog I applaud in fact, I believe free people’s works which leads to world’s awareness on the reality of events will lead to the world we all dream of, to the common dreams.
      Regards.

  4. August 23, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Great summary of Paul’s viewpoints. I appreciate your summary analysis of him. I have not followed him as much as I probably should have but I feel his big picture understanding is right on. Does it sound extreme to shut down most, if not all, of our overseas military bases? Yes, but we are at a point, so far down the road, that extreme changes are necessary. Thanks for sharing!

    • August 23, 2011 at 5:27 pm

      jaybark7 :

      Great summary of Paul’s viewpoints. I appreciate your summary analysis of him. I have not followed him as much as I probably should have but I feel his big picture understanding is right on. Does it sound extreme to shut down most, if not all, of our overseas military bases? Yes, but we are at a point, so far down the road, that extreme changes are necessary. Thanks for sharing!

      You’re welcome, I like this man, I think he can put an end to world’s problems, even tho I’m not an American and me supporting him would be considered as meddling in the US’s internal affairs, but I hope he will earn your vote, Jay, thanks for visiting my blog.

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