Ron Paul is a Republican 10th-term congressman, a former Air Force Flight Surgeon, a physician (M.D.) and a candidate for the Republican Party’s nomination in 2008 and 2012. He is from the U.S. state of Texas. As a Republican, he has represented Texas’s 14th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1997, and had previously served as the representative from Texas’s 22nd district in 1976 and from 1979 to 1985. He retired as of the end of 2012.
Ronald Ernest “Ron” Paul on July 12, 2011 announced that he would not seek re-election. He has been characterized as the “intellectual godfather” of the Tea Party movement, the foundational bedrock of libertarianism. Libertarians are mostly those who have “economically conservative” and “socially liberal” viewpoints, remember Clint Eastwood. He had definite views on liberty, isolationism, entitlements and capitalism.
Ronald Ernest “Ron” Paul is best known for his libertarian viewpoints. He favors liberty, the minimizing of coercion, forcing another party to act in an involuntary manner. He emphasizes political freedom, the essence of political autonomy, independence and self-governance. He treasures liberty, the control over our own destiny and actions. He is a firm believer in deliberate association, the right of individuals to enter into any voluntary agreement, the essence of Republicanism.
Liberty (libertarianism) is a right or privilege to be free from oppressive restrictions imposed by “authority”. If we embrace it we must accept it as gifted to others, not by us or because of us. Ron Paul is in many ways is an isolationist, a critic of American foreign, domestic, and monetary policies, including the military–industrial complex, the War on Drugs, and the Federal Reserve. Why? Because Paul is a proponent of Austrian School economics; the interpretation and analysis of the purposeful actions of individuals, the principles and fundamentals of economists Friedrich Hayek (The Road to Serfdom), Murray Rothbard, and Ludwig von Mises.
Many Conservatives and Republicans have pivoted away from principles and fundamentals justifying the pre-adjunct “neo”, “Neo”, as in the combining form of “recent” or “new”. Neo-conservatives (Neocons), in contrast to traditional conservatives, favor globalism. Globalism is the attitude or policy of placing the interests of the entire world above those of individual nations or viewing the entire world as a proper sphere for one nation to project political command and control influence. Globalism downplays “religious issues” and differences, is unlikely to actively oppose abortion (far more murders than Newtown) and homosexuality. This is the battle ground, not over co-existing beliefs, but the need to terminate opposition.
Neocons disagree with conservatives on issues such as classroom prayer, the separation of powers, cultural unity, immigration, and the rule of law. Neocons favor a strong active state, the Mark R. Levin “Statist” and are open to soft tyranny in world affairs.
He regularly voted against almost all proposals for new government spending, initiatives, or taxes. He will be missed. If one listens carefully, the walls of Congress whisper his advice “The Federal Reserve and Congress have systematically taught the American people to trust the government and that caution in spending is harmful to the economy.” We separated from the United Kingdom; the reason in 1776 is the same as that oppression descending on us today, taxes!
“A progressive income tax is the best way to concentrate wealth and power among the ruling elite. The way the ruling class stays elite is the progressive income tax. Wealth translates to power in a closed club. Their objective is to keep everybody else out of the club by raising their taxes.” (“Show Notes from Charlie and Lynnette Shipp”.)
Ron Paul was known to lecture on the issue of entitlements, both individual and corporate. It’s a mistake to think that poor people get the benefit from the welfare system; it is rarely, in the long run, ever a hand up to self-sufficiency. It breeds economic slavery, worse than the Dred Scott variety. The indulgent master is the state. It’s a total fraud Ron would say. Most welfare, (primarily Corporate and foreign policy welfare) goes to the rich of this country: the military-industrial complex, the bankers, the foreign dictators, the administration metastasizing bureaucrats. “You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they can and should do for themselves.”
Isolationism is incorporated as the ability to remain apart from the affairs of individuals and other countries. Ron Paul is an outspoken critic of neoconservatives, and their interventionist foreign policy, those who oppose the appointment of social conservatives to high governmental positions such as the Supreme Court. Neoconservatives support candidates who are liberal on social issues instead. One must never compromise fundamentals and principles, the fuzzy thinking of our current dilemma.
He would lecture that capitalism should not be condemned, since we haven’t had capitalism. The Federal Reserve, the Creature from Jekyll Island should not exist. First, it’s an illegal unconstitutional institution. But the economic reasons are overwhelming: the Federal Reserve is the creature that destroys value. A system of capitalism presumes sound money, not fiat money manipulated by a central bank. This is not capitalism!
Paul’s foreign policy of nonintervention made him controversial. He voted against the Iraq War Resolution in 2002. He advocates withdrawal from the United Nations, and from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, for reasons of maintaining strong national sovereignty. But our hostile neighbors are no longer just next door, they are only an ICBM apart.
Nations fail when the “people” fail to lead, a libertarian creed. Reagan would depart, not opt for “Peace in Our Time”, that phrase is a synonym for appeasement, an entire argument in a phrase, in the inaugural 2013 address. It is reminiscent of Neville Chamberlains’ agreement with Hitler, historically tone deft. It perverts by “sheer ignorance or a certain grotesque liberal perversion, paraphrasing Krauthammer, a misunderstanding of the salient WWII deception, in the current context of Syria, Iran, Africa and Israel, either so ignorant or so irresponsible of foreign affairs. Thomas E Ricks opines “Obama’s 2nd inaugural address: “’Peace in our time’? Really, Mr. President?”
There is no controversy here, if, in a peaceful world. But reality, passion and rationality reveal this as the policy of “Turn the Other Cheek”, asking nothing about any strategy of survival (sic) once the head is no longer attached. Would it be fair to ask Ron Paul about “pre-emption”? War with terrorism, all war, is hell and all of the euphemisms about, justice, revenge and moral integrity, are not going to change the nature of the act. Kill them before they kill you. Is this not what President Obama learned as he “celebrated” killing bin Laden and reigned over the release of Solomon’s sword, the drone weapons, 1,160 and counting?
Is this an artifact of an era when an individual said what he meant and meant what he said? He abhors the morality of “Dorian Grey” and the ethics “Lance Armstrong” so necessary now, for way too many of today’s politicians. What about us?
If John Fitzgerald “Jack” Kennedy were alive today it is very unlikely that he would recognize or support the radical progressive evolving of the Democratic Party. One could expect similar divergence with Ronald Wilson Reagan if confronted with the Neo-Conservative movement alongside of the Neo-Republican Party, some label as “Progressive Light”.
There is no scarcity or famine of smart people; it is wisdom that is rare. History gave us Lincoln and Reagan as wise national leaders. Our nation was blessed with sagacious warriors like George Washington and George Patton, the protectors of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Would that our nation had been blessed to have had Ron Paul at the helm of our Federal Reserve or Secretary of the Treasury, our economic problems would most likely have been solved.
The subtleties of the shift in our Republic are decried by Reaganism, that ideological refinement of a government of the people, by the people and for the people. This democracy has been coopted by a collectivist’s view of national transformation, a nation of the government, by the government and for the government.
Ronaldo Maximus, begrudgingly admired by those who hate him, the avatar of meritocratic excellence, said “If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism. I think conservatism is really a misnomer just as liberalism is a misnomer for the liberals–if we were back in the days of the Revolution, so-called conservatives today would be the Liberals and the liberals would be the Tories.”
“The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is (today).”
Would that they, who long for peace, they will find the means. Until then we manage the chaos. Ron Paul is a man of all seasons and we saluted his integrity and service to his country. There is much to learn from him, indeed and it is very possible without a loss of our own individuality, independence, freedom and liberation.