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Ron Paul for President—if You Really Want Change.

Christopher Check 30 August 2007 22 Comments

Congressman Ron Paul’s contribution to American political life is more significant than those made by all the other presidential candidates—of both parties—combined. Romney, McCain, Clinton, Obama, et al, are dancing around the Iraq disaster that has cost 3,700 American lives, left maimed tens of thousands more, and provoked greater than ever hatred of America by the Islamic world. These candidates are ignoring the colossal failure of the government to stop the violent crime and depressed wages that are the bitter fruits of unfettered immigration. As they debate whose scheme is going to provide more pills for old people (the single wealthiest age cohort in the nation), Congressman Ron Paul stands radically apart from all of them.

I say “radically,” for Paul’s contribution has been to call to the fore of mainstream political discourse a proper understanding of America’s political roots. Since Abraham Lincoln expanded the authority of the central government at the expense of state sovereignty, Americans have come to expect that the federal government will provide all manner of things it was never designed to provide. For liberals, this means the abortions of poor minorities, healthy eating advice, and comfortable octogenarian years. Conservatives want the federal government to establish national academic standards, stop sodomites from “marrying,” and raise up a massive standing army to bring peace and liberty to regions of the world that have never known them. None of these, as Paul makes plain, is the duty of the federal government

How does he know? He’s made a political career of studying the writings of the founders and the Constitution their debates produced. Indeed, if there is a politician alive who could travel back to the late eighteenth century and intelligently join those debates, it is Ron Paul. He understands that the Founders designed a government inspired by subsidiarity, the political expression of which is federalism. Authority remains, whenever possible, at the most local level. The principle is codified in the Tenth Amendment, to which Republican politicians such as Bob Dole and Newt Gingrich paid much lip service but never took seriously.

Conservatives are forever dreaming of the next Ronald Reagan. Is Paul their man? Not on your life. Ronald Reagan presided over the largest tax increase since the Second World War, a tax increase that fueled the expansion and payroll of the central government. Reagan orchestrated a 165 billion dollar bailout of Social Security. Reagan gave the high court Sandra Day O’Connor. And Reagan blackmailed the states into raising the drinking age.

Conservatives ought to be looking for the next Washington, Jefferson, or Madison. These men had their differences, but they agreed that the success of the American Republic required a small federal government with limited powers. If you’d like to know what those powers are, read Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution. It won’t take you long. Ron Paul’s consistent voting record shows that he understands and takes seriously the federal government’s limited role. Now, for the first time in the lifetimes of anyone reading this, the truth about what kind of government the Founders gave us—a government we discarded in favor of handouts—has been given a voice in a presidential election.

Is a vote for Paul, as some conservatives who doubtless share his desire to return sovereignty to the states contend, “throwing away your vote?” No. Throwing away your vote means voting for business as usual: more illegal and immoral foreign wars, more corporate bailouts, more social programs that destroy families, more murder of the yet-to-be born, and more tax hikes to fund it all.

Like a silversmith of the same name 237 years ago, Paul is sounding an alarm. Our forebears listened and liberty was their reward.

Christopher Check is the Executive Vice President of the Rockford Institute, publisher of Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture, www.ChroniclesMagazine.org.

22 Comments »

  • Red Phillips (author) said:

    Thanks for the Paul endorsement Chris. Hopefully the rest of the folks at Rockford feel the same way.

  • Katie (author) said:

    Enjoyed this article tremendously. Ron Paul has stuck by the constitutional principals that have proven to work. Ron Paul does stand above the restof any of the candidates republican or democrat. For him to stand on these principles and not waiver through the vicious animosity that gets thrown at him just makes me respect him and love him just that much more, if that wereat all even possible. God Bless Ron Paul …He really is a patriot and my hero.

  • Glen (author) said:

    Dr. Pauls platform is real simple, the Constitution, and obey your oath of office to Obey, Protect, and Defend it.

  • Walter (author) said:

    A silversmith myself, Revere would have been proud to have Ron as a fellow patriot.

  • John (author) said:

    A beautiful piece. You are a patriot, sir. I will be sending this to friends and family. Thank you.

  • Bill (author) said:

    Bravo!Bravo! Dr. Ron Paul is the mortal solution for the revolution that is going on by the American people against the globalist, corporatist, & communist that are trenched in the halls of our government. Revolt now! Mail Dr. Ron Paul a contribution TODAY!!

  • Larry (author) said:

    Go! Ron Paul, Go!

  • lori (author) said:

    ron paul iam proud to vote for you.

  • Frank G. (author) said:

    Comment number three above says it all! THIS MESSAGE MUST BE COMMUNICATED to our fellow citizens folks. IT MUST BE or we’ll see the end of our Republic within six years after 2008’s all important election.

    So, begin sending those youtube vids around and SNAIL MAIL good info on RP to evreryone you know. Get bumper stickrs and yard signs. And, yes, donate to the man!

    The outcome of the 2008 election will have a profound affect upon our Nation and its children. Imagine our Constitution in a jar of alcohol sitting upon a shelf in the museum of “What Was.” The new world order will be upon us if ANY Demoncrat gets in; Rudy, Mitt, Fred and John will make it come forth at a slower rate.

    Work hard, it’s yuor Nation folks.

  • Republicae (author) said:

    For decades both the entrenchment Republicans and Democrats have embedded themselves into the flesh of this nation like parasitic ticks, sucking the life blood from this nation and its people. Each party has taken their respective turns at the ruination of this country, its wealth, its manufacturing, its domestic and foreign policies.

    The status quo candidates in both parties are doing the only thing they can do: woo the people with the same type of empty promises that their neither intend to keep or can realistically keep. They offer no real solutions to the problems faced by this country, many of those problems have been caused by the very type politics that they are on the stage promoting now.

    So, if Ron Paul is not elected, if drastic changes are not made we will continue to face the same issues, the same problems and even worse ones as the monetary system this government and their buddies at the Fed continues its march toward economic disaster.

    Just listen to Bernanke, get this, will ya: “The U.S. government has a technology, called a printing press (or, today, its electronic equivalent), that allows it to produce as many U.S. dollars as it wishes at essentially no cost. By increasing the number of U.S. dollars in circulation, or even by credibly threatening to do so, the U.S. government can also reduce the value of a dollar in terms of goods and services, which is equivalent to raising the prices in dollars of those goods and services. We conclude that, under a paper-money system, a determined government can always generate higher spending and hence positive inflation.”

    Now this entire system is built upon debt and the circulation of every single dollar, whether digital or physical, is not created until it is borrowed into existence, imagine that for a minute. Since it is not backed by anything but the creation of debt that means that the debt can never be paid off or reduced since it would be a contraction of the economy.

    The problem with the entire fiat monetary system is that it will reach a point of mathematical termination due to the weight of the ever-increasing and irreversible multiplication of the debt that creates it, soon, and very soon, the debt will begin to require more servicing than the economy can produce and still remain viable.

    Think about it, everything we now know that makes up our economy and indeed, our society, is built upon a system that has an inherent terminal point. All your investments, your retirement, pensions, 401k, savings and all the government programs, everything is completely dependent upon a system that, as all fiat systems in history has proven, will collapse.

    RON PAUL IS THE ONLY CANDIDATE THAT UNDERSTANDS WHAT THIS COUNTRY IS ACTUALLY FACING AND HAS A PLAN TO AVERT A TIME THAT NO ONE IN THIS COUNTRY WANTS TO FACE. The other candidates can spew out their empty and unfulfillable promoses all they want, but if Ron Paul is not elected in 2008 by 2012 we will all wish he had been!!!!

  • Brutus (author) said:

    Ron Paul is the only statesman in the race. All others want the office so they can ‘be in charge’ and impose their will. Ron Paul will fight for liberty under law, and he is the only one who has a track record of over 30 years to prove his integrity. No other man is qualified for such high office.

    http://www.teaparty07.com

  • Mike Brewer (author) said:

    As beautiful as your article was, and I commend you for it) it’s the comments that bring tears to my eyes.

    Who are we? Why are we invisible?

  • Bill Hinkle (author) said:

    Well done article. You hit the nail right on the head. It took us 30 years to understand what Ron Paul has been saying all along.

    This man deserves our support.

    There needs to be another president

    added to Mt Rushmore. Ron Paul for

    saving our country.

    Vote like you never voted before.

  • tnjonline (author) said:

    THIS IS HOW I CONFRONT THIS ( the key is to understand that it is a logical error of reasoning)

    “I like Ron Paul but he is not going to win! My vote will be useless!”

    1. The first job we have is to identify a desired goal. If we identify a desired goal, the only rational course of action left to us is to do something about it. By not doing something ( for whatever reasons) we end up decreasing the chances of our desired goal. This is the same thing as turning against onself.

    2. Goals that can be influenced by human action are extremely difficult to predict accurately. This is because human actors are too complex to be reduced to their component parts and too self-conscious not to have their behaviour affected by the very act of observation. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Praxeo…)

    3. We have little control over the magnitude of the effects of our actions but we can definitely direct it in the desired direction. The effects can be enormous. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ti

  • TNJONLINE (author) said:

    THIS IS HOW I CONFRONT THIS ( the key is to understand that it is a logical error of reasoning)

    “I like Ron Paul but he is not going to win! My vote will be useless!”

    1. The first job we have is to identify a desired goal. If we identify a desired goal, the ONLY RATIONAL COURSE of action left to us is to do something about it! By not doing something ( for whatever reasons) we end up decreasing the chances of our desired goal. This is the same thing as turning against onself.

    2. Goals that can be influenced by human action are extremely difficult to predict accurately. This is because human actors are too complex to be reduced to their component parts and too self-conscious not to have their behaviour affected by the very act of observation. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Praxeo…)

    3. We have little control over the magnitude of the effects of our actions but we can definitely direct it in the desired direction. The effects can be enormous. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ti

  • Albert Meyer (author) said:

    Ron Paul is a once-in-a-lifetime candidate. I’m hoping for a good showing in Iowa, for at least a 2nd place in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. That will make him a serious contender in the eyes of lame-stream media. He will greatly benefit from the additional coverage as he goes into Super Tuesday, where he will pick up some major wins. He will still have enough money to campaign in the rest of the country where he will sweep the floor. Like a good athlete, which Ron Paul was in his youth, he will leave the best for last. Watch his final sprint. The pollsters and political pundits will eat crow like never before. It is Ron Paul against all odds, because we the people are the majority.

  • linj2fly (author) said:

    My vote will always count so long as i vote for a principled man, whose platform is the constitution, and integrity to his oath of office.

    John Quincy Adams is quoted as saying: “Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.

    No more voting for ‘the winner’–what a bunch of illogical garbage.

  • rebakc (author) said:

    am convinced that Ron Paul is the only honest man who will keep his commitments to the voters. he is censer about changing the quagmire the corporations, federal reserve,income tax, pharmaceuticals, THE ECONOMICS OF THE BANKERS, RESTORE THE CONSTITUTION,AND THE RULE OF LAW. HURRY FOR PRIVACY,AND DOWN WITH DICTATORSHIP. LESS GOVERNMENT AND REGAIN A PLEAcE OF TRUST AND NOT FEAR WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD. THAT IS A BIG ORDER BUT I BELIEVE IT CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED WITH TRUTH,TRANSPARENCY AND INTEGRITY by RON PAUL FOR PRESIDENT IN 2008

  • mike s (author) said:

    Ron Paul may be our last best hope to begin to restore our nation to the vision of our founding fathers. I voted for Barry Goldwater, my first presidential vote. He was the last candidate to offer an alternative to government tyranny. Until now I believed that it would take an armed revolution to restore our freedoms. This is the first time I have ever contributed money to a political candidate. I plan to contibute the maximum to Ron Paul over the next few months. Ron’s message is one of hope and freedom that will result in peace and prosperity for all of our citizens. It demands we take personal respondibility for our lives. This election can initiate real change. Any other candidate will be business as usual. We all need to make whatever sacrifices we can to insure that Ron Paul is our next president.

  • Jim Rudolph (author) said:

    His Meet the Press appearance was great, as it shows the amount of work we have to do if things are ever going to get fixed in this country. A radical change is what we need, and Mr Paul is the only candidate even in the universe of close as far as what it is going to take. What a breath of fresh air!

  • One Tuza (author) said:

    Wake up America! Educate yourself! If you want to know why Ron Paul wants to get rid of the Federal Reserve and the IRS, visit http://www.freedomtofascism.com and check out Aaron Russo’s documentary, “America, From Freedom To Fascism” Bulk order it for $1.25 each and send it to your non-computer literate baby boomer friends, heck, all of your friends and relatives!

    WE THE PEOPLE need to take back our Republic!

    (BTW, I’m 62 years old)

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