I was exited to see Ron Paul tonight at Duke University. There was a sold out crowd of 600 in attendance. They spanned all ages and races. The message of freedom and the thirst for liberty truly is universal. Dr. Paul laid out very plainly what a Constitutional Federal Government would and should look like. We are so far from having one today! Foreign Policy would be reasonable, we would not the policemen of the world, we would not prop up dictators, we would not start wars. Economic Policy would be one where the market determines interest rates and the value of the currency. There would be a limited federal government. Organizations such as the Dept. of Education and the FDA would not be in place (since they aren’t Constitutional). There would be no income tax. In fact, the 1 Trillion dollars a year we spend on our foreign policy would shrink. The savings from that alone would more than replace the revenue form the income tax.
The Constitution does not give us any rights. Our Founders understood that our rights come from our Creator. The Constitution limits the role of the federal government by allowing men and women to live in a free society. It was a bold and risky move by those men and women a couple of centuries ago. This type of government would be a radical shift from the status quo.
If you are interested in learning more about Ron Paul’s message of freedom and liberty, get a copy of his latest book, The Revolution: A Manifesto.
Some memorable quotes…”The government does not regulate what we put into our brains or our souls…why should it regulate what we put into our stomachs?”
“With freedom comes much responsibility”
“If a Federal Politician makes a mistake, it hurts the whole country, if a state politician makes a mistake, it hurts the whole state, if a local politican makes a mistake, it hurts the county, if you make a mistake it hurts you. The closer government is to home, the safer we all are.”
“A worker should be able to keep all of the fruits of his labor.”
There was also a book signing afterward. They did not have time to allow each person to pose with Dr. Paul, so I got a shot of someone else getting their book signed. I did tell the good Dr. that I was a Pastor and after teaching on the Just War Theory, I realized that we haven’t been following that. He shared with me that he is troubled by so many Evangelicals who say that our current war is “God’s Will” I have to agree with him.