I will be the first to tell you that up until a few weeks ago I was on the Ron Paul is out of touch bandwagon. As a matter of fact Right Hand Man and I got into a bit of a disagreement about Ron Paul’s belief that we should pull back in the world and stop interfering in the affairs of other nations. I argued that we live in a much different world than the founders and that we did have a responsibility to lead. I was sticking with this argument until it hit me; the world was a very dangerous place during the time of the founders. There were empires that desired to dominate the world and impose their will upon other nations. There were pirates that forced nations to pay protection money so that their ships were not attacked. There were major economic powers and alliances. The world was indeed a dangerous place and somehow our founders managed to keep America out of wars. They realized the dangers of war and the economic drain it placed on a nation. They understood that during war the power of the executive branch would naturally increase over time just as it did in the Roman Republic. They believed that foreign aid led to entangling alliances and wanted none of it. Thomas Jefferson stated; “Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations — entangling alliances with none.” So if it was good enough for the founders why isn’t it good enough for us? Why do many conservative embrace the opposite? Has the world really changed that much? Has humanity changed that much? So when Congressman Paul said we should back off and bring our troops home, he was more in line with what the founders believed than what the establishment currently embraces. And because so many in the establishment believe this is an antiquated concept the pile-on began.
The Second pile-on of Ron Paul came a few days ago on Fox News Sunday when he said, “FEMA has been around since 1978, it has one of the worst reputations for a bureaucracy ever. It’s a system of bureaucratic central economic planning, which is a policy that is deeply flawed.“ Can anyone really argue with that line of reasoning? Was Hurricane Katrina a FEMA success story? How many billions of dollars were wasted? How responsive were they to the needs of the people of New Orleans? Perhaps by helping the people of New Orleans, they slowed the recovery process by creating an environment of dependency. Ron Paul went on to say, “We’ve conditioned our people that FEMA will take care of us and everything will be okay, but you try to make these programs work the best you can, but you can’t just keep saying, ‘Oh, they need money,’ … Well, we’re out of money, this country is bankrupt.“ Does anyone disagree with this statement? Does this statement sound radical or is it the simple truth we don’t want to face? The truth is FEMA gives people a false sense of security. People in a crisis are more responsive to the needs of the community when they are forced to think outside of the box. Organizations like FEMA create dependency. They throw some scraps at the people, set up a few trailers, and tell people everything will be ok because the government is here to help. In the end people lose their sense of self-worth and yield to their government masters for guidance. It’s the easy way out. The only problem is we sacrifice our liberties whenever we surrender our ability to stand on our own. This is what Ron Paul is trying to tell us. We need to stand on our own two feet. We will be better for it. We will be stronger for it. And yet these statements have been criticized by the establishment much like the loyalist criticized the patriots who dared to suggest we could govern ourselves. And like the sheeple so many tend to be they fall in line with the establishment’s view and shout Ron Paul is out of touch.
Ron Paul is out of touch in the view of many not because what he’s saying is wrong. Ron Paul is out of touch because we’re out of touch with the founders. We have been conditioned to accept dependency as the norm and have forgotten the principles of liberty our founders fought for. When someone like Ron Paul comes along and reminds us that liberty an unalienable right we’re born with, we tremble in fear at the notion of being so free. It’s easier to ridicule him than face our fears.
Liberty forever, freedom for all!