Just Come Home
That was the response of Dr. Ron Paul when he was asked at Sundayâ€™s presidential debate in Iowa as to what his strategy would be for ending the war in Iraq. Simple, to the point and correct. Just like Dr. Paulâ€™s strategies on so many more of the important issues of the day. While the rest of the candidates go out of their way to find complex solutions to our nationâ€™s problems, Dr. Paul looks for solutions which go to the fundamental basis of the American way of life, the United States Constitution. In fact, they are solutions that go to the basis of common sense. When you are doing something that is causing you more harm than good, stop what you are doing. It really does not take a brain surgeon, or a flight surgeon for that matter, to figure that out. As has been shown throughout history, the more complex that a supposed solution to a problem is, the more likely it is that the solution will result in unintended consequences which are worse than the original problem.
But I see another meaning to the phrase â€œjust come homeâ€.
We need as a nation to â€œjust come homeâ€ to our traditional values. The values that some like to call conservative but others like to call liberal.
Ronald Reagan, the great hero of so many who call themselves conservative today, credited such classical liberal thinkers as Ludwig von Mises and Freidrich Hayek as great influences on his political philosophy. When Reagan remarked that he didnâ€™t leave the Democratic Party, the Democratic Party left him, he meant that the party had left behind classical or laissez faire liberalism and moved to the interventionist liberalism of Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Roosevelt.
In my mind interventionist liberalism is an oxymoron. After all, how can interventionist liberalism be based in liberty at all if you are trying to impose your ideas on others by means of coercion? And it is this interventionist liberalism that is the basis of what is now called neo-conservatism. Whether it is intervening abroad to force a type of government on another sovereign nation or intervening at home to force moral values on a segment of the population, this type of behavior is not based in liberty and freedom. It is certainly more akin to fascism or communism, both types of totalitarianism. Many good Americans have been fooled into thinking that neo-conservatism is just a â€˜new conservatismâ€™. They think it has its roots in traditional American values of freedom when that is clearly not the case.
But in an age of soundbites, scare tactics and mass media manipulation many people have been frightened into wanting to trade their liberties for what they believe to be security. So it is up to those who have not surrendered to fear to convince these people to â€œjust come homeâ€. To come home to the traditional conservative values that grew out of classical liberalism, that grew out of liberty. Values that include respect for civil liberties and personal responsibility at home and minding our own business aboard.
Today we have a presidential candidate who has consistently championed these values throughout his political career in Dr. Ron Paul. Let us stand beside Dr. Paul and convince our fellow Americans that it is time to â€œjust come homeâ€.