A Speech for Commander-in-Chief Ron PaulSubmitted by Prou_D P_aulite on Mon, 05/23/2011 - 23:23
A Speech for Commander in Chief Ron Paul
by Austin Brodfuhrer
"Our nation’s foreign policy is one that I must address, as it is indistinguishable from our economy. Decades of reckless interventionist policy and a crushing debt is forcing us to closely consider our foreign expenditures in terms of blood and money. If we have any hope of climbing out of this abyss, we must reign in our overextended military empire, or else face an inevitable collapse.
I assure you that this in no way implies a forfeiture of our safety. If the Constitutional purpose of a nation’s standing army is to defend its people, it is time we understand that bringing our army within the borders it is designed to protect is a fulfillment - not an abandonment - of those duties. There is no reason why the United States cannot retain its status as the greatest military force in history while simultaneously refusing to use that force unless absolutely and unequivocally necessary. There is no reason to believe that having a significant global presence must require spending hundreds of billions of dollars per year nation building and maintaining over 700 military bases on foreign soil. We must reject the premise of spreading democracy through the barrel of a gun. For what good is done in making the world safe for democracy, when doing so is not safe for the world?
All great empires eventually fall because of the financial strain of overextension. This day is quickly approaching our own. Reigning in our foreign expenditures, bringing our troops home to protect these borders, strengthening defensive missile systems, closing bases overseas while opening new bases here and ceasing our policy of expensive endless war, will not only improve our national security, but drastically improve our dire economic situation as well. The time for true change is quickly approaching. We can either do what is necessary gracefully and with an amount of control, or wait until there is no other option - much like the Soviets did - and be forced to do so shamefully with an amount of dangerous chaos.
It is often said that Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto stated: "I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve”, as the Japanese left Pearl Harbor in ruins on that infamous December day. How right he was.
But today, I say to my fellow Americans and the world over:
It is time for this great nation's giant to go back to sleep.
Our slumber will be peaceful and reserved. Filled with dreams of making better the world through means of honest friendship and trade. Dreams of changing hearts and minds through example and leadership, rather than through brute force and threats of violence. As president, it will be my duty and honor to try and make these American dreams a reality.
But there is a danger in this slumber that the world must be very aware of. Do not mistake this as weakness or as burying our heads and retreating into shadows...for the American giant always sleeps with one watchful eye open. If violently awoken from it's peaceful slumber, it will deal a blow of justice to it's enemy unlike anything seen before.
Therefore I strongly suggest that each nation and it’s people follow our lead in too, putting their giants to rest. Let this be the pivotal moment in history where differences are abandoned for the common dream of peace and honest friendship. Let this be the day, the hour, the minute...that the past will view in envy and the future will come to thank us for.”