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Texas Straight Talk - True Liberty vs. Perfect Safety


by Ron Paul | Monday, 22 August 2011
Texas Straight Talk

Recent incidents of violence in Norway and London have made us understandably uncomfortable here at home, as many fear that a worsening economy will lead to violence and unrest in American cities. This is why Congress must view the economy as its first priority and a matter of national security: unless and until we get our fiscal house in order to foster economic growth, civil society will continue to deteriorate.

The fundamental lesson every American should learn from these incidents is that government cannot protect us. No matter how many laws we pass, no matter how many police or federal agents we put on the streets, a determined individual or group can still cause great harm. Both Norway and England have strict gun control laws, and London in particular has security cameras monitoring nearly all public areas. But laws and spy cameras are useless in the face of lawless mobs or sick mass killers. Only private individuals on the scene could have prevented or lessened these tragedies. And we should remember that theft, arson, and property damage were not the only criminal acts in London--innocent bystanders were assaulted and killed as well. In those instances deadly force used in self-defense would have been fully justified.

Perhaps the only good that can come from these terrible events is a reinforced understanding that we as individuals are responsible for our safety and the safety of our families. This means, frankly, that we must safely own and use firearms to deter or prevent criminal assaults on our homes and persons. It is absurd to think police or government agents can protect 310 million Americans around the clock.

Thanks to our media and many government officials, however, Americans have become conditioned to view the state as our protector and the solution to every problem. Whenever something terrible happens, especially when it becomes a prominent news story, people reflexively demand that government do something. This impulse almost always leads to bad laws, more debt, and the loss of liberty. It is completely at odds with the best American traditions of self-reliance and individual responsibility.

Do we really want to live in a world of police checkpoints, surveillance cameras, and metal detectors? Do we want to imprison every disturbed or alienated individual who fantasizes about violence? Do we really believe government can provide total security? Or can we accept that liberty is more important than the illusion of state-provided security?

Freedom is not defined by safety. Freedom is defined by the ability of citizens to live without government interference unless they use force or fraud against others. Government cannot create a world without risks, nor would we really wish to live in such a fictional place. Only a totalitarian society would even claim absolute safety as a worthy ideal, because it would require total state control over its citizens’ lives. Liberty has meaning only if we still believe in it when terrible things happen and a false government security blanket beckons.

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This is really one of his best straight talks ever.

I can not imagine anything more American than this. Thanks for articulating it so well Dr. Paul.


The trust spectrum

Trust first yourself, then family, then friends, then community. After that, youre pretty much relying on strangers.

Neocons = "Fraidy Cats"

Let's face it.
Neocons are afraid of everything.

For all their macho bravado about how the US needs to dominate the world so it's safe for "democracy", they are just little scared pups with their tails between their legs.
That's why they are always caterwauling, "Daddy Gov't! Please save us from the mean nasty boogeyman! Hide me under the bed! Make me get strip-searched at airports! Take away all my rights! Just get that Emanuel Goldstein, Puhleeze!"

They are frikkin' cowards.
And they are statist cowards, who love the big gov't who they think can "protect them", and they are willing to do whatever "Big Daddy Gov't" says, so that they can "feel safe".

Neocons disgust me.
They are the antithesis of real Americans who rely on themselves to keep themselves safe and manage their own lives.
No, the neocons want to give up freedoms, and also force any real Americans who might still exist, to give up their freedoms,so these filthy neocons can "feel safe" from their imaginary boogeymen.
They are sickening in their cowardly incompetence.

Some of the comments

on the original story are bizarre. One guy says "the Lord said America is such and such and Dr. Paul is not a Christian...?" Where do people get like that?

"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is argument of tyrants. It is the creed of slaves." William Pitt in the House of Commons November 18, 1783
"I know major allies who fund them" Gen. Dempsey referring to ISIS

Shouldn't we follow the example of our government

and just steal what we want, like they did with Iraq's and Libya's oil.

I understand that Obama ran for President because he heard he would be Commander & Thief.

"Bend over and grab your ankles" should be etched in stone at the entrance to every government building and every government office.


I have never relied on police to protect my house because they would never get to it in time and I live in a city, I have a gun ready but secure and me and my wife both know how to use it and have a plan in the event of home invasion. It is best to protect yourself. Yet Another reason Ron Paul is The best candidate for president.

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This is awesome. That last paragraph is profound.

Beautiful . . .


Just another reason to bring

Just another reason to bring the National Guard troops home.

Question: Why is the National Guard being used to fight these wars? Where's the regular military?

The question is about why we are in these wars.

Of course we should already know the answer to that and its not good at all.

The short answer to your question of course is they are being used to avoid implementing the Draft which would result in massive unrest and protests against the war policy which is in fact UN/NATO policy.

If draft was

started, all wars that American is involved in would stop within twenty four hrs.The people wouldn't stand for it.

When We Had the Draft ...

... they could legally force people off the streets into their wars. Draft age men were taken to war without their consent and mostly against their will. They then have all the fodder they need for all the wars they want.

The military draft was one of the 3 pillars of the destruction of a free society advocated by Karl Marx, the other 2 being a progressive income tax and a central bank. Our intervention in WWI would not have been possible without the draft instituted in 1915. Without our intervention in WWI, the Versailles Treaty could not have been imposed and Hitler would not have been able to impose his tyranny. Though many volunteered for the military in WWII, which was declared after Pearl Harbor, the draft was instrumental in Korea and Vietnam, which were not declared.

This means the wars would not stop, and would likely increase. What we really need is that Congress flatten the President (Clinton, Bush, Obama, etc) with the Constitutional requirement that Congress and only Congress may declare war, and that no troops may be committed to foreign soil without such a declaration from Congress.

I am waiting for the people to not stand for it. We are waking people up, but we are not there yet.

When We Had the Draft ...

... they could legally force people off the streets into their wars. Draft age men were taken to war without their consent and mostly against their will.

This means the wars would not stop, and would likely increase.

I am waiting for the people to not stand for it. We are waking people up, but we are not there yet.

They can never force you to

They can never force you to fight against your will.

On my draft registration card, I wrote, "I opt for a prison sentence in lieu of conscription."

If you're willing to die or go to prison, they're left holding the bag haha!

Police are only minutes away

When every second counts, the police are only minutes away!

Best TST that I can remember hearing or reading.


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It is fantastic.


My talking points for this week

Thanks for posting!

Free includes debt-free!