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Dr. Ron Paul's own Words on the Batman Premiere Massacre in Aurora, CO: Security and Self-Governance

Security and Self-Governance

The senseless and horrific killings last week at a movie theater in Colorado reminded Americans that life is fragile and beautiful, and we should not take family, friends, and loved ones for granted. Our prayers go out to the injured victims and the families of those killed. As a nation we should use this terrible event to come together with the resolve to create a society that better values life.

We should also face the sober reality that government cannot protect us from all possible harm. No matter how many laws we pass, no matter how many police or federal agents we put on the streets, no matter how routinely we monitor internet communications, a determined individual or group can still cause great harm. We as individuals are responsible for our safety and the safety of our families.

Furthermore, it is the role of civil society rather than government to build a culture of responsible, peaceful, productive individuals. Government cannot mandate morality or instill hope in troubled individuals. External controls on our behavior imposed by government through laws, police, and jails usually apply only after a terrible crime has occurred.

Internal self governance, by contrast, is a much more powerful regulator of human behavior than any law. This self-governance must be developed from birth, first by parents but later also through the positive influence of relatives and adult role models. Beyond childhood, character development can occur through religious, civic, and social institutions. Ultimately, self-governance cannot be developed without an underlying foundation of morality.

Government, however, is not a moral actor. The state should protect our rights, but it cannot develop our character. Whenever terrible crimes occur, many Americans understandably demand that government “do something” to prevent similar crimes in the future. But this reflexive impulse almost always leads to bad laws and the loss of liberty.

Do we really want to live in a world of police checkpoints, surveillance cameras, and metal detectors? Do we really believe government can provide total security? Do we want to involuntarily commit every disaffected, disturbed, or alienated person who fantasizes about violence? 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. 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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Yep, it's a good read

Sort of wonder how many have sent this to people on their email list.

Also sent to local weekly newspaper. They just might use this story.

fearless brave joyful peaceful loving grateful, compassionate

worth a read for some lightweights hanging around dp lately

to push johnson, i suppose.

yup, definitely worth a read,

every word of it!

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

if honesty and words of widsom were a sellable hard commodity,

Doctor Ronald Ernest Paul would be a TRILLIONAIRE!

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

I don't think I would EVER get tired of quoting the Doc's words

of wisdom:

"Freedom is not defined by safety. Freedom is defined by the ability of citizens to live without government interference." - a perfect summation, of everything!

"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."

AMEN!

"Liberty has meaning only if we still believe in it when terrible things happen and a false government security blanket beckons."

Love how everything he writes is short, succinct, and ever blunt, yet poignant.

Can we please have him in the WH, already??

geesh, that too much to demand? .o)

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

"Government, however, is not a moral actor."

- the central tenet of everything, and an understatement, to say the least.

Imagine having President Paul, vs. oBUSHma after the massacre.

You'd never hear a peep on political expediency, of turning a human tragedy as an excuse to increase the police state.

NEVER!!!

just imagine, the difference where NO ONE would question whether the President would have the moral high ground to whole-heartedly chastise the murderer, and not be questioned on his own drone murders abroad, and soon to be at home, because such insanity won't exist with his presidency.

Just imagine, a world without American forces involved in wars for MIC bankster profiteers.

A world full of peace, with AmericaNS leading a life of virtue, worthy of emulation, worldwide.

just imagine...

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

I Can Imagine

.....thanks.

fonta

PRESIDENT Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul!!!

Now, more needed than ever!!!

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul