What We All Believe InSubmitted by Molusk on Mon, 01/06/2014 - 21:23
Since the end of the campaign and Ron Paul's exit from politics, it has become apparent that there are many things that we who supported him disagree on. Without Ron Paul center stage to galvanize us and turn our focus outward, to achieve the goals we all share in common, it has been easy and tempting to focus on our differences.
Our focus has become so inverted that we spend at least as much time honing and sharpening our disagreements as we do in unified efforts to shape the outside dialog in the direction we want. The worm of dissolution has burrowed in, and gnawed indeed, almost to the point that we overlook and forget the fundamentals we agree upon.
However few in number, they are powerful and central to how we relate to the outside world and engage with society.
We all agree on the primacy of the constitution as the law of the land, and the bill of rights as the spirit of that law, higher than all regulations, statutes, rulings, Acts, signing statements, executive orders, or pronouncements from on high of the cultural commissars in government, media and academia. They may be the high priests of our present political order, but we are the John Wycliffe's and Guy Fawkes' waging guerrilla warfare under their noses.
We all agree on the legitimacy of civil disobedience and non violent resistance to redress the deep moral and conscience grievances we have which cannot be immediately resolves through law or the vote.
We all agree on the sanctity of freedom of speech from legal abridgement, and we interpret this to mean the freedom to hold and express any and all beliefs without compromise, without legal obstruction, no matter the content, bar nothing.
We agree on the complete freedom of association, assembly, and voluntary interaction with others in every capacity. Economically, politically, socially, contractually.
We agree on the the principle that the conscience of the individual to form and follow beliefs is paramount, and trumps any social agenda, political agenda, or attempt to "form men's minds" in any direction whatsoever with the apparatus of state control, public education and propaganda, interference with the media, intimidation of intellectuals, political figures, churches, private organizations, media organs, blogs, published materials, books etc.
This extends to home schoolers and opt-outers of all stripes: the principle of secession holds all the way down to the smallest dissenting body, as long as it does not infringe on the rights of others or the internal legal ordering of other communities.
We believe that the state should have no role whatsoever, even marginally, in trying to shape the direction of thought and belief in the citizens, but that this is reserved to the private, civic society and its free institutions, acting in pursuit of their happiness and freely following their consciences.
We believe in the full freedom of the internet as an inseparable part of the constitutional freedom of speech and the press and assembly, not subject to any control or legal abridgement, or snooping, tracking, and record keeping, and we extend the principle to all future possible technical iterations of media and speech, no matter what they may be, under that constitutional protection.
We believe the right of privacy as outlined in the constitution is binding on all law and holds regardless of the circumstances, whether war, hysteria, bird flu, Zombie apocalypse, global warming, divine retribution, or an invasion of Nazis from space. We will deal with those problems when we come to them, as free adults, through the constitutional and legal channels we received from our forebears, and which are the law. The letter of the law is clear, the spirit even clearer, and the words mean that no person, property, paper, effect, is to be violated except with the due process of law.
We oppose all torture, regardless of the circumstances, without exception.
We believe that war is always the last resort and should be resorted to only rarely, when there is an immediate threat to the liberty of our own citizens by a clearly defined enemy, and subject to all the constitutional requirements of declaration and definition. Many of us would go further and place a higher restriction on the ability to wage war, even if we need pass an amendment.
We oppose the practice of killing or harming of civilians even in a justly fought and legally declared war, and hold to the traditional rules of respect for the person and property of noncombatants, and do not make exceptions in the case of "terrorists."
We oppose all indefinite detention of Americans or non Americans, unless convicted of an actual crime through the normal criminal courts, with full constitutional rights to the detained.
Military combat, with or without uniforms, does not constitute a crime, and captured combatants should not be treated as criminals but as prisoners of war, and released to their home country unless they belong to the opposing force in a legally declared war with a specific state and with a definite END and goal that anyone can understand without interpreters.
We oppose all state espionage on American citizens of any kind, except within the strictures of legally court ordered wiretapping and subject to public oversight and Freedom of Information Act.
We call for the public discussion, repeal and replacement of all post Second World War acts concerning war, police actions, and state espionage internally and abroad, along with a public oversight and opening of all the internal records and books of all intelligence agencies, both both official snoops and black ops spooks.
We believe in subjecting the Federal Reserve and Treasury Department to complete transparency, without delay, including full external audits under the oversight of Congress and by a delegated third party, including all internal records and minutes of any kind; a full examination and investigation of their relationships with private financial institutions, a full review and public discussion of the appropriate role, if any, of the Fed over the monetary policy of the United States, its currency, banking industry, money supply, public debt market, and federal budget.
With due consideration of market stability and the necessity of a smooth transition, we believe in the reassertion of the legitimate public powers of Congress and the people over the financial and monetary actions of the government and any of its agencies, whether executive or "independent."
We believe philosophically in the preference and superiority of private and market solutions to the vast majority of problems and concerns that come before the bar of public consideration, including the provision of aid to the needy, here and abroad; of education, medicine, and the management and provision of most public services.
We believe in the preference and superiority of local and subsidiary bodies over centralized bureaucracies, federal initiatives, laws, regulations; the right of the smallest political body in making decisions of a mandatory nature, to best reflect the needs and wishes of the citizen; the principle of allowing a diversity of institutions and conditions to prevail throughout the country, within the bounds of constitutionality, and hold the principle of "vote with your feet" as the best, first resort for redressing and resolving disagreements, disputes and discord over particular local decisions on all issues.
I am surprised about how many things, both practical and philosophical, we genuinely all agree on, and could go on for many more, but I'll stop here for brevity's sake, although I'm afraid that train left the station a few paragraphs ago.