Congressman Ron Paul correctly writes “Tyrants from Hitler to Mao to Stalin have sought to disarm their own citizens, for the simple reason that unarmed people are easier to control.” Paul rightly concludes that, “Only armed citizens can ultimately resist tyrannical government.”
President Obama has appointed two Supreme Court justices, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, with whose support of the second amendment I am uncomfortable. They join wildly out of touch and scary justice Breyer on the bench.
Ron Paul is the only current candidate for president in 2012 who offers a platform of Federal Republic thinking, including a strict interpretation of the constitution and powerful support of the second amendment. Read the excellent summation from The New Yorker of the Federal Republic thinking of Dr.Paul.
The New Yorker lays out Dr. Paul’s long support for states’ rights and constitutional government in an article titled “Party Crasher” by Kelefa Sanneh. Sanneh notes that Paul was the godfather of the Tea Party, but that the movement has drifted away from Paul and become subsumed by the Republican Party apparatus.
For his part, Paul has remained true to his small government message, calling for the dissolution of the Departments of Education, Energy, Commerce, Housing and Urban Development, and Interior. Sanneh also points out Paul’s consistent support of a strong dollar since Nixon’s decision in 1971to take the dollar off the gold standard for good. Perhaps the most poignant passage in Sanneh’s article is his comparison of Paul to his colleagues in the House of Representatives. Sanneh writes:
Unlike many of his Republican colleagues in the House, Paul cares more about cutting spending than about cutting taxes, because he knows that tax cuts don’t necessarily make government smaller—sometimes they just make the deficit bigger.
Spending cuts are direct reductions in the power of the federal government. A proper federal republic can only be achieved with a constitutionally sized federal government, and strong sovereign states. Read more about Congressman Ron Paul in Kelefa Sanneh’s, Party Crasher.
P.S. Check out “Why Ron Paul Matters” from my friend Ed Crane, cofounder and CEO of the Cato Institute.