Ron Paul: We Need To Reclaim The Legacy Of The Foundersby Doug Mataconis
I’ve been fairly hard on the Ron Paul campaign, or at least some of it’s stranger supporters, over the past several months, but when the Congressman is right, he’s right:
On the fourth day of July in 1776, a small group of men boldly told the most powerful nation on Earth they were free. They declared that all men are created equal and endowed with certain inalienable rights.
One then has to wonder how Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin would react to our current state of affairs.
We have lost sight of the simple premise that guided the actions of our founding fathers. That premise? The government that governs least is the government that governs best.
In our early history, it was understood that a free society embraced both civil liberties and economic liberties. But our government has significantly changed from one of limited power to one of pervasive intervention.
We can reclaim our heritage of freedom, but it will require commitment, work and a willingness to stand firm for our beliefs, refusing to compromise with those who would continue to push for more taxes, more spending and more government solutions.
Just as devotion to freedom and self-determination brought forth our great nation, a renewed adherence to those principles can move us to new heights.
What’s astonishing to me is that someone who says things like this only gets 7% support in the polls.
We can all come up with our own reasons for why this is the case, but perhaps the most distressing of all is the reality that, by and large, the American people have become used to an interventionist state and, in some cases, like it.