We do not live in a truly free country. In a free country, there would be a free market, not government regulation of business; parents could educate their children as they saw fit instead of sending them to a failing public school system; privacy would not be invaded by atrocities like the Patriot Act; taxation would not exist because every person would be in control of the money he earned; the military would strictly be used for national defense because foreign alliances would not be tolerated; social issues like gay marriage and abortion would not exist because individual rights would reign supreme; immigrants would receive no handouts and would either sink or swim like all other citizens. None of these are true in the United States. I cannot understand how our society so willingly relinquishes freedom in exchange for a false sense of security. Thomas Jefferson said, "When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty." I stand for liberty.
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“The problem with American conservatism is that it hates the left more than the state, loves the past more than liberty, feels a greater attachment to nationalism than to the idea of self-determination, believes brute force is the answer to all social problems, and thinks it is better to impose truth rather than risk losing one soul to heresy. It has never understood the idea of freedom as a self-ordering principle of society. It has never seen the state as the enemy of what conservatives purport to favor. It has always looked to presidential power as the saving grace of what is right and true about America.”
The Republican Party is desperately seeking a candidate who can unseat Barack Obama.
What qualifications would the ideal candidate have? How about these?
1. He should bring to mind popular past Republican presidents and leaders, to prove his authenticity and excite the Republican base.
2. At the same time, he should be able to win the support of a large number of Independents and disaffected Democrats.
3. He must provide a sharp and positive contrast to Obama. The country is souring on Obama – polls show him at all-time lows. Obama’s youth, once appealing to voters as freshness, is now looking more and more like inexperience and uncertainty. A mature GOP candidate, with successful experience inside and outside of politics, would provide a sharp and appealing contrast.
4. He must have a solid record of foresight on the economy. As in past elections, the phrase “It’s the economy, stupid” may decide the election.
5. His message should excite and motivate the increasing number of voters looking for a limited government, pro-Constitution candidate.
6. Above all, of course, the candidate must have a genuine shot at beating Barack Obama.
“I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races, that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race.”
“In the long run, the only way racism can be overcome is through the philosophy of individualism, which I have promoted throughout my life. Our rights come to us not because we belong to some group, but our rights come to us as individuals. And it is as individuals that we should judge one another. Racism is a particularly odious form of collectivism whereby individuals are treated not on their merits but on the basis of group identity. Nothing in my political philosophy, which is the exact opposite of the racial totalitarianism of the twentieth century, gives aid or comfort to such thinking. To the contrary, my philosophy of individualism is the most radical intellectual challenge to racism ever posed.”
What does Rep. Ron Paul have to do to be taken seriously? The libertarian Texan placed a solid third in Gallup’s new poll of Republican presidential hopefuls, trailing Rick Perry and Mitt Romney, but handily beating media magnets Michele Bachmann and Jon Huntsman. Paul also ranked a close second in Iowa’s much-covered Ames Straw Poll earlier this month, and followed that up by raising a hefty $1.8 million in a 24-hour “money bomb” last weekend. Is it time to start treating Paul like a top-tier presidential candidate?