Author: Ron Paul
“And so every four years we are treated to the same tired, predictable routine: two candidates with few disagreements on fundamentals pretend that they represent dramatically different philosophies of government.”
“They typically have a laundry list of other military interventions they would support, none of which make any sense, would make our country any safer, or would do a thing to return our country to fiscal sanity. ”
“We should be proud and confident in our values but humble in how we treat nations who are figuring out how to chart their own course” ~ George W. Bush in a presidential debate against Al Gore.
“We have had troops in Korea for over five and a half decades. We have troops in Europe and Japan for about as long. how many years is enough?”
“Executive orders can have legitimate functions. Presidents can carry out their constitutional duties or direct their subordinates by executive order, for instance. But they can also be a source of temptation for ambitious presidents (am I being redundant?) since they can always try to get away with using them as a substitute for formal legislation that they know they cannot get to pass. He can thereby circumvent the normal, constitutional legislative process.”
“The Draft is a totalitarian institution that is based on the idea that the government owns you and can dispose of your life as it wishes.” ~ I had never thought of the draft like this.
“Young people are not raw material to be employed by the political class on behalf of whatever fashionable political, military, or social causes catches its fancy.”
“Once we lose our respect for the Constitution and begin interpreting it so that it happens to permit our pet programs, we have no right to be surprised when our political opponents come along with their own ideas for interpreting the Constitution loosely.”
Throughout this book, Paul points out the things that he sees wrong with our current government. I would like to hear his take on the current administration’s use of Executive orders. I do think that Paul would probably be ok with how the Trump Administrations has tried to clean house of regulations. Where I can see where regulations can be more costly and limit some industries. I think massive deregulation only works if companies hold up their end of the bargain. Companies have not been known for looking out for employees or consumers. They have also not been none for looking out for the environment.
“The income tax implies the same thing; the government owns you, and graciously allows you to keep whatever percentage of the fruits of your labor it chooses.”
“As I write, we are paying about $1.4 billion every day just for the interest on the national debt.” This book was written in 2008. I am sure it is so much more at this point.
I like Paul’s idea of pollution. “dumping garbage on your neighbor’s lawn is wrong. But pollution is really just another form of garbage. ”
This book was well thought out and seems that Paul has really studied history and really wants to make America a better more free place. I love the massive tie-ins with quotes from founding fathers to point out his ideas.
Words I wasn’t familiar with and may try to use:
Jingoism– nationalism in the form of aggressive foreign policy.
Soporific – tending to induce drowsiness or sleep.
Noninterventionist – a foreign policy that holds that political rulers should avoid alliances with other nations but still retain diplomacy and avoid all wars unless related to direct self-defense.
Hackneyed– lacking significance through having been overused; unoriginal and trite.
vis-à-vis – in relation to; with regard to.
Forswear – agree to give up or do without (something)
Sloganeering – employ or invent slogans
Supranational – having power or influence that transcends national boundaries or governments
autarkic – economic independence or self-sufficiency
obfuscation – the action of making something obscure, unclear, or unintelligible
contravention – an action that violates a law, treaty, or other ruling
bulwark – a defensive wall
solvency – the possession of assets in excess of liabilities; ability to pay one’s debts