Thursday, October 13, 2011

Liberty Defined: Empire

A mixture of thoughts and summary from Ron Paul's book Liberty Defined.

The American Empire is the enemy of our freedom.  Our military occupies 135 countries.  We're as pervasive as the British Empire at its zenith, only instead of colonies, we occupy the world militarily.

We support the dictators of Arabia, Egypt, and other countries, Saddam Hussein was our ally at one point.  We supported him for a decade with their war against Iran.  He came to us and made sure it was OK for him to invade Kuwait, and we said, "Sure!" (What a perfect opportunity to turn our back on him, label him a tyrant, and begin our infiltration into the Middle East!)

We claim we're fighting a war on terror, a state-less war, an ideological war, yet a war that we insist fighting with bombs and guns, killing thousands of innocent people who just want to live their lives in peace.  In a year, our country has suffered as few as 14 deaths as a result from terrorist activities, yet thousands upon thousands are victims of homicide or car accidents and we don't spend near the effort to prevent those.  Some of the main reasons for terrorist threats are a direct result of us invading other countries and killing their citizens.

All this is horrifically placed under the guise of spreading Democracy.  Do we really spread peace and democracy with a military?  A democracy is nothing but mob rule, or rule of the majority.  Our country was created as a republic to limit this weakness of democracy.

As long as we continue to interfere in others lives by throwing elections, staging military coups, invading countries, and killing innocent people, we are an American Empire, one whose fall is not far distant at the pace we're going.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Liberty Defined: Discrimination

I've been listening to Ron Paul's book, Liberty Defined, to get a better idea of his position on certain issues.  I am amazed at how much I'm learning as well as understanding better certain political issues.  I'll try to mention some of the topics that particularly stand out to me.

I've never really thought much about Discrimination.  I've always disagreed with colleges limiting acceptance to a certain percentage of individuals in each race category, or reserving a percentage for minorities.  Dr. Paul goes much further by saying that affirmative action laws are unconstitutional.  The government does not have the authority to force us to integrate!

This idea was a bit unnerving at first, but eventually made a lot of sense.  Have affirmative action laws (or any laws forcing us to integrate) made us want to integrate any more?  Do people naturally want to mix and mingle, or do we prefer associating with people who are more like us (racially, intellectually, religiously, etc.)?  Should the government have any right to regulate our social interactions?  They do have a right to make sure people are free to choose, but that doesn't mean they have a right to participate (a right in the sense that government can force someone to accept them).

Maybe minorities think that if they aren't given these "rights" they will get lost by the wayside and the majority (ethnically) will get all the benefits.  As long as programs, institutions, religions, etc. aren't prohibiting attendance based on religion, there should be no problem.  Life isn't meant to be fair, we're all given opportunities to excel in our circle on influence.  We have to think on the level of, "Should I give the government any power to regulate or change my social interactions?"

I'm sure I'm not touching on all the points that were brought up, but I hope you get the gist.  Check out the book if you'd like to learn more, I highly recommend it, only being through the first quarter of it.