Ron Paul and The Battle for Our Constitutional Republic
Debbie Lewis, DebLewis87@gmail.com
"The constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government." - Patrick Henry
Our Presidential Election Cycle is in full swing and Super Tuesday is just around the corner. Watching the past few state elections, it appears our general population is missing some vital information...an in depth understanding of our constitutional republic and founding documents. In general, We-the-People have allowed our government to over-run us, in part, because it gives us some sense of security, whether it be from foreign enemies, "terrorists," or whether it be financial, as in welfare and social security. We have forgotten that we have the ultimate power.
The new documentary, The Ron Paul Uprising, focuses on the character and constitutionality, among other things, of some of the presidential hopefuls for 2012. While President Obama claims to be a Constitutional Expert, he has acted in a manor that shows he does, indeed, understands it, an understanding used to subvert it on a scale far worse than his predecessors. The film contains many gems of knowledge about what the role of our president and government should be. Ron Paul clearly defines his congressional authority as The Constitution.
"I look to Article 1 Section 8 and look for my authority, and if it's not there, I don't do it." Ron Paul
Those who say they don't understand Paul's foreign policy don't understand our own history. In the beginning, this country was not a nation bent on expansion and war-mongering. It was a nation for the exploration of individual freedom. Our founders did not want to get involved in over-seas battles. Don't Tread On Me, an expose on the Constitutional limits of our government, reminds us that our founding generation was very apprehensive about standing armies, because, in their experience, these armies could be used as tools for governmental tyranny and oppression.
Non-interventionism is nothing new. In fact, this nation took the road of non-interventionism, right up to World War II, when, through the manipulation of the Japanese government through the McCollum Memo, the Japanese attacked our country, which led to the demand that we enter the war. Paul says we should trade with other nations and be friendly, but not involved ourselves in their business. THAT is not isolationism. That is common sense.
While the media and many in the political parties want to paint Paul as an "isolationist," they miss the whole point. The proof of what Paul feels is our government's empire-building and the essence of his foreign policy can be summed up in one of the many clips contained in the new Paul documentary. He simply asks, "Why are we in Korea? We've been there since I've been in high school. Why are we in Japan? We've been there since World War II. Why are we in Germany subsidizing their welfare state by paying for their defense by staying in Germany? And why are we in five wars in the Middle East?"
This country was not founded to be imperialist or oppressive. This country was founded to be a free haven for people who knew oppression and sought to escape it and make their own way (without it - ed.). Sure, there have been mistakes along the way, but our Constitution is not one of them. As Henry says, our Constitution was drafted to limit our government. Both Constitution-promoting films, Don't Tread On Me and Blood of Patriots, speak of a country with a limited central government, where the individual is at liberty to make his/her own choices, free from government intervention, a notion Paul espouses. None of the other candidates seem to understand this. Isn't it time we return our nation to its purpose...Freedom and liberty for all?
For more information about the films mentioned, the constitutional values, intent of our founding generation, and Ron Paul as the presidential candidate for our time, please visit http://ronpauluprising.com/.
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