Hopes for the Future

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the election behind us, our country turns hopeful eyes to the future.
I have a few hopes of my own.

I congratulate
our first African-American president-elect. Martin Luther King,
Jr. certainly would be proud to see this day. We are stronger for
embracing diversity, and I am hopeful that we can continue working
through the tensions and wrongs of the past and become a more just
and colorblind society. I hope this new administration will help
bring us together, and not further divide us. I have always found
that freedom is the best way to break down barriers. A free society
emphasizes the importance of individuals, and not because they are
part of a certain group. That’s the only way equal justice
can be achieved.

We will face
more tough economic problems during this new administration. In
fact, the worst is yet to come. A vast amount of problematic mortgages
have not begun to reset their variable interest rates and go into
default. We already have unprecedented deficits, spending is out
of control, and more big industries are coming to government with
their hands out. My hope is that this administration will handle
this economic crisis better than the interventionists and big government
spenders of the 1930’s, the bureaucrats that prolonged the
Depression. I hope that new government programs and spiderwebs of
red tape do not pop up to interfere with American productivity,
and that we can quickly get our financial footing again. We have
to understand that an economic correction needs to take place and
the only way out of the coming recession is to go through it. Efforts
to avoid it can only prolong it. I hope we can somehow find our
way back to sound money and reject corporate cronyism.

We cannot address
our budget problems at home without changing our disastrous foreign
policy abroad. I am hopeful that the new administration can take
on the mantle of peace and diplomacy in foreign policy that many
Americans feel they were promised. Many other nations also have
this hope, which exudes from their congratulatory sentiments offered
after the election. They hope that national sovereignty will be
respected. They hope that through diplomacy violence and war can
be averted. I hope so too. One thing is unquestionable: our aggressive
foreign policy of the past has been costly, in blood and in treasure.
Our treasure is running out, and fewer volunteers are stepping up
to enable that foreign policy. So for these reasons, if we are to
continue to have an all-volunteer military, and see prosperity again
in the future, I have every reason to hope our foreign policy will
change. In order for it to remain the same, mandatory military service
would have to return, as well as accelerated theft through debt
and inflation to pay for it. I have a hard time imagining popular
support for these policies, simply for the sake of war and conquest,
when we clearly want peace.

I have many
hopes for the future in this time of transition. But I have seen
this country face many forks in the road, and sadly take the wrong
one too many times. We have heard a lot of talk, and it remains
to be seen what actions and specific policies that talk will translate
into. So while I may be hopeful, I remain deeply concerned about
our future.

the Ron Paul File

11, 2008

Dr. Ron
Paul is a Republican member of Congress from Texas.

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