What the World Could Expect From Dr. Ron Paul’s Non-Interventionist
cacophony of everyday events around world, people outside the United
States ought to cock an ear toward America States and listen closely
for the quiet but resonant voice of a Texas gentleman named Dr.
Ron Paul. Dr. Paul is a retired obstetrician, a 10 term Republican
congressman from the 14th district of Texas and a Republican candidate
in the 2008 race for the US presidency. And if you listen closely
to Dr. Paul, you will hear the only authentic American voice in
a field of nearly twenty presidential candidates from both parties.
It is, these
days, both trite and inaccurate to say that “America is a nation
of laws and not men.” Since 1945, for example, U.S. presidents routinely
have involved the United States in wars that Congress does not declare,
notwithstanding the U.S. Constitution’s clear mandate that only
Congress can declare war. For more than thirty years, successive
U.S. Congresses and presidents have refused to enforce border control
and immigration laws already on the books, thereby abetting the
deterioration of America’s social cohesion, social and educational
services, and national security. And for just as long, presidents,
congressman, and senators of both parties have ignored the interests
of everyday Americans to earn donations and retirement sinecures
– both, really, barely disguised bribes – from the U.S.-based military
industry, the multinational oil companies, and foreign lobbies flush
with money, such as those representing Israel and Saudi Arabia.
The foreign lobbies are particularly despicable because American
parents pay for U.S. politicians’ kowtowing for money to these foreign
entities with the lives of their soldier-children and their savings.
Sadly, therefore, it is a bad joke to say that America is today
a country of laws not men.
But that is
why Dr. Paul’s voice is important and, increasingly, is being listened
to by Americans. It also the reason that the slander machines of
the Democrat and Republican parties, U.S. military-related industries
and their financiers, and the foreign lobbies are working overtime
to discredit and ridicule Dr. Paul. These self-appointed elites
know that Dr. Paul’s voice is not only the authentic voice of Americans
and their historical experience, but also potentially the voice
of their doom, because impotence, shame, and drastically less war-profiteering
will be theirs if the rule-of-law endorsed by Mr. Paul is reestablished
in the United States.
Mr. Paul places
his faith in the Constitution of the United States and the legacy
left to Americans by their founding generation. The republican government
created by America’s revolutionary generation was meant to be the
agent of an expanding domain for freedom, liberty, prosperity, and
equal opportunity at home. It was never intended to
be the militarized installer of those attributes abroad. “Wherever
the standard of freedom and Independence has been or shall be unfurled,
there will her [the United States’] heart, her benedictions, and
her prayers be,” said Secretary of State John Quincy Adams, in 1821,
in words that Americans are today being reminded of by Dr. Paul.
But she does
not go abroad, in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher
to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and
vindicator only of her own. … She well knows that by once enlisting
under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of
foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power
of extrication, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual
avarice, envy and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp
the standard of freedom. The fundamental maxims of her policy
would insensibly change from liberty to force. … She might become
the dictatress of the world. She would no longer be the ruler
of her own spirit.
Dr. Paul speaks
in the tradition of Secretary Adams, and in plainer words he speaks
against – indeed, he damns – the bipartisan American governing class
which, since 1945, has “insensibly chang[ed] from liberty to force”
the spirit of the American nation and people. In his campaign, Dr.
Paul draws attention to the disasters in Iraq, Afghanistan, and
Pakistan that have resulted from U.S. interventionism, and from
the U.S. elite’s arrogant and foolish determination to be the “vindicator”
of avaricious and ambitious foreigners who conceal their lust for
arbitrary power behind the words of the American founders. He accuses
and rebukes the bipartisan U.S. elite for having involved America
in endless wars – especially religious wars – in which no genuine
U.S. interest is at stake, and for having brazenly reached into
the pockets of Americans and stolen their money to support and/or
protect states – Saudi Arabia, Israel, Egypt, etc. – that have drawn
America ever more deeply into wars that are none of our business
If you listen
to Mr. Paul you will hear a man devoted to his country’s welfare
and his countrymen; knowledgeable about and respectful of its history;
realistic about the increasingly barbaric world in which it exists;
and, most of all, fully aware of the fragility of America’s republican
experiment and its absolute dependence on the constant nurturing
provided by the rule of law. If elected, Mr. Paul would reshape
America in a direction that would be in America’s best interests.
- Going to
war would once again require a formal, constitutional declaration
by the U.S. Congress; the world would see America involved in
far fewer wars, and none started by the whim of a single man and
the foreign-influenced ideological clique around him. And when
war was declared, America’s foes would absorb an application of
U.S. military force that would both utterly destroy them and their
supporters, and serve as a warning to other miscreants bent on
doing America harm.
and U.S. borders would re-subjected to the rule of law, and America
would get the flow of immigrants it needs in an orderly manner
and based protecting national security and, only then, on the
needs of the country’s society and economy.
aid would be eliminated and defense spending better targeted to
real threats so as to end the tax-tyranny of a perennially spendthrift
federal government; reduce the amount of debt held by foreigners,
especially that held by regimes such as China and Saudi Arabia;
and encourage the reemergence of the traditional but long dormant
pay-as-you-go thriftiness of individual Americans and their families.
- Most important,
the world would see a massively reduced U.S. voice, presence,
involvement in events that have no conceivable impact on U.S.
national interest. Other nations would have to begin looking out
for themselves; they will have to amicably settle their religious,
ethnic, tribal, and territorial spats or fight each other to the
death – no U.S. cavalry will be riding to the rescue.
As you listen
to Dr. Paul, you will hear his opponents describe him as an evil
isolationist, but neither Dr. Paul nor America has ever been isolationist.
Indeed, the term “isolationist” is merely a deceptive slur that
America’s bipartisan elite hurls at those citizens who prefer not
to waste their wealth or children’s lives in other peoples’ wars.
Since its inception, the United States has been a trading nation
and a country fully involved in economic, scientific, educational,
and commercial affairs around the world. At its best, America has
been sturdily non-interventionist, recognizing both that it has
more than enough to do to expand liberty’s domain and the equality
of opportunity at home, and that non-essential foreign adventures
can only slow or even undo liberty and opportunity for Americans
an America led by the non-interventionist Dr. Paul, the world would
see a more confident and less aggressive nation; a nation more humble,
prosperous, and equitable; and a nation willing to let all other
nations and peoples work out their own destinies, peaceably or violently,
as they wish. America would get back to its own business and interests,
and the rest of the post-Cold War world’s nations would be left
alone to try, at long last, to grow into responsible adults.
Scheuer [send him mail] is
the author of Imperial
Hubris and Through Our Enemies' Eyes. He recently resigned
after 22 years at the CIA.
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