'Honey… It’s President Ron Paul – and It’s For You!'
by William H. Huff
by William H. Huff
It’s January 21, 2009. Your phone rings. Your significant spouse
of the opposite sex gets the call and tells you President Ron Paul
is on the phone, and he wants to speak with You.
After the pleasant
greeting you would expect from the victorious candidate you supported
from the moment you knew of his campaign, he drops the bomb: He
wants you to perform the duties of X in his new administration.
He expects a Major Exodus from Washington and he is looking for
qualified people to fill the few positions that will remain; those
very few that are authorized by the Constitution.
has begun. Many "non-essential
government workers" are already headed for early retirement,
rehabilitation, or Club Fed. Illegal
aliens are flooding across the border like Lemmings
– and in the right direction.
You are to
become the new Czar of De-Czaring the US Government. But
President Ron Paul could never have a "Czar"
in his administration. Therefore one of your first jobs is to come
up with a name for your position that comports with Constitutionally
briskly around the DC Beltway now. What with all the lobbyists having
left town weeks ago there is less "Suspicious
Activity" to report. Real estate prices in the surrounding
communities are beginning to decline to match the rest of the country.
It’s now possible to get an English speaking cab driver.
is changing – and you are to be charged with the responsibility
of paring the government down to its lawful size. Most foreign embassies
are scaling back as well, as foreign aid is set to be cut off completely,
forever – to be replaced by the blessings of unhampered robust
international commerce. The Seat of Government is beginning to look
like an American place.
As our government
grew and grew over time – it evolved into a Behemoth
– or perhaps a Chimera.
Now it will be returned to its lawful size and place [read
"jurisdiction"]. As Jefferson
said, "In questions of power then, let no more be heard of confidence
in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution."
Let the Binding
admonition for revolution every twenty years was not naïve
– and it was not conservative. It may be that we have become so
desensitized to the essence of liberty that we won’t easily recognize
the subtle ways in which sedition plants its first seeds. That’s
why I am writing this article. We all have one year to get up to
speed – to learn how to think American again – to remember
something most of us were never taught – and certainly not by example.
What will ultimately
be left for the government to do? Now you must discern –
and you must be able to articulate it to others. How well
are you prepared? This is a question we should all contemplate every
day as we approach the inception of the Ron Paul Administration.
How do we get
back to the beginning? Where is the beginning? What do we want from
government? What do we expect? What are we willing to give up? What
will we all gain?
The only lawful
function of government is the protection of life and property. This
is the starting point and the ending point. Whenever government
does more than protect life and property it exceeds its lawful purpose.
We must all
comprehend the seminal essence of tyranny – so we can spot it and
stamp it out whenever it raises its ugly head. And it will try to
return as soon as possible.
to property rights Bastiat had
this to say:
how is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See
if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives
it to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law
benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the
citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime.
this law without delay, for it is not only an evil itself, but
also it is a fertile source for further evils because it invites
reprisals. If such a law which may be an isolated case is
not abolished immediately, it will spread, multiply, and develop
into a system.
who profits from this law will complain bitterly, defending his
acquired rights. He will claim that the state is obligated to
protect and encourage his particular industry; that this procedure
enriches the state because the protected industry is thus able
to spend more and to pay higher wages to the poor workingmen.
Do not listen
to this sophistry by vested interests. The acceptance of these
arguments will build legal plunder into a whole system. In fact,
this has already occurred. The present-day delusion is an attempt
to enrich everyone at the expense of everyone else; to make plunder
universal under the pretense of organizing it."
to Bastiat, and consistent with the principles of our Founding Fathers
and the Framers of the Constitution, whenever "government"
does something that would be a crime if it were done to an individual,
by an individual, it is still a crime. This is not a difficult concept.
It has just been "educated" out of most of us.
With the elimination
of tyrannical laws at home and of hostile empire-building foreign
policy abroad the president will be free to focus on quality, not
quantity, when it comes to the few tasks that remain as authorized
by the Constitution.
Dr. Paul will not be the "Decider."
All the Decidin’ was already done by the Constitution and "all
laws made in pursuance thereof." The Supreme Law will suffice.
We will no longer need to be plagued by someone who relishes the
of the free world" [talk about an oxymoron!?]. The 9th
and 10th Amendments will be taken seriously and observed
with perfect faith. Just think how many well-informed patriots will
be watching Dr. No’s every move – not to mention a "handful"
of political enemies. [To comprehend the importance of the 9th
and 10th Amendments, and the rather narrow lawful jurisdiction
of the Federal Government according to original intent, read the
Resolutions of 1798/99.]
misapplications of law will have to be set aside as Dr. No continues
to obey the Oath he swore to the Constitution. Those Justices who
do not wish to take early retirement will be welcome to stay as
long as they rule according to law and uphold their Oath. There
should be no need to pack
the court. And the Administration will be poised to Veto anything
and everything Unconstitutional that may come across the President’s
desk from the Legislature. If the Congress has the "courage"
to override his Veto, President Ron can still direct the Justice
Department, and the entire Executive Branch, to disregard it as
Unconstitutional. In other words, we will have no expectation of
Ron Paul violating his oath any more than we needed to be anxious
about it in the past. Unlike Mr. Bush, Dr. Paul will never say,
[the Congress] make the laws, and I execute 'em." He might
say, Congress can override my Veto if they wish to embarrass themselves.
But I will not enforce an Unconstitutional law."
Now down to
business… You have one year to prepare for the job. But you say,
"Where are the Cliff
Notes?" What shall we use to reestablish the limits of
been many great statesmen in the history of our Republic who have
sacrificed and spent their fortunes to preserve the knowledge and
understanding that can return us to an American Golden Age. One
of them was Hamilton Abert Long, an attorney who left the practice
of law to save his country. A veteran of both World Wars, he died
before the turn of the last century without realizing the totality
of his goal. But I am sure he knew the value of his work, and that,
if his admonitions were followed, liberty would once again be the
rule and not the exception. In fact, I would recommend them to any
nation who wants to be truly free. The text is
Go there and
get to work. There will be no excuses – and we have no time to waste.
If you can find a better more compact compendium on Americanism
I would like to know about it. Long’s text is also excellent as
a refresher course from time to time, or as a tool to motivate and
It was originally
entitled "Your American Yardstick." But when he had it
reprinted for the American Bi-Centennial in 1976 he re-titled it
American Ideal of 1776: The Twelve Basic American Principles."
I have used
Ideal to save time when I get angry emails from folks who disagree
with me about anything to do with the rule of law or a proper application
of original American philosophy. In one recent incident I simply
asked the e-mailer to please read the book carefully and get back
to me if we still appear to disagree. You may enjoy using it to
help others up to American speed as I have for several years.
short essay "Government,"
Bastiat gives us a working definition that can help us maintain
our vigilance. He says, "Government is the great fiction through
which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else."
He was not speaking of Lawful Government – only of a principle motivation
for the abuse of governing authority. So we know to look for the
vested interest in legislation – follow
the money trail before you spend the money. And with
Gold and Silver our Lawful Money
it will once again be possible to tighten the purse strings. If
it’s Unconstitutional it doesn’t get funded.
For more guidance
get to know the Code
of Ethics for Government Service, a present set of laws [not
just ideals] already appears on posters throughout our halls of
government. The first time I read it I couldn’t believe they would
leave it on the walls in their workplaces. What if visitors read
it and started comparing it with government behavior? I eventually
realized their mindset must be caused by Bastiat’s principle above
combined with a sort of personal plausible deniability that can
exist in a highly compartmentalized and complex organization.
In my experience,
there are those within government service who will almost immediately
resign when confronted with the whole truth, and there are those
who are so double-minded that they can remain until retirement without
the slightest internal conflict. Many are between these two extremes
and occasionally frustrated as they consider that they may not be
able to go the distance to retirement without violating their consciences
by "just following orders."
So the Code
of Ethics guides a few, irritates a few, is disregarded by many
– and is despised by many. Most citizens are obviously unaware of
how consistently it is violated.
One more caveat:
We must learn to watch out for those dedicated government servants
who really believe they are "helping us" by controlling
us, and using our resources and force to build their vision of Utopia
without our consent. Perhaps C.S. Lewis said it best: "Of all
tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victim
may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber
barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s
cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated,
but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without
end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."
In his First
Inaugural Address, Ronald
Reagan chose to quote the great patriot Dr.
Joseph Warren. "Our country is in danger, but not to be despaired
of.... On you depend the fortunes of America. You are to decide
the important questions upon which rests the happiness and the liberty
of millions yet unborn. Act worthy of yourselves."
Are you ready
for the call? Am I?
Huff [send him mail] is a
Classical Libertarian and proprietor of LEXREX.com;
a former public school music teacher turned home schooling advocate;
a US Navy veteran, and host of WarIsARacket.com.
© 2008 William H. Huff