by Floy Lilley
is the best thing happening at the right time to the best of ordinary
Revolution: a Manifesto, I see so clearly the humble hero
that is Ron Paul. I see him living his values as few do. His embrace
of truth, his courage to speak that truth to power affect me deeply.
I see that he, himself, describes his own efforts as a peaceful
continuation of the American Revolution.
I may have
a better idea than even he does about just how accurate his portrayal
is of his continuing the Revolution.. I am volumes into a
history of the times and conditions of our American Revolution.
As I voice record Conceived
In Liberty by Murray N. Rothbard, certain episodes claim
the man Ron Paul as one of their own. See if you, too, don’t find
Ron Paul standing squarely on the colonialists side in his integrity
and shared view of freedom’s meaningfulness in ordinary lives.
Ron Paul sees
that man and state hold opposing goals. Murray Rothbard expressed
this vital difference:
I see history
as centrally a race and conflict between "social power"
– the productive consequence of voluntary interactions among men
– and state power. In those eras of history when liberty – social
power – has managed to race ahead of state power and control,
the country and even mankind have flourished. In those eras when
state power has managed to catch up with or surpass social power,
mankind suffers and declines. P. 10 Vol I, Preface
Ron Paul deeply
understands that the basis of behavior and social contracts and
law and economics must be respect for people’s values and choices.
He has made such respect the core of his beliefs. His way of respect
is the way of freedom, for self and others. He learned that when
we "respect one another as individuals with rights and goals
of our own, cooperation and goodwill suddenly become possible for
the first time."
From 1681 through
1690, Ron Paul would have stood beside Quakers in Pennsylvania as
pattern of peace and justice with the Indians [while they established]…a
virtually self-governing colony. P. 404406 Vol I, Chapter
felt, as Paul has felt, the same strong moral reasoning for opposing
government intrusion into their lives. Both have reasoned, as John
Locke had, that dissent and opposition sometimes become duties,
the legislators endeavor to take away and destroy the property
of the people, or to reduce them to slavery under arbitrary power,
they put themselves into a state of war with the people, who are
thereupon absolved from any farther obedience, and are left to
the common refuge which God hath provided for all men against
force and violence. Vol I Pre-Preface
Paul’s courage to confront harmful, destructive behavior of legislators
for thirty years is his continuation of the Revolution. He
questions. He wonders whether it is actually compassionate to give
handouts, as domestic welfare or as foreign aid. He has keen insight
into the demeaning consequences of patriarchal behavior. It dehumanizes
recipients into SSN numbers. It enslaves spirits through entitlements
into giving up on being responsible for their own lives. He understands
the generative power of the free market. It is simply put, "Give
a man a fish and he eats for a day; teach a man to fish and he eats
for a lifetime. Ron Paul would agree with Sir John Templeton, a
skillful fund manager and philanthropist who said, "As a philanthropist,
I feel that love can mean helping people discover their own abilities,
including thrift, responsibility, and character."
state putting themselves into a state of war with we the people,
we would live more deeply and effectively. The state’s coercion
is not the most potent force on our planet, our individual giving
is. Our giving, not the state’s giving. A vote for the state to
give instructs the state to steal. That is not our gift, that is
our theft. State giving must first engage in state plundering of
some producer’s own earnings – his own property. Our giving requires
creation and creation requires freedom.
the Revolution requires salutary neglect from whatever state exists.
Please, meddlesome parasitical bureaucrats, leave us alone. Neglect
us. Neglect us the way British rulers neglected us when they had
been drawn into yet another continental military debacle. Leave
us in liberty as defined in the 1720’s:
I understand the power which every man has over his own actions,
and his right to enjoy the fruit of his labor, art, and industry,
as far as by it he hurts not the society, or any members of it,
by taking from any member, or by hindering him from enjoying what
he himself enjoys. The fruits of a man’s honest industry are the
just rewards of it, ascertained to him by the natural and eternal
equity, as is his title to use them in the manner which he thinks
fit: And thus, with the above limitations, every man is sole lord
and arbiter of his own private actions and property.... Pre-Intro
Vol II Cato’s Letters
Leave us so
that we might take up the libertarianism of Rhode Island before
True to its
tradition of freedom and free trade, Rhode Island paid even less
attention than other colonies to British trade restrictions. Nor
did Rhode Islanders, with their Quaker traditions of antimilitarism,
treat war as sacred; they continued happily to trade with their
designated "enemies" even in time of war. … No colony
was as decentralized as Rhode Island. Each town largely governed
itself and often an individual town would simply neglect to tax
its inhabitants for military or other expenses. P. 27 Vol II,
Paul was asked
about the flat tax, "Do you favor it?" "Why yes,"
he replied, ""as long as it is as flat as zero."
Paul knows, as Pennsylvania and Rhode Island knew, that "economic
freedom is based on a simple moral rule: everyone has a right to
his or her life and property, and no one has the right to deprive
anyone of these things."
Ron Paul has
tapped into the lives of young people with his anti-tax message.
The young are the ones facing a future burden of our debt that simply
staggers them and shatters dreams. Paul’s appeal to the freshest
generation plugs him into the critical mass that continues all positive
revolutions. Witness the Paulian enthusiasm continuously in eruption
on YouTube and other internet sites. Power roots surpassed power
professionals when the amateurs produced the best videos of Ron
Paul and his message. The Revolutionaries are feeling competent
and effective. As he has been present and supportive of his own
children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, Ron Paul has been
present, supportive, encouraging and inspiring to untold numbers
of us. He is the patient teacher. He is the gentle guide. Yet, he
is the unflinching social activist, also. He writes the manifesto.
He drafts and submits necessary and proper bills into our Constitutional
As a Congressman,
does Ron Paul have quarrels with Washington? Of course he does.
He is, after all, one man of integrity in a setting whose DC initials
could stand for the District of Criminals. But, from my perspective,
Ron Paul simply continues such quarrels just like the tax
refusal that permeated Rhode Island hundreds of years ago:
the groups quarrel about? About the essentials of government in
any era or any country: allocation of the privileges to be derived
from government, and of the burdens to pay for these privileges.
The essence of government is an exploitative rob-Peter-to-pay-Paul
process, and the jockeying of factions is to become as much of
the Paul and as little of the Peter as possible. P. 54 Vol III,
Bastiat’s term ‘legal plunder’ applies to the role our own government
plays today. Citizens of all classes ‘endeavor to live at the expense
of everybody else.’ It would be called what it is – ‘theft’ – if
carried out by a private individual," notes Paul. The state
forcibly robs some men who have produced and saved to pay other
men who have not, all the while retaining a large fee – as much
as seventy percent – for themselves for the thieving service. The
least prosperous individuals are the most vulnerable to the unintended
harm of this looting when runaway printing of the robbers’ money
creates the hidden tax of inflation and current dollars purchase
less and less.
robbery program must be abolished. Citizens now work almost half
of each year for the state. All that the individual has produced
until that time is taken from him in some form of taxation. This
is a policy of forced labor. This is not a humane or moral policy.
"What if we decided to stop robbing one another?" What
if we had the imagination to conceive how a free people might solve
its problems without introducing threats of violence – which is
what government solutions ultimately amount to?
the whole apparatus [of interest group lobbyists], the whole immoral
system by which we use government to exploit our fellow citizens
on behalf of our own interests," he states. Paul recalls that
"This simple idea, that government should stay out of the looting
business and leave people to their own pursuits, has had great moral
appeal throughout U.S. history." "Walt Whitman urged that
…government…make no more laws than those useful for preventing a
man or body of men from infringing on the rights of other men."
the role of government ought to be. "If we continue to think
of our government as the policeman of the world and as the Great
Provider from cradle to grave, our problems will grow worse and
worse and our downward economic spiral, the first signs of which
we are now witnessing, will only accelerate," Dr. Paul assures
Dr. Paul has
spent his life saving life, not making war and wasting lives. Dr.
Paul shakes his head at the drum beats of warmongers, wondering
how they can choose such destruction in lieu of freedom, peace and
of a military-industrial machine always demand more and bigger wars.
method in the madness of [Massachusetts Governor William] Shirley’s
persistent and almost frenzied zeal for more and bigger wars.
His ties of friendship and political alliance were held together
only by the tenuous band of continuing mutual profit. The end
or even the slackening of war meant lower government spending,
diminished war contracts, lower patronage, slackened inflation,
and tighter credit. And almost immediately, Shirley’s plundering
friends…grew sullen and restive. P. 221 Vol. II, Chapter 36.
for plunder is why Randolph Bourne called war the health of
the state. But, Ron Paul sees that war is the death of liberty and
of many young people. "The domestic side effects of war are
taxes, debt, lost liberties, centralization and the emasculation
of the Constitution." He sadly notes that," Nonintervention
is never presented as an option."
administration of a contemporary King George continues.
III was determined to play a direct and decisive role in government…
He was the "patriot king" smashing all political parties
independent of his will, and ruling the nation without check or
limit. P. 261, 264 Vol II, Chapter 41.
King George is using his own Patriot Act to smash us. "War
has been used by presidents to excuse the imprisonment of American
citizens of Japanese descent, to silence speech, to suspend habeas
corpus, and even to control entire private industries. War does
not justify the suspension of torture laws any more than it justifies
the suspension of murder laws, the suspension of due process, or
the suspension of the Second Amendment. Why are we allowing it?"
demands Ron Paul.
consistently courageous and principled truth-telling is changing
our political landscape. He is not the unscrupulous demagogue that
voters love to elect in anticipation of privileges and favors; he
is actually worthy – he is our greatest champion of freedom. He
is the mover of our continuing Revolution movement.
is continuing. A successful opposition is being mounted against
the status quo. Ron Paul is leading us to "begin to pull ourselves
out from the crushing burden of debt and unfunded obligations. Enjoy
a far more robust economic performance. Look to the future with
confidence. Lift ourselves out from underneath a state apparatus
that threatens our liberties, squanders our resources on needless
wars, destroys the value of the dollar, and spews forth endless
propaganda about how indispensable it is and how lost we would be
But the propaganda
of the state is simply that. Propaganda. There are those of us who
do know that we would not be lost without government micromanaging
our steps. We know, in fact, that only without such a state will
we be free to breathe and choose and risk and love and live. Ron
Paul has delivered a powerful indictment of the one-party system
that governs and loots us and of official media that pretends we
have real debate. No one in Washington would ever consider writing
a book such as this
What does our
tomorrow look like? Our tomorrow looks like our finest moments of
our past. We go back to the future. We continue the Revolution.
We do what voluntary Sons of Liberty did as
situation rendered the royal executive impotent and the colonial
assemblies ineffective. The judges did not usually meet, and when
they did it was at the behest rather of the radical organizations
of the people than of the legally constituted authority. In short,
effective rule of the colonies passed from the organs of government
to voluntary organizations: to the Sons of Liberty and their popular
allies. P. 138, Vol III, Chapter 32.
Paul volunteer groups, building upon thousands of MeetUps, arise
across the entire land to be heard and listened to. They are our
Sons of Liberty returned. Their bombs are forcefully explosive,
yet life-friendly, unlike those of the state. Candidates espousing
similar freedom-friendly views of mankind now run as "Ron Paul
Read and listen
to Ron Paul’s message. Hear the echoes of our forefathers as they
established ways to live respectfully, lovingly, prosperously and
peacefully. As Paul proposes, honor ourselves.
Lilley [send her mail]
is an adjunct faculty member at the Mises Institute. She was formerly
with the University of Texas at Austin's Chair of Free Enterprise,
and an attorney-at-law in Texas and Florida.
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