Ron Paul is by far the most stalwart member of the U.S. Congress and a true American hero.
As stated on the dust cover of his book, “The Revolution” (Grand Central Publishing, 2008), Ron Paul “is the leading advocate of freedom in our nation’s capital.” Ron Paul never votes against the Constitution and has earned the nickname, “Dr. No”.
<b>Ron Paul Fails<br>
To Grasp The Threat</b>
Nonetheless, Congressman Ron Paul has failed to grasp the threat to liberty posed by the United States Constitution. In fact, he holds the belief that the Constitution is the bulwark of American liberty.
Ron Paul states that “Americans must remember that the Constitution was designed … to limit the federal government’s overall scope. Article I, Section 8, lists the powers of Congress” (p44). This oft-repeated statement is very naive, when we consider the sweeping powers enumerated in this section.
The states were left virtually naked before the monolith of federal power. As Patrick Henry warned, “the powers of both sword and purse are granted to Congress, which is an open invitation to tyranny.”
Dr. Paul concludes “The limitations the Constitution placed on the federal government had to be taken seriously if we expected to maintain a free society” (p45). As Patrick Henry so plaintively inquired, “what limitations?”
“Patrick Henry raised precisely this concern…in Virginia: wasn’t ‘general welfare’ a dangerously open-ended phrase that would permit the federal government to do whatever it wanted, since government officials could blandly claim that all its measures were intended to promote the general welfare?”
<b>Abuse of Power</b>
Ron Paul goes on to argue that the Constitution’s power to raise armies is innocuous. “The power to raise armies is not a power to force people into the army,” (p57).
But Patrick Henry clearly foresaw and warned of the danger in the Virginia Ratifying Convention on June 16, 1788. “To me this appears to be a very alarming power, when unlimited (power of raising armies). This unlimited authority is a most dangerous power: its principles are despotic. It is a government of force, and the genius of despotism expressly.”
What Ron Paul fails to realize is that the Constitution was dead on arrival in 1787, completely unable to protect us from tyranny from its inception.
Finally, Ron Paul issues this call to action. “It is not too late to rally and recall our people to the constitution, the rule of law, and our traditional American republic” (p67). Notice the totally secular nature of this appeal.
There is no call to repentance before God. Rather there is the futile call to return to the very document by which America rejected government under God.
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