Ron Paul – The Revolution: A Manifesto – Page 38 through Page 43

Page 38: Bringing the troops home from around the world and ceasing to intervene in the affairs of other countries is not even considered a debatable option. It is simply not mentioned as an option in any of the major newspapers or on any of the major television networks. If the issue were debated, many Americans may conclude that the interventionist policy of the US government is actually causing terrorism and isn’t worth the risk. Many may also come to the conclusion that the interventionist foreign policy can’t continue to be paid for and is breaking the national treasury. Perhaps Americans would decide to continue with the current foreign policy. At least they’d know what they were getting themselves into. Al Qaeda’s goal was to coax America into an expensive and long lasting war.

Quote: “The debate is always framed in terms of which kind of interventionist strategy our government should pursue. The possibility that we should avoid bleeding ourselves dry in endless foreign meddling is not raised. For heaven’s sake, what kind of debate is it in which all sides agree that America needs troops in 130 countries?”

Quote (Michael Scheuer): “Americans may decide that the foreign policy status quo that exists at the moment is what they want. But if they do, they will at least go into it with their eyes open, and know that they are in for an extended period of war, a tremendously bloody and costly war.”

Quote: “James Bamford observes that the leadership of al Qaeda hoped to lure us into a ‘desert Vietnam,’ an enormously expensive war that would deplete our resources and help their own recruitment by stirring up the locals against us.” 

Page 39: The Iraq war has cost trillions of dollars. A recent study shows that US presence in Iraq is helping terrorist organizations with recruitment. Americans have every right to defend themselves but not the right to start preemptive wars against countries that did not and could not pose any real threat to the American people. It is time for the American people to rethink their government’s interventionist foreign policy. This message actually resonates very well with active and retired military. In the fourth quarter of his presidential campaign, Ron Paul received more military donations than all other Republican candidates combined.

Quote: “According to a study by the Global Research in International Affairs Center in Herzliya, Israel, the vast bulk of the foreign fighters in Iraq are people who had never been involved in terrorist activity before but have been radicalized by the U.S. presence in Iraq-the second holiest place in Islam.”

Quote: “Americans have the right to defend themselves against attack; that is not at issue. But that is very different from launching a preemptive war against a country that had not attacked us and could not attack us, that lacked a navy and an air force, and whose military budget was a fraction of a percent of our own.”

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Page 41: The constitution is an instrument which can remind Americans of what they are supposed to stand for. During the early stages of the republic, the American people demanded that politicians show where in the constitution they were given the authority to pursue their schemes. That is no longer the case. The executive branch has much more power now than it was ever intended to have.

Page 42: The use of executive orders has given the executive branch much more power than it is granted by the constitution. The executive order is supposed to be an instruction to subordinates for enforcing laws already on the books. However, presidents try to use them to carry out policy without having to involve the legislature. In the 19th century, executive orders were very rarely used. Theodore Roosevelt, the first 20th century president, issued more than 1000 executive orders. Franklin Roosevelt issued more than 3000 executive orders. Congressmen, too, are culpable for the abundance of executive orders. They tend to look the other way when a president issues an executive order that they agree with but cannot support publicly for political reasons. Presidents get away with executive orders because the process is very private and the orders are executed without public knowledge.

Quote: “With executive orders, presidents can commit our troops to undeclared wars, destroy industries, or make unprecedented social-policy changes.”

Page 43: Any principled president should vow not to use executive orders in any way not authorized by the constitution. Presidential signing statements are another tool that presidents use to wield unconstitutional power. Signing statements are presidential statements that are included with the bill. In the past they were used to thank supporters or to explain the relevance of the law being passed. The Bush administration used signing statements to explain how the president planned to enforce certain portions of the law or whether he planned to enforce the law at all.

Quote: “This is a travesty against our constitutional system, and any president worthy of the office would absolutely forswear the use of executive orders except when he can show express constitutional or statutory authority for his actions.”

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