Ron Paul – The Revolution: A Manifesto – Page 56 through Page 60

Page 56: In 1814, the influential politician Daniel Webster boldly denounced military conscription. Daniel Webster was well known as a supporter of a strong central government. According to Webster, the draft was both unconstitutional and immoral; completely unthinkable in a free society. To say that a government is of a free people and also that it has the ability to enforce a military draft is a glaring contradiction.

Quote (Daniel Webster): “Where is it written in the constitution, in what article or section is it contained that you may take children from their parents, and parents from their children, and compel them to fight the battles of any war, in which the folly or the wickedness of the government may engage it?”

Quote (Daniel Webster): “A free government with arbitrary means to administer it is a contradiction; a free government without adequate provisions for personal security is an absurdity; a free government, with an uncontrolled power of military conscription, is a solecism, at once the most ridiculous and abominable that ever entered into the head of man.”

Page 57: There is a difference between raising armies and a forced military conscription. The constitution of the United States is an instrument for protecting the liberties of the people against encroachments by the federal government. Military conscription is the most extreme encroachment on liberties possible. When seen in that light, it is impossible to interpret the constitution as providing for a military conscription.

Quote (Daniel Webster): “I almost disdain to go to quotations and reference to prove that such an abominable doctrine has no foundation in the constitution of the country. It is enough to know that that instrument was intended as the basis of a free government, and that the power contended for is incompatible with any notion of personal liberty. An attempt to maintain this doctrine upon the provision of the constitution is an exercise of perverse ingenuity to extract slavery from the substance of a free government.”

Page 58: Other compulsory service schemes proposed by the government are equally unacceptable. The logic is exactly the same as when considering a military draft. The people cannot be told how to live their lives by the government. It is unconstitutional and immoral. Ron Paul is an obstetrician who has delivered over 4,000 babies. Starting in the mid-1960’s, he started to see large-scale defiance of the country’s abortion laws. One day he  witnessed an abortion procedure in a hospital.

Quote: “Lesser forms of the draft, such as compulsory ‘national service,’ are based on the same unacceptable premise. Young people are not raw material to be employed by the political class on behalf of whatever fashionable political, military, or social cause catches its fancy. In a free society, their lives are not the playthings of the government.”

Page 59: Ron Paul witnessed a procedure in which a live baby was extracted via c-section. The technology was not sophisticated enough at that time to euthanize the baby in the womb. The live baby was extracted and placed in the corner to die. This bothered Ron Paul deeply. Ron Paul rejects wholesale the notion that a baby growing inside its mother’s womb is nothing more than a “parasite.” People who favor legalized abortion should speak the plain facts about abortion. It is killing babies.

Quote: “People ask an expectant mother how her baby is doing. They do not ask how her fetus is doing, or her blob of tissue, or her parasite.”

Page 60: When Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973, even supporters of abortion realized that it was unconstitutional. There is no language anywhere in the constitution that supports the conclusion reached in Roe v. Wade. Constitutionally, the federal government is not given any authority to deal with the abortion issue. If the citizens of the United States wish to challenge the decisions of the supreme court, they have recourse in Article III, Section 2, of the constitution. Article III, Section 2, allows congress to deny all federal courts, including the supreme court, jurisdiction over certain types of cases. Likewise, congress can vote on legislation stripping the federal courts of jurisdiction over abortion cases. Under these scenarios, jurisdiction over the abortion issue would then belong to the various states.

Quote (John Hart Ely): “What is frightening about Roe is that this super-protected right is not inferable from the language of the constitution, the framers’ thinking respecting the specific problem in issue, any general value derivable form the provisions they included, or the nation’s governmental structure.”

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