Ron Paul – The Revolution: A Manifesto – Page 61 through Page 63

Page 61: In the 1960’s abortions were illegal but they were being performed anyways. Only later did the laws conform to what society was already doing. In general, laws mirror the thoughts and beliefs of the people. The fact is that laws cannot bring about a greater respect for life. Only education and good example can bring about societal changes. Some argue that states shouldn’t be allowed to make their own decisions about abortion laws. They fear states will make the wrong decision. Taking that reasoning to its logical conclusion would imply that countries shouldn’t be allowed to make their own decisions either and that there should be world laws for abortion and other moral issues. The best solution is to follow the constitution. It is not a perfect solution, but it reflects the cornerstone of the type of nation that the founders envisioned; a nation of local self-government.

Quote: “Ultimately, law or no law, it is going to be up to us as parents, as clergy, and as citizens-in the way we raise our children, how we interact and talk with our friends and neighbors, and the good example we give-to bring about changes to our culture toward a greater respect for life.”

Page 62: The British denied the American colonists the right to be governed by officials elected in the colonies. The colonists refused to be governed by authorities that they had not elected themselves. The desire to be governed by locally elected officials is key to understanding the intent of the constitution. All authority belongs to local governments unless it is explicitly ceded to the federal government. Americans now accept that nine judges in Washington D.C. should have the authority to impose laws on the entire nation. The founders did not intend to design a government in which every person and neighborhood would be exactly the same.

Quote: “This is the constitutional approach to deciding all issues that are not spelled out explicitly in our founding documents: let neighbors and localities govern themselves.”

Quote (Thomas Jefferson): “When all government, domestic and foreign, in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the center of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another, and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated.”

Page 63: Americans should reject a highly centralized system of government. It is not what the founding fathers had in mind when they created the constitution. Some people associate state’s rights with racism. But racism is not caused by government. It is caused by ugly and misguided beliefs. Racism can exist under highly centralized governments or  highly decentralized governments alike.  Nazi Germany is a striking example of racism existing under a highly centralized government.

Quote: “But racism, a disorder of the heart, can become entrenched in any political environment, whether highly centralized like Hitler’s Germany or highly decentralized like our own country.”

Quote (Adolph Hitler): “National Socialism as a matter of principle, must lay claim to the right to force its principles on the whole German nation without consideration of previous federated state boundaries, and to educate in its ideas and conceptions. Just as the churches do not feel bound and limited by political boundaries, no more does the National Socialist idea feel limited by the individual state territories of our fatherland. The Nationalist Socialist doctrine is not the servant of the individual federated states, but shall some day become the master of the German nation.”

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