Ron Paul – The Revolution: A Manifesto – Page 64 through Page 68

Page 64: All forms of government are vulnerable to the passage of discriminatory laws. Its up to the people who oppose such laws to fight the government and even disobey the government when such unjust laws are passed. The best antidote for racism is individualism. Racism is a form of collectivism. Individualism forces people to judge others based on their individual merits. Racism makes a collective judgment of people based on the color of their skin or their ethnicity. Individualism is the dead opposite of racism. The existence of government causes people to organize among race in order to secure benefits for their group. This exacerbates racism by creating racial rivalries for governmental benefits.

Quote: “Peaceful civil disobedience to unjust laws, which I support with every fiber of my being, can sometimes be necessary at any level of government. It falls upon the people, in the last resort, to stand against injustice no matter where it occurs.”

Quote: “To the contrary, my philosophy of individualism is the most radical intellectual challenge to racism ever posed.”

Page 65: Lobbyists who push for benefits for their particular groups actually do more harm than good for their constituency. In the process of securing benefits for their group, they stem overall economic advancement. In most cases, however, the benefits secured by lobbyists for their groups are meager in comparison to the benefits that an advancing economy would have provided. As economist Thomas Sowell points out, though, lobbyists don’t score political points for a generally advancing economy. They only get credit for the specific benefits that they secure. The war on drugs has ravished minority communities. Allowing states to control their own drug enforcement laws would be a more sensible and certainly a more effective solution.

Quote (Thomas Sowell): “Ghetto jobs are an earmarked benefit, however few, tenuous and low paid. Benefits to blacks as members of the general public are no feather in a black leader’s cap, even if blacks are benefited more than others by gaining access that was nearly impossible for them before.”

Page 66: Ron Paul, in recent years, has abandoned his support for the death penalty. It is not good for the federal government to have such power and minorities receive such punishment in disproportionate numbers. We should not think in collective terms such a race. The only collectivization which might be tolerable is the people versus the government, especially when the government infringes upon our rights. If the government followed the constitution it would be less important which politicians take office. The constitution gives relatively little power to the federal government so we wouldn’t need to worry about special interests looting us or power politics.

Quote: “We should not think in terms of whites, blacks, Hispanics, and other such groups. That kind of thinking only divides us. The only us-versus-them thinking in which we might indulge is the people-all the people-versus the government, which loots and lies to us all, threatens our liberties, and shreds our constitution. That’s not a white or black issue. That’s an American issue, and it’s one on which Americans all of races can unite in a spirit of goodwill.”

Page 67: Conservatives and liberals should be very cautious about ceding excessive power to the executive branch. The next president could be somebody that they don’t like and may wield their new found power in very disagreeable ways. The constitution is not perfect, but it does do a commendable job of limiting the central government, if only they’d follow it. When the constitution is ignored, there are serious consequences, which the citizens of the US are now suffering. However, its not too late to go back to a constitutional government.

Quote: “Once we lose our respect for the constitution and begin interpreting it so that it happens to permit our pet programs, we have no right to be surprised when our political opponents come along with their own ideas for interpreting the constitution loosely.”

Quote: “I do not believe that most Americans want to continue down this path: undeclared wars without end, more and more police-state measures, and a constitution that may well not exist. But this is not a fated existence. We do not have to live in this kind of America. Its not too late to rally and recall our people to the constitution, the rule of law, and our traditional American republic.”

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