Ron Paul – The Revolution: A Manifesto – Page 163 through Page 167

Page 163: The president does not have the authority to create and enforce new laws on his own. However, he does have the ability to decide which laws will be most stringently enforced. For example, the president could decide to provide no resources for the prosecution of medical marijuana patients. He could refuse to enforce any law that violates the constitution. The president can take this action even if the congress passes unconstitutional laws. As commander in chief of the armed forces, the president can immediately bring all troops home from around the world. Some say bringing home our troops would cause chaos, but chaos already exists.

Page 164: The president should make it clear that the United States has no intention of attacking Iran. Diplomatic relationships should be resumed and sanctions removed. This would cause the price of oil to fall immediately and would salvage America’s diplomatic credibility. The White House should cease looking for justifications to conduct more and more military operations. The American people should not have their patriotic sensibilities manipulated into supporting pointless overseas conflicts. We must end our government’s interventionist foreign policy and hold our government to the same standards that we claim to hold other governments to.

Quote: “In other words, we need to keep our wits about us, and replace our bull-in-a-china-shop foreign policy with a statesmanlike approach that is appropriate to the real needs of American security.”

Page 165: If we are truly opposed to isolationism, we should lift the sanctions against Cuba. Sanctions hurt the population of the target country and have a tendency to empower the government that is in charge. It is ridiculous that Americans can’t travel to and trade with Cuba. Bringing troops home from around the world is essential to getting our national budget under control. It doesn’t make sense to have 75,000 troops in Germany when we’re going broke. The president should notify our allies and begin a troop withdrawal immediately. This type of foreign policy is the proper one for a peaceful republic. Following such a foreign policy would make the military more efficient and effective at protecting Americans. Removing the burden of supporting a worldwide military would strengthen our economy.

Quote: “I spoke to a huge rally – with Cuban Americans making up 70 percent of those in attendance – where everyone cheered the message of freedom.”

Page 166: The policy opinions put forth in this book are the only practical options for the United States. Ignoring them will lead to more losses of freedom, more war, and a continued deterioration of the economy. The United States cannot continue to function as an empire. Like all empires in the past, we have spread ourselves too thin and face an economic meltdown. We can either accept reality and scale back the empire or wait until reality is imposed on us via national bankruptcy. There is no doubt that pursuing such a policy would be a challenge. But it may not be as difficult as many would suppose. We could finally begin to get out from underneath a crushing debt load and the effects of such a policy would have miraculous effects on our economy. Doing nothing would be much more difficult. The young people of the United States of America are waking up to the reality of our situation much faster than any other segment.

Quote: “This is the fate of all empires: they overextend themselves and then suffer a financial catastrophe, typically involving the destruction of the currency.”

Page 167: We are not destined to go the way of other empires in the past. The American people have a say about which direction they want the country to go in. If the American people want to be free of a burdensome, war making, money printing government, the choice is theirs.

Quote: “Ours is not a fated existence, for nowhere is our destiny etched in stone. In the final analysis, the last line of defense in support of freedom and the constitution consists of the people themselves. If the people want to be free, if they want to lift themselves out from underneath a state apparatus that threatens their liberties, squanders their resources on needless wars, destroys the value of their dollar, and spews forth endless propaganda about how indispensable it is and how lost we would all be without it, there is no force that can stop them.”

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