By Ron Paul
Our responsibility, and certainly it was mine when I was in office, is dealing with US foreign policy, and trying to point out the inconsistencies. Unfortunately, in this day and age, we live with inconsistencies, we live with abuse of our laws, we go to war in an unconstitutional fashion, and then we punish the people who tell the truth.
You get whistleblowers, but they end up in prison. What a tragedy. Truth really is treason in an empire of lies. The wars are started based on lies, they’re perpetuated based on lies, and journalists who tell the truth have to be punished.
This is not brand new. Lincoln did it. Woodrow Wilson did it. But it’s worse now than ever because we’re in perpetual war. They told us the global war on terrorism is going to last for a long time.
They’re conditioning us psychologically to give up our civil liberties. We’ve already seen this expressed in the presidential campaign. Chris Christie was arguing the case that we need the NSA to spy on us because it makes us safe and secure. That’s bad news for us. We have to, someday, get back to a restricted and limited government and make sure that the elected government goes to war only in dire circumstances and only when war is declared.
But this idea that now we have a Bush Doctrine that says you don’t even need a declaration, that you have to have pre-emptive war, that you can go in and stop a war from coming, is very dangerous. Unfortunately, too many Americans are apathetic.
If you want prosperity in this country, get rid of the wars. The wars drain us. The cost of the wars (that have been a total failure) in Iraq and Afghanistan has reached $5 trillion, and it keeps rising. And here we are looking for a war with Russia, with a major US General arguing the case that we should just start killing Russians.
We need to wake up and decide that what we want is liberty, peace, and to just bring our troops home.
The sooner the better.