Sunday, August 16, 2015

Ron Paul: The Founders Attempt to Protect Liberty Has Failed

From Ron Paul's new book, Swords into Plowshares:
Why does it take so long for people to resist and finally
overthrow their dictators? That is the hardest part to comprehend.
There are no benefits for the people in tolerating the few
in numbers who are allowed to gain power and rule. The numbers
tell us the few who seek this immoral power over others
can be prohibited from gaining it.
As of now perceptions don’t favor our side. Unfortunately
the masses believe the lies, are misled, and have become apathetic
to education needed for understanding the reasons for
becoming noncompliant with the authoritarians who have
gained control over us. For us to win, that attitude must change.
The Founders made an attempt to prevent the catastrophe
we’re facing. Their sincere effort to protect liberty with a republican
form of government has failed. The very clear conclusion
expressed in the last paragraph of the Declaration of Independence
states that the “United Colonies are, and of Right ought
to be Free and Independent States” that come together only in
a very limited fashion. This principle of independent states was
mentioned three times in the concluding paragraph, emphasizing
the purpose of the Declaration of Independence and the
American Revolution. Unfortunately, the Constitution weakened
this important point made in the Declaration of Independence,
and, over the years, constitutional constraints have
not done much to protect the states as “free and independent.” 


1 comment:

  1. From a commentary about the teachings of Thomas Aquinas:

    "Aquinas addressed the problem of unjust rulers who might be a king, the few rich, or the many poor. Aquinas noted that when rulers make laws that violate natural law, they become "tyrants." Aquinas went on to conclude, "A tyrannical government is not just, because it is directed not to the common good, but to the private good of the ruler[s], as the Philosopher [Aristotle] says."

    "What should the people do about a tyranny? Aquinas agreed with St. Augustine that the subjects of unjust rule are not obliged to obey the laws since they are not legitimate. But Aquinas went far beyond St. Augustine and virtually all other medieval thinkers on this matter.

    "Aquinas argued that the subjects of a tyranny, acting as a "public authority," might rebel and depose it. Aquinas cautioned that the people should not do this hastily, but only when the damage done by the tyranny exceeds what may occur in a rebellion. This was one of the first justifications for revolution in Western thought."

    He cautioned that the overthrow of a tyrant could result in going from bad to worse. Still true. People understand the danger, and so are reluctant to discard the devil they know for they devil they don't. This is called prudence. But he also knew that the time would inevitably come "when the damage done by the tyranny exceeds what may occur in a rebellion". Are we there yet?