Ron Paul brings an interesting perspective to the political conversation. He is wrong, Dead Wrong. Ron Paul does not understand the process of government. He does understand that there are serious problems with the manner in which our present Federal Government is being run. But that alone does not make him correct.
I think Ron Paul has done a service to our country. He has brought the issue of centralized versus decentralized government to the forefront. I will let him speak for himself in this video – then I will comment further.
Ron Paul does not understand the Constitution that he claims to be a champion of.
Bear with me – sometimes the answers to current problems have historical roots – and the answers to complex problems have already been worked out. Over time people have tried varieties of government and economic systems. Our Founding Fathers studied the history of government and molded the bold experiment that we now call the United States of America. The idea of the United States is simple: – give people autonomy except when that autonomy affects the whole, then the whole will take precedence. The autonomy of faith is an example.
The most evident need for intercession is in commerce, crime, and military protection. The idea was introduced to the Anglo-Saxon English folks in 1066 C.E.
Until 1066 the English had a system of government with power distributed over fiefdoms around the kingdom. The Lords of the fiefs operated independent of the centralized government. William the Conqueror, that Norman rascal, defeated England at the battle of Hastings in 1066 C.E. He brought strong centralized government to England.
England prospered with the introduction of central rule. Trade routes opened, communications expanded, internal battles between the Manor States was alleviated – peace and prosperity came with centralized government. Freedom of thought led to the Magna Carta in 1215 C.E. – the first document of individual rights over government rights.
The Lords of the Manors were reigned in. They could no longer indiscriminately punish the peasant class. The rights of peasants as human entities were recognized. Every human was granted individual dignity – and the central government protected that dignity from errant local politicians.
One might easily say that the local governments came under the regulation of a centralized government. Under centralized government trade prospered, justice became consistent and predictable – if not always just. When trade prospered – the people prospered. These are historical facts, not subjective judgments of liberals or conservatives.
So how does this lesson apply to the problems facing us today. How about immigration? What about abortion? What about the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). What about Global Warming?
And what about corporations – the last bastion of feudal rule?
Ron Paul would have us believe the we are not interdependent. Ron Paul would have us return to the old Lord of the Manor mentality, a return to feudalism. Ron Paul distorts history to suit his limited perspective of the process of government.