Ron Paul: End Debt-Funded Nationbuilding and Preemptive Wars!




by Ron Paul

Last week I joined six Republican and three Democrat colleagues to file a lawsuit against the Obama administration over its illegal war against Libya. Now that more than 90 days have passed since the president began bombing Libya, no one can seriously claim that the administration has complied with the clear requirements of the 1973 War Powers Resolution.

In a remarkable act of chutzpah, the administration sent to Congress its response to the growing concern over its abuse of war powers. Its argument, in a nutshell, is that the War Powers Resolution is not relevant because US armed forces are not actually engaged in hostilities because Libya is so militarily weak it cannot fight back! This explanation would be laughable if not so horrific. The administration wants us to believe that there is no real violence because the victim cannot fight back? Imagine if this standard was applied to criminal law in the United States! I am sure Libyans on the receiving end of US and NATO bombs feel hostilities are quite definitely taking place.

We must recall the origins of these attacks on Libya. The Obama administration made no claim that Libyan leader Gaddafi was killing his civilian population. Rather, the claim was that Libya might begin killing its civilians in the future. One need not defend Gaddafi’s regime — and I most certainly do not — to object to this flimsy and dangerous rationale for violating the sovereignty of another country. Imagine a scenario where the UN approves military action against the United States as a preventative humanitarian measure over US enforcement of its immigration laws, for example!

Now in Libya we see the possible use of depleted uranium shells, we see infrastructure destroyed, we see universities bombed, we see all the “collateral damage.” Yet, this is a “humanitarian intervention”?

In our lawsuit against the administration, among other critical issues we are demanding that the courts provide relief and protection to the country from the administration’s policy that a president may commit the United States to a war under the authority of the United Nations and NATO without authorization from Congress, and that previously appropriated funds by Congress may be used for an unconstitutional and unauthorized war in Libya or other countries. These are fundamental Constitutional issues and I expect the judicial branch to treat our challenge with the same level of gravity as we do in the legislative branch.

Remember, we were told that this attack would last “days, not weeks” and we are already three months and likely nearly a billion dollars into it. As the bombings obviously target Gaddafi’s houses, even killing some of his family members, we can see that the real goal is regime change rather than protection of civilians. Do we know much about the rebels whose side we have taken in what is, in fact, a civil war?

Although it is a bit late, I am pleased to see that congressional leadership has started to listen to our constituents, who are solidly against this war on Libya. I commend Speaker Boehner’s expressions of dissatisfaction with the administration over this war and I sincerely hope he will use the full constitutional authority granted to the legislative branch to bring into check an administration clearly out of control.

Polls show that the American people increasingly favor a truly conservative foreign policy: one that rejects the leftist, utopian doctrines of nation building and preemptive war, and one that is NOT funded by debt. Forcing the Obama administration to obey the clear letter of the law is one step towards restoring a traditional, patriotic foreign policy that serves American interests.

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  1. GOOD JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    The Founding Fathers pledged "our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor". It will take nothing less today. Unless we are willing to go big we may as well stay home and wait for the worst. Let's just do it. Give generously of your time, talents and money.
    Let's just do it. Our lives, our futures and our dreams are on the line.

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  2. GOOD JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    The Founding Fathers pledged "our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor". It will take nothing less today. Unless we are willing to go big we may as well stay home and wait for the worst. Let's just do it. Give generously of your time, talents and money.
    Let's just do it. Our lives, our futures and our dreams are on the line.

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  4. too real! And Thats Hwere He wont get inot office unless "The People" make it obvious that he's the man for the job.

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  5. Listen up everyone;

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    Do what you can, but be humble and never force information onto anyone.

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  6. Listen up everyone;

    We need to inform people OUTSIDE OF YOUTUBE!

    They are the people we need to convince to join us in our struggle for a real president, because the masses will never find these videos without someone telling them about them !

    Please post

    on Facebook, Twitter, Messenger, in newspapers, placard, tell your friends/family, call radioshows & contact celebritys.

    Do what you can, but be humble and never force information onto anyone.

    It is seldom verry convincing.

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  11. Well that is very possible. I honestly won't know what would after said Electoral College reform (or removal). I am a long believer of the idea that the structure of the system matters less than the quality of the people who hold the greatest interest in it. For a long time, politicians and media moguls have been far from objective or honest, so perhaps any change would bring more of the same, however, I do agree that winner take all and extra rep for small states should disappear.

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  12. I do remember that. Obama is a real pro in the public spotlight, he seems to know how to respond perfectly, especially when under criticism. He also usually has the favor of the major media, and this was especially true when he was elected.

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  13. i love this man

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  14. Please keep the christofascist attacks on Planned Parenthood, and the demands of "purity pledges" to criminalize abortion off your agenda.
    Fire Jesse Benton before it's too late.
    Stick to the subjects that are the most critical to all Americans:
    War and fraud in our corporate government.
    Otherwise you risk dissolving into the abyss of mainstream Republicanism.

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    • Yes, I'm very disappointed. Now I suppose we won't vote next election. And still scratching head at how libertarian thinks he has right to declare what women can do with her own body. It's fascism not liberty. Now I have to rethink my opinion of Dr. Paul completely.

      After a child's born of course it's another story, it's an individual with rights separate from the mother. Until the baby is born, it is in the mother's womb feeding from the mother's body developing from the mother's cells, it is the mother.

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    • So let me get this straight, you think wars and fraud in our government are important, but not over a million babies killed every year? this is not a religious topic. the question is how do you value life? and don't say that it's the mothers rights because you can't step over the rights of the baby, and most of the time of the baby's dad. the truth is this topic has been one sided for years and it's Unconstitutional. Dr. Paul wants it to be up to the states, like it should be. this is very critical to Americans, because we're killing our future, and Abortion devalues life.

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      • We are not killing babies, aborting undeveloped embryos is different. That's what you extremists always go to, we are killing the babies, must stop killing the babies. It's very dramatic isn't it? But as a true libertarian, unlike others here, including Dr. Paul apparently, abortion is not killing an independent individual who has been born with indivudual rights. It's where your argument falls apart. Abortion is sad, and it's sad when a human has to make a decision to end the potential of a life forming in THEIR OWN BODY. That's all it is ending, the potential of a life.

        If men freak out they don't have control of cells developing in women's body then they should not have sex with women.

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        • ok so lets see... until a baby's born, it can be aborted?

          so at 9months and 1min we can't do an abortion.
          but at 39 weeks and 6 days we can.
          if that's not ok, 39 weeks and 5 days is ok?
          how about 39wk and 4 days
          etc.
          so where do we draw the line?
          24 weeks when the baby's viable? So even though you can see the heart beat, you can see the ears, eyes, fingers, toes , at 23 weeks, the fetus can be aborted?
          And if 'fetus-can't-feel-pain' is the threshold, then we may as well kill quadriplegics, since they can't feel pain.

          You cannot claim facism because of wanting to protect one life from another. Yes, the woman lays claim to her own body, but once pregnant she is now responsible for TWO lives. Who speaks up for the fetus?

          Now that you're safe you're happy to support 'pro-choice'. Who was speaking for you when you were a fetus?

          What about those fetuses who don't have someone to speak up for them?

          You state : "If men freak out they don’t have control of cells developing in women’s body then they should not have sex with women. " well maybe women shouldn't freak out when they pregnant and demand an abortion either. Don't want to be pregnant, don't have sex.

          you say: "We are not killing babies, aborting undeveloped embryos is different. That’s what you extremists always go to, we are killing the babies, must stop killing the babies. It’s very dramatic isn’t it?"
          Have you seen the results of a late-term abortion? or even a mid-term (2nd trimester) abortion? How can you possibly argue that that fetus is not a person.

          The only time, as a libertarian, I would accept abortion is in the cases where the pregnancy is the result of rape, incest or where it endangers the mother's life, or the fetus has no reasonable expectation to survive once born.

          Either way, you're missing the point, Ron Paul would let the states decide. If you were prochoice you could move to a prochoice state, if you were pro life you could move to a pro life state.
          Either way, the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT would not be TAXING ME to fund it. It would be a STATE issue.

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          • It's fine for state's to decide, but it's not only what Dr. Paul said, he put moral judgement with abortion.

            If I'd been aborted, then I'd been aborted. It's pure luck that any of us are born when considering the millions of sperm or egg combinations. Weak argument.

            A heartbeat does not make an independent life. Once an indvidual is born from the mother's womb and is a free standing independent unconnected individual, whether quadriplegic in hospital, they have rights as born human. Undeveloped fetuses don't have independent rights. They are cells in her body.

            Tell me, if the fetus is granted rights as born human, then will you put diabetic pregnant woman in jail? Doing harm to fetus, right? Pure fascism.

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          • To Sandra Bell, as a fellow woman who wants to keep her rights to her own individual freedom as a citizen of the USA, and who has watched and attended the RLC 2011 live to vote and support Ron Paul. I'm not affiliated with any party, but am registering Republican now just to vote for him.
            I support Ron Paul and will continue to vote for him, he is the only candidate pro-individual rights and pulling back government control which is the ultimate beginning to end the never-ending cycle of giving government power to control our citizens choices & individual rights.
            If your state decides to end abortion rights - move away or be pro-active, get involved and campaign against it in your state. Ron Paul is ultimately giving rights backs to it's citizens, instead of giving governing rights to the Federal Government over individuals. Very simple, rights that belonged to us have been slowly stripped away by the Federal Government, Ron Paul is not going to hand over rights to the States, he is just cutting out the Federal Government in turn letting the states decide if the want to pass laws over their residents with regards to any matter, it's able to happen now anyways - He is just getting the government "dictatorship" out of the way. Any other candidate does not make the cut when it comes to FREE SOCIETY AND INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS it is what Ron Paul stands for - true liberty.

            RON PAUL 2012

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        • Government should neither prohibit or condone abortion.

          The choice should be up to the woman who is pregnant. There should be options available and support for not getting one, but for the ones who insist on having an abortion, they should be able to. It is on their heads.

          It makes no sense to make having one illegal, some women will still do it no matter what. As Ron Paul says, you cannot legislate morality.

          I personally think abortion is wrong, but that doesn't matter, it is not my job to tell someone else how to live their life.

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  15. giv3m3backmycountry

    I love it Newt Gingrich is joining Ron Paul for the push to audit the fed, Obama tries to woo the young people and will shortly announce that he will withdraw 10,000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2011. Ron Paul is a LEADER! alot of democrats and republicans and libertarians are flooding over to Ron Paul. this is just the beginning. on 2012 demand liberty demand freedom vote Ron Paul 2012

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  16. In your petition I only see domestic spending cuts. Foreign spending needs to completely stop.

    4 billion to Brazil to drill oil, 1 billion to Egypt because they screwed up their economy, 4 billion to Pakistan because they want weapons, billions to India since they won't help themselves, billions to China who turn around and buy the debt. a Trillion to fight for peoples rights in Afganistan, and Irag. These countries must support themselves. The US cannot without risking our countries stablity.

    US taxpayer money for US problems. Cutting out the money bleed to other countries will help reduce the budget almost immediately.

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    • He has been the only one to state STOP foreign spending over and over again, in particular at the RLC 2011 if you watch his speech, he mentions exactly what you said, and complete factual information. "Why are we drilling next Brazil?" Giving them money instead of our USA.

      Stay informed Kathy Bell......... Ron Paul RLC 2011 speech <--- Look it up

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  17. Restore the constitution, audit federal reserve, shutdown Nato, end all wars, return to gold standard. Ron Paul is all of the above Ron Paul 2012 !!

    Go Ron Paul :-)

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  18. Great!!! living in the South, Alkida has nothing on the Southern Baptist and their iron grip on "Morality " issues....Pro Lifers are the dommestic terrorist that need to get a grip and move on.....

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  19. Great!!! living in the South, Alkida has nothing on the Southern Baptist and their iron grip on "Morality " issues....Pro Lifers are the dommestic terrorist that need to get a grip and move on.....

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