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. Why??? Is it because you can go on draining the system? Im asking! Where did you come from? Im glad you went through the right channels to become a citizen, but if your going to be American you must have real American beliefs. Ron Paul is a Constitutionalist, he is for the real America. The one that stands for freedom of all American Citizens. We gotta keep America's culture alive. Dont come to this country cause it allows you to change it due to PC.

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  2. Why??? Is it because you can go on draining the system? Im asking! Where did you come from? Im glad you went through the right channels to become a citizen, but if your going to be American you must have real American beliefs. Ron Paul is a Constitutionalist, he is for the real America. The one that stands for freedom of all American Citizens. We gotta keep America's culture alive. Dont come to this country cause it allows you to change it due to PC.

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  3. Why??? Is it because you can go on draining the system? Im asking! Where did you come from? Im glad you went through the right channels to become a citizen, but if your going to be American you must have real American beliefs. Ron Paul is a Constitutionalist, he is for the real America. The one that stands for freedom of all American Citizens. We gotta keep America's culture alive. Dont come to this country cause it allows you to change it due to PC.

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  4. Why??? Is it because you can go on draining the system? Im asking! Where did you come from? Im glad you went through the right channels to become a citizen, but if your going to be American you must have real American beliefs. Ron Paul is a Constitutionalist, he is for the real America. The one that stands for freedom of all American Citizens. We gotta keep America's culture alive. Dont come to this country cause it allows you to change it due to PC.

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  5. Why??? Is it because you can go on draining the system? Im asking! Where did you come from? Im glad you went through the right channels to become a citizen, but if your going to be American you must have real American beliefs. Ron Paul is a Constitutionalist, he is for the real America. The one that stands for freedom of all American Citizens. We gotta keep America's culture alive. Dont come to this country cause it allows you to change it due to PC.

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  6. Why??? Is it because you can go on draining the system? Im asking! Where did you come from? Im glad you went through the right channels to become a citizen, but if your going to be American you must have real American beliefs. Ron Paul is a Constitutionalist, he is for the real America. The one that stands for freedom of all American Citizens. We gotta keep America's culture alive. Dont come to this country cause it allows you to change it due to PC.

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  7. Why??? Is it because you can go on draining the system? Im asking! Where did you come from? Im glad you went through the right channels to become a citizen, but if your going to be American you must have real American beliefs. Ron Paul is a Constitutionalist, he is for the real America. The one that stands for freedom of all American Citizens. We gotta keep America's culture alive. Dont come to this country cause it allows you to change it due to PC.

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  8. Why??? Is it because you can go on draining the system? Im asking! Where did you come from? Im glad you went through the right channels to become a citizen, but if your going to be American you must have real American beliefs. Ron Paul is a Constitutionalist, he is for the real America. The one that stands for freedom of all American Citizens. We gotta keep America's culture alive. Dont come to this country cause it allows you to change it due to PC.

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  9. Why??? Is it because you can go on draining the system? Im asking! Where did you come from? Im glad you went through the right channels to become a citizen, but if your going to be American you must have real American beliefs. Ron Paul is a Constitutionalist, he is for the real America. The one that stands for freedom of all American Citizens. We gotta keep America's culture alive. Dont come to this country cause it allows you to change it due to PC.

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  10. Why??? Is it because you can go on draining the system? Im asking! Where did you come from? Im glad you went through the right channels to become a citizen, but if your going to be American you must have real American beliefs. Ron Paul is a Constitutionalist, he is for the real America. The one that stands for freedom of all American Citizens. We gotta keep America's culture alive. Dont come to this country cause it allows you to change it due to PC.

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  11. Why??? Is it because you can go on draining the system? Im asking! Where did you come from? Im glad you went through the right channels to become a citizen, but if your going to be American you must have real American beliefs. Ron Paul is a Constitutionalist, he is for the real America. The one that stands for freedom of all American Citizens. We gotta keep America's culture alive. Dont come to this country cause it allows you to change it due to PC.

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  12. Why??? Is it because you can go on draining the system? Im asking! Where did you come from? Im glad you went through the right channels to become a citizen, but if your going to be American you must have real American beliefs. Ron Paul is a Constitutionalist, he is for the real America. The one that stands for freedom of all American Citizens. We gotta keep America's culture alive. Dont come to this country cause it allows you to change it due to PC.

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  13. I will vote for whatever candidate can ensure the Citizens of America that the Iraqi Govt. is in heavy financial debt to America for their liberation and the delivery of Saddam Hussein. 1 billion for Libya? Anyone here have some numbers for Dubya's "War on Terrorism" in Iraq who had zilcho to do with 9-11???

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  14. http://eatingpropaganda.blogspot.com/

    We need to break people's apathy. We are NOT nihilists. I have liberal people i know that supported Obama because of his stance against Bush's wars. I knew all along Obama was shill, but they didn't buy it. These are the liberal voters we can get on Paul's side and away from Obama's camp. These are the sane Republicans we must win over.

    BREAK THE APATHY.

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  15. and Ill be voting for him again next year

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  16. ImNotVoting4RonPaul

    ron paul deception

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    • WhatCanUDo4YourCountry

      I had the unfortunate instance of voting for Obama (due to watching the news made me think Ron Paul didn't have a chance and I didn't want McCain), because he would bring back the troops only after he was elected he sent more and declared a 2012 date of returning troops, of course conveniently before re-election - now that's deception. He kept the Patriot Act which stole our individual liberties, we will not let him win.

      RON PAUL never swayed or went back on his words - didn't just write a book called End The Fed, passing the bill "Audit The Fed" - he's pro-active, and true to his word.

      Everyone is going to hear about Ron Paul! Media isn't going to be able to block him this time, they've already tried with the RLC 2011 by putting the runner-up in the headlines and I was there half of the conference were Ron Paul supporters- we are blasting information everywhere.

      RON PAUL 2012

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  17. ronpaul2012 . com to support ron paul for president in 2012. donate now

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  18. ImNotVoting4RonPaul

    Watch Ron Paul Deception

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  19. If we are to stand a chance of beating the nwo everybody needs to push their states to reinstate the old voting system to ensure that whomever wins it is done fairly and not because this new system can be rigged to do negative vote counts. If you want your vote for Ron Paul to be counted please push your state to bring back the old voting system.

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  20. The whole threat over the war powers act seems to have passed with little notice. Maybe Obama and Boehner worked it out over golf. I don't expect Ron Paul to actually do anything about, just like I don't expect him to actually get the Fed audited. He's just another politician.

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    • What, you expect him to wave a magic wand and cure all our ills with one swoosh of it? Get real.

      He will only use the constitutional tools he legally can. The deck is stacked against him, he has opposition from every side. The media ignores or misrepresents his views constantly.

      You want those things to get done? Then help make it happen. We have to participate, not just point and say fix this, and then sit on our fat butts.

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    • WhatCanUDo4YourCountry

      Right on Jim! I was there at the RLC 2011 and yes it was my first hands on experience seeing how the media just ignores Ron Paul. I knew back in '08 when the Republican National Convention 2008 ignored and jeered his speech and on Voting day '08 I heard different precincts (including mine) took his name of their ballot after they had the green light from the media when they "mistakenly" said he was not running, but with only hours left to vote Nov '08, some voters didn't know they could write his name in. Enough of the status quo - vote Ron Paul

      RON PAUL 2012

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      • Yeah, I think we should highlight the fact that we CAN write in names for our votes.

        Given the fact that the powers will do EVERYTHING they can to stop it from happening, writing his name in may be the only way.

        LOL, I wouldn't even put it past them to not include his name on the ballot.

        I don't trust them one single bit, they have way too much power. I wonder if there is some way to make sure the votes get counted CORRECTLY. Some kind of secondary vote system that can be as honest as possible that they cannot tinker with.

        I find it rather comical that even Obama is making noises like Ron Paul now. Of course, it's all just words. Oh how they love to play word games.

        We need to hit the system reset button. We are so off course now, it will take drastic measures to fix it.

        We need triage for our country. Stop the profuse bleeding first. Stabilize the patient. Then deal with any other issues.

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