Ron Paul: True Liberty vs. Perfect Safety

Government Cannot Protect Us From Violence

by Ron Paul

Recent incidents of violence in Norway and London have made us understandably uncomfortable here at home, as many fear that a worsening economy will lead to violence and unrest in American cities. This is why Congress must view the economy as its first priority and a matter of national security. Unless and until we get our fiscal house in order to foster economic growth, civil society will continue to deteriorate.

The fundamental lesson every American should learn from these incidents is that government cannot protect us. No matter how many laws we pass, no matter how many police or federal agents we put on the streets, a determined individual or group can still cause great harm. But Norway and England have strict gun control laws, and London in particular has security cameras monitoring nearly all public areas. But laws and spy cameras are useless in the face of lawless mobs or sick mass killers.

Only private individuals on the scene could have prevented or lessened these tragedies. We should remember that theft, arson and property damage were not the only criminal acts in London. Innocent bystanders were assaulted and killed as well. In those instances, deadly force used in self-defense would have been fully justified.

Perhaps the only good that could come from these terrible events is a reinforced understanding that we as individuals are responsible for our safety and the safety of our families. This means frankly that we must own and wisely use firearms to deter or prevent criminal assaults on our homes and persons. It is absurd to think police or government agents can protect 310 million Americans around the clock.

Thanks to our media and many government officials, however, Americans have have become conditioned to view the state as our protector and the solution to every problem. Whenever something terrible happens, especially when it becomes a prominent news story, people reflexively demand that government “do something.” This impulse almost always leads to bad laws, more debt and a loss of liberty. It is completely at odds with the best American traditions of self-reliance and individual responsibility.

Do we really want to live in a world of police checkpoints, surveillance cameras and metal detectors? Do we want to imprison every disturbed or alienated individual who fantasizes about violence? Do we really believe government can provide total security? Or can we accept that liberty is more important than the illusion of state-provided security?

Freedom is not defined by safety; freedom is defined by the ability of citizens to live without government interference – unless they use force or fraud against others. Government cannot create a world without risk, nor would we really wish to live in such a fictional place. Only a totalitarian society would even claim absolute safety as a worthy ideal, because it would require total state control over its citizens’ lives. Liberty has meaning only if we still believe in it when terrible things happen and a false government security blanket beckons.

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218 Comments:

  1. You Americans are so lucky to able to vote for the best man in the universe Ron Paul!!!!! I only wish we Moldovians could have him!!! But he good for Moldova to you elect him. How can a man marry a man? This not good. We need corporation in Moldova. No tax rich! We have 1 rich he give everybody blinzes good man. Jews bad Israel not need US aids. Ron Paul do right thing!!! He is the best man lick ass whole world!!!!

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  2. Norway is in general a much safer nation then USA but of course you can make it sound the other way around by using small samples.

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  3. Norway is in general a much safer nation then USA but of course you can make it sound the other way around by using small samples.

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  4. All I have read and heard about Ron Paul makes me believe that he that he licks ass. I’m only 15 an I live in a Polish mental institution, but I think Austrian Economics is the bestest and that’s what America needs. I don’t agree with him on abortion and gay rights and swift-footed negroes and not taxing corporations and legalized crack cocaine and eliminating the department of education and everybody carrying guns, but he’s the most righteous dude and we need him in the Polish looney bin.

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  5. All I have read and heard about Ron Paul makes me believe that he that he licks ass. I’m only 15 an I live in a Polish mental institution, but I think Austrian Economics is the bestest and that’s what America needs. I don’t agree with him on abortion and gay rights and swift-footed negroes and not taxing corporations and legalized crack cocaine and eliminating the department of education and everybody carrying guns, but he’s the most righteous dude and we need him in the Polish looney bin.

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  6. All I have read and heard about Ron Paul makes me believe that he is the best among the rest!!! Make the right choice people! Your votes will change the futures of US as well as other countries! God bless America!

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  7. Well said, Ron Paul.

    “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” ~Ben Franklin

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  8. It’s not that he is telling us to be an army, but not to become slaves under the government we are now. The government is corrupt and he’s telling us we need to take our power back and not rely on them for our safety because they don’t care about us.

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  9. I am pro guns, because people need to protect themselves, and we need a ready militia in case of either an invasion or the government starts a civil war, and criminals won’t care if guns are legal or illegal if they wanted they will get it but good normal Americans won’t be able to get it.

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  10. I don’t agree with everything Ron Paul believes. I’m pro-choice, among other things that Ron Paul is not. But, in the short life of 15 years that I’ve lived, Dr. Paul seems to be the most righteous and honest politician I have heard of. He seems to be the only person running who honestly cares about the people and knows what the hell he is doing. Ron Paul has given me hope that America will become great again, as I have read that it once was. Let freedom ring. :)

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  11. Ron Paul won the New Hampshire Young Republicans straw poll two days ago with 46%
    Watch how all the media fails to report this.

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  12. Please go to this video and thumb it down. It is slandering Ron Paul.

    watch?v=xYaujnR_8NE

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  13. I don’t know if these are actual Ron Paul supporters on here posting ridiculous comments,but please stop. You are making the rest of us look bad. The future of our country is at stake,time to get serious. Spread the word,teach the uneducated and the ones not interested. Buy a bumper sticker,put a campaign sign in your front yard or along the road. He needs our help. RON PAUL 201

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  14. I usually agree with him on the issues, but he really doesn’t think we need at least some kind of police security? The government should protect the people! Or else what is the government for?

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  15. I must be allowed to own firearms

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  16. love it

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  17. Having an effective police force is good, but like the saying goes, when seconds count, they’re only minutes away. Every responsible citizen should be familiar with the proper use and care of simple firearms. Even the most ardent opponent to gun ownership will change their mind when someone breaks into their house and their life is in danger.

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  18. Do you really want alienated and hopeless to be carrying guns, Dr Paul? Or are the guns just for their masters?

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  19. Hes completely right but this country needs somewhat of a state provided security

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  20. Fuck the rest! Vote the best! Ron Paul 2012!

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