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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  • uatch

    Ron Paul is great and he speaks the truth and doesn’t care if people disagree with his opinions he doesn’t try to make everyone be on his side i see in the US the media are trying to aviod him they know his a threat and i hope the american people do more to get this guy seen and the votes

  • FawxNewbz

    Remember the 5th of november!!

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  • terrygand

    Ron Paul, I wish he was running for Prime Minister of the UK. He speaks Truth! It is refreshing to hear a politician who isn’t a Bullshit merchant. Please US, vote for Ron! Take back your wonderful nation. Follow your Constitution, come hell or high water!

  • MrNICCO89

    The american version of V for Vendetta! Go RON!!

  • pOetiQrOsesPublish

    Ron Paul would be the best president to ever walk this Land
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  • redkef

    Why aren’t people able to make connections? Obama interned for HENRY KISSINGER. That puts him in the same crowd as bush. He works for the same people.

  • oxjhan9

    Freedom is happiness! Safety is an excuse for tyranny and is born out of paranoia.I could support ron paul, on everything cept abortion but im thinking hes just broadcasting ..ill believe in ron paul when he totally decriminalizes all victimless crimes,.after all you cant just support a politician if he does nothing for your individual issues

  • Douglas

    Yea and airport radiation scanners could be a suspect genocidal move by demonic forces. The groups who really own and control the Nations have their deceptive ways. In their eyes we are made to be all terrorists, subsequently exterminated.

    Chertoff is a satanic worshiping demon freak. It is all about and eye for and eye and a tooth for a tooth. They are determined to make US pay for what Hitler did. Even though they financed Him. It is the fact that the US took so long to get into the war to stop their foolish Hitler creation that vexes them.

    Thus is why we need someone like Ron Paul to make sure these stupid international central banking fools will not make such a stupid mistake again.

    Hard lessons these are.

    • Scott

      I am in the middle of reading “Liberty Defined” by Ron Paul. This should be required reading with the Federalist Papers. Wonderful to see libertarian values consistently fleshed out. I recommend this to everyone who loves our country and who loves liberty.

  • ron for prez

    It excites me to no end that blatant anti ron Paul comments. You see it only adds full to my support of ron Paul. Fact : ron Paul raised more money representing more support from the military than any other candidate by a margin greater than 200%.

    Fact ron Paul will continue to fight the honest fight when elected in 2012.

    Fact ron Paul is wining or coming in 2nd in every major pole whether the msm likes it or not.

    If u buy into any statements of fear mongering. Ex if ron Paul’s elected he will some how use his new found authority in malicious ways. Or better yet this ron Paul Guy does not stand a chance in an election.

    people who are afraid of loosing control or that want to hide truths use scare tactics to push their hidden agendas.

    Sense ron Paul in his 30 + years in government has never once (fact) voted for anything that has led to every major issue our country and economy face today. Ron Paul also was outspoken about his predictions and was discredited for them. Funny how in retrospect he seems far more prophetic.

    The truth is I like many of ron Paul’s supporters do not believe him to be some political masiah. We believe however more now then ever he is the best candidate for the job of president of the united states of America.

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  • jonniebakstix

    Perry = Ron Paul wanna be

  • Adri

    George Carlin -“Who Really Controls America”

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    George Carlin Illuminati New World Order Exposed

  • Adri

    The “mainstream media” consipre against the Amrican public. Why isn’t the following lies of Obama mainstream news? The is no fair news reporting in the USA.


    Obama promised to bring the troops home from Afghanistan

    Ron Paul Correctly Predicts Obama Lie!

    Obama Lies 7 Times In Under 2 Minutes!

    Obama’s First Big LIE in office!!…couldn’t he wait longer than 3 days….?


    Why isn’t there a constant outcry by the media? Taking these lies into consideration, why does the media support & pushes Obama for a second term?


  • ProgressiveInAmerica

    The only people that support Ron “poopie” Paul are radical communists, Islamofascists, 10 year olds, and foreigners who want to see the destruction of America.

  • ProgressiveInAmerica

    The only people that support Ron “poopie” Paul are radical communists, Islamofascists, 10 year olds, and foreigners who want to see the destruction of America.

  • DramaBlock

    pro choice? church and state? these issues are beside the point.

  • icywinters

    I do not like ron pauls church and state integration, but i strongly agree with this message