Ron Paul: Government Cannot Protect Us From All Possible Harm

by Ron Paul

The senseless and horrific killings last week at a movie theater in Colorado reminded Americans that life is fragile and beautiful, and we should not take family, friends, and loved ones for granted. Our prayers go out to the injured victims and the families of those killed. As a nation we should use this terrible event to come together with the resolve to create a society that better values life.

We should also face the sober reality that government cannot protect us from all possible harm. No matter how many laws we pass, no matter how many police or federal agents we put on the streets, no matter how routinely we monitor internet communications, a determined individual or group can still cause great harm. We as individuals are responsible for our safety and the safety of our families.

Furthermore, it is the role of civil society rather than government to build a culture of responsible, peaceful, productive individuals. Government cannot mandate morality or instill hope in troubled individuals. External controls on our behavior imposed by government through laws, police, and jails usually apply only after a terrible crime has occurred.

Internal self-governance, by contrast, is a much more powerful regulator of human behavior than any law. This self-governance must be developed from birth, first by parents but later also through the positive influence of relatives and adult role models. Beyond childhood, character development can occur through religious, civic, and social institutions. Ultimately, self-governance cannot be developed without an underlying foundation of morality.

Government, however, is not a moral actor. The state should protect our rights, but it cannot develop our character. Whenever terrible crimes occur, many Americans understandably demand that government “do something” to prevent similar crimes in the future. But this reflexive impulse almost always leads to bad laws and the loss of liberty.

Do we really want to live in a world of police checkpoints, surveillance cameras, and metal detectors? Do we really believe government can provide total security? Do we want to involuntarily commit every disaffected, disturbed, or alienated person who fantasizes about violence? 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. Government cannot create a world without risks, 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.


  • Almost everyone who has actually taken the time to research the 3 remaining candidates for President on their own, and not just base their vote on the MSM, is in favor of Ron Paul.

    Dr. Paul has the most entusiastic supporters, because we are fighting behind the common goals of attaining REAL freedom and REAL liberty.

    Our plan to do so: FOLLOW THE CONSTITUTION

    Ron Paul 2012

  • What about Gary Johnson?

  • Three possibilities: First, the vote goes through to the electors and is fairly counted. Second, the voting mechanism (electronic or otherwise) will not register Dr. Paul’s name. Third, the vote is properly counted at the booth but the elector ignores it.

  • This is coming from someone under 18, so take it as you will. As much as I want Paul to be president, if I could vote in November, I’d vote for Gary Johnson. Again, take this as you will.

  • someone answer this please. i was to know as well.

  • French Canadian

    Another good read:

    Death by Democide: The Reason We Have the 2nd Amendment

  • French Canadian

    Governments are never the SOLUTION, government are always the PROBLEM.

    Most tragic events in countries are False Flags staged by government to get more POWER.

    Democide: Government Killed Over 260 Million in the 20th Century, Poised to Kill Billions More in the 21st


    But what are the REAL threats our society faces?

    Alex turns the tables on the constant propaganda about a projected enemy. He documents proven academic research in Democide, or Death by Government, demonstrating that the real killers throughout history have always been in government. From Mao in Communist China, Stalin in the U.S.S.R., Hitler in Nazi Germany, Pol Pot under the Khmer Rouge and so many others, governments have killed more than 260 million people in just the last one hundred years.

    Through this important documentary, you will understand how history’s mega-killers are now poised to kill not millions but billions in a new age of dominance under world government. The elite psychopathic rulers, along with their technocratic Renfield minions, are pursuing a transhumanist vision where they seek to become gods while the masses of humanity are sacrificed in the name of saving the earth, all while risking our very planet in their destructive experimentation.

    Watch the Full Length Documentary: Blueprint Of Madmen (40 minutes)

    The documentary starts out with a humorous look at the state of affairs in America today, and then delves into the seriousness of the situation in which we find ourselves.

  • Ron Paul/Gary Johnson 2012!

  • —voting RON PAUL or I will not vote.

  • yes Ron Paul for president

  • Yes, there are terrorists that were under the flag of Buddhism. In Myanmar and Sri Lanka to name a couple countries where they have operated. I am surprised this would still come as a surprise considering that the Sinhalese-Tamil conflict is not in the realm of obscure knowledge. I am just pointing this out. Good day.

  • Buddhists and Hindus have terrorists? I believe Buddhism is the only religion in the world that can truly tout being a peaceful religion. I can’t remember the last Hindu terrorist in the world, if there ever was one. Please get your facts straight before slandering large groups of people like that.

  • I know what you mean.

  • You know one group will jump to a conclusion and the other group gets mad then the other group will inevitably do the same thing . congratulations your are a a hole the fact that you are on a Ron Paul vid makes me want to puck

  • Well it seems he meant to terrorize people I don’t think we no his motivation yet . But glad you have the whole thing figured out . Fucking retards

  • wow thats weird

  • Having less guns wouldnt stop situations like this . The bad or mentally ill guys always manage to get guns on the black market. It just means the decent people arent able to protect themselves

  • everytime I have been harmed or threatened it has been by the State

  • People need to stop trolling

  • Well said