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.



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  1. End the madness. Ron Paul 2012.

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  2. Agreed. Romney is the only real alternative to Obama. Ron Paul is a batshit crazy lunatic fringe candidate trying to bring america back to the 1800's. it's funny how paulbots think that somebody with no experience in business or congressional law is somehow a better choice than a successful businessman or a formal congressional law attorney.

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  3. Agreed. Romney is the only real alternative to Obama. Ron Paul is a batshit crazy lunatic fringe candidate trying to bring america back to the 1800's. it's funny how paulbots think that somebody with no experience in business or congressional law is somehow a better choice than a successful businessman or a formal congressional law attorney.

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  4. If people were allowed to defend themselves this sort of thing wouldn't happen as much. Used to be you didn't snap on people because it had consequences. They could react. Now it seems if you hurt a robber/defend yourself your some wild cave man vigilante and need to be locked up. Your supposed to call the police, tell the teacher, wait for an authority figure.

    People pull this crap because people are condemned for protecting themselves. They are supposed to be reliant on the G daddy. Who has a 10 minute or so lag in response time if the stars align just so.

    What should have happen in these situations is the moment someone goes pyscho every sane father and employee there should pull out of a piece of their own and society can self correct these situations. Other nuts will see and crack on their plans and hopefully get some sleep and normalize a bit.

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  5. Fuck Robme and FUCK YOU.

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  6. wRONg Paul is a batshit crazy, looneytoon assface, and you fuckin' yo-yos deserve what you get!
    MITT ROMNEY 2012 & 2016!
    MITT ROMNEY 2012 & 2016!
    MITT ROMNEY 2012 & 2016!
    MITT ROMNEY 2012 & 2016! MITT ROMNEY 2012 & 2016!

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  7. your a TRAITOR & SELLOUT (VENDIDO TRAIDOR)
    call me what ever you want & even if I am an asshole, I Am STILL AN AMERICAN & OVER MY DEAD BODY WILL I SURRENDER MY FLAG OR MY CIVIL RIGHTS TO YOUR FUCKEN GLOBALIST & YOUR TREASONOUS 1 WORLD CURRENCY = 1 WORLD ORDER

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  8. ASSHOLE.

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  9. I’ve never used foul language here…so forgive me if I do so now.

    One man, Ron Paul — set the below subhuman creatures back 100 years (back to 1913 when the Feds stole our Nation)!

    The Money Lenders, the Bilderberg Gang, the AIPAC, the International Banksters — ALL ARE PISSING BLOOD NOW!

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  10. Spread the Names of these 98 Traitors to the Real American People — that voted AGAINST auditing the Federal Reserve Gangsters!

    Contact these anti-American Scumbags and tell them what you think of their TRAITOROUS Action — and tell them, you’ll do your best to have them removed from ever holding any Office!

    Ackerman
    Andrews
    Bass (CA)
    Becerra
    Blumenauer
    Bonamici
    Brady (PA)
    Brown (FL)
    Butterfield
    Capps
    Capuano
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    Sánchez, Linda T.
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    Thompson (MS)
    Towns
    Turner (NY)
    Van Hollen
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    Wilson (FL)
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    • Great News!!
      But don't get to wound up yet....

      That Great Legislator-Terminator, the dishonerable

      **** Senator Harry Reid ****

      stands at the gate ready to defend the last bastions of the Progressive Utopia,
      yes that very same FED that makes Money appear Magically out of thin air...

      Poof the Welfare State, Poof ObamaCare, and Poof, Poof a Trillion Times.

      And if by some Divine Intervention, just short of a Bona Fide Miracle, the Senate narrowly does pass it too....

      Well than the great Dragon will sharpen his claws and a great 'V' will be etched across the Bill and it will crash in flaming defeat, its ashes lying along side the Repeal ObamaCare bill.

      While I am likewise elated about this House passage, the will of the People will not be permitted until after the 2012 election, when hopefully the last of the Progressive scum bags are cleared out.

      But even then we can't assume anything, the Republicans are no less innocent of the Fiat Money currency scandals....

      Ending the FED and a return to
      Sound Commodity Money (gold & silver coin)
      is the ONLY
      CONSTITUTIONALLY authorized solution.

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  11. thats right cause the government is the one who does the terrorism acts

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  12. YouTube has made it difficult to reply, share or thumbs up.
    Just have to keep clicking and get lucky - like me this time.

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  13. Ron Paul VICTORY — Audit the Feds PASSES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Now, time to get the names of the one Republicon and the 98 Democrooks that voted against the American People!

    These CREATURES are the enemies of We, The People — and we need to take them down!

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  14. "we need more laws to protect people! "tell me more about how criminals obey laws..."

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  15. Audit the Federal Reserve VOTE starts in a few minutes — about 1:15pm ET — watch it live, and mark down the Names of the anti-Americans that vote against this crucial transparency (so we can vote these creatures OUT OF Office)! What possible objection could there be to audit them, since anyone can be audited…what hidden powers make the Feds SO UNTOUCHABLE to BE EXEMPT from being audited, so all Americans can see what they’ve been doing to US???

    http://www.c-span.org/Live-Video/C-SPAN/

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  16. Give me liberty or give those who oppose liberty death. Why should I say give me death? BS!

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  17. Ben Swann did a special on the Colorado tragedy last night. He is very bold and dares to go where no other journalist will. Of course, his station is employee owned, but they certainly give him a lot of latitude. I am trying to post information to wake people up that this is another false flag operation to undermine our 2nd amendment rights. Also, that the MSM does not report the truth. People still believe their favorite "liberal, or "alternative" station like Democracy Now, or conservative stations like Fox News, report the truth and do investigative journalism. Thanks You to Ben for being a voice of the PEOPLE and standing up for the Constitution.
    http://www.fox19.com/story/19104797/reality-check-unanswered-questions-about-colorado-theater-massacre

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  18. Suport from Australia, I wish the US all the best.

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  19. Pendejo vendido. (stupid sellout)
    Ron esta en contra de los mexicanos. el es rasista porque el quiere cambiar la ley de los E.U. que dice que si los padres de un nino nasido en los E.U. no tienen papeles el nino tambien es ilegal y tienen que deportarlos, el quiere terminar con los derechhos civiles que nos protegen de la esclavitud y el apoya la segregasion

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  20. BOSS IS BOSS AND TRUTH IS TRUTH! NO ONE BUT RON PAUL FOR PRESIDENT!

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