Ron Paul: Stop Nation Building & Cut Military Spending to Keep Us Free and Safe

by Ron Paul

Grover Norquist, the influential conservative activist, recently made some very frank and sobering remarks about the U.S. military budget. Unlike many conservatives, Mr. Norquist understands that American national security interests are not served by the interventionist foreign policy mindset that has dominated both political parties in recent decades. He also understands that there is nothing “conservative” about incurring trillions of dollars in debt to engage in hopeless nation building exercises overseas.

Speaking at the Center for the National interest last week, Norquist stated that “We can afford to have an adequate national defense which keeps us free and safe and keeps everybody afraid to throw a punch at us, as long as we don’t make some of the decisions that previous administrations have, which is to over extend ourselves overseas and think we can run foreign governments.”

He continued: “Bush decided to be the mayor of Baghdad rather than the president of the United States. He decided to occupy Iraq and Afghanistan rather than reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. That had tremendous consequences… Richard Nixon said that America’s national defense needs are set in Moscow, meaning that we wouldn’t have to spend so much if they weren’t shooting at us. The guys who followed didn’t notice that the Soviet Union disappeared.”

When a prominent DC conservative like Grover Norquist makes such bold statements, it shows that public support for a truly conservative foreign policy is growing. The American people simply cannot stomach more wars and more debt, especially with our domestic economy in tatters.

The American people should reject the hype about so called defense “cuts” from both side of the political spectrum. When the Obama administration calls for an 18% increase in 2013 military spending, those who propose a 20% increase portray this as a reduction!

Even the supposedly draconian cuts called for in the “sequestration” budget bill would keep military spending at 2006 levels when adjusted for inflation, which is about as high in terms of GDP as during World War II. It’s also more than the top 13 foreign countries spend on defense combined. Furthermore, sequestration only cuts military spending for one year after taking effect. In future years Congress is free to reinstate higher military spending levels– so under sequestration the most drastic case would mean spending $5.2 trillion instead of $5.7 trillion over the next decade.

Is there any amount of money that would satisfy the Pentagon hawks? Even if we were to slash our military budget in half, America easily would remain the world’s dominant military power. Our problems don’t result from a lack of spending. They result from a lack of vision and a profound misunderstanding of the single biggest threat to every American man, woman, and child: the federal debt.


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  • sad story you where the last hope ( not only for your fellow americans but for many other countries too , the US have a huge influence ) , happy birthday Mr. Paul .
    i wish you where not so loyal to your republican party and would create your own , i frankly cannot understand why this has not be done but i am not very used to the american election system and how it works in its details but with such a huge support it is a missed chance not to build a new party , good luck and health

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  • Aug. 26 Tampa Fl. Yes you can still vote for him, he’s not out of the race yet.

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    Rong Paul is a bad joke…….WITH NO PUNCHLINE!

  • YOU can still vote for Dr. Paul. Write in his name. A good constitution-minded citizen will vote for whom he feels will do the job the best. He (or she) should not vote to make sure someone else gets elected. Vote with your conscience! If you vote for Rommney, you are condoning more of the same. Ron Paul 2012!

  • You’ve accomplished so many good things so far! Don’t stop Doctor you are doing great!

  • It breaks my heart to think about all you young that are going to have to maintain this imperialism across the world. I don’t think it will last I think what we have done is about to come back to us 10 fold. Sad because I have a son that is almost 18 and when the draft he will be gone. Well unless I can get him to Ecuador first! Ron Paul is leaving a legacy and what you young do with it will be the question?

  • Noo I was 1 day too late, but however, hope u had a good birthday!

  • Idk if its Zionist or whatever.. But either way, its COMPLETE government corruption. Plato wrote a book all about it.

  • French Canadian

    There are two reasons they do not want to cut the Military budget.

    First: They want to keep bombing and destroying countries. They enjoy that.

    Second: They want to make sure they have enough ammunition to fight American Patriots which are now considered as terrorists by these scumbags.

    • Surfisher

      Yeap — spot on!

  • A belated Happy Birthday, Dr. Paul. I know it’s impossible for you to make it to the White House at this point, but…

    I believe in the impossible! Just as surely as Peter stepped out of his storm-tossed boat onto the unsettled Sea of Galilee and stood for a moment before his master, the impossible is alive and well….

  • Hope you had a good birthday dr. paul!

  • hes not out of the race

  • Can you still vote on Paul even if he is out of the race? What if I don’t want Obama nor Romney

  • I think in part the media has brainwashed people into thinking there is only 2 candidates. What a shame.

  • Happy Birthday Paul