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.


  • Yep!!! And that would include almost everyone in Wasington D.C. !!!!

  • Win or lose Hitler was the ruler of Nazi Germany too!!!

  • I agree with you. I wonder how many people here in the U.S. know about the real motive behind Obama care? I wonder if they know that its already a law that every American will have to be microchiped by 2014 or be denied all health care. I wonder if people will ever wake up!!!

  • You said it !!! You are exactly right. I just don’t get it when people can be so blind. None of the big networks are covering anything thats really happening. Its all propaganda.

  • I really wish Mitt Romney was kicked out of the nomination. Ron Paul represents our rights, but it’s getting to the point we need to stand up for our own rights. We need to stand together!

  • Even gold and silver coins can be denominated in Bitcoin. Thus Bitcoin can replace both physical and digital USD!

  • The Federal Debt, no matter how you deal with it, can never be eliminated unless we end the Fed and stop borrowing money into existence, repaying the debt with interest, using the income tax as a cudgel against the American people. I boot go Bitcoin as a total replacement of the USD fiat debt based currency we are shackled with today. Even the Amero would be exactly the same as USD, created out of nothing, borrowed into existence, making suffering and poverty worse by continuous inflation.

  • What’s going On?? US Soldier’s are being shipped home in boxes on a weekly basis here in Spokane,Wa.?? But..the war’s over??? Anyone else having these reports on your local news also??? There is still a war going on & the new’s isn’t reporting it to us on purpose. The enemy these days is our own Govt & media reporter’s NBC,fox,cbs,abc are the TRUE U.S. Brainwasher’s.

  • Surfisher

    Off Topic —

    To claim P. Ryan is a “Conservative” is akin to saying humans evolved from jellyfish.

    Nothing could be further from the truth regarding this Socialist who voted for TARP bailouts.

    Ben Swann’s Reality Check — 4 minute video.


    Funniest sophism (P. Ryan): “This Bill offends my principles, but I’m gonna vote for this Bill in order to preserve my principles…”! (minute 3:10 to 3:21)

    LOL — that’s not even sophistry, but plain idiocy (perfect match with Rmoney…who has NO principles)….

    No wonder the Mitt made himself even more UNELECTABLE (by choosing this Ryan clown for his sidekick).

  • because our society is nothing but a group of brainwashed morons who think the criminal stooges that run our country are the answer, not the problem.

  • looking forward to hearing you in tampa next month.You tell them We are Coming to take back our country!! Funny how the media has acted like you disappeared & aren’t even in the race…welll What r they gonna do when everyone see’s You’ve been here the whole time.The Media Try ‘s to Block you out But We are Gonna vote Ron Paul in November & the GOVT. Can’t stop that!

  • go ron paul!!! a true patriot! and those who dont follow him are not americans because americans arent supposed to be ignorant fools!! how can you vote for obama when u havent even looked into how policy should be managed! you just vote because u see him most on tv and he looks like a cool guy?? is this a joke? listen to logic listen to ron paul be a true american patriot! with a brain!

  • Surfisher

    Off Topic — Julian Assange’s Speech On Balcony Of Ecuador’s Embassy In London
    Watch this 9 minute video — The BO gets exposed for what he is…a wannabe Dictator of the World !

    Did British police actually invade the sanctity of the Ecuadorian Embassy? If true, that’s an Act of War!

    Anyway, congrats on the small Nation of Ecuador standing up to the Big Brother bullies!

  • Win or lose he’s my president!

  • We never say cuts in political terms. We talk about restructuring like closing bases and cutting up some of this military equipment and replacing it with newer equipment so our troops that we have are properly equiped.

  • Because he will expose all the criminals!

  • RON PAUL 2012 – All eyes to the Delegates at the Convention!

  • Congratulations on another year of fighting the good fight.

  • Voting libertarian would be a wiser choice, at least Gary Johnson is more ideologically consistent with Paul’s message than any other candidate running. Plus if all the Ron Paul supporters divert to Johnson, he might actually have a decent chance.

  • Don’t get me wrong, I love Ron Paul, but he needs to endorse Gary Johnson in the hopes of having someone other Romney or Obama as president.