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.


  • If this man doesn’t become president, prepare for another 4 years of hell(Worse then the puppet Obummer)

  • FIRE JESSE BENTON, then talk your grand daughter into divorcing his trator ass!

  • Your right, I will do that. Great Idea. Thank You

  • Kathy McCann

    Happy Birthday SIR!!! Thank you for being sincere /honest and so logical. You give me hope and courage to stand up for freedom and my beliefs. Many more..we need you.!

  • I think Ron paul is doing a better Job as president right now and he’s not even in office. I think he has the support of the people and the people will follow him even if he’s not nomminated and I think they should, let’s show this Government who’s boss, IT IS WE THE PEOPLE, TOGETHER WE STAND DIVIDED WE FALL!

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  • Jack

    Happy Birthday Dr. Paul,

    I wish you well. Thanks for educating a lot of the young people. Your comments are always clear as a bell to me. I wish that America could realize what they’re missing by not choosing you as the next US President. I truly respect you.

    Jack / Chicago

  • The sad thing is Mitt Romney was picked to win from the start.. just look at the donations hes received and who from, they came for the same people that got bush and black man Obama elected.. hey everyone theirs a black man in power, that means the us must be legit. No more corruption now.. CHANGE!!! (There was no racism intended there, i just personally believe the banks picked a black guy to try and show the USA is a real democracy after all,, You know, they had to after they staged 911

  • I want to take you seriously, but then I looked at your country. And honestly, you look like a fascist. If people like you open their mouths, it makes America look bad.

  • I agree they (the shadow government) wont let you win but u will still make a difference.. It might just take 20 years or something but it will happen.. We the people of the planet have to be careful because the rich people of this planet want us dead.. they want the planet for themselves, for their children. we have to realise we have psychopaths are in power…

  • I want to take you seriously, but then I looked at your channel. And honestly, you look like an idiot. If people like you like Ron Paul, it makes Ron Paul look bad.

  • Not seeking the nomination from the floor?

  • J M Damon

    Sorry I was away from the computer and failed to wish Ron Paul “Happy Birthday!”
    He is the same vintage I am. Remember that “it is better to vote for someone you like and lose than vote for someone you don’t like and win.” Consider that trying to choose the lesser evil, as the majority of Americans do, is a deadly political game. Given the deceptive nature of evil, the greater evil will appear the lesser!

  • The only sane American presidential candidate.
    I’m from Europe and I support Ron Paul.
    You fat brainwashed, lazy basdards should get your ass up and do the same! It’s a fucking SHAME that people such as me (FOREIGNERS) have to point that out!
    American people, if you have a single bit of dignity left in your bodies and are willing to end this gigantic fascist military empire, get this doctor in office!
    Sincerely yours, “the rest of the world”.

  • nasir malik

    I really like Ron Paul to be our President. He has great ideas to save this nation and lead it to peace and prosperity. I hope he wins as independent make the history.

  • would be nice for a personal statement to the grassroots support updateing all as to whats happening in the RP camp and how the future is panning out according to the good DR PAUL.

  • Ron Paul is like our JKM. You must vote for him!

  • What a stupid comment. How on earth did you come up with that comparison?


  • They spend trillions (of our dollars) murdering innocent civilians in sovereign nations across the globe, but somehow they can’t seem to notice the Russian nuclear sub that recently spent WEEKS in the Gulf of Mexico. What they do has nothing to do with “defense”.