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.


  • He is pleased that the platform is slowly changing back to anti-nation building. If he supported the platform he would endorse Romney.

  • It’s not just making treaties. We give foreign aid to Russia and Egypt to name a few WHY

  • The constitution was NOT written for the government. It was written for the people. So that the government doesn’t get out of control. The Government is owned by the people. If congress has a 9% approval rating than clearly people don’t agree with this nonsense policing the world.

  • Giving dictators money and fighting them is not making treaties…Its nonsense

  • That was on fox news, cnn etc. If no one takes Ron Paul seriously than why does he get the most…by far… donations from military personal. Mitt Romney could probably run as a democrat. Mitt Romney is in no way conservative.

  • Apparently you didn’t read the news today. Ron Paul said he is “happy” and “pleased” with the foreign policy plank of this year’s platform despite not having anti-nation building language. Look it up for yourself. Paul is a fraud.

  • Haa haa umm (clearing my throat), You sound like you have been watching the news, no offence, however a more reliable source would be right hear on YOUTUBE, you know, where the people actually have a voice.

    P.S. Do you know what they say about people who feel the need to use profanity during a conversation? now thats something you might be able to learn watching FOX. good luck!

  • the government has power to tax and the government has power to make treaties with other nations and through those treaties we are allowed to send money to other nations. That is what we have done in places like Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. We used power given to our government through the Constitution to make treaties.

    Ron Paul is a libertarian not a Constitutionalist. He cherry picks from the Constitution and from our founding fathers to support his libertarian agenda.

  • And in fact, America WAS at one point for new opportunities, new beginnings… a NEW CHANCE from the rest of the world filled with fucked up laws and rules and all this bullshit regulations without being judged upon(Obviously it’s changed) of but I’m still proud to know my history of America of what it once was… you will never take it away from me.

  • Obviously, you don’t know me but only the comment I wrote
    I preach this everyday, and mind set based on “Hate”? Your basically saying I’m just like the government which I preach everyday to the overall brainwashed population. Just because I told you I’m proud to be born where I was born doesn’t mean I have any characteristics of the government. In fact I agree with everything you just said, it’s just were reading each other through just words, no emotion…

  • “I think he has the support of the people”
    Why the fuck you need to lie, now when he has gone as the AMERICAN VOTERS REJECTED HIM!

  • Additionally, if you think that Ron Paul is “happy with the GOP’s foreign policy” than you must be talking about Willard Romney because if there was one single message you could take away from Ron Paul’s position of Foreign Policy it’s that he is against ALL NATION BUILDING. He wants all foreign aide to stop, because the constitution does not give the US Government the power to take our money and give it to another country! Pick up a text book and stop relying on the Media for info on politics.

  • I find it HILARIOUS when I find someone who honestly feels like Ron Paul is a fraud. However, this being the first time I have found someone who honestly believes that, I think I’ll just laugh to myself rather than waste my time trying to explain the fact that Ron Paul is one of VERY FEW in Washington that is NOT a fraud. Ron Paul is and has always been a consistent defender of civil liberties and constitutionalism. But lets face it, that makes those of us who believe in civil liberties sheep.

  • rEVOLution!

  • and your comment is why no one takes Ron Paul or any of his cultists seriously.

  • hmmm… I couldn’t really speak on those issues, if they exist. Regardless, the fact that Romney gave Paul the delegates in the recent deal should at least slightly indicate that something was unjust. You think? Or I suppose Romney did it to shut up the whiny Paul supporters. Good luck with your procedural rules. I’m sure the country benefits from them to get good business men like Romney elected.

  • Ah, another presidential year, and another year that Ron Paul is not on the ballot. Dumb Paulbots. Do you feel betrayed that Paul is happy with the GOP’s foreign policy plank even though it doesn’t include anti-nation building language? Fact is, Paul is a fraud and his followers are mindless SHEEP!

  • I’m not American and I think Americans will be considered official idiots in the international community if Ron Paul does not win. But my fear is that even if he does I think powerful people behind the scenes will do everything they can to overturn his policies and smear his presidency.

  • Ron Paul isn’t an isolationist, he wants to engage with the world just diplomatically and not aggressively.