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.


  • lol
    Ron Paul follows the Constitution… Yea.. such an idiot..


  • ron paul is an idiot his ideas dont make any sense obama is far more surperior than this old fooll obama is gonna pay my bills with his world changing ideas i love obama i hope all you libertarian loosers burn in hell with your fag republicans. also guns are the greatest

  • During the 80s when the Cold War was at its height, Ron Paul was preaching do nothing to the Soviet Union, do nothing to help Europe and he sent a letter to Reagan threatening to leave the party because he didnt like where the country was going. I wasnt talking about the 50s. I was talking when Ron Paul was elected.

    so less than one percent of soldiers donated. Thanks for proving me right that the military stays out of politics.

  • Because tax-money gotten from that district is distributed fairly around the country. That’s why it’s fair, they aren’t “stealing” your money.

  • The times are different, one form of politics can’t work in all situations. Saying “the Sovijet were bad back in the 50s and because of that Ron Paul would be a bad president.” Doesn’t hold any ground.
    For what it is worth Ron Paul got over 34.000 military donations (not dollars but individual soldiers who donated), while Obama got around 20.000 and Romney less than 5.000.

  • Ron Paul would have let the Soviet Union take over Western Europe during the Cold War. Ron Paul has managed to defend every thug criminal tyrant and every other person who wants to destroy America.

    tell me how many soldiers donated to Ron Paul. I am still waiting for you to post than number. As I said, the military largely stays out of politics and the fact you arent posting those numbers should tell you that I am right.

    What is wrong with giving money to Mubarak?

  • Ron Paul did not simply want proper procedure. He wanted his libertarian agenda pushed. Procedure is just his excuse to do nothing. Ron Paul defended OBL during a debate.

    We can get rid of the entire military budget and all overseas spending and we are still running a budget deficit. These wars have not ruined our economy. Out of control spending on Social Security, medicare, and medicade have ruined it. That takes over half our budget, not military and overseas spending.

  • First of all, Ron Paul is not a senator, he’s a congressman in the House of Representatives, not the Senate. Second, he’s paid to represent the people of his district, not secure earmarks. Third, the federal money that he uses in his district doesn’t all come from his constituents. It comes from MY taxes as well, so basically I’m paying for crap in his district that I don’t get to use. How is that fair?

  • Because his job as senator is to represent the people in his district. It doesn’t mean he agrees with it.He is doing what he is getting paid to do. Ron Paul’s district is majority Democrat. The only reason he got elected there is because he is honest and he does his job. This is why i support Ron Paul he follows through with what the people want. The federal government helping farmers in Pakistan grow mangoes is much different than a Senator representing his district.

  • Especially a city at the bottom of the economic collapse

  • I’m not sure. But how does one rail against pork spending but then earmark millions of federal taxpayer dollars for his own district?

  • Obviously this guy has never been to a large city.

  • We give Egypt 2 billion a year and they don’t even like us. how do you give someone 2 billion dollars when you are -20 trillion?

  • The things you listed total 45.7 million. 3 Trillion blown on Iraq. We give Columbia and Jordan each 500 million in aid. We gave Egypt 1.5 billion a year while Mubarak was in power. Now we give just about 2 billion.

  • These things are all within the United States. A commuter rail is not wasteful spending. Local and state Governments are not 20 trill. in debt therefore they can spend more. I would rather pay for a “trails and sidewalks” program in the U.S. than a”trails and sidewalks program”in Iraq. Spending money on clean energy is not waste.I would rather give money to low-income families for daycare than to Mubarak.I would rather pay 11 million for job training than pay to arm rebels backed by Al-Quida.

  • next time im down there ill snap some pics for you

  • Why would there be pictures of someone starving in Detroit. There is homeless people all over. They cannot find jobs because these wars have ruined our economy. People don’t even need to be starving for there to be a problem. Americans need to come first. The U.N. shouldn’t be telling our government what to do.

  • Ron Paul voted to get Osama. Clinton had the chance to get Osama twice.Ron Paul simply wanted a proper procedure. The president does not have the authority to go to war on his own. Mitt Romney never voted to cut the military budget. Therefore you do support debt. If the military budget is not cut that equals debt and a decrease in the standard of living for the United States.

  • Ron Paul wouldn’t have put Osama in power in the first place.Clinton had the chance to get Osama Bin Laden twice. All i know about military donations is that it’s almost twice the number of Obama. We have no reason to be in Afghanistan Osama is dead.
    We also gave money to Mubarak and Ghadaffi. We gave money to Saddam before we fought him. See a pattern here?…As for military donations Ron Paul received $170 on average from military personal. $170 in a year is not all their income.