Ron Paul: Seeking Total Security Leads to a Totalitarian Society




by Ron Paul

The senseless and horrific killings last week in Newtown, Connecticut reminded us that a determined individual or group of individuals can cause great harm no matter what laws are in place.  Connecticut already has restrictive gun laws relative to other states, including restrictions on fully automatic, so-called “assault” rifles and gun-free zones.

Predictably, the political left responded to the tragedy with emotional calls for increased gun control.  This is understandable, but misguided. The impulse to have government “do something” to protect us in the wake national tragedies is reflexive and often well intentioned.  Many Americans believe that if we simply pass the right laws, future horrors like the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting can be prevented.  But this impulse ignores the self evident truth that criminals don’t obey laws.

The political right, unfortunately, has fallen into the same trap in its calls for quick legislative solutions to gun violence.  If only we put armed police or armed teachers in schools, we’re told, would-be school shooters will be dissuaded or stopped.

While I certainly agree that more guns equals less crime and that private gun ownership prevents many shootings, I don’t agree that conservatives and libertarians should view government legislation, especially at the federal level, as the solution to violence.  Real change can happen only when we commit ourselves to rebuilding civil society in America, meaning a society based on family, religion, civic and social institutions, and peaceful cooperation through markets.  We cannot reverse decades of moral and intellectual decline by snapping our fingers and passing laws.

Let’s not forget that our own government policies often undermine civil society, cheapen life, and encourage immorality.  The president and other government officials denounce school violence, yet still advocate for endless undeclared wars abroad and easy abortion at home.  U.S. drone strikes kill thousands, but nobody in America holds vigils or devotes much news coverage to those victims, many of which are children, albeit, of a different color.

Obviously I don’t want to conflate complex issues of foreign policy and war with the Sandy Hook shooting, but it is important to make the broader point that our federal government has zero moral authority to legislate against violence.

Furthermore, do we really want to live in a world of police checkpoints, surveillance cameras, metal detectors, X-ray scanners, and warrantless physical searches?  We see this culture in our airports: witness the shabby spectacle of once proud, happy Americans shuffling through long lines while uniformed TSA agents bark orders.  This is the world of government provided “security,” a world far too many Americans now seem to accept or even endorse.  School shootings, no matter how horrific, do not justify creating an Orwellian surveillance state in America.

Do we really believe government can provide total security?  Do we want to involuntarily commit every disaffected, disturbed, or alienated person who fantasizes about violence?  Or can we accept that liberty is more important than the illusion of state-provided security? Government cannot create a world without risks, nor would we really wish to live in such a fictional place.  Only a totalitarian society would even claim absolute safety as a worthy ideal, because it would require total state control over its citizens’ lives.  We shouldn’t settle for substituting one type of violence for another. Government role is to protect liberty, not to pursue unobtainable safety.

Our freedoms as Americans preceded gun control laws, the TSA, or the Department of Homeland Security.  Freedom is defined by the ability of citizens to live without government interference, not by safety. It is easy to clamor for government security when terrible things happen; but liberty is given true meaning when we support it without exception, and we will be safer for it.

»crosslinked«

Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

323 Comments:

  1. I had no idea Paul was anti-gun.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  2. The messages he gives outshines him

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  3. Had the sheeple woke up and voted for this man, he would have been President and Sandy Cook wouldn't have happened. In fact Aurora Co probably wouldn't have happened either. I will start calling this once great nation the USDA. The United States of Dumb Asses.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  4. "Freedom is defined by the ability of citizens to live without a government interference".
    No it's not.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  5. IT'S TIME...You came politically awake in the sixties - we are now three generations strong.We feel growing anger and immense frustration. Modest but meaningful change was wanted. We promised ourselves. Our 99% vs.1% protests & Arab Spring's have ruling elites worried yet wealth rules politics. Who wins; it doesn't matter any more. Govt. pons +Advocacy groups + military-industrial reps in this toxic soup. Promise now 'Rest of our lives' commit. Act from moral strength & know I stand with you.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  6. No one could have said it better

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  7. I think a better idea would be undercover armed security. They should not be in charge of anything but school shootings, and let the word out that school zones are not criminal safe zones.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  8. when did Mittens say he didn't want to be president? I never heard anything about that.??P.S. I did not want either of them either. I agree with the stinks part.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  9. You voted for Ron Paul because you are a stupid drug attic.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 1

  10. You voted for Ron Paul because you are a stupid drug attic.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 1

  11. Correction: Most of us sit back and do nothing. I voted for Dr. Paul in the primary and I talked to all of my family, friends, and co-workers about electing him into office.....our real problem is that the majority of Americans will not realize he was right until something like a major economic collapse takes place.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  12. Correction: Most of us sit back and do nothing. I voted for Dr. Paul in the primary and I talked to all of my family, friends, and co-workers about electing him into office.....our real problem is that the majority of Americans will not realize he was right until something like a major economic collapse takes place.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  13. Always impressed with RP's take on things.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 0

  14. Stay focused Paulbots. Midterm elections loom. Get active in your community's. VET you REPS. See where they stand. Vote the communists and socialist's out. Doc. Paul lit the fires. We have to fan the flames. America can be made whole again.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  15. Stay focused Paulbots. Midterm elections loom. Get active in your community's. VET you REPS. See where they stand. Vote the communists and socialist's out. Doc. Paul lit the fires. We have to fan the flames. America can be made whole again.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  16. Well, that's a nice how do you do! LOL I will continue to talk to people about Congressman Ron Paul until the day I die and maybe the younger generation will decide to say "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it any more!"

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 0

  17. The corrupt globalists have already usurped control over our military, our industries, our food + energy, our media + communications, our transportation centers, our space, and national defense programs, our trade and technologies, and now they are trying to use the schools to take armed control, and intimidation over our children !!!. Wake the hell up people !!!, this is exactly the same thing they did in Nazi Germany !!!. Arming teachers and administrators, is not an option !!!.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  18. Armed teachers and administrators, is not a desirable option !!!. Schools are already leftist indoctrination centers, lets not turn them into heavily armed, reeducation camp, correcional facilities !!!. Think about it .... The same exact thing that happened in all of the transportation centers, will happen within the schools !!!.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  19. While I don't entirely agree with your actions, I do sympathize with your end goal. We just have different philosophies on how to reach that goal.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  20. Integrity is great, but honestly, what use is it if it doesn't win elections?

    Instead of protesting the system by voting third party, you're better off not voting and spending your free time working on behalf of third parties and trying to fundamentally change the system. All a third party vote will do is encourage the party bosses to change their message just enough next time in order to draw in the independents like yourself.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


7 + four =

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>