Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Winds of Change? A Republican Speaks Out. . . .

Searching for a New Direction
By Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX)

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If we're inclined to improve conditions, we should give serious consideration to the following policy reforms, reforms the American people who cherish liberty would enthusiastically support:

1. No more "No Child Left Behind" legislation;

2. No more prescription drug programs;

3. No more undeclared wars;

4. No more nation building;

5. No more acting as the world policemen;

6. No more deficits;

7. Cut spending-everywhere;

8. No more political and partisan resolutions designed to embarrass those who may well have legitimate and honest disagreements with current policy;

9. No inferences that disagreeing with policy is unpatriotic or disloyal to the country;

10. No more pretense of budget reform while ignoring off-budget spending and the ever-growing fourteen appropriations bills;

11. Cut funding for corporate welfare, foreign aid, international NGOs, defense contractors, the military industrial complex, and rich corporate farmers before cutting welfare for the poor at home;

12. No more unconstitutional intrusions into the privacy of law-abiding American citizens;

13. Reconsider the hysterical demands for security over liberty by curtailing the ever-expanding and oppressive wars on drugs, tax violators, and gun ownership.

Finally, why not try something novel, like having Congress act as an independent and equal branch of government? Restore the principle of the separation of powers, so that we can perform our duty to provide checks and balances on an executive branch (and an accommodating judiciary) that spies on Americans, glorifies the welfare state, fights undeclared wars, and enormously increases the national debt. Congress was not meant to be a rubber stamp. It's time for a new direction.

The rest (and there's a lot!) here.

Thanks for the head's up, Edwin.


Lenny said...

Yeah Edwin, thanks for the heads up! :)

Thankful said...

let us be wary of wolves in sheeps' clothing...

This guy Ron Paul gives me the heeby-jeebies. And reading this article sends up big red flags - Says lots of things everyone wants to hear by admitting the country is not in good shape... but at every turn distracts from this administrations' crimes and lays blame on 'Congress', 'the government', 'the past 100 years', 'lobbiests'...

Then there are a couple points ever so subtly inserted that IMO are setting the stage for some of the next round repug. assaults... democracy is bad, illegal immigrants (their current bad guys) are dragged into the discourse, paper money system.

ok, back to why Rep. Paul (TX-14) gives me the creeps - he's the one who introduced H.R 4379, the "We the People Act" Yeah, I'm on that again/still. Can't help but think it's one of the long term goals - limit the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court and all federal courts so that they cannot hear cases that dispute state laws on: (A) religion, (B) right of privacy including any such claim related to any issue of sexual practices, orientation, or reproduction, or (C) right to marry w/o regard to sex or sexual orientation.

read it...

thePhrog said...

Good point Thankful. Never wise to take modern Repubs at face value ("Clean Skys," "patriot Act" etc.). As for keeping certain cases from reaching the Supreme Court, I don't think it will matter one way or the other once (if, I guess we got the stones together to filibuster!) Sam Alito is confirmed. :(