Article and Photography by John Morin | Owl Staff
We’re at a crucial point in America’s history. The national debt has exceeded $15 trillion, surpassing our GDP; unemployment continues to hover around 9 percent; and people are taking to the streets in droves to protest as the government mishandles our economy and our future.
An accelerating debt puts America’s stability at risk, and Ron Paul is the only candidate willing to make real cuts. Other politicians have only called for cuts on proposed increases.
And President Obama certainly hasn’t delivered on his platform of “change,” continuing instead to increase spending, military involvement, and federal power.
Paul plans to cut $1 trillion from the budget in the first year, essentially bringing us back to 2006 levels. He will bring the troops home, cut unnecessary federal departments and taxes, balance the budget, and encourage sound money.
As a non-interventionist, Paul is the only candidate to be against continuous warfare and potentially dangerous preemptive attacks. Standing for a strong national defense, Paul recognizes that these things cannot be entered into lightly and that the Congress must first declare war, as is required by the Constitution.
Michael Scheuer, former CIA officer and Chief of the Bin Laden Issue Station, also endorsed Paul during a Fox interview. We have a history of meddling with different sides in the Middle East and around the world, and that creates what they refer to as “blowback,” or negative consequences.
Also take into account that Paul receives three times as many campaign donations from active service-men than all the other candidates combined!
Most of all, Ron Paul is an ardent supporter of the Constitution and personal liberty. All too often we’re told that the government is here to care for our every need from cradle to grave, and in the process, we surrender our freedoms. Paul would even legalize medical marijuana and end the costly “War on Drugs” which disproportionately targets minorities.
On December 31, 2011, Obama signed into law the 2012 NDAA Bill which includes language that would allow US citizens to be detained indefinitely without due process. This is in direct opposition to our Bill of Rights.
Not only that, but both political parties have advocated the President’s right to unilaterally assassinate an “enemy combatant,” even American citizens. Paul has rightly decried these efforts as extreme and unconstitutional.
As Benjamin Franklin once said, “Those who would give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
Pick up his books End the Fed and Liberty Defined to learn more about his stances. The Maryland primaries will take place on April 3, so be sure to register under the party you’re voting for because Maryland is a closed-primary state.
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