Here are some points to consider about the Second Amendment, and their essential historical context.Details
The key is and always has been nullification.Details
We are long past the point at which constitutional arguments have much hope of restraining the American political class, either at home or abroad. They are still worth making, though, since they serve to show the two major partiesâ€™ contempt for American law and tradition.Details
by Rep Ron Paul
Last week I discussed our worsening economic situation and the fact that there are very few options for the new administration to improve things in the long run.Â The same is not true on the foreign policy front.Â Our interventionist foreign policy stands ready to be put on a new course with the new administration.Â Unfortunately, it seems the new administration is likely to continue the mistakes of the past.
I’ve often discussed interventionist foreign policy and the resulting blowback.Â The current administration’s foreign policy, I’m afraid, has created a huge impetus for blowback against the United States.Â However, I truly believe much of the world stands ready to look beyond our nation’s recent blunders if the new administration proves to be heading in a more reasonable direction.Details
by Rep Ron Paul
Many who agree with me on a lot of other issues, do not understand my enthusiasm for gold and sound money or why I spend so much time studying and talking about monetary policy.Â It’s true that I talk about money differently than most, but the fact is sound money offers many benefits.
For example â€“ peace.Details
In reading the Constitution, we can plainly see that Congress possesses the power â€œto regulate commerce with foreign nations, to raise and support armies, to grant letters of marque and reprisal, to provide for the common defense,â€ and even â€œto declare war.â€ Congress shares, with the President, the power to make treaties and to appoint ambassadors. As for the Executive, the President is assigned only two powers relating to foreign affairs; commander-in-chief of the armed forces, and the power to receive ambassadors.
The United States Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land in our country, delegates the power to declare war to the Congress and the power to wage war to the President. What that means is that only the Congress, as representatives of the People and of the States, can determine whether or not the nation goes to war. If the People, through Congress, decide that the nation shall go to war, the President then, and only then, has the authority to wage it.
Unless the country is being invaded, if the congress does not declare war against another country, the president is constitutionally barred from waging it, no matter how much he desires to do so. This is, again, shown clearly in the following statements:Details
by Rep Ron Paul
We’ve heard how the value of the dollar affects gas prices â€“ and indeed the price of everything.Â I was pleased that my request for a hearing on such was granted by the Financial Services committee and we were able to hear some very informative testimony.Â Certainly domestic policies, regarding off-shore oil drilling bans, ethanol mandates, refining capacity, and CAFE standards are interventionist and harmful enough in the energy market.
But how does foreign policy affect gas prices?Â One important factor is that oil on the world market has been priced in dollars exclusively since 1973.Â Only two leaders have gone against this arrangement – Saddam Hussein in 2000 and more recently Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with the recently opened Iranian Oil Bourse which trades in non-dollar currencies.ÂDetails
by Bob Barr
Throughout U.S. history, the American people have balanced liberty and security. Finding the right mix isn’t always easy. But policy-makers must never forget that they are duty-bound to protect a free society.
Government had ample powers before 9/11 to deal with terrorism in a manner consistent with the Bill of Rights. If we needlessly sacrifice the liberties that make America great, we, in the manner of Esau, will have sold our national soul for a mess of pottage.Details