By Ron Paul
Ron on his new personal website, and why he became a doctor and not a soldier.
When I was thinking of the URL for my new personal homepage, I considered many possibilities. Thanks also to all those who sent other suggestions. But I settled on RonPaulMD.com as reflecting a very important area of my life. To be a physician, and deliver 4,000 babies, was extremely fulfilling. Many times, I see people wearing a “I Was a Ron Paul Baby” t-shirt. Once, when I gave a speech in Iowa, I was told the head of the convention center wanted to talk to me. She had her birth certificate, and this time, she said, she wanted a legible signature! I was delighted to sign it again.
RonPaulMD.com highlights the non-political aspect of my life, the part not involved with that great engine of violence in DC, except to oppose it. Though when I first ran for office, advisors told me to emphasize the MD, since it showed I was not a lawyer!
Most important, I became a doctor to avoid being a soldier. I knew I would be drafted, and such things as seeking asylum in another country, or becoming a conscientious objector, were out of my range of thought at that time. But if I became a doctor, I knew I would not be given a rifle and told to shoot other young men at government orders.
Though the horrible UN oath is used in medical schools these days, I still adhere to the Hippocratic Oath, and its injunction to “First, do no harm.” It’s a great, ancient libertarian principle.
Thanks for visiting my home page. I hope you come back often. (emphasis Guffaw)
Dr. Paul reminded me of something. When I turned eighteen, my Father made certain I registered for The Draft. This was during the height of the Vietnam War. Between my disgust for communism, and a family history involving Marines, I really wanted to go. And kill communists for my country.
But, being disabled, they wouldn’t have me. Later, in college, I tried again with R.O.T.C. They, too, refused me. Said I couldn’t march. (I could shoot, but when was THAT ever a qualification?)
One of my good friends, David (Yes, another David – this makes 4?) came-of-age and registered as a conscientious objector. I even wrote a letter to his draft board attesting to his sincerity in his beliefs. And I asked a third time if they’d consider me as his replacement. No go.
But in my adolescent fantasies (the ones not consumed by girls), I had dreamt of becoming a Marine, then a local cop, then a federal agent of some flavor. This was not in anyone else’s cards.
It occurred to me a couple years ago that the primary reason I wanted law enforcement under my belt was so I could carry a firearm, legally, concealed. And, of course, to catch the ‘bad guys’. Now, with my CCW permit (and Constitutional Carry) I can do that in most of my State with impunity.
Now that I’m over 60, and the appeal of working for The Man is gone, I would not carry a gun for my government. Unless, of course, the Chinese military is advancing up from the Mexican Border…
And many of those ‘bad guys’ now work for government. Who knew?
I cannot imagine the anguish of those in government who honor their oaths to The Constitution, and have to do the bidding of the ‘bad guys’. It must be excruciating. And demoralizing.
Some of them are friends. You know who you are. Thank you for your service and dedication.
I keep seeing this meme more and more on the Internet, or at least on the blogosphere:
We as a Nation are more divided than ever before.
A Civil War is inevitable.
It’s gonna be those who love Freedom (at least OUR brand of freedom) versus those nanny-statist bastards!
And, I try console myself into thinking, “No, that won’t happen – we are too great a Nation with too much going for us to have it happen!”
But then I see stuff about the sheeple meekly lining up to have their Fourth Amendment rights shorn from them, or demanding ‘the government’ do something to
protect help medicate pay for take care of them.
And something like THIS (a comment on a gun control article in the Washington Post):
Italian Rose10/27/2013 6:12 PM MSTI would settle for a background check for each and every transaction and every gun owner needing to have a complete comprehensive psychiatric examination before the initial purchase and check-up every 3-years thereafter. If you fail the psych test, your a prohibited person and must surrender your guns to law enforcement. Better yet, the psych test is given at police headquarters and if you fail they return home with you and confiscate your guns. Penalties must be increased for a prohibited person having a gun any gun. Police must also have the discretion to conduct Terry Stops and warrant less searches in targeted areas looking for illegal guns. I like Washington DC’s policy if you have a empty shell casing without a firearm id card for that weapon you go to jail for years. Also if you have a permit for a 9mm and you get caught with a empty 380 casing, you go to jail. If this does not significantly reduce the gun violence epidemic in this country, we all know what’s next.
A mandatory psych test given at police headquarters? Warrantless searches and confiscations? Terry ‘stop and frisk’ searches at the ‘discretion of law enforcement?
This ‘Italian Rose’ certainly sounds learned in the basics of criminal law, minus the whole Constitutional protections part. Not unlike The President and the Attorney General.
And here’s the accompanying Gallup Poll results:
When did we become voluntary Pla-Do for the American Stasi? And what should we do about it?
Rivrdog ’hoists ‘them’ on their own petar’.
Misprision of Felony
…or, 18 USC 4
Here is the citation:
Whoever, having knowledge of the actual commission of a felony cognizable by a court of the United States, conceals and does not as soon as possible make known the same to some judge or other person in civil or military authority under the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
This offense, however, requires active concealment of a known felony rather than merely failing to report it.“
This is from the Wiki on this subject.
Now, if the United States government, which has a clear chain of authority, knows of cases of felonious entry (Illegal entry is not a felony, but committing ANY crime while illegally in the country makes it so), and they not only fail to actively prosecute and at least, deport those individuals which it DOES know about, THEN the same Government engages in actions intended to cover up and/or relieve those felons of their criminal responsibility, is the Government and it’s agents/actors criminally liable for Misprision of Felony?
More at the Rivrdog link, above.
Inquiring minds want to know…
TThe Whited Sepulchre reminded us of The Wisdom of David Nolan – founder of the Libertarian Party.
How does one tell if one is truly a Libertarian (philosophically, not necessarily a card-carrying LP member!)
In David’s words, below:
As a founder of the Libertarian Party and editor-in-chief of California Liberty, I am often asked how to tell if someone is “really” a libertarian. There are probably as many different definitions of the word “libertarian” as there are people who claim the label. These range from overly broad (“anyone who calls himself a libertarian is one”) to impossibly doctrinaire (“only those who agree with every word in the party platform are truly annointed”).
My own definition is that in order to be considered a libertarian, at least in the political context, an individual must adhere without compromise to five key points. Ideally, of course, we’d all be in agreement on everything. But we’re not, and probably never will be. Debate is likely to continue indefinitely on such matters as abortion, foreign policy, and whether, when, and how various government programs can be discontinued or privatized. But as far as I’m concerned, if someone is sound on these five points, he/she is de facto a libertarian; if he fails on even one of the five, he isn’t.
What then, are the “indispensible five” — the points of no compromise?
YOU OWN YOURSELF
First and foremost, libertarians believe in the the principle of self-ownership. You own your own body and mind; no extermal power has the right to force you into the service of “society” or “mankind” or any other individual or group for any purpose, however noble. Slavery is wrong, period.
Because you own yourself, you are responsible for your own well-being. Others are not obligated to feed you, clothe you, or provide you with health care. Most of us choose to help one another voluntarily, for a variety of reasons — and that’s as it should be — but “forced compassion” is an oxymoron, a contradiction in terms.
THE RIGHT TO SELF-DEFENSE
Self-ownership implies the right to self-defense. Libertarians yield to no one in their support for our right as individuals to keep and bear arms. We only wish that the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution said “The right to self-defense being inalienable…” instead of that stuff about a “well-regulated militia”. Anyone who thinks that government — any government — has the right to disarm its citizens is NOT a libertarian!
NO “CRIMINAL POSSESSION” LAWS
In fact, libertarians believe that individuals have the right to own and use anything- gold, guns, marijuana, sexually explicit material- so long as they do not harm others through force or the threat of force. Laws criminalizing the simple possession of anything are tailor-made for police states; it is all too easy to plant a forbidden substance in someone’s home, car or pocket. Libertarians are as tough on crime- real crime- as anyone. But criminal possession laws are an affront to liberty, whatever the rhetoric used to defend them.
NO TAXES ON PRODUCTIVITY
In an ideal world, there would be no taxation. All services would be paid for on an as-used basis. But in a less-than-ideal world, some services will be force-financed for the foreseeable future. However, not all taxes are equally deleterious, and the worst form of taxation is a tax on productivity — i.e., an income tax — and no libertarian supports this type of taxation.
What kind of taxation is least harmful? This is a topic still open for debate. My own preference is for a single tax on land. Is this “the” libertarian position on taxes? No. But all libertarians oppose any form of income tax.
A SOUND MONEY SYSTEM
The fifth and final key test of anyone’s claim to being a libertarian is their support for an honest money system; i.e. one where the currency is backed by something of true value (usually gold or silver). Fiat money — money with no backing, whose acceptance is mandated by the State — is simply legalized counterfeiting and is one of the keys to expanding government power.
The five points enumerated here are not a complete, comprehensive prescription for freedom… but they would take us most of the way. A government which cannot conscript, confiscate, or counterfeit, and which imposes no criminal penalties for the mere possession and peaceful use of anything, is one that almost all libertarians would be comfortable with.
You notice you don’t see the word control in there, except perhaps the understood doctrine of self-control. Fascists, Communists, Statists, For-your-own-good-ists need not apply! No Nudgers, either!
Above is the official Cleveland REDSKIN team logo.
In no way does it appear disrespectful to a proud heritage of third Stone Age peoples found on these shores when the Eurotrash first appeared on the scene 521 years ago. (Columbus – or longer? Vikings?)
Nor does the moniker REDSKIN, which while slangy to me, is no different from Black, which seems to be one of the other accepted terms (at least this week).
I love how there were probably six people nationwide who were bothered by REDSKIN, until some politicians decided to make it their cause celebre’. Probably because any other issue – immigration, tax reform, privacy, budgets, national security, the military, wars, debt ceilings, government slimdown ad infinitum, ad nauseum were being ignored by said politicians. They had to hang their hat on SOMETHING!
I wonder if all the previously-conquered peoples of the World – you know, the ones who were outright slaughtered unless they assimilated into the victor’s culture, are even around to complain about the names of sports teams named after them? I suspect most of them are not, or are wise enough to pick and choose their battles if they are.
We certainly didn’t do right by the American Indian*, and ‘awarding’ them crap land and special separate citizen status with their own ‘nations’ is part of that. Didn’t Separate, But Equal fall by the wayside some 117 years ago? (Plessy vs. Fergusson)
Along with the top-flight federal government health care they receive. Wait! What? They don’t?
Perhaps there’s yet another lesson in that?
*NOT Native American. Hell, I was born here, I’M a Native American! I side with Russell Means (now deceased leader of the American Indian Movement and libertarian), who said, “I’m an American Indian. You’ll note American is listed first!”
My Daily Kona (Monday) quotes Boortz in a rant to end all rants, re: the character of the commander-in-chief.
The money shot:
I knew 0bama had a deep resentment toward America when he came here in 1979 to enter Occidental College. Even so, I’m continually amazed at how vindictive, arrogant, dishonest, narcissistic and thuggish this man can be. Yes … I said thug. 0bama is to the presidency what Jimmy Hoffa was to union leadership.
Aw, c’mon! Tell us how your really feel!
You should visit the link above and read the whole thing.
The Republicans may have held the House of Representative (and by extension, the purse strings) and forced negotiation in that manner (as the Democrats have also historically done), but no President in my memory or knowledge has governed in such a manner.
And, it now appears The Republicans blinked.
No surprise here. Most of the Republicans are RINOs, anyway…concerned on how the media makes them appear versus doing the job for which they were elected. Because 2014 is only a year away.
REMEMBER. The 2014 mid-term elections are only one year away.
Mike McDaniel, of Stately McDaniel Manor, gives us a succinct listing of most (if not all) or the reasonable answers to the question Why Do I Carry A Handgun?
Killing Zombies is not one of them.
Here are the answers I choose to use:
* Evil exists and may confront anyone at any time and any place.
* As an adult, I am solely responsible for my continuing existence.
You should visit the link above and read the whole thing.
One answer was not on the list:
Some guys just carry a gun, you know? – Lee Harvey Oswald
Made sense when I read the Warren Report, still does.
Sundance reports in The Last Refuge that CNN is the official paid party arm of the Administration’s disinformation!
As it says in the article, authored by it’s own reporters:
~This is not a matter of opinion, the CNN stories are documented, attributed and cited. They are factual. Everything is verifiable within the embedded links and citations.~
~The central issue is Media Controlled by The Obama Administration, and more specifically CNN – as a VERIFIED tool for propaganda and disinformation.~
They are being paid by the government to report what they want us to see and redact those things they’d rather we not see. (As some suspected all along).
Quelle surprise? Only in that’s is so direct.
Please go and read the whole article. Then take a moment to vomit and compose yourself. I hear people gripe about Fox News editorial content all the time – which of course isn’t news – but CNN is held up as the gold standard (at least in the minds of those who dislike Fox!)
Pravda on the Chattahoochee - THIS is CNN
Much is made by the anti-capitalist/anti-consumerism/anti-American folks with regard to expected collateral damage. How much money does the drug company make versus pays out in lawsuits from problems with the new wonder drug? What about cars and auto safety? Food?
And it all seems to fall back on capitalist ventures. After all, isn’t making money intrinsically evil?
Has ANYONE ever done a study regarding gov’t-mandated bicycle paths? I live in a liberal-minded college town, with numerous ‘free’ bike paths (SOMEONE had to pay for the paint and signs), and a circuitous ‘free’ city bus line. I’m guessing they cost money, too. (Getting us used to bicycles by providing paths to make us more like Europe and Asia sounds like a ‘nudge’ to me! Remember when soccer was what other-than-Americans played?)
And then there’s the Metro Rail Line, which inconvenienced thousands and businesses during construction, but now is having regular accidents as it’s running Valley-wide. This does cost the riders money, at least.
And did someone crunch the numbers over raised medians (with or without grass and trees) constructed of concrete, versus the painted street-level ones people use as a third lane? Dollars saved versus accidents?
I’m betting, as the powers-that-be wanted them, the numbers were never crunched. Or were fudged. Or nudged.
I know, I’m a cynic.
My roomie keeps referring to me as a geek. This in spite of the fact I cannot read HTML, write code, or fix computer hardware. And I’ve not worn taped-together black horn rimmed eyeglasses (and a pocket protector) since high school!
Mostly Cajun, All American and Opinionated recently posted a link to a test:
He came in @ 83%, I did 54%.
See roomie, I told you!