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.
(AOL? Are they still around?)
AOL lists for us 18 Things Navy Seals Won’t Leave Home Without (ending with a preposition, no less!)
Not that many of us are SPECOPS types…
The U.S. nabbed the Al Qaeda leader believed to be behind the 1998 embassy attacks in Africa on Saturday.
On the same day, a Navy SEAL team raided a house full of Al-Shabab militants two weeks after the terror group’s deadly attack on a Nairobi shopping mall.
We think it’s safe to say that America’s elite — the Navy SEALs — have been keeping busy.
Thanks to Matt Bissonette, a SEAL that was on the Bin Laden raid and wrote the book ‘No Easy Day,’ we know what they likely brought with them.
In his book, he details getting ready for deployment in Norfolk, Va., when he asks a more experienced SEAL what he should bring.
The senior SEAL stopped, looked at his new teammate and said: “Dude, what do you think you need to bring for deployment? Load it … Bring what you think you need.”
Most of us probably don’t need a bullet-resistant helmet, night vision goggles, body armor plates and suppressors, just to go to the office.
In fact, we should probably think more like a Boy Scout than a Navy Seal.
The money quote:
Friend and fellow blogger Mark of a Free Man ran a post once upon a time about a police force acquiring tactical armored vehicles for their SWAT teams (I would spend the time to dig for a link, but it’s early and I’ve been up all night). His contention was that there was no need for a local police department to have such equipment, a sentiment I happen to share and for the very same reasons. In my opinion police departments need to base their training more on the teachings of Robert Peel and less on the teachings of Robert Rogers.
But you should go read the whole essay at the link above.
I do, too. But Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian Blog” offers perspective, along with support.
To wit (in part):
The powderkeg of “troops”Are individuals in America better off that there are US troops all over the planet? Do troops really help “the people”?Think about it.Was Germany better off by having and supporting the Nazi troops? Or, in the long run was the normal, average German made less safe and less prosperous because of “the troops”? (And don’t bother trying to misuse Godwin’s Law on me- I’m on to that game.)
The only ones helped by “the troops” are those who work for that gang of thugs called “government”. Everyone else is harmed. They may think they are benefiting, but only until consequences catch up to them all. At that time the veil is ripped away.
You should go to Kent’s link above and read the whole thing. Blind obedience isn’t thinking, and it certainly isn’t what freedom and liberty are about.
Question Authority. Not just for the exercise, but for the meaning; the agenda.
Another Gun Blog shares with us what appears to be complicity (if not conspiracy) in the Navy Yard murders.
Apparently the Navy Yard murderer lied about his previous gun arrests and about significant personal debt when he applied for his security clearance. Worse yet, the Feds knew this, knew he lied and turned a blind eye to it.
“Then federal investigators dismissed the omissions, and made one of their own — deleting any reference to Aaron Alexis’ use of a gun in that arrest.”
I’ll keep saying it – political correctness will be the death of us. Oh wait, it already has!
It’s obvious ‘we’ (read the government) cannot protect everyone from everything. Death is implicit in Life. But setting up school children and military personnel and civilian contractors as clay pigeons to be destroyed at will by some loon is insane.
Or two loons. Or a flock. Regardless of their motive. Is beyond shameful.
It’s criminal. My solution?
Allow Enable appropriate adults to function in a security capacity at all schools, nationwide. Allow Enable all adults who may carry firearms to do so.
Afraid armed adults will suddenly become homicidal/suicidal, as they do in countries where that is allowed? Like Israel? No, wait! They not only have minimal occurrence of such events in Israel, terrorist attacks at schools in Israel are practically non existent! Because the teachers and staff are armed!
And what about soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, contractors? Do we still need to keep THEM disarmed while on base and on duty? They’re military for chrissake! Do you think Hasan or this latest clown would have had near the body count if their potential targets had returned fire?
We bloggers mostly hide behind our noms-de-blog while we preach incessantly about the individual’s rights to keep and bear arms. What about the teacher and the sailor? Or some schlub working on a military base. Don’t they have the same rights, even a duty to protect?
Ever ran a stop sign? Drove after ‘a few’? Did the warning signs stop you? Of course not. And there are no drugs or guns where that sign is displayed.
Stop staking our children and military out for the slaughter.
What do they do when there’s an ‘active shooter’ at a military base or a school? Call for people with guns to fix the problem.
Irons In The Fire informs us about this new version of Arab Spring.
You remember the old one? The one our President supported, sponsored by the Muslim Brotherhood? The one massacring Egyptian Christians and raping women?
Well, look what happened! (emphasis Guffaw)
Egypt’s new 34-member cabinet has “prominent figures from the country’s liberal and secular forces,” including three women and three Christians, but zero Islamists nor any “ministers from [Mohammed] Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood.”
A: Looks like they’re serious about trying to get Egypt back on its feet.
B: The forces of darkness are seriously going to lose their shit over this. And it’s likely to get bloody.
And they may not like whose blood is spilled the most.
C: I’ll bet our Dear Leader is pissed; his favorites have been blocked out.
Mr. President – pipes and smoking, I’m just sayin’.
The Republic of Indian Stream was a small, unrecognized, constitutional republic in North America, along the section of the US-Canada border that divides the Canadian province of Quebec from the US state of New Hampshire. It existed from July 9, 1832 to 1835. Described as “Indian Stream Territory, so-called” by the United States census-taker in 1830, the area was named for Indian Stream, a small watercourse. It had an organized elected government and constitution, and served about three hundred citizens. (The Free Dictionary)
(Herein is redacted the bulk of the article) but wait, there’s more!
Britain relinquished its claim in January 1836, and American jurisdiction was acknowledged in May 1836. The area was still described as Indian Stream at the time of the 1840 United States Census taken on June 1, 1840; the local population totalled 315. The area was incorporated as Pittsburg in 1840. Pittsburg has 300,000 acres (1,200 km²), of which 282.3 square miles (731 km²) is land area and nine square miles (23 km²) is inland water.
In 1842, the land dispute was definitively resolved by the Webster-Ashburton Treaty, and the land was assigned to New Hampshire. However, the 1845 Lewis Robinson Map of New Hampshire based on the latest authorities, shows the boundary to be north of the town of Clarksville but just south of modern-day Pittsburg.
You really should go and read the whole thing. Wearing a tin-foil tricorn hat, of course!
A large number of M1 Garand rifles exported to South Korea several decades ago may be able to return to the U.S. with the introduction of a new bill by Representative Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyoming).
Tens of thousands of M1 Garand rifles and even more M1 Carbines lay in storage somewhere in South Korea. Originally shipped to the Asian nation several decades ago to help equip their military, the weapons are now outdated on the modern battlefield. Among collectors and enthusiasts however, they are held up as invaluable pieces of American history and ingenuity. Stocks of the rifle within the U.S. are fast dwindling (if not depleted already) and those who want to get their hands on one are looking across the Pacific.~
~In 2012 it seemed that the federal government reversed its decision and will be allowing the M1 Garands to come home, along with a limited number of carbines. The plan was for the firearms to be auctioned off and imported to the U.S., where they will be sold through the Civilian Marksmanship Program. Reportedly, the State Department delayed the import and now will not allow the rifles to enter the country. Frustrated over the situation, U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyoming) recently introduced a bill to counter the State Department’s decision.
I remember the one I had. Bob at the gun store talked me into it. I wasn’t really a rifleman or a fan of the M-1. But shooting her soon convinced me otherwise! Springfield Armory M-1 1942. Gone but not forgotten.
h/t Outdoor Hub, Angry Mike, Brock Townsend
Turk Turon reminds of a hero of a forgotten age. A heroine? The gender difference is hardly necessary or appropriate:
Go to the link above, and read about this fantastic woman, her exploits and heroic character.
She passed away in 1995. She deserves to be remembered.