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As we gather with family and friends to celebrate the July 4th holiday we should remember that we are not celebrating the state, but rather commemorating an act of secession from an oppressive government. We are celebrating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain – a daring move by the Founders inspired by a desire for liberty.

Thomas Jefferson famously said, “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.” That does not only mean that we should be prepared to defend against foreign invaders. Perhaps more importantly it means that we must retain the lessons from the original American revolt and guard against a government that views the people as the enemy.

We are familiar with the great observation from essayist Randolph Bourne that “War is the health of the state.” But Bourne further explained that, “if the State’s chief function is war, then the State must suck out of the nation a large part of its energy for its purely sterile purposes of defense and aggression. It devotes to waste or to actual destruction as much as it can of the vitality of the nation.”

War benefits the special interests. It benefits the military-industrial complex. It benefits the neocons whose “expertise” always leads to disaster. It benefits the mainstream media. It benefits the wealthy. As Bourne said, it sucks the productive parts from the economy and concentrates them in the hands of the state for destructive purposes.

It is often said – and surely it will be repeated many times today – that our nation’s wars have preserved our freedoms. That is not true. Aside from our fight to secede from British rule, America’s wars have one-by-one diminished our freedoms. They have not been fought to bring us liberty, but have most often been fought at the behest of deceitful and evil people to no benefit but their own. Thousands have died in vain on the lies of the war-promoters. Much of our freedom has died as well.

We should ask ourselves whether the last 15 years of the war on terror have benefited the rest of us. Are we safer? More free? Is any end in sight?

No to all the above. In our age of undeclared war, we are also in perpetual war. Trillions of dollars have been spent and millions of lives lost to no benefit. Instead, we are mired ever deeper in the Middle East. Drone attacks proceed at the same pace. We are “pivoting” to Asia not with friendship but with warships. And some fools even think it’s a good idea to try to provoke Russia into World War III!

At home the government uses the threat of terrorism to further gut the Second, Fourth, Fifth, and Tenth Amendments. Yet in the 15 years since 9/11 less than 100 Americans have been killed by “radical jihadists” – including the recent attack in Orlando.

The state uses war to take away our freedoms. If on this 240th anniversary of the original July 4th we wish to survive as a free society we must begin to exercise some of that “eternal vigilance” against an ever more oppressive state. If the people demand change, the politicians will listen.

(Republished from The Ron Paul Institute by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Rehmat says:

    Dear Ron Paul, don’t you recognize that after getting “independence” from a “repressive British colonial power”, United States have become far more “oppressive colonial power”? In fact, if you study the history of the two powers from an objective source, you will find out there is no reason to celebrate on July 4 – but mourn on the tens of millions of people, mostly Muslims, murdered by the both powers.

    Some western historians even doubt if Thomas Jefferson did author US Constitution. The Organized Jewry calls him a “secret Muslim” like Barack Obama. Though Thomas Jefferson’s father not a Muslim African slave, the poor chap kept a copy of Holy Qur’an in his private library.

    This copy of Holy Qur’an was one of the 6487 books Thomas Jefferson had sold to the Library of Congress from his personal collection. According to American scholar-historian Frank Dewey, Jefferson bought this copy of Holy Qur’an around 1765, when he was still a student of law at the College of William & Mary in Virginia.

    George Sale (1697-1736) was a British lawyer and author. Sale had learnt Arabic language for his assignment to prepare an Arabic translation of the New Testament to be used by Syrian Christians, a project funded by the Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge in London. Sale gave reason for his translation of Holy Qur’an from its Divine Arabic text, in the book entitled ‘Preliminary Discourse‘: “If the religious and civil Institutions of foreign nations are worth our knowledge, those of Mohammed, the lawgiver of Arabians, and founder of an empire which in less than a century spread itself over a greater part of the world than the Romans were ever masters of, must need to be so”.

    In other words, George Sale’s admission of the superiority of Islamic jurisdiction inspired Thomas Jefferson to learn from the 7th century “lawgiver” and Holy Qur’an as example of a distinct legal (Shri’ah) tradition….

    https://rehmat1.com/2011/10/27/thomas-jeffersons-holy-qur%e2%80%99an/

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    Do you even read Ron Paul? His entire political career has focused on how our current government has violated the Constitution and the Founders' vision.
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  2. jtgw says: • Website
    @Rehmat
    Dear Ron Paul, don't you recognize that after getting "independence" from a "repressive British colonial power", United States have become far more "oppressive colonial power"? In fact, if you study the history of the two powers from an objective source, you will find out there is no reason to celebrate on July 4 - but mourn on the tens of millions of people, mostly Muslims, murdered by the both powers.

    Some western historians even doubt if Thomas Jefferson did author US Constitution. The Organized Jewry calls him a "secret Muslim" like Barack Obama. Though Thomas Jefferson's father not a Muslim African slave, the poor chap kept a copy of Holy Qur'an in his private library.

    This copy of Holy Qur’an was one of the 6487 books Thomas Jefferson had sold to the Library of Congress from his personal collection. According to American scholar-historian Frank Dewey, Jefferson bought this copy of Holy Qur’an around 1765, when he was still a student of law at the College of William & Mary in Virginia.

    George Sale (1697-1736) was a British lawyer and author. Sale had learnt Arabic language for his assignment to prepare an Arabic translation of the New Testament to be used by Syrian Christians, a project funded by the Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge in London. Sale gave reason for his translation of Holy Qur’an from its Divine Arabic text, in the book entitled ‘Preliminary Discourse‘: “If the religious and civil Institutions of foreign nations are worth our knowledge, those of Mohammed, the lawgiver of Arabians, and founder of an empire which in less than a century spread itself over a greater part of the world than the Romans were ever masters of, must need to be so”.

    In other words, George Sale’s admission of the superiority of Islamic jurisdiction inspired Thomas Jefferson to learn from the 7th century “lawgiver” and Holy Qur’an as example of a distinct legal (Shri’ah) tradition....

    https://rehmat1.com/2011/10/27/thomas-jeffersons-holy-qur%e2%80%99an/

    Do you even read Ron Paul? His entire political career has focused on how our current government has violated the Constitution and the Founders’ vision.

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    rehmat is a camel humping raghead troll and a liar. Ignore him and maybe he will go away.
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  3. woodNfish says:
    @jtgw
    Do you even read Ron Paul? His entire political career has focused on how our current government has violated the Constitution and the Founders' vision.

    rehmat is a camel humping raghead troll and a liar. Ignore him and maybe he will go away.

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  4. “If the people demand change, the politicians will listen.”

    Then they’ll have a good laugh and do what their well heeled masters demand. Government is not the cure for diseases of the spirit.

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    Government is not the cure for diseases of the spirit.
     
    Any proposition you want to advance?
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    "If the people demand change, the politicians will listen."

    Then they'll have a good laugh and do what their well heeled masters demand. Government is not the cure for diseases of the spirit.

    Government is not the cure for diseases of the spirit.

    Any proposition you want to advance?

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