Standing with Rand back through history

Some paragraphs from Rand Paul’s speech and speeches from a couple of decades ago. There are some easy give-aways, especially at the end and the first paragraph, but take a look.

The President says, I haven’t killed anyone yet. He goes on to say, and I have no intention of killing Americans. But I might. Is that enough? Are we satisfied by that? Are we so complacent with our rights that we would allow a President to say he might kill Americans? But he will judge the circumstances, he will be the sole arbiter, he will be the sole decider, he will be the executioner in chief if he sees fit. Now, some would say he would never do this. Many people give the President the - you know, they give him consideration, they say he’s a good man. I’m not arguing he’s not. What I’m arguing is that the law is there and set in place for the day when angels don’t rule government. Madison said that the restraint on government was because government will not always be run by angels.[1]

Government essentially is a dangerous thing.  There is no truth more fundamental than that power seeks always to increase.  Human nature is a compound of many things.  Its sole, continuously recurring characteristic is the desire deep in the hearts of all for power.  Government is a dangerous thing, and the great leaders of the past, except the military men who have been despots, the great leaders since there came into existence the theory of the rights of men, have with universal tongue cautioned the people against the danger of power in the hands of the government. [2]

Hayek said that nothing distinguishes arbitrary government from a government that is run by the whims of the people than the rule of law. The law’s an amazingly important thing, an amazingly important protection. And for us to give up on it so easily really doesn’t speak well of what our founding fathers fought for, what generation after generation of American soldiers have fought for, what soldiers are fighting for today when they go overseas to fight wars for us. It doesn’t speak well of what we’re doing here to protect the freedom at home when our soldiers are abroad fighting for us, that we say that our freedom’s not precious enough for one person to come down and say, enough’s enough, Mr. President.[1]

When it [the Federal Government] moves against that great body outside any government to control, as it is doing now, then it becomes the enemy of every free American.  That will not stop government – that thought, since government lives and thrives on power.  But it behooves those of us over our citizens in a Republic still free to be on guard always against this invasion of our freedoms and to remain determined to resist to the end. [2]

Glenn Greenwald has written also about this subject, and he was speaking at the freedom to connect conference, and he says there is a theoretical framework being built that posits that the U.S. Government has unlimited power. Some caw this inherent power. Inherent means it isn’t - it hasn’t been defined anywhere, it hasn’t been expressly given to the government. They have just decided this is their power, they are going to grab it and take what they can get.[1]

We stand for the check and balances provided by the three departments of our government. We oppose the usurpation of legislative functions by the executive and judicial departments. We unreservedly condemn the effort to establish in the United States a police nation that would destroy the last vestige of liberty enjoyed by a citizen.[3]

There’s something called fusion centers, something that are supposed to coordinate between the federal government, the local government to find terrorists. The one in Missouri a couple years ago came up with a list and they sent this to every policemen in Missouri. The people on the list might be me. The people on the list from the fusion center in Missouri that you need to be worried about, that policemen should stop, are people that have bumper stick theirs might be pro-life, who have bumper stickers that might be for more border security, people who support third-party candidates, people who might be in the Constitution party. Oooh, isn’t there some irony there.[1]

We demand that there be returned to the people to whom of right they belong, those powers needed for the preservation of human rights and the discharge of our responsibility as democrats for human welfare. We oppose a denial of those by political parties, a barter or sale of those rights by a political convention, as well as any invasion or violation of those rights by the Federal Government.[3]

 We can no longer hide our head in the sand and tell ours
elves that the ideology of our free fathers is not being attacked
and is not being threatened by another idea … for it is. We are faced with an idea that if a centralized government assume enough authority, enough power over its people, that it can provide a utopian life . . that if given the power to dictate, to forbid, torequire, to demand, to distribute,  to edict and to judge what is best and enforce that will produce only “good” . . and it shall be our father … . and our God. It is an idea of government that encourages our fears and destroys our faith . .
.for where there is faith, there is no fear, and where there is fear, there is no faith.[4]

It’s interesting when you look at the Constitution, the Constitution gave what are called enumerated powers to government, and Madison said that these enumerated powers few and defined. The liberties you were given, though, are numerous and enumerated. Unlimited. So it is about 17 powers given to government which we’ve now transformed into about a gazillion or at least a million new. We don’t pay much attention to the enumerated powers for the Constitution anymore. But the Constitution left your rights as unenumerated. Your rights are limitless. So when we get to the Ninth and Tenth Amendments, it says specifically that those rights not granted to your government are left to the states and the people respectively. It didn’t list what those rights are.[1]

  The oldest form of government in the world is the highly centralized one, with all power concentrated, as in Washington.  There were tyrannies in the dim mists of history.  It is only with the founding of this country that democracy developed, and it came, and this country grew great, because the federal government was locked and tied down by the Constitution to the point that it could not impose its will on the people in their daily lives. [2]

This vicious program means to eliminate all differences, all separation between black and white.  It so declares itself, in words.  It means to create a great melting pot of the South, with white and Negroes intermingled socially, politically, economically.  It means to reduce us to the status of a mongrel, inferior race, mixed in blood, our Anglo-Saxon heritage a mockery; to crush with imprisonment our leadership, and thereby kill our hopes, our aspirations, our future and the future of our children.  [2]

We stand for the segregation of the races and the racial integrity of each race; the constitutional right to choose one’s associates; to accept private employment without governmental interference, and to earn one’s living in any lawful way. We oppose the elimination of segregation, the repeal of miscegenation statutes, the control of private employment by Federal bureaucrats called for by the misnamed civil rights program. We favor home-rule, local self-government and a minimum interference with individual rights.[3]

 Let us rise to the call of freedom-loving blood that is in us and
send our answer to the tyranny that clanks its chains upon the
[Nation]. In the name of the greatest people that have ever trod this earth, I draw the line in the dust and toss the gauntlet before thefeet of tyranny … and I say… segregation today …segregation tomorrow …
segregation forever. [4]

[1] Ron  Paul’s "filibuster

[2] The keynote speech at the Dixiecrat convention in 1948

[3] The platform of the Dixiecrat “States Rights” party 1948

[4] George Wallace’s inauguration speech 1963


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