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Wednesday, August 11, 2004

A Truly Timeless Speech, IMHO

The following is a speech by Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX). I think with small corrections for the local terms and circumstances, it fully applies to every democracy in which in difficult times citizens face a temptation to give into the government's "just trust us" rhetoric.

Everyone who holds the freedom dear should rejoice over words like the following:
Freedom is not defined by safety. Freedom is defined by the ability of citizens to live without government interference. Government cannot create a world without risks, nor would we really wish to live in such a fictional place. Only a totalitarian society would even claim absolute safety as a worthy ideal, because it would require total state control over its citizens’ lives. This doesn’t stop governments, including our own, from seeking more control over and intrusion into our lives. As one Member of Congress stated to the press last week, “people who don’t want to be searched don’t need to come on Capitol grounds.” What an insult! The Capitol belongs to the American people who pay for it, not to Congress or the police.
I have read Rep. Paul's Congress homepage and I can't say I support every idea of his. But I think this speech is truly excellent, with it I agree entirely, and it is certainly great news that a man capable of delivering a speech like that is a member of our legislature.

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