by Adam G. House
“Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story.” –Max Ehrmann, ‘Desiderata’ http://marilee.us/desiderata.html
laissez-faire, (French: “allow to do”), “policy of minimum governmental interference in the economic affairs of individuals and society. The origin of the term is uncertain, but folklore suggests that it is derived from the answer Jean-Baptiste Colbert, controller general of finance under King Louis XIV of France, received when he asked industrialists what the government could do to help business: “Leave us alone.” The doctrine of laissez-faire is usually associated with the economists known as Physiocrats, who flourished in France from about 1756 to 1778. The policy of laissez-faire received strong support in classical economics as it developed…” http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/328028/laissez-faire
“If you’re for individual liberty in the social sense, you have to be for individual liberty in the economic sense. If you want to lead your life as you choose, you ought to be able to spend your own money as you choose, and there should be an incentive system. I try to put this package together because for so long, probably close to a hundred years now, we’ve had people think that there’s economic liberty and social liberty and they’re two different things, and two different groups defend each half. I don’t think it’ll work unless we put it together.” –Ron Paul, ‘Stossel’ 12 April 2012
I still find myself committed to the Presidential candidacy of Ron Paul. He’s not just the lesser of evils in a race of the usual slime-balls that slither out of the gutter to run for our prestigious public offices. Ron Paul is the one public servant in D.C. who has been willing to steer clean of all the corruption and pressure to compromise for roughly 30 years. He’s been marginalized as the grouchy old Dr. No, who just insists on not playing the insider games out of some delusion that he must take an ethical stand in upholding his oath to the Constitution. If taking seriously the oath to defend the Constitution with integrity makes someone a fool, then I’ll still be standing with the nutty professor every time. I like truth, and I like freedom. That is why I still support Ron Paul.
Here’s another reason I still support Ron Paul:
Why should anyone be so surprised at the undeniable energy in the grassroots activism of the Ron Paul revolution? We are not slaves who wait for our marching orders; we are adults who are taking responsibility for the freedom and security of our homes. The inside secret is that you don’t have to sit quietly by and let a revolution happen as a casual observer. You become an active participant in a revolution when you decide to do it. Nobody at CVRP is infallible or degreed, trained, and experienced ‘insiders’ of Presidential campaigns. You are one of us if you voluntarily choose to be one of us, and please share with anyone why you support Ron Paul. As members of the military, we learn to be sure to qualify with the media that we can only speak for ourselves as individuals, and not as representing the DOD or the government in any way. CVRP is a grassroots network of combat veterans for Ron Paul who may even disagree on a wide variety of issues individually, but liberty brings us together again in the support of the only Presidential candidate who understands that we can come together under the banner of personal freedom because each one of us wants liberty for our own individual reasons. Your conscience and mine may not tell us the same thing, but Liberty means we can peacefully co-exist as long as there is no fraud or violence between us. America needs the whole message of individual liberty to be championed by every freedom-lover from sea to shining sea. Nobody needs any marching orders. The great thing about this revolution is that it’s up to us if we have it (which is more than we can say for the perpetual overseas military occupations that the statist warmongering RepubliCrats have been pushing on us). This year, I’m in the Ron Paul Party.
If my government wants to know what it can do to make life better in America, my answer would be “Don’t Tread On Me.” Keep Government intervention out of business, and out of the bedroom. As a wise old grandmother used to say, “Just let it be, child. Just let it be.”
Adam G. House served with the famed 2/503rd Infantry Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade, including a deployment to the infamous Konar Province of Afghanistan.
Email Adam at firstname.lastname@example.org