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Government use of force to mold social and economic behavior at home and abroad has justified individuals using force on their own terms. The fact that violence by government is seen as morally justified, is the reason why violence will increase when the big financial crisis hits and becomes a political crisis as well.

First, we recognize that individuals shouldn't initiate violence, then we give the authority to government. Eventually, the immoral use of government violence, when things go badly, will be used to justify an individual's "right" to do the same thing. Neither the government nor individuals have the moral right to initiate violence against another yet we are moving toward the day when both will claim this authority. If this cycle is not reversed society will break down.

When needs are pressing, conditions deteriorate and rights become relative to the demands and the whims of the majority. It's then not a great leap for individuals to take it upon themselves to use violence to get what they claim is theirs. As the economy deteriorates and the wealth discrepancies increase -- as are already occurring -- violence increases as those in need take it in their own hands to get what they believe is theirs. They will not wait for a government rescue program.

When government officials wield power over others to bail out the special interests, even with disastrous results to the average citizen, they feel no guilt for the harm they do. Those who take us into undeclared wars with many casualties resulting, never lose sleep over the death and destruction their bad decisions caused. They are convinced that what they do is morally justified, and the fact that many suffer just can't be helped.

When the street criminals do the same thing, they too have no remorse, believing they are only taking what is rightfully theirs. All moral standards become relative. Whether it's bailouts, privileges, government subsidies or benefits for some from inflating a currency, it's all part of a process justified by a philosophy of forced redistribution of wealth.  Violence, or a threat of such, is the instrument required and unfortunately is of little concern of most members of Congress.

Some argue it's only a matter of "fairness" that those in need are cared for. There are two problems with this. First, the principle is used to provide a greater amount of benefits to the rich than the poor. Second, no one seems to be concerned about whether or not it's fair to those who end up paying for the benefits. The costs are usually placed on the backs of the middle class and are hidden from the public eye. Too many people believe government handouts are free, like printing money out of thin air, and there is no cost. That deception is coming to an end. The bills are coming due and that's what the economic slowdown is all about.

Sadly, we have become accustomed to living with the illegitimate use of force by government. It is the tool for telling the people how to live, what to eat and drink, what to read and how to spend their money.

To develop a truly free society, the issue of initiating force must be understood and rejected. Granting to government even a small amount of force is a dangerous concession.

Our Constitution, which was intended to limit government power and abuse, has failed. The Founders warned that a free society depends on a virtuous and moral people. The current crisis reflects that their concerns were justified.

Most politicians and pundits are aware of the problems we face but spend all their time in trying to reform government.  The sad part is that the suggested reforms almost always lead to less freedom and the importance of a virtuous and moral people is either ignored, or not understood. The new reforms serve only to further undermine liberty. The compounding effect has given us this steady erosion of liberty and the massive expansion of debt. The real question is: if it is liberty we seek, should most of the emphasis be placed on government reform or trying to understand what "a virtuous and moral people" means and how to promote it? The Constitution has not prevented the people from demanding handouts for both rich and poor in their efforts to reform the government, while ignoring the principles of a free society. All branches of our government today are controlled by individuals who use their power to undermine liberty and enhance the welfare/warfare state -- and frequently their own wealth and power.

If the people are unhappy with the government performance it must be recognized that government is merely a reflection of an immoral society that rejected a moral government of constitutional limitations of power and love of freedom.

If this is the problem all the tinkering with thousands of pages of new laws and regulations will do nothing to solve the problem.

It is self-evident that our freedoms have been severely limited and the apparent prosperity we still have, is nothing more than leftover wealth from a previous time. This fictitious wealth based on debt and benefits from a false trust in our currency and credit, will play havoc with our society when the bills come due. This means that the full consequence of our lost liberties is yet to be felt.

But that illusion is now ending. Reversing a downward spiral depends on accepting a new approach.

Expect the rapidly expanding homeschooling movement to play a significant role in the revolutionary reforms needed to build a free society with Constitutional protections. We cannot expect a Federal government controlled school system to provide the intellectual ammunition to combat the dangerous growth of government that threatens our liberties.

The internet will provide the alternative to the government/media complex that controls the news and most political propaganda. This is why it's essential that the internet remains free of government regulation.

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Ron Paul is a member of the House of Representatives from Texas and a former presidential candidate, for the GOP and also for the Libertarian parties. His latest book is End The Fed
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Good-Bye and Good Riddance, Ron Paul. Don't let th... by E. T. SIMON on Saturday, Nov 17, 2012 at 1:07:54 AM
Sad when people move into someone else's country a... by Bill Johnson on Sunday, Nov 18, 2012 at 9:27:26 PM
He did a lot of good while he was there.... by Ken Stevens on Saturday, Nov 17, 2012 at 2:24:45 AM
Ron Paul is just about the only US politician who ... by Paul Sedkowski on Saturday, Nov 17, 2012 at 6:58:33 AM
Thank you for your many years of service! You have... by Bill Johnson on Saturday, Nov 17, 2012 at 7:17:17 AM
Wow! As I read and re-read each paragraph, trying ... by Gary Williams on Saturday, Nov 17, 2012 at 8:08:56 AM
There it is. He prefers government by the business... by Gary Williams on Saturday, Nov 17, 2012 at 8:09:34 AM
Gary said: There it is. He prefers government by t... by June Genis on Saturday, Nov 17, 2012 at 11:48:42 AM
What you ignore is also a point that I also brough... by Gary Williams on Saturday, Nov 17, 2012 at 7:11:07 PM
 "Unhappy events abroad have retaught us two ... by Gary Williams on Saturday, Nov 17, 2012 at 7:35:47 PM
Truly brilliant!  Ron Paul's fan club is just... by Sister Begonia on Sunday, Nov 18, 2012 at 12:14:35 PM
Ron Paul's assertions that we act and live as indi... by janet O'Connell on Sunday, Nov 18, 2012 at 10:07:36 AM
"It is up to each of us to be virtuous if we expec... by Sister Begonia on Sunday, Nov 18, 2012 at 12:08:55 PM
"Free-market anarchism  (sometimes called sim... by Gary Williams on Monday, Nov 19, 2012 at 2:30:42 AM
Far easier for the president and congress to "borr... by Lance Ciepiela on Saturday, Nov 17, 2012 at 9:55:43 AM
 A few days ago, somebody was arguing that ha... by Ad Du on Saturday, Nov 17, 2012 at 11:22:19 AM
The guy isn't worth a plug nickel.  His indiv... by Lester Shepherd on Saturday, Nov 17, 2012 at 12:13:24 PM
...but out of respect for a man who has more integ... by Scott Baker on Saturday, Nov 17, 2012 at 1:25:08 PM
Ron Paul's position isn't necessarily a "gold- or ... by Paul Sedkowski on Saturday, Nov 17, 2012 at 2:46:12 PM
You might want to take a look at what happened to ... by Gary Williams on Saturday, Nov 17, 2012 at 7:27:50 PM
Yes, another good example of the problems involved... by Scott Baker on Sunday, Nov 18, 2012 at 5:12:52 AM
Tell me how good a suit an ounce of gold would hav... by Scott Baker on Sunday, Nov 18, 2012 at 5:10:31 AM
The whole point of free competition is that the ma... by Paul Sedkowski on Sunday, Nov 18, 2012 at 7:11:39 AM
Please take a look at the chart in my previous com... by Scott Baker on Sunday, Nov 18, 2012 at 1:43:23 PM
Paul, in the end, achieved nothing. He confused ma... by John Bonanno on Sunday, Nov 18, 2012 at 7:25:51 AM
reply to Paul Sedkowski:   I like Scott Bak... by Ned Lud on Sunday, Nov 18, 2012 at 7:33:23 AM
Does this mean that we have finally rid ourselves ... by Sister Begonia on Sunday, Nov 18, 2012 at 12:05:39 PM
This Space Cowboy does not need to agree with ever... by Michael Dewey on Friday, Nov 23, 2012 at 10:58:46 AM
The #1 responsibility for each of us is to change ... by Michael Dewey on Friday, Nov 23, 2012 at 11:03:26 AM