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Many of our religious institutions and secular organizations support greater dependency on the state by supporting war, welfare and corporatism and ignore the need for a virtuous people.

I never believed that the world or our country could be made more free by politicians, if the people had no desire for freedom.

Under the current circumstances the most we can hope to achieve in the political process is to use it as a podium to reach the people to alert them of the nature of the crisis and the importance of their need to assume responsibility for themselves, if it is liberty that they truly seek. Without this, a constitutionally protected free society is impossible.

If this is true, our individual goal in life ought to be for us to seek virtue and excellence and recognize that self-esteem and happiness only comes from using one's natural ability, in the most productive manner possible, according to one's own talents.

Productivity and creativity are the true source of personal satisfaction. Freedom, and not dependency, provides the environment needed to achieve these goals. Government cannot do this for us; it only gets in the way. When the government gets involved, the goal becomes a bailout or a subsidy and these cannot provide a sense of personal achievement.

Achieving legislative power and political influence should not be our goal. Most of the change, if it is to come, will not come from the politicians, but rather from individuals, family, friends, intellectual leaders and our religious institutions.  The solution can only come from rejecting the use of coercion, compulsion, government commands, and aggressive force, to mold social and economic behavior. Without accepting these restraints, inevitably the consensus will be to allow the government to mandate economic equality and obedience to the politicians who gain power and promote an environment that smothers the freedoms of everyone. It is then that the responsible individuals who seek excellence and self-esteem by being self-reliance and productive, become the true victims.

What are the greatest dangers that the American people face today and impede the goal of a free society? There are five.

1. The continuous attack on our civil liberties which threatens the rule of law and our ability to resist the onrush of tyranny.

2. Violent anti-Americanism that has engulfed the world. Because the phenomenon of "blow-back" is not understood or denied, our foreign policy is destined to keep us involved in many wars that we have no business being in. National bankruptcy and a greater threat to our national security will result.

3. The ease in which we go to war, without a declaration by Congress, but accepting international authority from the UN or NATO even for preemptive wars, otherwise known as aggression.

4. A financial political crisis as a consequence of excessive debt, unfunded liabilities, spending, bailouts, and gross discrepancy in wealth distribution going from the middle class to the rich. The danger of central economic planning, by the Federal Reserve must be understood.

5. World government taking over  local and US sovereignty by getting involved in the issues of war, welfare, trade, banking,  a world currency, taxes, property ownership, and private ownership of guns.

Happily, there is an answer for these very dangerous trends.

What a wonderful world it would be if everyone accepted the simple moral premise of rejecting all acts of aggression.  The retort to such a suggestion is always: it's too simplistic, too idealistic, impractical, naïve, utopian, dangerous, and unrealistic to strive for such an ideal.

The answer to that is that for thousands of years the acceptance of government force, to rule over the people, at the sacrifice of liberty, was considered moral and the only available option for achieving peace and prosperity.

What could be more utopian than that myth -- considering the results especially looking at the state sponsored killing, by nearly every government during the 20th Century, estimated to be in the hundreds of millions. It's time to reconsider this grant of authority to the state.

No good has ever come from granting monopoly power to the state to use aggression against the people to arbitrarily mold human behavior. Such power, when left unchecked, becomes the seed of an ugly tyranny. This method of governance has been adequately tested, and the results are in: reality dictates we try liberty.

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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