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Ron Paul did it again.

He rocked the New Hampshire GOP debate by puncturing and draining America’s festering moral boil: The Neocon doctrine of “preemptive war.”

In doing so, he singlehandedly opened up a subject that until now has received frighteningly little press attention: It is the power of preemptive war that we have all tacitly granted our government by failing to scream and holler and fight when it really counted.

Ron did object, even before he knew we were lied to. He objected on principle. It turns out he was right.

And that brings us to the subject of the moral high ground.

You heard the GOP contenders repeatedly tell you how “good” we are as a nation. Does “goodness” justify attacking a country under false pretenses? Are we so morally superior that we can justifiably attack a country that has not attacked us yet under the pretense that it “probably will” - so it’s okay? No. Goodness strongly counsels against such action.

In fact, from a Christian standpoint, there is no such thing as “moral superiority.” There is only morality. And what does morality become when it is used as justification for an immoral act?

It becomes immorality.

We allowed ourselves to be bamboozled into attacking Iraq based on falsified information. That’s bad enough, but it may still be excusable. After all, we were lied to and didn’t have the means to know about it at the time the lies were told.

But now we know.

If we now elect any man to the country’s highest office who continues to tell us that we are “good” while at the same time preparing us for a preemptive nuclear attack on Iran, a country which admittedly has ben nothing short of noxious but which has not yet attacked us, then what are we?

By default, Ron Paul has become America’s conscience.

It’s time to show ourselves that America can still listen, that she is still able to do the right thing - instead of just claiming that she is right.

Is it acceptable for our government to imprison a private citizen who has done no wrong yet, but who the authorities believe might commit a wrong in the future?

We all are capable of committing crimes. Is that reason enough to arrest us?

If we grant our leaders the power to “punish” other nations for as yet uncommitted crimes, we grant our government the same power over us.

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Alex Wallenwein, J.D., is a former attorney in Houston, Texas, and a grass-roots activist for the rule of law and American liberty. He organizes the Houston 4 Ron Paul 2008 Meetup.
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