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Letter to the editor: Paul's decisions make him most consistent candidate

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Posted: Monday, December 12, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 2:52 pm, Mon Dec 12, 2011.

Ron Paul should be the next president of the United States of America because he understands that the sole purpose of an ethical government is to protect the freedoms and rights of its citizens. Luckily as Americans, we have a charter that explicitly outlines the roles and responsibilities of our federal government that was created to limit their role in our lives. Every decision Ron Paul makes is based on the principles of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, which makes him the most moral and consistent candidate.

Ron Paul understands that granting special privileges through bailouts, welfare programs, or government favors can only come at the expense of other individuals acted upon with force. This force comes in the form of taxation and devaluation of the dollar. Ron Paul's plan slashes the federal budget by $1 trillion a year one without raising taxes and eliminates five federal bureaucracies. This step would help the economy and start creating real long-term growth rather than a Keynesian inflationary boom followed by a bust.

Ron Paul knows that our presence overseas hurts our national defense and weakens our economy. Ron Paul's constitutional position of free trade with all countries and neutrality in foreign affairs would eliminate much of the hostility towards us by other nations. The three motives given by bin Laden and sited by the 9/11 commission for the attacks on 9/11 were: sanctions imposed on Iran, the presence of U.S. military in Saudi Arabia and U.S. financial support of Israel. Historically, countries that remain neutral in foreign affairs have been attacked far less frequently than those engaged in building empires.

From 1998 to 2001, Ron Paul warned Congress that our actions in the Middle East were going to lead to terrorist attacks and war. In 2003, Ron Paul predicted the impending housing bubble created by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

In 2007 Ron Paul predicted that Obama was not being honest and did not plan on sticking to the 16-month time frame to withdraw troops from Iraq. Ron Paul has been spreading the same message for over 30 years, and he correctly predicted much of what has happened to America. If his current predictions about the future of the U.S. economy turn out to be right again, we are on the verge of a much worse economic collapse than the one we witnessed in 2008.

The only option is to rethink the role of government and return to the principles taught by our founders. For better understanding on what freedom really means and individual liberty, I suggest checking out "The Law" by Frederic Bastiat.

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