… in a political landscape otherwise devoid of common sense and constitutional acumen. It is too bad, indeed, that Paul (Rep TX) is retiring.
On his website the week after the Sandy Hook murders, Paul addressed the issues of gun control and personal “security” in a post entitled “Government Security is Just Another Kind of Violence”.
He concluded his comments as follows (bold emphasis added:
“…do we really want to live in a world of police checkpoints, surveillance cameras, metal detectors, X-ray scanners, and warrantless physical searches? We see this culture in our airports: witness the shabby spectacle of once proud, happy Americans shuffling through long lines while uniformed TSA agents bark orders. This is the world of government provided “security,” a world far too many Americans now seem to accept or even endorse. School shootings, no matter how horrific, do not justify creating an Orwellian surveillance state in America.
“Do we really believe government can provide total security? Do we want to involuntarily commit every disaffected, disturbed, or alienated person who fantasizes about violence? Or can we accept that liberty is more important than the illusion of state-provided security? Government cannot create a world without risks, nor would we really wish to live in such a fictional place. Only a totalitarian society would even claim absolute safety as a worthy ideal, because it would require total state control over its citizens’ lives. We shouldn’t settle for substituting one type of violence for another. Government role is to protect liberty, not to pursue unobtainable safety.
“Our freedoms as Americans preceded gun control laws, the TSA, or the Department of Homeland Security. Freedom is defined by the ability of citizens to live without government interference, not by safety. It is easy to clamor for government security when terrible things happen; but liberty is given true meaning when we support it without exception, and we will be safer for it.“
Paul is likely the most Libertarian nationally prominent member of either major political party. I would have enthusiastically supported him for President this year … and will do so in 2016 if he chooses to run.
For the full text of Congressman Paul’s article “Government Security is Just Another Kind of Violence“, see: