Thursday, June 28, 2007

Ron Paul: what the Holocaust teaches us

What lessons does Ron Paul take from the Holocaust and attempts to keep its memory alive? I had no idea until I stumbled upon the below-posted document from the "Ron Paul Library". (Is Ron Paul the only presidential candidate in history to have a library BEFORE being President? Quite a distinction! )

Here's what he learned: 1) Gun control is bad; 2) co-operation between business and government is bad; and 3) attempts to remember the Holocaust are part of some nefarious conspiracy. (I also learned that Dr. Paul has invented a new word " abhorration". )

Read it here:
Ron Paul Library, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Authorization Act:

or just check it out here:
  • Mr. Chairman, I rise today in hesitant opposition to H.R. 4115, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Authorization Act. We as vigilant Americans must never forget the horrific lessons of the past and those attendant consequences of corporatism, fascism, and tyrannical government; that is, governmental deprivation of individual rights. A government which operates beyond its proper limits of preserving liberty never bodes well for individual rights to life, liberty and property. Particularly, Adolph Hitler's tyrannical regime is most indicative of the necessary consequences of a government dominated by so-called `government-business' partnerships, gun-confiscation schemes, protectionism, and abandonment of speech and religious freedom in the name of `compelling government interests.'
  • Ironically, this measure's language permanently authorizes the appropriation of such sums as may be necessary for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; a purpose which propels our very own federal government beyond its constitutionally enumerated limits. This nation's founders were careful to limit the scope of our federal government to those enumerated powers within Article One, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution. These limits were further instilled within the bill of rights' tenth amendment which reserves to States and private parties those powers not specifically given to the federal government.
  • Evidence that such private contributions can properly memorialize this most important historical abhorration can be found given that this museum receives approximately $20 million in private donations annually.
  • Mr. Chairman, while I agree it is most important to remember and memorialize with a heavy heart the consequences of tyrannical governments operating beyond their proper limits, ignoring our own government's limits of power and, thus, choosing a means incompatible with its ends to do so must not be tolerated. Hence, I must oppose H.R. 4115.

2 comments:

Bret Moore said...

I think his point would be that it's not a proper thing for the Federal Government to be doing (funding museums). If there needs to be such a thing, and I certainly agree that there does, then private interests should be free to do it. Notably, THEY'D HAVE A LOT MORE MONEY TO DO IT IF IT WEREN'T FOR THE LAME TAXES WE ARE FORCED TO PAY.

;)

Anonymous said...

Ron Paul sounds right.

I don't think he invented "abhorration"; the word has been around for a while, though it's usage is discouraged and is considered an error. From the context it looks like he was quoting another. However, it might be simply a word usage error.

The federal government is not the place to corporately do something as a nation. What we do as a nation, in general, emerges in a wide variety of expression, including individuals and clubs giving to museums.

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