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A Foreign Policy of Freedom: Peace, Commerce, and Honest Friendship Paperback – June 15, 2007
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These speeches (before congress) are laid out in chronological order. I found it unsettling that Dr. Paul was, year after year, being ignored by his fellow representatives as they made the same mistakes over and over. The same policies were being carried out under every administration whether the majority in congress was Democratic or Republican.
Dr. Paul warns over and over that our unconstitutional (undeclared) wars will lead to an imperial presidency and to attacks on U.S. soil. Did his peers listen? No. Have they changed their ways since 9/11--when "everything changed"? No. Nothing will change in our country till the people grow a backbone and learn to stand for principle. Dr. Paul is not, cannot be, the savior of liberty in the United States. He is, however, a shining example of what each of us, as a citizen, can be.
I was disappointed that there was no strategic overview touching on each critical foreign policy region or each of the high-level threats to humanity such as depicited by the Earth Intelligence Network in support of the Transpartisan Policy Institute, but my disappointment is tempered by the realization that the author, in citing Thomas Jefferson on the dedication page, to wit: "Peace, Commerce, and Honest Friendship with All Nations--Engangling Alliances with None" (First Inaugural Address, 1801) makes it clear that it can indeed be "that simple."
Throughout the book the author touches on truly fundamental themes:
1) Restoration of the Constitution as the fouindation for all Congressional and Executive policies, budgets, and decisions.
2) The importance of avoiding the cost of foreign adventures while investing in domestic needs for education, infrastructure, energy independence and so on.
3) The importance of having a currency backed by real wealth, not the fabricated wealth used by the banks to enrich themselves at our expense.
4) The importance of civil liberties, sound decision-making, and ethics
I'd like to see this honest man win and be President. His integrity and intelligence are absolute, something no other candidate can claim. However, unless he can pick a transpartisan Cabinet in advance of the election, and guide that Cabinet in producing a balanced budget that eliminates our multi-trillion unfunded future obligations, he will be no better than the others, and even at a disadvaantage, because voters hear platitudes. They need to see real policies with real budget numbers, or they will not see the difference between this author and the others in tangible terms they can appreciate.
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Uncomfortable Wars Revisited (International and Security Affairs Series)
The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic (The American Empire Project)
The Fifty-Year Wound: How America's Cold War Victory Has Shaped Our World
Rogue Nation: American Unilateralism and the Failure of Good Intentions
Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy
Crossing the Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil
Wilson's Ghost: Reducing the Risk of Conflict, Killing, and Catastrophe in the 21st Century
It is because our policy has been bent to serve the politically connected at the expense of Americans. All of those old commitments equal money to the persons & corporations that profit from the old order. We have become an empire at the expense of our Republic. Worse still than the cost, is the resentment this generates around the world against us.
You will find that almost every one of the things he predicted in this book years ago has come to pass. However, he didn't have a crystal ball, he just paid attention to history and the US Constitution. We were warned about this by our founders. Ron Paul is one of the few in Congress who still knows what the founders tried so hard to do--to restrain the natural human tendencies to abuse power.
This book is a history lesson about US Foreign policy. It also is a warning to us that we are headed down a dangerous path. Finally, he includes chapters on what a proper foreign policy for us should look like: "Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations...entangling alliances with none."