I’m Michael Hampton, author of most of the content on this web site and a Ron Paul supporter. If you’re reading this, it’s likely you read a quote from me in Thursday’s USA TODAY newspaper.
I have been quietly watching and commenting on issues of terrorism and homeland security, as well as other government issues, at this site for three years now. The one common thread I see to everything I look at, when I look at government programs of any type, is that the government spends too much money and is inefficient and often ineffective at accomplishing its stated missions.
The mission of making us “safe” is no exception.
In USA TODAY, I talked about Ron Paul’s foreign policy of freedom, of disengaging the military and engaging in commerce and diplomacy. I said:
“It’s the only thing that will end terrorism,” says Michael Hampton, who runs a website called Homeland Stupidity. “It puts us on a much friendlier footing with other nations.” — USA TODAY
This isn’t merely the advice of Ron Paul. It’s the advice of our founding fathers. President Thomas Jefferson, in his inaugural address, called for “peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none.” (That they too often failed to follow this advice explains much of early American history.)
In October 2006 I wrote an essay, How to win the war on terror, which explains in more depth how such a foreign policy isn’t “retreat” or “isolationism,” but rather is the only way to achieve victory against the threat of terrorism. Remember that terrorism is a political tactic, employed to achieve political ends. Ron Paul’s (and the founders’) policy strikes at the very root of terrorism, eliminating the political motivations that cause people in other countries to hate the U.S. and become terrorists in the first place.
The other option is the one the Bush administration has pursued since September 11: kill them all and let God sort ’em out. You can’t kill an idea simply by killing its adherents, since not all of the people who believe in the idea will pop up their heads to get themselves whacked. So this policy accomplishes nothing except to spill blood on both sides. How many lives is it worth to pursue a “long war” on terrorists which is long precisely because it can never be won?
The only way to kill a bad idea is with a better idea. This is why we must lead by example, by making this country as free as we possibly can, rather than locking ourselves down and destroying our freedom from within. This, after all, is what we’re told the terrorists want, and we’re giving it to them on a silver platter.
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