Ron Paul on Belarus ‘Democracy’

The US Congress, in its wisdom, seems to believe that democracy means their power to control the affairs of every other nation.

Take Belarus.

Yesterday the US House debated the renewal of the “Belarus Democracy Act.”

Ron Paul spoke to explain what the act really means:

Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to the “Belarus Democracy Act” reauthorization. This title of this bill would have amused George Orwell, as it is in fact a US regime-change bill. Where does the United States Congress derive the moral or legal authority to determine which political parties or organizations in Belarus — or anywhere else — are to be US-funded and which are to be destabilized? How can anyone argue that US support for regime-change in Belarus is somehow “promoting democracy”? We pick the parties who are to be supported and funded and somehow this is supposed to reflect the will of the Belarusian people? How would Americans feel if the tables were turned and a powerful foreign country demanded that only a political party it selected and funded could legitimately reflect the will of the American people?

I would like to know how many millions of taxpayer dollars the US government has wasted trying to overthrow the government in Belarus. I would like to know how much money has been squandered by US government-funded front organizations like the National Endowment for Democracy, the International Republican Institute, Freedom House, and others meddling like the old Soviet Union in the internal politics of a country that has neither threatened nor attacked the United States. It the arrogance of our foreign policy establishment that leads to this kind of schizophrenic legislation, where we demand that the rest of the world bend to the will of US foreign policy and we call it “democracy.” We wonder why we are no longer loved and admired overseas.

Finally, I strongly object to the sanctions that this legislation imposes on Belarus. We must keep in mind that sanctions and blockades of foreign countries are considered acts of war. Do we need to continue war-like actions against yet another country? Can we afford it?

I wish to emphasize that I take this position not because I am in support of the regime in Belarus, or anywhere else. I take this position because it is dangerous folly to be the nation that arrogates to itself the right to determine the leadership of the rest of the world. As we teeter closer to bankruptcy, it should be more obvious that we need to change our foreign policy to one of constructive engagement rather than hostile interventionism. And though it scarcely should need to be said, I must remind my colleagues today that we are the U.S. House of Representatives, and not some sort of world congress. We have no constitutional authority to intervene in the wholly domestic affairs of Belarus or any other sovereign nation.

27 thoughts on “Ron Paul on Belarus ‘Democracy’”

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    1. It's true. Liberty is for everyone. When you boil down the issues in the broth of libertarian ideals, most of us will find the flavor to be palatable and everyone is invited to eat. Real principals not party rhetoric are what is needed for everyone. All the social issues are surmountable by people who are free to associate and decide for themselves. Force is not necessary for positive change, only open discussion and free action by the people themselves.

  2. You know what's really sad?….this is the first I've heard of it.

    Pathetic American media.

  3. Thanks Eric for the article.
    Just posted this on Daily Paul Twitter and Liberty Poet.

    keep up the good work!

  4. Once again Ron Paul gets it right.

    I'm not too worried, we will collapse soon enough and this kind of thing will end. The rats will flee the sinking ship and then "We the People" will take back our country.

    It could happen just as quicky as the end of the Soviet Union.

    1. Although I agree that we are past the point of no return, I'm not going down without a whimper, and neither should any of you.

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      of civilization. The only difference is that everybody else had the good sense to take the spoils of war they fought and died for. The U.S. on the other hand, takes over a country against their will
      and then pays to rebuild it in our version of democracy.

      No wonder the whole damn World hates us and thinks we are stupid. We are!

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        I won't miss the TV because I don't own one now, but I will miss the internet if it comes that far.

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  6. I love that he's still doing his job even while campaigning. You can bet your bottom that Obama will vacate the White House so he can go on his victory tour.

    1. Yep, he is a classic narcissistic that is why he shines while campainging and fails every where else.

  7. Whatever happens in Belarus, they will not be electing Republicans or Democrats, any more than Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, …
    Right on, Ron Paul.

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    1. I am a Minarchist. (basic belief is that government is a neccessary evil and should be limited to the protection of the people and their property) I don't believe these wars are making us safer. In fact I know they are not.

      I will be supporting Ron Paul.

      One thing I wish would happen, but I won't hold my breath, is that progressives would beat down Kucinich"s door and get him to take a primary run at Obama. The Democrats should at least have a choice to make between a man of peace and a war monger. If nothing else it would at least take a few bucks out of Obama's pocket and it might just show what a hypocrite he is.

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