Why Is It ‘Empire First,’ Instead of ‘America First’?

On today’s Ron Paul Liberty Report:

America wasn’t meant to be an empire, but a land of individual liberty. Empires destroy liberty. Why must our money be taken from us for weapons and endless war? Our money shouldn’t be taken from us at all, let alone for that! Why not use our money to fix our deteriorating country? Why do our politicians constantly complain about our deteriorating country, yet constantly vote for weapons and war? Why do politicians speak “America First,” but vote “Empire First”? Why do they complain about our poor, but vote to make more of us poor? Since Empires always go bankrupt, why are our politicians pushing us to that extreme? Are they that terrified of us being free?  Ron is joined by Chris Rossini.

Reprinted from The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity.

17 thoughts on “Why Is It ‘Empire First,’ Instead of ‘America First’?”

    1. I didn’t vote that year, in the primary. I should have gotten involved. Sadly, I didn’t even know Ron Paul had run, until later.

      1. Ron Paul was filling stadiums with his supporters back then, but the news media refused to report on it. My daugher and her family tried to get in to see Ron Paul in the Detroit area but could not get in as there was not enough room. The line of people trying to get in snaked around a few blocks. Our news media selects to the candidates, not the people. And the news media gets told who to promote by their masters.

        1. An ancap more extreme than Paul just won in Argentina, which I guess is positive.

          Trump only won because the media tried to smear him. Maybe there’s more to what happened. He was seen as the weakest Republican, supposedly.

          Paul was really smeared, I suppose. He was called racist.

          1. Milei advertisement in the weeks before the election:

            “We’re not going to privatize healthcare. We’re not going to privatize education. We’re not going to privatize soccer. We’re not going to allow the unrestricted carrying of weapons.”

            Hell, his main platform plank is substituting the US regime’s Federal Reserve fiat currency for the Argentinian regime’s Banco de la Nación Argentina fiat currency.

            He’s about as “ancap” as Bernie Sanders.

            Better hair, though.

          2. He has talked about how open borders would be fine if doing away with welfare. His ideals are extreme, anyway.

          3. no, it will be a disaster for Argentina, pegging their currency to the dollar tethers them to a central bank that has no concern for Argentinian interest. Central banks are good, they just must be managed right. Ron is great on civil rights and foreign policy, he knows nothing about economics. Few Libertarians do, they conflate utilities markets with free markets (which make them MORE bureaucratic, empower politicians, encourage graft and destroy accountability and transparency)

          4. Central banks don’t know what they’re doing, but their primary goal is profit.

            Sometimes state owned enterprises can be best if managed well, regarding utilities. But each polity is different. What works for one polity mightn’t work for another.

      2. The reason you didn’t know Ron Paul was running was because the media refused to mention his victories. If he was in second place in a given state: the media would announce the first, third, fourth, and fifth placed candidates, skipping number 2.
        If you think Trump got treated badly during his presidency; just imagine how a real threat to the ruling class would have been treated! I suspect he would have been JFKed with-in a couple of months.

  1. Another great show. The way you articulate the ideas of liberty, nonintervention, and sound money in such a simple and easy to understand way is invaluable. I hope we are lucky enough to have the opportunity to rebuild on the sound principles of liberty, and this whole mess does not end in the extinction level event of nuclear war.

  2. America was meant to be an empire. It was founded on land stolen from Native Americans. The Pilgrims committed ethnic cleansing and genocide against the Native Americans, they brought slaves from Africa because they killed Native Americans with wars and diseases.
    They pushed the Native Americans further west and colonized that land. The US Empire expanded beyond its borders by annexing Alaska and Hawaii and taking Spain’s last colonies in the Western Hemisphere and Pacific.
    If the Pilgrims stayed in Holland after leaving England, they’d have their freedom and avoid wars, ethnic cleansing, genocide and slavery.They left Holland because they wanted their own empire and to deny freedom to Non Whites.

    1. Um, Pilgrims are Yankees.

      Slavery in SC came from the Caribbean. SC is best understood as a colony of the Caribbean. Virginia also isn’t Yankee but has a different history from SC. Yankees have some lame history that kids have to read, but they’re not in power now. So, we should just have kids learn SC history instead.

      Keep in mind that many Amerindians fought for the South and practiced slavery. And they had slaves before the whites landed. And other details are left out of the books but most notably that they fought each other.

      It’s like in the British Isles, who hates the English the most in the world? Other English and Celts. Amerindians were divided. Whites, as foreign invaders, were united. Early on, it was a struggle for which side could unite, at least in the South. The Amerindians united too late.

      The US really was not designed for empire. Ironically, Thomas Jefferson broke the US with the Louisiana Purchase. But there are other details, like how the Constitution was a sort of trick to lure in individual states. It was murky on secession, for example: Not a mistake.

      1. nobody did generational slavery like Western Europeans did. Slaves in other lands were POWs; their children were not born into slavery.

        1. That’s just mythology. “Historians” say the Greeks only used POW, but the Spartans had generational subjugation. In the past, most every society was focused on who rules. India had a brutal caste system, for example.

          But if you have poor records of the past, you can write it to be what you will.

          Blacks in the US often complain that Africans from Africa look down on them as descendants of slaves. Arab Muslims didn’t end slavery until recently, and you still see it there not only in Libya.

          Palestine is a generational open air prison. Europeans were just in power, and the prior records are either lost or ignored.

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