Dr. Ron PaulDr. Ron Paul, (1935-) American physician, US Congressman (R-TX), US Presidential candidate

Dr. Ron Paul Quote

“We have a lot of goodness in this country. And we should promote it, but never through the barrel of a gun. We should do it by setting good standards, motivating people and have them want to emulate us. But you can't enforce our goodness, like the neocons preach, with an armed force. It doesn't work.”

Dr. Ron PaulDr. Ron Paul
~ Dr. Ron Paul

Republican Presidential Debate, Manchester, New Hampshire, June 5, 2007

Ratings and Comments

Bruce Sammut, Naples FL

Great quote and says what America has stood for over time.

Too bad we have lost it in our foreign policy.

cal, lewisville, tx

Ron was my choice in the Republican primary.

Mike, Norwalk

I agree whole heatedly except for the "emulate us". I would hope that no man would emulate me but rather, recognize his nobility and seek individual freedom, liberty, and an expression of inalienable rights at natural law, for himself and all humanity.

Mary - MI
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Mary - MI    11/4/13

Ron Paul - is a true-blue Patriot who has followed the wise wisdom of many of our founding fathers who spoke volumes against getting involved in foreign entanglements.
"To cherish peace and friendly intercourse with all nations having correspondent dispositions; to maintain sincere neutrality toward belligerent nations; to prefer in all cases amicable discussion and reasonable accommodation of differences to a decision of them by an appeal to arms; to exclude foreign intrigues and foreign partialities, so degrading to all countries and so baneful to free ones; to foster a spirit of independence too just to invade the rights of others, too proud to surrender our own, too liberal to indulge unworthy prejudices ourselves and too elevated not to look down upon them in others...." James Madison
Madison's Inaugural Address - The American Presidency Project - March 4, 1809

"The great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is, in extending our commercial relations to have with them as little political connection as possible.... Trust in temporary alliances for extraordinary emergencies... steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world." (President George Washington, Farewell Address, 1797)

"My policy has been, and will continue to be, while I have the honor to remain in the administration of the government, to be upon friendly terms with, but independent of, all the nations of the earth. To share in the broils of none. To fulfil our own engagements. To supply the wants, and be carriers for them all: Being thoroughly convinced that it is our policy and interest to do so."
-- George Washington
(1732-1799) Founding Father, 1st US President, 'Father of the Country' - Source: 1795 - letter to Gouverneur Morris, ref: Washington's Maxims, 54.

"Honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none," (President Thomas Jefferson, Inaugural Address, 1801)

George Washington: "The constitution vests the power of declaring war in Congress; therefore no offensive expedition of importance can be undertaken until after they shall have deliberated upon the subject and authorized such a measure." (1793.)

Mike, Norwalk

(-; Mary, very well done ! ! !

Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown

Yes, we should learn to be more effective citizens with our eloquent, graceful, positive, productive words. I would like to commend Mr Paul for his advance view of "never though the barrel of a firearm," hopefully I understand him correctly.


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