April 21, 2011 10:14:00 AM
Jason Browne - [email protected]
Ron Paul rallied his troops Wednesday in Starkville.
The former Libertarian and Republican presidential candidate addressed an enthusiastic crowd that nearly filled the Lee Hall auditorium on the Mississippi State University campus despite a day''s worth of severe storms.
Paul''s "Liberty Defined" message recapped many of his established philosophies, including calling for an end to the Federal Reserve; a crowd favorite which drew the night''s loudest cheer.
A strict Constitutionalist, Paul repeatedly referred to the implicit and explicit powers the document offers our government and pointed out what he perceived to be improper use of the Constitution by politicians.
"The Constitution was never a perfect document, but it''s a good starting block. We need people in Washington who follow the Constitution," said Paul.
He said property rights and the Second Amendment would take care of personal security in most cases as he called for the immediate termination of military affairs overseas including conflicts and a military presence in foreign countries such as Japan, Korea and Germany.
He criticized the Iraq war as "trying to spread democracy through the barrel of a gun" and accused the current and last presidential administrations of hypocrisy for supporting Middle Eastern leaders with loyalties to Al Qaeda, whereas Saddam Hussein had none.
Pointing to history, Paul said a long costly war in Afghanistan was the final straw that broke the Soviet Union and claimed the U.S. is treading the same path.
He also claimed Osama Bin Laden has executed his plan against the U.S. effectively as the terrorist''s goals were to involve the U.S. in as many costly conflicts as possible, drain our funds and create dissent within our borders.
Paul''s to-do list also included the elimination of the trade embargo with Cuba, ceasing the "War On Drugs."
Shrinking the size of the federal government, he said, would result in greater liberties, economic prosperity and quality education, but change is in the hands of a young generation.