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Ron Paul is needed to end the war

December 08, 2007

To the editor:

Many have speculated what will happen if Rep. Ron Paul is not elected president. The obvious answer is that nothing will change; that is, nothing regarding our present circumstances will change and most likely will only get worse.

So, by eliminating the fact that there are no good alternative candidates in the event that Ron Paul is not our next president, we will need to focus on our nation's future degradation that will result from the continuation of the neoconservatives' status-quo of legislative and foreign policies - regardless of which party wins the presidency.

Ancient Roman statesman and orator, Cicero (42 B.C.) stated:

"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself ... A murderer is less to be feared."

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Today, almost 2,050 years later, the world is faced with this dilemma, where we are fighting an invisible enemy in a perpetual "War On Terror." Our nation is also facing the removal of our constitutional liberties and freedoms through two Patriot Acts and various House Resolutions that have effectively turned the table against a citizen's free speech rights to voice dissent against a costly and unconstitutional war.

Essentially, any U.S. citizens who exercise their constitutional right to voice their objections against their government can be branded as an enemy of the state, or a "Homegrown Terrorist" (see House Resolution 1955).

We now understand that the U.S. neoconservatives created lies to invade and occupy two sovereign Middle East nations. The fact that President Bush now claims that our military must remain there to fix something that we unlawfully broke, is at best, insanity.

This war, which was proposed to be a slam-dunk, pre-emptive strike that will only cost the taxpayers a few billion dollars, has now exceeded $1 trillion. Based on the projection that this "War on Terror" might continue for another 20 years, coupled with the devaluation of the U.S. dollar, it is understood that the future costs of this war will eventually bankrupt our country.

The taxpayer is paying to have our honorable military forces blow up another nation's infrastructure and then pay to have private U.S. contractors rebuild that infrastructure - while our bridges and highways at home are falling apart.

The expense of this endless war has greatly inflated the price of energy and the overall cost of living. This war has also desecrated the priceless commodity of families all over the world through the countless deaths of loved ones.

After evaluating the Democratic and Republican candidates, Ron Paul is the only candidate who has expressed his pledge to end this costly, unconstitutional war on terror now, end our failed foreign policy of imperialist nation-building and bring our troops home from all over the globe.

Rather than postulating what will happen if Ron Paul is not elected, we should reflect on the history and sacrifice that built our once great republic, how we arrived at our present state and how we can change direction to bridge hope for our nation's future.

If you have Internet access, please Google: "Ron Paul" and you will find 55.8 million links to this candidate's 2008 presidential platform. If you do not have Internet access, you may call the Ron Paul campaign headquarters at 703-248-9115. They will direct you to one of the 1,000-plus national Ron Paul volunteer groups. Ron Paul is truly the best and only hope for America.

Darren Andrews

Gary Brown

Larry Simons

Hagerstown

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