September 18, 2014 – On this #ThrowbackThursday, watch (for the first time, or again) my final speech on the floor of the US House of Representatives before leaving Congress.
From the speech:
“The immoral use of force is the source of man’s political problems. Sadly, many religious groups, secular organizations, and psychopathic authoritarians endorse government-initiated force to change the world. Even when the desired goals are well intentioned, or especially when they are well intentioned, the results are dismal. The good results sought never materialized. The new problems created require even more government force as a solution. The net result is institutionalizing government-initiated violence and morally justifying it on humanitarian grounds.
“This is the same fundamental reason our government uses force for invading other countries at will, central economic planning at home, and the regulation of personal liberty and habits of our citizens. It is rather strange that unless someone has a criminal mind, and no respect for other people and their property, no one claims it is permissible to go into one’s neighbor’s house and tell them how to behave, what they can eat, smoke and drink, or how to spend their money. Yet, rarely is it asked why is it morally acceptable that a stranger with a badge and a gun can do the same thing in the name of law and order? Any resistance is met with brute force, fines, taxes, arrests, and even imprisonment. This is done more frequently every day without a search warrant.”
Do these issues still resonate with you today, almost two years after this speech?