Statement of Faith
By Rep. Ron Paul, MD.
The Covenant News ~ July 21, 2007
We live in times of great uncertainty when men of faith must stand up for our
values and our traditions lest they be washed away in a sea of fear and relativism.
As you likely know, I am running for President of the United States, and I am
asking for your support.
I have never been one who is comfortable talking about my faith in the political
arena. In fact, the pandering that typically occurs in the election season I
find to be distasteful. But for those who have asked, I freely confess that
Jesus Christ is my personal Savior, and that I seek His guidance in all that
I do. I know, as you do, that our freedoms come not from man, but from God.
My record of public service reflects my reverence for the Natural Rights with
which we have been endowed by a loving Creator.
I have worked tirelessly to defend and restore those rights for all Americans,
born and unborn alike. The right of an innocent, unborn child to life is at
the heart of the American ideal of liberty. My professional and legislative
record demonstrates my strong commitment to this pro-life principle.
In 40 years of medical practice, I never once considered performing an abortion,
nor did I ever find abortion necessary to save the life of a pregnant woman.
In Congress, I have authored legislation that seeks to define life as beginning
at conception, H.R. 1094. I am also the prime sponsor of H.R. 300, which would
negate the effect of Roe v Wade by removing the ability of federal courts to
interfere with state legislation to protect life. This is a practical, direct
approach to ending federal court tyranny which threatens our constitutional
republic and has caused the deaths of 45 million of the unborn. I have also
authored H.R. 1095, which prevents federal funds to be used for so-called “population
control.” Many talk about being pro-life. I have taken and will continue
to advocate direct action to restore protection for the unborn.
I have also acted to protect the lives of Americans by my adherence to the
doctrine of “just war.” This doctrine, as articulated by Augustine,
suggested that war must only be waged as a last resort— for a discernible
moral and public good, with the right intentions, vetted through established
legal authorities (a constitutionally required declaration of the Congress),
and with a likely probability of success.
It has been and remains my firm belief that the current United Nations-mandated,
no-win police action in Iraq fails to meet the high moral threshold required
to wage just war. That is why I have offered moral and practical opposition
to the invasion, occupation and social engineering police exercise now underway
in Iraq. It is my belief, borne out by five years of abject failure and tens
of thousands of lost lives, that the Iraq operation has been a dangerous diversion
from the rightful and appropriate focus of our efforts to bring to justice to
the jihadists that have attacked us and seek still to undermine our nation,
our values, and our way of life.
I opposed giving the president power to wage unlimited and unchecked aggression,
However, I did vote to support the use of force in Afghanistan. I also authored
H.R. 3076, the September 11 Marque and Reprisal Act of 2001. A letter of marque
and reprisal is a constitutional tool specifically designed to give the president
the authority to respond with appropriate force to those non-state actors who
wage aggression against the United States while limiting his authority to only
those responsible for the atrocities of that day. Such a limited authorization
is consistent with the doctrine of just war and the practical aim of keeping
Americans safe while minimizing the costs in blood and treasure of waging such
On September 17, 2001, I stated on the house floor that “…striking
out at six or eight or even ten different countries could well expand this war
of which we wanted no part. Without defining the enemy there is no way to know
our precise goal or to know when the war is over. Inadvertently more casual
acceptance of civilian deaths as part of this war I’m certain will prolong the
agony and increase the chances of even more American casualties. We must guard
against this if at all possible.” I’m sorry to say that history
has proven this to be true.
I am running for president to restore the rule of law and to stand up for our
divinely inspired Constitution. I have never voted for legislation that is not
specifically authorized by the Constitution. As president, I will never sign
a piece of legislation, nor use the power of the executive, in a manner inconsistent
with the limitations that the founders envisioned.
Many have given up on America as an exemplar for the world, as a model of freedom,
self-government, and self-control. I have not. There is hope for America. I
ask you to join me, and to be a part of it.
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