It seems like madness now, but only two years ago the nation was obsessed with doomsday scenarios for the onset of Y2K. Not everyone viewed the looming breakdown with alarm, however. Many a freedomloving American harbored a secret desire that our overreaching federal government would be undone by the millennium bug. Not as our defender against external enemies and our protector against internal disorder -- these are its proper and necessary functions -- but as the pestering beadle determined to direct our industry and our diversion, our diets and our discourse. There is, among conservatives, an element that fears technological development, seeing in it a means by which a powerful centralized government can tighten its control. They are counterbalanced by another conservative element, which sees that same technology as the best resource for defending freedom, confident that imaginative individuals will always outrace the pursuant bureaucrat.
Public servants are able to transform themselves into public masters, meddling in every conceivable aspect of our personal affairs, only because the federal government in Washington has grossly exceeded its constitutional warrant, and the primary cause of that usurpation is the income tax. The tax takes in far more money than is needed to perform the proper functions of a limited constitutional government. The excess, of course, is used for improper purposes. That enormous cache of "discretionary" funds corrupts both the disbursers and the solicitors of disbursements (some of whom, needless to say, would be corrupted by much smaller sums). Trash the tax, put Uncle Sam on a strict budget, and everything else will fall into place. Get rid of the booty and you'll get rid of the beasts.
Acknowledging that fact will require candor in Congress. But the impeachment proceedings against former President Clinton demonstrated quite clearly that cunning conquers candor in both houses of our national legislature. Even Republicans who wanted to hold the President accountable insisted on limiting their inquiry to his least lamentable transgressions. They knew full well what crimes he had committed; fear and guilt muzzled them. If candor in Congress is a prerequisite for restoring our constitutional republic, one is tempted to despair. But candor will come. The truth will out -- and, when it does, there'll be a day of reckoning not only for Clinton but for every congressman who failed to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of these United States.
Unprincipled men are not likely to develop character after they're elected to office, and politicians who do start out with principles often compromise them. Ron Paul is one of the rare congressmen who took his principles with him to Washington and never abandoned them. Were we not opposed to the cloning of human beings, Ron Paul might be the first congressman we'd recommend for the procedure. If only we had more men like him in our nation's capital. Congressman Ron Paul No. 1 could propose legislation restoring all the constitutionally protected liberties that corrupt politicians have stolen away from us over the last 150 years, and Congressman Ron Paul No. 2 could second the motion. Another 216 Ron Pauls could pass the measure and send it to the 51 Ron Pauls in the Senate.