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Paul: ‘Freedom Requires Faith to Sustain It,’ and ‘America Needs a Revival’

At evangelical conference: “Those of us who love freedom must realize that freedom is not a license to do as you please."

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Rodrigo Sermeño

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June 20, 2014 - 5:08 pm

WASHINGTON – Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Friday that the United States is “in a full-blown spiritual crisis” and encouraged Americans to take a deep look at the nation and themselves.

“Our foundation is cracking. It is not that we’ve chosen the wrong politicians, although that’s a debatable question. It is more fundamental than that. It requires a deeper introspection,” he said in a speech at the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s “Road to the Majority” policy conference. “We should pray for our country and our leaders.”

The potential 2016 presidential candidate said the country faces great challenges and has arrived at its “day of reckoning.”

“I think that often our culture seeks to separate faith and freedom,” Paul said. “Freedom needs virtue and virtue needs freedom.”

“Citizenship and good government require the involvement of a virtuous people,” he continued. “Liberty is absolutely essential to virtue. It is our freedom to make individual choices that allows us to be virtuous.”

The Kentucky Republican said America will thrive when its people recognize that “freedom requires faith to sustain it,” while, at the same time, realizing the value of virtue in a democracy.

“Those of us who love freedom must realize that freedom is not a license to do as you please, freedom can only be realized when citizens know self-restraint, or, in other words, virtue,” he said.

Paul quoted political scientist Don Devine, evangelist Billy Graham and author Os Guinness, among others, to emphasize how freedom and tradition are intertwined.

“The great achievement of the Constitution’s framers was to provide the means for synthesizing freedom and tradition,” he said. “America needs to revive tradition.”

Paul said that government cannot claim the same motivation to help others as those guided by their faith.

“Government can supply bread, but it can’t mend a broken spirit,” he said.

Paul said people should not shy away from their faith in their public lives.

“Citizenship and good government require the involvement of a virtuous people,” he said. “Your faith and your church are and should be part of the public arena. Reject any politician who claims that faith cannot be part of the public life.”

Paul blamed members of both parties for deviating from some of the principles of freedom and tradition enshrined in the Constitution.

“I’ve seen the belly of the beast and I can tell you without exaggeration that I’ve met the enemy and the enemy is too often us. The enemy is the bipartisan looting of the Treasury, the bipartisan destruction of our currency, the bipartisan sprint away from our republic limited by the Constitution.”

He chastised Congress for passing bills that he said exempt its members, while they often fail to read the text of many bills before they are signed into law.

“This must end. I say no bill should ever pass that has not been read,” Paul said. “I have a proposal. Make them wait one day for every 20 pages.”

Paul led a group of past and future Republican presidential candidates speaking at the event on Friday – including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Reps. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) – that according to organizers brought more than 1,000 evangelical Christian leaders to the nation’s capital.

“What America needs is not just another politician with more promises. What America needs is a revival,” he said.

Paul also emphasized his position on abortion, proclaiming that the “war against the unborn must end.”

“I believe that no nation, no civilization, can long endure that doesn’t respect life from those that are not yet born to life’s last breath,” he said. “I will stand up for unborn children as long as I’m privileged to be in office.”

 

Rodrigo is a freelance writer living in Washington, D.C.

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Paul leaves key terms unclear. Many will read into his words what they want to hear. Sadly, many others will read what they fear. We need a candidate who can clearly explain liberty and not just utter cliches.
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Much of what Paul said makes sense. However, some of the other speakers implied that they wish to enjoy freedom of their conscience but not allow that for others. Mine might not be a popular view on these pages in that respect, but be careful what you wish for.
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“We should pray for our country and our leaders”

Praying for protection for our country from our "leaders" would make a whole lot more sense right now. Praying for both is very contradictory to say the least, if not flat insane.
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The only 'virtue' 99% of politicians know is the virtue of the dollar. Nearly everything Rand Paul says is with an eye on those who pay his campaign bills - he is no more virtuous than all the rest in that regard. Just another career politician in the making. He's doing well - and so are his fellow politicians - insider information parlayed into stocks and commodities trading ensures that! If you or I had such information and were to trade on that knowledge we'd expect a visit from the FBI. And rightfully so. Has Rand spoken out on that 'virtue'?

The only way to weed out these 'virtuous' politicians is to take away the benefits they so 'righteously' voted for themselves. From the paneled walls of the local city hall to the marbled halls of DC politicians are constantly looking to sweeten the deal for themselves - voting in laws that they bother to exempt from their own kind and ignoring laws that don't exempt them but that they disagree with. Obama has brought that 'art' to a new plateau.

It is time for a new amendment to our constitution - to include that no politician anywhere at any time can vote for any law that they will be the only beneficiary now or in the future - of or one that excludes themselves from. Let We The People who pay the bills vote for/against and decide the fate of any law benefiting politicians now or in the future.

It is time to destroy the myth of the citizen lawmaker - with few exceptions (I don't know of any - do you?) they are all in it for a lengthy career and a $oft landing after 'public service'. These self-serving a$$hats constantly tell is how 'arduous' public service is and the 'need' for more salary rings hollow on my ears. Simply being able to dabble in insider trading is making them millions. Why did they exempt themselves from that law? $$$$'s!

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Eh. Rand Paul is starting to get on my nerves. He didn't write this, and he probably had no idea what any of it meant.
26 weeks ago
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Exactly. Paul is pandering, throwing his occasional bone to believers. As a Randian, Paul hates religion and no amount of his reading the tea leaves will change that.
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“Citizenship and good government require the involvement of a virtuous people,” he said. “Your faith and your church are and should be part of the public arena. Reject any politician who claims that faith cannot be part of the public life.”

Religion & faith are personal things. Better it be to point out that one need not necessarily be religious to know right from wrong. It is in this realm where the American people have gone astray with too many being complacent regarding issues such as lying, stealing, cheating, etc. It's really no small wonder our gov't is so outrageously corrupt.
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“We should pray for our country and our leaders.”

The God of everything isn't paying attention.

“America needs to revive tradition.”

We left the barn door open, and the tradition horse has fled.

"Your faith and your church are and should be part of the public arena. Reject any politician who claims that faith cannot be part of the public life.”

While attempting to insure freedom of faith and appreciating people of faith, "the founders" did not see the structure and function of government and faith as deeply intertwined, in fact, au contraire. (n.b., that does NOT mean you can't open your government mtg. with a prayer)

Self-righteousness is prevalent among evangelicals, a danger when they become fixated on their own moral rectitude and superiority.
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Paul also finds plenty to dislike in his own party’s approach to beating the war drum — particularly the theological overtones of the Bush years. In a strikingly candid speech last year at the Value Voters Summit, Paul, a Presbyterian, cited his religious beliefs while declaring, “I’m not a pacifist. But I do think it unacceptable not to hate war.”

He elaborated to BuzzFeed: “I think some within the Christian community are such great defenders of the promised land and the chosen people that they think war is always the answer, maybe even preemptive war. And I think it’s hard to square the idea of a preemptive war and, to me, that overeagerness [to go to] war, with Christianity.”

http://www.buzzfeed.com/mckaycoppins/rand-paul-on-the-war-path
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Paul leaves key terms unclear. Many will read into his words what they want to hear. Sadly, many others will read what they fear. We need a candidate who can clearly explain liberty and not just utter cliches.
26 weeks ago
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Politicians cannot win elections if they speak clearly.
The facts are clear, and the conclusion inescapable:

"We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our constitution as a whale goes through a net." - John Adams http://liberty1.org/virtue.htm

Read the quotes at the link above, and note that the Founding Fathers
spoke more often of 'virtue' or sometimes 'morality' than of religion;
They had the Roman virtues in mind, and were sadly aware of the
shortcomings of middle-class morality, and lower-class religion.
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The tone is often Roman but the virtues were distinctly Anglo-American Whig. Hard work and self-reliance were key virtues. Corruption was gaining by government favor instead of one's hard earned effort. In essence the honest work required for human survival were found in the "country party' and were pitted against the parasitic cronyism of the corrupted "court party."
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"We need a candidate who can clearly explain liberty and not just utter cliches."

Second that.
26 weeks ago
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Schmidt. Any pandering fool spouting this crap is near guaranteed a Cartel honcho.

Yeah, shoot Granma and the dog. That's "virtuous".
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Much of what Paul said makes sense. However, some of the other speakers implied that they wish to enjoy freedom of their conscience but not allow that for others. Mine might not be a popular view on these pages in that respect, but be careful what you wish for.
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What Paul is saying is that freedom of conscience is not synonymous with freedom of action.

If your actions affect other people who want to be alone the rest of us should get involved.

This could mean your business life (i.e. lying to employees about the status of their 401K)

This could mean you sex life: http://billlawrenceonline.com/gonorrhea-nearly-incurable/

Regarding abortion, life starts somewhere and where it starts isn't a matter of opinion. If it starts at point X for me it starts at point X for you.

And we have an obligation to protect the rights of others especially the weak and helpless.

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Some people have deadened consciences and wish to have freedom for all manner of concupiscence -- and to force the acceptance of such among a people who recognize it for the immorality that it is. Is this what you had in mind: "wish to enjoy freedom of their conscience but NOT allow that for others"?
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“We should pray for our country and our leaders”

Praying for protection for our country from our "leaders" would make a whole lot more sense right now. Praying for both is very contradictory to say the least, if not flat insane.
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You can pray that they acquire enough sanity and sense to actually do a good job for once or for them to decide to retire to some quaint and remote village where they can't do further harm... Good for them and good for us.
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That all sounds pretty good. I wonder what he had to say on foreign policy.
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Rand Paul just published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, in which he argued that the U.S. should not take sides in the current Iraq violence.

http://tinyurl.com/q3lu53q
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