2003 Ron Paul 19:8
It is hard to judge the future. Nobody can know the future because of the unintended consequences of
war. We do not know how long the war will last. How much it will spread? So
there are a lot of uncertainties about this. There is fear. Fear comes from the
potential for war and a lot of confusion. And unfortunately, when wars are not
fought for national security reasons, the popularity of the war is questioned-
and this may alienate our allies. And I believe we are seeing some of that
There is no doubt that during wartime government expands in size and scope.
And this of course is a great danger. And after war, the government rarely shrinks to its original size.
It grows. It may shrink a little, but inevitably the size of the government grows because of war.
This is a danger because when government gets bigger, the individual has to get smaller; therefore,
it diminishes personal individual liberty.