- When taxes are too high, people go hungry.
- When the government is too intrusive, people resist.
- When rulers take too much happiness, people gladly die.
Act for the people’s benefit. Trust them; leave them alone.
It is not we non-interventionists who are isolationsists.
The real isolationists are those who impose sanctions and embargoes on countries and peoples across the globe because they disagree with the internal and foreign policies of their leaders.
The real isolationists are those who choose to use force overseas to promote democracy, rather than seek change through diplomacy, engagement, and by setting a positive example.
—Ron Paul, I advocate the same foreign policy the Founding Fathers would, Union Leader (2007)