Addressing the Values Voters Summit in Washington D.C. on Saturday, Paul said it was in his view “impossible” to get morality from the government. Instead it comes from individuals, families, churches, and God.
“But I prefer the different king, the original king, the instruction that comes from our creator, not from our government,” he continued. “Our government should be strictly limited to the protection of the liberties that allow us to thrive.”
Citing from the Old Testament book of Samuel, Paul said problems had arisen from an overreliance on government leaders.
“We have too often relied on our king in Washington, and we have to change that.”
In the first book of Samuel, the aged prophet appoints judges to lead Israel but the nation’s elders ask Samuel for a king instead. God tells Samuel to warn the elders that a king would take the fruit of their labor and give it to his officials and attendants, build weapons of war, and even enslave them.
“He would undermine their liberties,” Paul told the audience. “There would be more wars. There would be more taxes. And besides, accepting the notion of a king would reject the notion that, up until that time, since they had left Egypt, their true king was their God and the guidance from their God.”
Paul invoked biblical principles again in referring to what he called the “breakdown of the monetary system” in the early 1970s.
“About the time we had Roe versus Wade, we also had the breakdown of our monetary system, the rejection of the biblical admonition that we have honest weights and measures and honest money,” he said. “And not to have honest weights and measures meant we were counterfeiting the money and destroying the value of the money, which implies – even in biblical times – they weren’t looking for a central bank that was going to counterfeit our currency.”
Paul has long been an ardent critic of President Nixon’s decision in 1971 to take the U.S. dollar off the gold standard for the first time in the nation’s history.
Touching on his foreign policy views in his talk Saturday, Paul said that Jesus Christ was recognized in the Bible as the “Prince of Peace.”
“He was never to be recognized as the promoter of war,” Paul said. “And he even said, ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be the children of God.’ He never said, ‘Blessed are the war makers.’”
He recalled how the early Christians struggled with the issue of war and peace, a debate which he said ultimately led to the creation of what are known as “just war” principles.
War, said Paul, undermines the family because of its costs, the resulting inflation, and the death, destruction and poverty it causes.
U.S. foreign policy should be based on the golden rule, he suggested.
“You know, many great religions, and especially both the Old and New Testament, talk about a golden rule,” he said.
“We should treat other people the way we want to be treated. And I would like to suggest that possibly we should be thinking about having a foreign policy of the golden rule, and not treat other countries any way other than the way we want to be treated.”
Paul won the Values Voters Summit straw poll by a large margin, taking 37 percent of the total number of votes cast.