Ron Paul on American myopia

I have had more than one conversation with others who, in the discussion of policy, want to draw a magic line through history and say, “This is what we have to deal with; it doesn’t matter what should have been done.  This is where we are.”  The apparent pragmatism in this approach seems to satisfy a lot of people, but it is really disastrous.  It is impossible, after all, to improve the current state of affairs without understanding the mistakes that got us into our present messes.  

This very simple, very obvious truth seems to be the main theme of one of Congressman Ron Paul’s more recent locutions on the House floor (hat tip to the DailyPaul):

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