Ron Paul's Farewell Address - Full Text


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Ron Paul’s Farewell Address - Full Text | Peace . Gold . Liberty


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Farewell to Congress

This may well be the last time I speak on the House Floor. At the end of the year I’ll leave Congress after 23 years in office over a 36 year period. My goals in 1976 were the same as they are today: promote peace and prosperity by a strict adherence to the principles of individual liberty.

It was my opinion, that the course the U.S. embarked on in the latter part of the 20th Century would bring us a major financial crisis and engulf us in a foreign policy that would overextend us and undermine our national security.

To achieve the goals I sought, government would have had to shrink in size and scope, reduce spending, change the monetary system, and reject the unsustainable costs of policing the world and expanding the American Empire.

The problems seemed to be overwhelming and impossible to solve, yet from my view point, just following the constraints placed on the federal government by the Constitution would have been a good place to start.

How Much Did I Accomplish?

In many ways, according to conventional wisdom, my off-and-on career in Congress, from 1976 to 2012, accomplished very little. No named legislation, no named federal buildings or highways—thank goodness. In spite of my efforts, the government has grown exponentially, taxes remain excessive, and the prolific increase of incomprehensible regulations continues. Wars are constant and pursued without Congressional declaration, deficits rise to the sky, poverty is rampant and dependency on the federal government is now worse than any time in our history.

All this with minimal concerns for the deficits and unfunded liabilities that common sense tells us cannot go on much longer. A grand, but never mentioned, bipartisan agreement allows for the well-kept secret that keeps the spending going. One side doesn’t give up one penny on military spending, the other side doesn’t give up one penny on welfare spending, while both sides support the bailouts and subsidies for the banking and corporate elite. And the spending continues as the economy weakens and the downward spiral continues. As the government continues fiddling around, our liberties and our wealth burn in the flames of a foreign policy that makes us less safe.

The major stumbling block to real change in Washington is the total resistance to admitting that the country is broke. This has made compromising, just to agree to increase spending, inevitable since neither side has any intention of cutting spending.

The country and the Congress will remain divisive since there’s no “loot left to divvy up.”

Without this recognition the spenders in Washington will continue the march toward a fiscal cliff much bigger than the one anticipated this coming January.

I have thought a lot about why those of us who believe in liberty, as a solution, have done so poorly in convincing others of its benefits. If liberty is what we claim it is- the principle that protects all personal, social and economic decisions necessary for maximum prosperity and the best chance for peace- it should be an easy sell. Yet, history has shown that the masses have been quite receptive to the promises of authoritarians which are rarely if ever fulfilled.

What a wonderful speech.

“Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it’s realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy.”
― Ron Paul


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Ron Paul on Selling Freedom - The Rush Limbaugh Show


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I thought he was going to win the election… heheheheehehe:coffee_spray::slayer::whistle:


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You have served well, Paul, you are the greatest crusader for liberty since Benjamin Franklin.:sad:


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[quote=“jjf3rd77, post:5, topic:37111”]
I thought he was going to win the election… heheheheehehe:coffee_spray::slayer::whistle:
[/quote]Enjoy the next four years. :slight_smile:


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A speech fallen on deft ears on both sides of the aisle. Republicans and Democrats don’t care about Freedom, Liberty or American values.


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Partial truths and ignorance go a long way with this particular brand of conservatism. For example, corporations are a creation of the state. The busniess owner agrees to pay corporate taxes in return the owner is no longer liable for any harm the corp does. The responisblity now falls onto the share holders and employees to make reparations if sued. In addition under law the corp is defined as a “person” who can i fluence government. Which is why things are so different from say the 1950s in contrast to today. I could go n and on pointing out how Rush and his caller are wrong but it matters not.


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Voting for Paul wouldn’t have helped. Romney lost, but Ron Paul/Gary Johnson got crushed!!!


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Er, I think you mean “deaf,” not “deft”…


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Yes I did. Second mistake I’ve made this week.