Ron Paul Says Farewell To Congress
Ron Paul has been a force - and a voice in the wilderness - over 36 years, 23 of them in office. A man promoting peace and prosperity, to be achieved as he says "by a strict adherence to the principles of individual liberty."
Derided by his critics, Ron Paul has maintained a steadfast position that his admirers love, because unlike most politicians, you always know where you stand when he speaks.
Last year, NewsBlaze writer, Russell W. Dickson observed Polls Indicate Ron Paul Could Beat Obama. This was a highly unlikely matchup, because although many people like Ron Paul, the republican establishment doesn't. He has attacked them too many times.
Rasmussen Reports said "Ask the Political Class, though, and it's a blowout. While 58% of Mainstream voters favor Paul, 95% of the Political Class votes for Obama. But Republican voters also have decidedly mixed feelings about Paul, who has been an outspoken critic of the party establishment. Obama earns 79% support from Democrats, but Paul gets just 66% of GOP votes. Voters not affiliated with either major party give Paul a 47% to 28% edge over the president."
Earlier this year, Paul Gottfried, "The Ornery Observer," wrote a story, The Ron Paul Phenomenon, in which he reviewed a few controversial statements made by Ron Paul, over many years, that were picked on by various commentators.
This week, Ron Paul made his final address to the House, castigating presidents and politicians alike, for undermining national security and the financial position of all Americans, for generations to come.
Ron Paul says he is a complete failure, because he failed to turn Congress and presidents away from the destructive path they were on - and remain on. It just shows that one person cannot control presidents and a house full of politicians hell-bent on destruction of one thing or another.
Part of Ron Paul's Farewell Address - the complete video is below.
Ron Paul, Texas 14th district Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
Photo: United States 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.
Ron Paul's main topics covered:
Authoritarianism vs. Liberty
The Age of Redistribution
We Need an Intellectual Awakening
No More 'isms'
Dependency on Government Largesse
Ron Paul says government largesse is making Americans dependent on the government. The government is restricting liberties at the same time as it operates outside the law. He gives examples of the bad things government is doing.
Undeclared wars are commonplace.
Welfare for the rich and poor is considered an entitlement.
The economy is overregulated, overtaxed and grossly distorted by a deeply flawed monetary system.
Debt is growing exponentially.
The Patriot Act and FISA legislation passed without much debate have resulted in a steady erosion of our 4th Amendment rights.
Tragically our government engages in preemptive war, otherwise known as aggression, with no complaints from the American people.
The drone warfare we are pursuing worldwide is destined to end badly for us as the hatred builds for innocent lives lost and the international laws flaunted. Once we are financially weakened and militarily challenged, there will be a lot resentment thrown our way.
It's now the law of the land that the military can arrest American citizens, hold them indefinitely, without charges or a trial.
Rampant hostility toward free trade is supported by a large number in Washington.
Supporters of sanctions, currency manipulation and WTO trade retaliation, call the true free traders "isolationists."
Sanctions are used to punish countries that don't follow our orders.
Bailouts and guarantees for all kinds of misbehavior are routine.
Central economic planning through monetary policy, regulations and legislative mandates has been an acceptable policy.
Finally, he said "If you find this to be a worthwhile message, spread it throughout the land."
The complete transcript of Ron Paul's message is at Breitbart.
Ron Paul's complete Farewell Speech
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