Ron Paul…Too Good For America

By U.S. Rep. Ron Paul
Wednesday, November 14, 2012

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 United States 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 dependence 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.

To Be Continued


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  1. #1 by mercantilema on November 20, 2012 - 1:21 pm

    The Democrats and Republicans will not have Ron Paul to kick around much longer. Too bad. An American hero did not get his fair recognition.

    • #2 by carmenalexe on November 20, 2012 - 2:27 pm

      I believe that that only when most American people will truly understand and appreciate freedom Ron Paul will get recognition. It may not happen in our lifetime though!

  2. #3 by carmenalexe on November 20, 2012 - 4:02 am

    My friend, I’m with you, I feel the same way! I will miss Dr Paul. News from valid sources claim he’s going to tour the world to spread the message of economic freedom and individual liberty, write more books, and will be able to dedicate most of his time to family and to the cause of intellectual enlightenment. No more politics to wear him down!

  3. #4 by xizangone on November 20, 2012 - 3:40 am

    On the one hand, I feel empty inside, as I will miss dear Dr. Ron Paul – our best hope for saving our way of life. On the other hand, I’m thankful for Ron Paul’s sake – that he’s no longer a candidate for assassination. At least he’s no longer in some sniper’s crosshairs.

    I learned something from his candidacy: No matter how important your message or how well it’s delivered, good will ultimately prevail – just maybe not in this lifetime. Jesus was treated likewise.

    I know I am finished with the GOP and what they call the Republican Party. Never again.

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