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A true statesman and humanitarian, Dr. Ron Paul, simply states the road we are on verses the road we should be on, explaining both consequences and rewards. I feel no individual in office can fill his mighty shoes, but that is not necessary, as the time is now to advance the cause of Freedom and Personal Liberty and the person to carry that cause is you and I, as individuals uniting to create a critical mass, so often mentioned by Bob Schultz and others. The revolution is now in our hands and we each will decide how best to promote the battle for Liberty!
Transcript Location: http://www.campaignforliberty.org/national-blog/transcript-of-farewell-address/
Much thanks to Gary Franchi and Matthew Hawes!
Congressman Paul’s final speech on the House floor before leaving Congress
Below is the transcript of Ron Paul’s farewell address to Congress:
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.
By Agence France-Presse
BERLIN — Eurozone countries extended Sunday a hand of compromise to Greece after the victory of parties supporting the country’s international bailout, signalling some flexibility on the painful reforms.
“There can’t be substantial changes in the engagements” undertaken by Greece in the bailout deal. “But I can imagine we discuss again a delay” in achieving the targets, he said on Germany’s ARD public television.
The job, spending and wage cuts required under the 130 billion euro ($165 billion) bailout were a key issue among voters in Sunday’s Greek parliamentary election, with all parties calling for a relaxation of the terms if not outright cancellation of the deal.
By Hamdan Azhar
Ron Paul Delegates Arrested As They Win a Majority at Louisiana GOP Convention
“I’m handicapped! I need a doctor!” “Sir, this is the chairman!” The Louisiana State Republican Convention descended into chaos Saturday morning, with several delegates being arrested and the convention chairman being thrown to the ground by police. Sources report that state party officials panicked when it became clear that Ron Paul delegates commanded a decisive majority of the delegates on the floor – at least 111 of 180 (62%).
The convention began peacefully with a prayer and invocation. Roger Villere, Chairman of the Louisiana Republican Party, then attempted to recognize the former Chair of the Convention’s Rules Committee who had been ousted from his position last night. When Alex Helwig, the newly elected Rules Committee chair, rose to address the delegation, Mr. Villere ordered him removed from the floor. Video footage shows Shreveport police dragging Mr. Helwig out of the room despite his protests that he was a duly elected delegate.
At this point, a motion was made to elect a new convention chairman. Henry Herford, Jr., was elected by an overwhelming majority. Nevertheless, Mr. Villere – who had appointed himself the convention chairman – refused to relinquish control of the gathering. As the delegates began turning their chairs around, Mr. Herford, the newly elected chairman, rose to call the convention to order. Sources report that, in an act of desperation, Mr. Villere and state party officials then ordered police to attack Mr. Herford.
Video footage shows an older gentleman in a blue shirt being violently dragged away by police and then shoved to the ground. When Mr. Herford protests that he is handicapped and would like to press charges for assault against the police officers, a Shreveport police officer is seen smirking in response. Sources report that Mr. Herford, 57, has a prosthetic hip that was dislocated during the assault.
The Associated Press
Posted May 06, 2012, at 10:39 a.m.
Last modified May 06, 2012, at 11:06 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — With Ron Paul forces in control, the Maine Republican Convention has elected a majority slate supporting the Texas congressman to the GOP national convention.
The names of 15 at-large delegates from Maine to the Tampa, Fla., convention were posted Sunday morning as the state convention entered its second day. Ron Paul supporters essentially took over the convention Saturday after electing a convention chairman. Maine has a total of 24 delegates.
Paul finished a close second behind Mitt Romney in Maine’s presidential caucuses but those results were nonbinding.
Charles Cragin, a Romney supporter who lost Saturday’s bid to chair the convention, calls the turn of events “bizarre.” He says the Paul-led delegation may not be seated at the national convention because of violations of rules of procedure this weekend in Augusta.
Ben Swann: North Dakota Caucus railroaded to give majority of delegates to Romney
Ben Swann (in my opinion) is the last true reporter in the USA, Maybe even the world. This is a reality check from FOX 19 showing how the GOP rigged the vote/delegates in North Dakota.
Thanks for the footage and commentary to Patrick & Lynn Kempen. Great job!
The video cuts in after the first recess. To catch you up, before the first recess, it was being heavily argued whether Robert’s Rules of Order would be followed. Specifically, whether votes would be decided by 2/3 majority or a simple majority.
I’m not doing this to offend anyone and I apologize if this is used the wrong way, but people deserve to know what really happened at this caucus. I only had a 16GB memory card with me and there are a few random cuts when my camera decided to shut off, but I think I got most of the important stuff.
Pat in the hat: My comments are at minute mark, 50:50 until 53:50 thereabouts.
Lynn Kempen: Within the Christian County, Missouri Republican Caucus, held 3/17/2012, there were numerous, and egregious, violations of parliamentary procedure. So much so, that the entire slate, as well as the Caucus as a whole, are being contested.
There is overwhelming audio and video evidence to support these serious charges of abuse of power. The following is an abbreviated summary of some of the significant charges of Parliamentary abuse perpetrated by those who have been GOP establishment strongholds in the Christian County Republican Party Central Committee.
The Caucus Floor, had been opened to Amendments by the Caucus Chair, Walter Martin, upon advice of his own appointed Rules Committee.
Someone Moved for an Amendment that “all votes from this point forward be by a simple majority.”
Jordon Dollarhite was handed the microphone and began saying “I’ve been wondering what it means to be a Republican…” He was allowed to speak until he mentioned “our founding fathers,” at which point the the majority/GOP establishment crowd, loudly, booed and hissed.
By Steve Watson
Congressman says he has “theories” that foul play may be involved
In a conversation with reporters in Missouri this weekend, GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul said that he and his supporters were suspicious about the outcomes of several caucuses because the crowds and volumes of support have been much bigger for him than for any other candidate.
“Quite frankly I don’t think the other candidates get crowds like this, and we get them constantly” Paul said, after he had spoken to yet another crowd of over 2500 supporters in Missouri.
“You would get the perception that we would be getting a lot more votes.” He added.
“Sometimes we get thousands of people like this and we’ll take them to the polling booth, yet we won’t win the caucus.” Paul said, adding “A lot of our supporters are very suspicious about it.”
When informed that Santorum had won the Kansas caucuses, Paul admitted that he had not seen the numbers on it at that point but again reiterated his point, stating:
“That reminds me of a picture I just looked at. I had four thousand people and he had a hundred and fifty. So who knows.”
The picture, below, shows a huge turn out at a Kansas town hall meeting for Paul this weekend, compared to virtually nobody showing at Santorum’s event.
The Congressman admitted he could not elaborate on his suspicions but commented “It’s just instinct and hearsay stories, verbal stories that you hear and the kind of things that we heard about up in Maine.”
“They said we can’t have a recount because they just write these numbers down on pieces of paper and then throw them away afterwards. So it’s that kind of stuff that makes you suspicious.” Paul urged.
As we previously reported, evidence of possible vote fraud has been uncovered in Maine, where several towns and counties that Ron Paul won were omitted from the final state count for no identifiable reason.
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y more than a two-to-one margin, Americans say the agreement to raise the debt ceiling will make the economy worse, a new poll Wednesday shows.
In a USA Today/Gallup survey conducted Tuesday and released Wednesday afternoon, 41 percent of those surveyed say they think the bill — signed into law by President Barack Obama soon after it passed the Senate Tuesday — will make the economy even worse. Just 17 percent say they think the deal will make the economy better, while 33 percent said they don’t think it will have any effect.
Overall, 46 percent of Americans say they disapprove of the deal, while 39 percent approve. Only one in five say it is a “step forward” in tackling the federal government’s debt.
Support for the deal was strongest among the Democrats surveyed, with 58 percent saying they approve of it. Twenty-six percent of Republicans and 22 percent of tea party supporters say they back the deal.
The president’s approval rating for his handling of the negotiations is 41 percent, as 49 percent of those surveyed say they disapprove of his performance in working out the deal.
Still, that is better than House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) both did — their disapproval ratings were about 20 percentage points higher than their approval ratings.
The poll was conducted Aug. 2 and surveyed 1,012 adults. The error margin is plus or minus four percentage points.