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Congressman Ron Paul’s Farewell Speech to Congress (Video & Transcript)

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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!

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Video Location: http://rtr.org/vid/5446/congressman-ron-paul-s-farewell-speech-to-congress

Transcript Location: http://www.campaignforliberty.org/national-blog/transcript-of-farewell-address/

Much thanks to Gary Franchi and !

Congressman Paul’s final speech on the House floor before leaving Congress

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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.

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CBC staff: Opposition to Obama is racist

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Source: http://www.prisonplanet.com

By Joel Gehrke
Washington Examiner

Angela Rye, Executive Director of the Congressional Black Caucus, argued that President Obama has struggled during his first term due to racially-motivated opposition from conservatives who dislike having a black president.

“This is probably the toughest presidential term in my lifetime,” Rye said during CSPAN’s Q&A yesterday. “I think that a lot of what the president has experienced is because he’s black. You know, whether it’s questioning his intellect or whether or not he’s Ivy League. It’s always either he’s not educated enough or he’s too educated; or he’s too black or he’s not black enough; he’s too Christian or not Christian enough. There are all these things where he has to walk this very fine line to even be successful.”

She said that “a lot” of conservative opposition is racially-charged, citing the use of the word “cool” in an attack ad launched by Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS superPAC.

“There’s an ad, talking about [how] the president is too cool, [asking] is he too cool? And there’s this music that reminds me of, you know, some of the blaxploitation films from the 70s playing in the background, him with his sunglasses,” Rye said. “And to me it was just very racially-charged. They weren’t asking if Bush was too cool, but, yet, people say that that’s the number one person they’d love to have a beer with. So, if that’s not cool I dont know what is.

She added that “even ‘cool,’ the term ‘cool,’ could in some ways be deemed racial [in this instance].”

Full story here.

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[CIM]

I filed this article under “politics” only due to my lack of planning to create a category call “Blatant BS!”

Divide and conquer is hardly a new game, we have had it forced down our thoughts from various sources, depending on your age.  This administration has perfected the cry foul action, racist is the reply to all questioning the current Socialist policies, promoting collectivism over individualism.  Over quite a span of time we have been conditioned to believe  our Republic is actually a Democracy, ruled by majority with no rule of law,

The old game was control the media, have them read the script that was approved to provide the spin and distraction, while focusing on the serious news stories.  Some of these “news stories” were months covering OJ Simpson, now that affected our person lives and liberties?  Which celebrity was flashing and which were having wardrobe malfunctions.  Then we have the story of will the groundhog decide if we have six more weeks of winter, lol.  More people believe that groundhog prediction than the weather person with a 45% correct record.  Gotta love it!

All the media hype, spin, scam, and control still exists as in the past.  That was nice to keep people entertained and content while they were getting reamed.  But something ugly started to happen.  People started to wake  up, and to bizarre concepts, such as truth, freedom and liberty.  So what is a government to do?

Assuming that 90% are still asleep, bad analysis government folks, lets run Socialism and executive orders down the throat of the American people, while they are still asleep.  At the same time let us  cause a conflict that will involve all people, awake or asleep.  They will continue to divide and conquer via the fake political left / right paradigm giving the false allusion of choice between the two puppets controlled by the same bankers.

They will divide the people based on income levels while we transfer wealth from the poor and middle class to the “elite” that control the world banks.

Now let them affect everyone in a divide pulling the race card.  Heck, no matter white, black, brown, yellow, red, pink or purple, we all fit into a category that should be fought by the others and be defended against the others as well.  Sorry, not falling for it.  I am Chris, if someone feels a need to categorize me do so as an loyal American, loyal to the founding principles.  When I meet someone I sense if they are good people or not, based on their thoughts and actions, not based on superficial things like skin tone, accent, favorite subjects or worthless party affiliations.

You have the government media playing divide and conquer, recent years in using the race card.  Please wake up and see what is happening.  Do not fall for the smoke and mirrors, as the only one to profit is the ‘man behind  the curtain” while you and your loved one suffer, through regulation, taxation and domination.

Jay Leno interview with Ron Paul on 12.16.2011

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[CIM Comment:]

Great interview with Jay Leno!

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