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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/

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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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Messengers for Liberty documentary

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The first episode of Messengers for Liberty has been uploaded and is ready to be seen by the world!

This was filmed in Nashville, TN and Missouri. It features interviews with Ron Paul, Austrian Economics Professor Robert Murphy, TMOT, and some familiar faces from the Ron Paul Grassroots movement in Nashville including Barry Donegan, Matt Gulliver, Mandy Singleton, John Drake, and many more!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iZzg6PyMJA&feature=plcp

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Published on Sep 16, 2012 by

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“Messengers for Liberty” is a six hour documentary series about the grassroots liberty movement growing in America today. Learn why these grassroots patriots are speaking out and why liberty has transformed their lives. Join us on this documentary journey to explore these founding principles that once made America free and prosperous.

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Worldwide press coverage expected for Ron Paul’s rally at Sun Dome

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Source: http://www.examiner.com

By Lori Stacey

As this Congressman did 4 years ago in response to being basically shut-out of the Republican National Convention, Ron Paul has again organized his own large event nearby. He is currently not invited to attend the convention and is only going to be given a video tribute at the RNC similar to what a great man might receive after he is dead.

Although there has been speculation for weeks that Ron Paul was never invited to speak at the convention, it has been recently revealed that he was offered a speaking spot but it came with 2 strings attached. He would have to submit his speech for approval and vetting by the Romney team. He would also have to fully endorse Mitt Romney for President. Dr. Paul declined the offer due to these compromising conditions. In an interview reported by the New York Times, he is quoted as saying that “It wouldn’t be my speech” and “That would undo everything I have done in the last 30 years. I don’t fully endorse him for President.”

It should also be noted that Ron Paul never suspended his campaign, the legal battles over his delegates continues onto Tampa and the delegates have not formally voted to make any candidate their nominee yet.

Over the last 4 years, his popularity and influence has continued to explode across the worldwide stage. The Paul campaign had previously stated that news organizations from all over the world have been contacting them with their desire to cover this event which takes place on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 26, 2012. It is now being reported that C-Span has chosen to air a significant portion of the event. Although other American news networks will be in attendance, it is unlikely that any others will actually be airing it.

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The real sequence of events leading up to the Rand Paul announcement

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Source: http://www.examiner.com

Lori Stacey - DC Conservative ExaminerBy

DC Conservative Examiner

The real sequence of events leading up to the Rand Paul announcement

The real sequence of events leading up to the Rand Paul announcement

Video: Ron Paul's speech shows no signs of rolling over to the establishment.

Make no mistake about it, the pundits claiming that Rand Paul’s endorsement of Mitt Romney would be good for his political future in the long-run are absolutely wrong.  In my opinion, Rand Paul just committed political suicide and we may never know all the reasons behind his decision or the timing of this disastrous announcement.  Rumors had been widely circulating that there were serious death threats upon his father, Ron Paul.  There has also long-been claims that many on Ron’s paid campaign staff have been undermining his campaign, all along.  At this point, we do not know whether Rand came to this decision as a result of bad people around him giving him terrible advice or if he was the sacrificial lamb trying to take the heat off of his father.

It was somewhat interesting that Rand made a point to mention that his conversation with Romney occurred in Washington.  Could this have been his way of confirming four witnesses’ claims of seeing Mitt Romney at the Bilderberg Group’s secretive meeting in nearby Virginia?  He also knows that the social conservative base has been hard for his father to win over.  Mentioning about how much the Romneys and Pauls have in common regarding family values was a bit odd considering the question but delivering it to a Sean Hannity audience was also quite interesting.

The real sequence of these events seems to have been misunderstood.  Let us remember that Rand Paul met with Romney days before Ron Paul sent out an email claiming that he will not have enough delegates to win the nomination.  I believe the email was actually an attempt to try to soften the blow of his son’s endorsement that Ron would have to be politically savvy enough to realize would be a huge mistake.  As a statesman that has fought his entire career to promote the original principles of our constitution and the individual freedom and liberty of the American people, it would be expected that he probably gives his son the individual respect to make his own decisions as an adult.  He probably tried to talk him out of it, but we may never know that part of the story.  Regardless, the email may likely have been an attempt to lessen the blow of his son’s decision giving the pundits the reasoning that he did not officially endorse Romney until after his father’s email.  Although the public announcement was made after the email, the decision to endorse Mitt Romney was probably made before it.

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The Man Who Should Be President

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Source: http://chuckbaldwinlive.com

By Chuck Baldwin

Today, I am going to do something that I have never done: I am going to devote virtually my entire column to posting another man’s words. That man is the man who should be President of the United States: Congressman Ron Paul of Texas. The following is a written transcript of a speech Dr. Paul gave on the floor of the US House of Representatives back in 2007. Had Congressman Paul been elected President in 2008, the country would be four years into the greatest economic, political, and, yes, spiritual recovery in the history of America. As it is, the US is on the brink of totalitarianism and economic ruin. And you can mark it down, four years from now it won’t matter to a tinker’s dam whether Barack Obama or Mitt Romney was elected President this November. Neither man has the remotest understanding of America’s real problems nor the courage and backbone to do anything about it if they did understand.

Read the following. This is a man who understands the Constitution. This is a man who understands sound economic principles. This is a man who understands liberty and freedom. This is a man who has the guts to tell the truth. This is a man who has put his life and career on the line for the principles of liberty for more than two decades. This is a man who has returned every dollar that he has been paid as a US congressman to the taxpayers. This is the man who should be President of the United States.

[Ron Paul’s speech begins here] For some, patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel. For others, it means dissent against a government’s abuse of the people’s rights.

I have never met a politician in Washington or any American, for that matter, who chose to be called unpatriotic. Nor have I met anyone who did not believe he wholeheartedly supported our troops, wherever they may be.

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Ron Paul vs News “There is NO more News, it’s ALL Entertainment”

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This goes to show you that you cannot trust the news. Just look at all the evidence that is out there showing you how the news is manipulative. I am not kidding on this. They have MILLIONS manipulated to their agenda and they do it with the oldest tricks in the book.

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I Like Fake Romney :)

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