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Thank you, Dr. Ron Paul


Few men have done their fellow countrymen greater service than Dr. Ron Paul. In making his farewell speech to Congress, he articulated his vision and expressed his hope that, despite all his worst predictions having come true, the next generation will rebuild America. Apart from his repeating the common misconception that the Great Writ of habeas corpus originated with Magna Carta, I can find no fault with what he said.

You can watch the video or, if you find his oratory a little lacking (he's a gynecologist, not a lawyer), you can read his speech here. Either way, I urge you to take the time for, though he would laugh at the idea, this is an important man. 

Violence, or rather the avoidance of it, is at the heart of his thinking;

The immoral use of force is the source of man’s political problems. Sadly, many religious groups, secular organizations, and psychopathic authoritarians endorse government initiated force to change the world. Even when the desired goals are well-intentioned—or especially when well-intentioned—the results are dismal. The good results sought never materialize. The new problems created require even more government force as a solution. The net result is institutionalizing government initiated violence and morally justifying it on humanitarian grounds.

This is the same fundamental reason our government uses force for invading other countries at will, central economic planning at home, and the regulation of personal liberty and habits of our citizens.

It is rather strange, that unless one has a criminal mind and no respect for other people and their property, no one claims it’s permissible to go into one’s neighbor’s house and tell them how to behave, what they can eat, smoke and drink or how to spend their money.

Yet, rarely is it asked why it is morally acceptable that a stranger with a badge and a gun can do the same thing in the name of law and order. 

This is only his final speech in Congress. We shall hear more from him yet. He may even run for Governor of Texas in 2014. But it's not too soon to thank him for all the unsung work he has put in for what - for most of his life - has seemed the lost cause of liberty. I also thank the people of the great state of Texas who have given him the opportunity to defend the US Constitution to Congress (and by extension the principles of liberty it enshrines to the world) for twenty-three years out of the last thirty-six.

h/t Nourishing Obscurity


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Nothing but good sense and obvious sensible questions throughout.

But the thought of being grown up and reponsible for yourself? well that can be scary to lots of people. To acutually have to take some responsibility when you get it wrong and for there to be consquences...

Those people would never vote for him, you would have to be independant to do that. So that rules out most natural Democrat, Liberal Democrat and Socialist voters.

james higham

That was one magnificent speech.


A loan shining light of morality within the filthy den of politicians.

One of the few whose life has been lived through principle and not the lust for power - truly unique in the modern day political arena.

And as you hint Tom, a modest and humble man, who sooner or later the world will realise was right on all the big issues that really matter.

Robert E

What a splendid man. The thing is: I get it, you get it, the commentators get it, so why doesn't everybody else get it?


Ron Paul has my admiration, but he is out-of-sync with much of todays populace.

Over 50% of the electorate now want the government to run-up their credit card debt for them, it being too onerous to do it for themselves or take responsibility and pay for stuff by working.

Advocating for limits to government is an assured method for defeat at the polls. Nevertheless you have to admire the man and his tenacity against the prevailing groupthink.

Dick Puddlecote

Hear hear, Tom. The man has been a sane voice in a wilderness for a very long time. It's up to his son, Rand, to carry his flame forward in Washington now.


Practically a prophet.
Sadly too many of the American public are brainwashed now into thinking their controlled lives are somehow for the best.
We have experienced this for decades now in the UK.
A rude awakening awaits I think.
Will Texas really leave the union?
Interesting the way the political map of the US shaping up.

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