TRUTH IS TREASON IN AN EMPIRE OF LIES – RON PAUL’S FAREWELL ADDRESS TO CONGRESS

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Posted on 14th November 2012 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

Farewell Dear Doctor. You were the last remaining patriot. I salute you for your wisdom, courage, and honesty. You alone were the shining light during this dark time. You are no longer alone in your fight for freedom, liberty, and truth.

By Ron Paul | Delivered on the House Floor, November 14, 2012

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.

Authoritarianism vs. Liberty

If authoritarianism leads to poverty and war and less freedom for all individuals and is controlled by rich special interests, the people should be begging for liberty. There certainly was a strong enough sentiment for more freedom at the time of our founding that motivated those who were willing to fight in the revolution against the powerful British government.

During my time in Congress the appetite for liberty has been quite weak; the understanding of its significance negligible. Yet the good news is that compared to 1976 when I first came to Congress, the desire for more freedom and less government in 2012 is much greater and growing, especially in grassroots America. Tens of thousands of teenagers and college age students are, with great enthusiasm, welcoming the message of liberty.

I have a few thoughts as to why the people of a country like ours, once the freest and most prosperous, allowed the conditions to deteriorate to the degree that they have.

Freedom, private property, and enforceable voluntary contracts, generate wealth. In our early history we were very much aware of this. But in the early part of the 20th century our politicians promoted the notion that the tax and monetary systems had to change if we were to involve ourselves in excessive domestic and military spending. That is why Congress gave us the Federal Reserve and the income tax. The majority of Americans and many government officials agreed that sacrificing some liberty was necessary to carry out what some claimed to be “progressive” ideas. Pure democracy became acceptable.

They failed to recognized that what they were doing was exactly opposite of what the colonists were seeking when they broke away from the British.

Some complain that my arguments makes no sense, since great wealth and the standard of living improved for many Americans over the last 100 years, even with these new policies.

But the damage to the market economy, and the currency, has been insidious and steady. It took a long time to consume our wealth, destroy the currency and undermine productivity and get our financial obligations to a point of no return. Confidence sometimes lasts longer than deserved. Most of our wealth today depends on debt.

The wealth that we enjoyed and seemed to be endless, allowed concern for the principle of a free society to be neglected. As long as most people believed the material abundance would last forever, worrying about protecting a competitive productive economy and individual liberty seemed unnecessary.

The Age of Redistribution

This neglect ushered in an age of redistribution of wealth by government kowtowing to any and all special interests, except for those who just wanted to left alone. That is why today money in politics far surpasses money currently going into research and development and productive entrepreneurial efforts.

The material benefits became more important than the understanding and promoting the principles of liberty and a free market. It is good that material abundance is a result of liberty but if materialism is all that we care about, problems are guaranteed.

The crisis arrived because the illusion that wealth and prosperity would last forever has ended. Since it was based on debt and a pretense that debt can be papered over by an out-of-control fiat monetary system, it was doomed to fail. We have ended up with a system that doesn’t produce enough even to finance the debt and no fundamental understanding of why a free society is crucial to reversing these trends.

If this is not recognized, the recovery will linger for a long time. Bigger government, more spending, more debt, more poverty for the middle class, and a more intense scramble by the elite special interests will continue.

We Need an Intellectual Awakening

Without an intellectual awakening, the turning point will be driven by economic law. A dollar crisis will bring the current out-of-control system to its knees.

If it’s not accepted that big government, fiat money, ignoring liberty, central economic planning, welfarism, and warfarism caused our crisis we can expect a continuous and dangerous march toward corporatism and even fascism with even more loss of our liberties. Prosperity for a large middle class though will become an abstract dream.

This continuous move is no different than what we have seen in how our financial crisis of 2008 was handled. Congress first directed, with bipartisan support, bailouts for the wealthy. Then it was the Federal Reserve with its endless quantitative easing. If at first it doesn’t succeed try again; QE1, QE2, and QE3 and with no results we try QE indefinitely—that is until it too fails. There’s a cost to all of this and let me assure you delaying the payment is no longer an option. The rules of the market will extract its pound of flesh and it won’t be pretty.

The current crisis elicits a lot of pessimism. And the pessimism adds to less confidence in the future. The two feed on themselves, making our situation worse.

If the underlying cause of the crisis is not understood we cannot solve our problems. The issues of warfare, welfare, deficits, inflationism, corporatism, bailouts and authoritarianism cannot be ignored. By only expanding these policies we cannot expect good results.

Everyone claims support for freedom. But too often it’s for one’s own freedom and not for others. Too many believe that there must be limits on freedom. They argue that freedom must be directed and managed to achieve fairness and equality thus making it acceptable to curtail, through force, certain liberties.

Some decide what and whose freedoms are to be limited. These are the politicians whose goal in life is power. Their success depends on gaining support from special interests.

No More ‘isms’

The great news is the answer is not to be found in more “isms.” The answers are to be found in more liberty which cost so much less. Under these circumstances spending goes down, wealth production goes up, and the quality of life improves.

Just this recognition—especially if we move in this direction—increases optimism which in itself is beneficial. The follow through with sound policies are required which must be understood and supported by the people.

But there is good evidence that the generation coming of age at the present time is supportive of moving in the direction of more liberty and self-reliance. The more this change in direction and the solutions become known, the quicker will be the return of optimism.

Our job, for those of us who believe that a different system than the one that we have had for the last 100 years, has driven us to this unsustainable crisis, is to be more convincing that there is a wonderful, uncomplicated, and moral system that provides the answers. We had a taste of it in our early history. We need not give up on the notion of advancing this cause.

It worked, but we allowed our leaders to concentrate on the material abundance that freedom generates, while ignoring freedom itself. Now we have neither, but the door is open, out of necessity, for an answer. The answer available is based on the Constitution, individual liberty and prohibiting the use of government force to provide privileges and benefits to all special interests.

After over 100 years we face a society quite different from the one that was intended by the Founders. In many ways their efforts to protect future generations with the Constitution from this danger has failed. Skeptics, at the time the Constitution was written in 1787, warned us of today’s possible outcome. The insidious nature of the erosion of our liberties and the reassurance our great abundance gave us, allowed the process to evolve into the dangerous period in which we now live.

Dependency on Government Largesse

Today we face a dependency on government largesse for almost every need. Our liberties are restricted and government operates outside the rule of law, protecting and rewarding those who buy or coerce government into satisfying their demands. Here are a few examples:

  • Undeclared wars are commonplace.
  • Welfare for the rich and poor is considered an entitlement.
  • The economy is overregulated, overtaxed and grossly distorted by a deeply flawed monetary system.
  • Debt is growing exponentially.
  • The Patriot Act and FISA legislation passed without much debate have resulted in a steady erosion of our 4th Amendment rights.
  • Tragically our government engages in preemptive war, otherwise known as aggression, with no complaints from the American people.
  • The drone warfare we are pursuing worldwide is destined to end badly for us as the hatred builds for innocent lives lost and the international laws flaunted. Once we are financially weakened and militarily challenged, there will be a lot resentment thrown our way.
  • It’s now the law of the land that the military can arrest American citizens, hold them indefinitely, without charges or a trial.
  • Rampant hostility toward free trade is supported by a large number in Washington.
  • Supporters of sanctions, currency manipulation and WTO trade retaliation, call the true free traders “isolationists.”
  • Sanctions are used to punish countries that don’t follow our orders.
  • Bailouts and guarantees for all kinds of misbehavior are routine.
  • Central economic planning through monetary policy, regulations and legislative mandates has been an acceptable policy.

Questions

Excessive government has created such a mess it prompts many questions:

  • Why are sick people who use medical marijuana put in prison?
  • Why does the federal government restrict the drinking of raw milk?
  • Why can’t Americans manufacturer rope and other products from hemp?
  • Why are Americans not allowed to use gold and silver as legal tender as mandated by the Constitution?
  • Why is Germany concerned enough to consider repatriating their gold held by the FED for her in New York? Is it that the trust in the U.S. and dollar supremacy beginning to wane?
  • Why do our political leaders believe it’s unnecessary to thoroughly audit our own gold?
  • Why can’t Americans decide which type of light bulbs they can buy?
  • Why is the TSA permitted to abuse the rights of any American traveling by air?
  • Why should there be mandatory sentences—even up to life for crimes without victims—as our drug laws require?
  • Why have we allowed the federal government to regulate commodes in our homes?
  • Why is it political suicide for anyone to criticize AIPAC ?
  • Why haven’t we given up on the drug war since it’s an obvious failure and violates the people’s rights? Has nobody noticed that the authorities can’t even keep drugs out of the prisons? How can making our entire society a prison solve the problem?
  • Why do we sacrifice so much getting needlessly involved in border disputes and civil strife around the world and ignore the root cause of the most deadly border in the world-the one between Mexico and the US?
  • Why does Congress willingly give up its prerogatives to the Executive Branch?
  • Why does changing the party in power never change policy? Could it be that the views of both parties are essentially the same?
  • Why did the big banks, the large corporations, and foreign banks and foreign central banks get bailed out in 2008 and the middle class lost their jobs and their homes?
  • Why do so many in the government and the federal officials believe that creating money out of thin air creates wealth?
  • Why do so many accept the deeply flawed principle that government bureaucrats and politicians can protect us from ourselves without totally destroying the principle of liberty?
  • Why can’t people understand that war always destroys wealth and liberty?
  • Why is there so little concern for the Executive Order that gives the President authority to establish a “kill list,” including American citizens, of those targeted for assassination?
  • Why is patriotism thought to be blind loyalty to the government and the politicians who run it, rather than loyalty to the principles of liberty and support for the people? Real patriotism is a willingness to challenge the government when it’s wrong.
  • Why is it is claimed that if people won’t or can’t take care of their own needs, that people in government can do it for them?
  • Why did we ever give the government a safe haven for initiating violence against the people?
  • Why do some members defend free markets, but not civil liberties?
  • Why do some members defend civil liberties but not free markets? Aren’t they the same?
  • Why don’t more defend both economic liberty and personal liberty?
  • Why are there not more individuals who seek to intellectually influence others to bring about positive changes than those who seek power to force others to obey their commands?
  • Why does the use of religion to support a social gospel and preemptive wars, both of which requires authoritarians to use violence, or the threat of violence, go unchallenged? Aggression and forced redistribution of wealth has nothing to do with the teachings of the world great religions.
  • Why do we allow the government and the Federal Reserve to disseminate false information dealing with both economic and foreign policy?
  • Why is democracy held in such high esteem when it’s the enemy of the minority and makes all rights relative to the dictates of the majority?
  • Why should anyone be surprised that Congress has no credibility, since there’s such a disconnect between what politicians say and what they do?
  • Is there any explanation for all the deception, the unhappiness, the fear of the future, the loss of confidence in our leaders, the distrust, the anger and frustration? Yes there is, and there’s a way to reverse these attitudes. The negative perceptions are logical and a consequence of bad policies bringing about our problems. Identification of the problems and recognizing the cause allow the proper changes to come easy.

Trust Yourself, Not the Government

Too many people have for too long placed too much confidence and trust in government and not enough in themselves. Fortunately, many are now becoming aware of the seriousness of the gross mistakes of the past several decades. The blame is shared by both political parties. Many Americans now are demanding to hear the plain truth of things and want the demagoguing to stop. Without this first step, solutions are impossible.

Seeking the truth and finding the answers in liberty and self-reliance promotes the optimism necessary for restoring prosperity. The task is not that difficult if politics doesn’t get in the way.

We have allowed ourselves to get into such a mess for various reasons.

Politicians deceive themselves as to how wealth is produced. Excessive confidence is placed in the judgment of politicians and bureaucrats. This replaces the confidence in a free society. Too many in high places of authority became convinced that only they, armed with arbitrary government power, can bring about fairness, while facilitating wealth production. This always proves to be a utopian dream and destroys wealth and liberty. It impoverishes the people and rewards the special interests who end up controlling both political parties.

It’s no surprise then that much of what goes on in Washington is driven by aggressive partisanship and power seeking, with philosophic differences being minor.

Economic Ignorance

Economic ignorance is commonplace. Keynesianism continues to thrive, although today it is facing healthy and enthusiastic rebuttals. Believers in military Keynesianism and domestic Keynesianism continue to desperately promote their failed policies, as the economy languishes in a deep slumber.

Supporters of all government edicts use humanitarian arguments to justify them.

Humanitarian arguments are always used to justify government mandates related to the economy, monetary policy, foreign policy, and personal liberty. This is on purpose to make it more difficult to challenge. But, initiating violence for humanitarian reasons is still violence. Good intentions are no excuse and are just as harmful as when people use force with bad intentions. The results are always negative.

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. Any resistance is met with brute force, fines, taxes, arrests, and even imprisonment. This is done more frequently every day without a proper search warrant.

No Government Monopoly over Initiating Violence

Restraining aggressive behavior is one thing, but legalizing a government monopoly for initiating aggression can only lead to exhausting liberty associated with chaos, anger and the breakdown of civil society. Permitting such authority and expecting saintly behavior from the bureaucrats and the politicians is a pipe dream. We now have a standing army of armed bureaucrats in the TSA, CIA, FBI, Fish and Wildlife, FEMA, IRS, Corp of Engineers, etc. numbering over 100,000. Citizens are guilty until proven innocent in the unconstitutional administrative courts.

Government in a free society should have no authority to meddle in social activities or the economic transactions of individuals. Nor should government meddle in the affairs of other nations. All things peaceful, even when controversial, should be permitted.

We must reject the notion of prior restraint in economic activity just we do in the area of free speech and religious liberty. But even in these areas government is starting to use a backdoor approach of political correctness to regulate speech-a dangerous trend. Since 9/11 monitoring speech on the internet is now a problem since warrants are no longer required.

The Proliferation of Federal Crimes

The Constitution established four federal crimes. Today the experts can’t even agree on how many federal crimes are now on the books—they number into the thousands. No one person can comprehend the enormity of the legal system—especially the tax code. Due to the ill-advised drug war and the endless federal expansion of the criminal code we have over 6 million people under correctional suspension, more than the Soviets ever had, and more than any other nation today, including China. I don’t understand the complacency of the Congress and the willingness to continue their obsession with passing more Federal laws. Mandatory sentencing laws associated with drug laws have compounded our prison problems.

The federal register is now 75,000 pages long and the tax code has 72,000 pages, and expands every year. When will the people start shouting, “enough is enough,” and demand Congress cease and desist.

Achieving Liberty

Liberty can only be achieved when government is denied the aggressive use of force. If one seeks liberty, a precise type of government is needed. To achieve it, more than lip service is required.

Two choices are available.

1. A government designed to protect liberty—a natural right—as its sole objective. The people are expected to care for themselves and reject the use of any force for interfering with another person’s liberty. Government is given a strictly limited authority to enforce contracts, property ownership, settle disputes, and defend against foreign aggression.

2. A government that pretends to protect liberty but is granted power to arbitrarily use force over the people and foreign nations. Though the grant of power many times is meant to be small and limited, it inevitably metastasizes into an omnipotent political cancer. This is the problem for which the world has suffered throughout the ages. Though meant to be limited it nevertheless is a 100% sacrifice of a principle that would-be-tyrants find irresistible. It is used vigorously—though incrementally and insidiously. Granting power to government officials always proves the adage that: “power corrupts.”

Once government gets a limited concession for the use of force to mold people habits and plan the economy, it causes a steady move toward tyrannical government. Only a revolutionary spirit can reverse the process and deny to the government this arbitrary use of aggression. There’s no in-between. Sacrificing a little liberty for imaginary safety always ends badly.

Today’s mess is a result of Americans accepting option #2, even though the Founders attempted to give us Option #1.

The results are not good. As our liberties have been eroded our wealth has been consumed. The wealth we see today is based on debt and a foolish willingness on the part of foreigners to take our dollars for goods and services. They then loan them back to us to perpetuate our debt system. It’s amazing that it has worked for this long but the impasse in Washington, in solving our problems indicate that many are starting to understand the seriousness of the world -wide debt crisis and the dangers we face. The longer this process continues the harsher the outcome will be.

The Financial Crisis Is a Moral Crisis

Many are now acknowledging that a financial crisis looms but few understand it’s, in reality, a moral crisis. It’s the moral crisis that has allowed our liberties to be undermined and permits the exponential growth of illegal government power. Without a clear understanding of the nature of the crisis it will be difficult to prevent a steady march toward tyranny and the poverty that will accompany it.

Ultimately, the people have to decide which form of government they want; option #1 or option #2. There is no other choice. Claiming there is a choice of a “little” tyranny is like describing pregnancy as a “touch of pregnancy.” It is a myth to believe that a mixture of free markets and government central economic planning is a worthy compromise. What we see today is a result of that type of thinking. And the results speak for themselves.

A Culture of Violence

American now suffers from a culture of violence. It’s easy to reject the initiation of violence against one’s neighbor but it’s ironic that the people arbitrarily and freely anoint government officials with monopoly power to initiate violence against the American people—practically at will.

Because it’s the government that initiates force, most people accept it as being legitimate. Those who exert the force have no sense of guilt. It is believed by too many that governments are morally justified in initiating force supposedly to “do good.” They incorrectly believe that this authority has come from the “consent of the people.” The minority, or victims of government violence never consented to suffer the abuse of government mandates, even when dictated by the majority. Victims of TSA excesses never consented to this abuse.

This attitude has given us a policy of initiating war to “do good,” as well. It is claimed that war, to prevent war for noble purposes, is justified. This is similar to what we were once told that: “destroying a village to save a village” was justified. It was said by a US Secretary of State that the loss of 500,000 Iraqis, mostly children, in the 1990s, as a result of American bombs and sanctions, was “worth it” to achieve the “good” we brought to the Iraqi people. And look at the mess that Iraq is in today.

Government use of force to mold social and economic behavior at home and abroad has justified individuals using force on their own terms. The fact that violence by government is seen as morally justified, is the reason why violence will increase when the big financial crisis hits and becomes a political crisis as well.

First, we recognize that individuals shouldn’t initiate violence, then we give the authority to government. Eventually, the immoral use of government violence, when things goes badly, will be used to justify an individual’s “right” to do the same thing. Neither the government nor individuals have the moral right to initiate violence against another yet we are moving toward the day when both will claim this authority. If this cycle is not reversed society will break down.

When needs are pressing, conditions deteriorate and rights become relative to the demands and the whims of the majority. It’s then not a great leap for individuals to take it upon themselves to use violence to get what they claim is theirs. As the economy deteriorates and the wealth discrepancies increase—as are already occurring— violence increases as those in need take it in their own hands to get what they believe is theirs. They will not wait for a government rescue program.

When government officials wield power over others to bail out the special interests, even with disastrous results to the average citizen, they feel no guilt for the harm they do. Those who take us into undeclared wars with many casualties resulting, never lose sleep over the death and destruction their bad decisions caused. They are convinced that what they do is morally justified, and the fact that many suffer just can’t be helped.

When the street criminals do the same thing, they too have no remorse, believing they are only taking what is rightfully theirs. All moral standards become relative. Whether it’s bailouts, privileges, government subsidies or benefits for some from inflating a currency, it’s all part of a process justified by a philosophy of forced redistribution of wealth. Violence, or a threat of such, is the instrument required and unfortunately is of little concern of most members of Congress.

Some argue it’s only a matter of “fairness” that those in need are cared for. There are two problems with this. First, the principle is used to provide a greater amount of benefits to the rich than the poor. Second, no one seems to be concerned about whether or not it’s fair to those who end up paying for the benefits. The costs are usually placed on the backs of the middle class and are hidden from the public eye. Too many people believe government handouts are free, like printing money out of thin air, and there is no cost. That deception is coming to an end. The bills are coming due and that’s what the economic slowdown is all about.

Sadly, we have become accustomed to living with the illegitimate use of force by government. It is the tool for telling the people how to live, what to eat and drink, what to read and how to spend their money.

To develop a truly free society, the issue of initiating force must be understood and rejected. Granting to government even a small amount of force is a dangerous concession.

Limiting Government Excesses vs. a Virtuous Moral People

Our Constitution, which was intended to limit government power and abuse, has failed. The Founders warned that a free society depends on a virtuous and moral people. The current crisis reflects that their concerns were justified.

Most politicians and pundits are aware of the problems we face but spend all their time in trying to reform government. The sad part is that the suggested reforms almost always lead to less freedom and the importance of a virtuous and moral people is either ignored, or not understood. The new reforms serve only to further undermine liberty. The compounding effect has given us this steady erosion of liberty and the massive expansion of debt. The real question is: if it is liberty we seek, should most of the emphasis be placed on government reform or trying to understand what “a virtuous and moral people” means and how to promote it. The Constitution has not prevented the people from demanding handouts for both rich and poor in their efforts to reform the government, while ignoring the principles of a free society. All branches of our government today are controlled by individuals who use their power to undermine liberty and enhance the welfare/warfare state-and frequently their own wealth and power.

If the people are unhappy with the government performance it must be recognized that government is merely a reflection of an immoral society that rejected a moral government of constitutional limitations of power and love of freedom.

If this is the problem all the tinkering with thousands of pages of new laws and regulations will do nothing to solve the problem.

It is self-evident that our freedoms have been severely limited and the apparent prosperity we still have, is nothing more than leftover wealth from a previous time. This fictitious wealth based on debt and benefits from a false trust in our currency and credit, will play havoc with our society when the bills come due. This means that the full consequence of our lost liberties is yet to be felt.

But that illusion is now ending. Reversing a downward spiral depends on accepting a new approach.

Expect the rapidly expanding homeschooling movement to play a significant role in the revolutionary reforms needed to build a free society with Constitutional protections. We cannot expect a Federal government controlled school system to provide the intellectual ammunition to combat the dangerous growth of government that threatens our liberties.

The internet will provide the alternative to the government/media complex that controls the news and most political propaganda. This is why it’s essential that the internet remains free of government regulation.

Many of our religious institutions and secular organizations support greater dependency on the state by supporting war, welfare and corporatism and ignore the need for a virtuous people.

I never believed that the world or our country could be made more free by politicians, if the people had no desire for freedom.

Under the current circumstances the most we can hope to achieve in the political process is to use it as a podium to reach the people to alert them of the nature of the crisis and the importance of their need to assume responsibility for themselves, if it is liberty that they truly seek. Without this, a constitutionally protected free society is impossible.

If this is true, our individual goal in life ought to be for us to seek virtue and excellence and recognize that self-esteem and happiness only comes from using one’s natural ability, in the most productive manner possible, according to one’s own talents.

Productivity and creativity are the true source of personal satisfaction. Freedom, and not dependency, provides the environment needed to achieve these goals. Government cannot do this for us; it only gets in the way. When the government gets involved, the goal becomes a bailout or a subsidy and these cannot provide a sense of personal achievement.

Achieving legislative power and political influence should not be our goal. Most of the change, if it is to come, will not come from the politicians, but rather from individuals, family, friends, intellectual leaders and our religious institutions. The solution can only come from rejecting the use of coercion, compulsion, government commands, and aggressive force, to mold social and economic behavior. Without accepting these restraints, inevitably the consensus will be to allow the government to mandate economic equality and obedience to the politicians who gain power and promote an environment that smothers the freedoms of everyone. It is then that the responsible individuals who seek excellence and self-esteem by being self-reliance and productive, become the true victims.

Conclusion

What are the greatest dangers that the American people face today and impede the goal of a free society? There are five.

1. The continuous attack on our civil liberties which threatens

the rule of law and our ability to resist the onrush of tyranny.

2. Violent anti-Americanism that has engulfed the world. Because the phenomenon of “blow-back” is not understood or denied, our foreign policy is destined to keep us involved in many wars that we have no business being in. National bankruptcy and a greater threat to our national security will result.

3. The ease in which we go to war, without a declaration by Congress, but accepting international authority from the UN or NATO even for preemptive wars, otherwise known as aggression.

4. A financial political crisis as a consequence of excessive debt, unfunded liabilities, spending, bailouts, and gross discrepancy in wealth distribution going from the middle class to the rich. The danger of central economic planning, by the Federal Reserve must be understood.

5. World government taking over local and US sovereignty by getting involved in the issues of war, welfare, trade, banking, a world currency, taxes, property ownership, and private ownership of guns.
Happily, there is an answer for these very dangerous trends.

What a wonderful world it would be if everyone accepted the simple moral premise of rejecting all acts of aggression. The retort to such a suggestion is always: it’s too simplistic, too idealistic, impractical, naïve, utopian, dangerous, and unrealistic to strive for such an ideal.

The answer to that is that for thousands of years the acceptance of government force, to rule over the people, at the sacrifice of liberty, was considered moral and the only available option for achieving peace and prosperity.

What could be more utopian than that myth—considering the results especially looking at the state sponsored killing, by nearly every government during the 20th Century, estimated to be in the hundreds of millions. It’s time to reconsider this grant of authority to the state.

No good has ever come from granting monopoly power to the state to use aggression against the people to arbitrarily mold human behavior. Such power, when left unchecked, becomes the seed of an ugly tyranny. This method of governance has been adequately tested, and the results are in: reality dictates we try liberty.

The idealism of non-aggression and rejecting all offensive use of force should be tried. The idealism of government sanctioned violence has been abused throughout history and is the primary source of poverty and war. The theory of a society being based on individual freedom has been around for a long time. It’s time to take a bold step and actually permit it by advancing this cause, rather than taking a step backwards as some would like us to do.

Today the principle of habeas corpus, established when King John signed the Magna Carta in 1215, is under attack. There’s every reason to believe that a renewed effort with the use of the internet that we can instead advance the cause of liberty by spreading an uncensored message that will serve to rein in government authority and challenge the obsession with war and welfare.

What I’m talking about is a system of government guided by the moral principles of peace and tolerance.

The Founders were convinced that a free society could not exist without a moral people. Just writing rules won’t work if the people choose to ignore them. Today the rule of law written in the Constitution has little meaning for most Americans, especially those who work in Washington DC.

Benjamin Franklin claimed “only a virtuous people are capable of freedom.” John Adams concurred: “Our Constitution was made for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

A moral people must reject all violence in an effort to mold people’s beliefs or habits.

A society that boos or ridicules the Golden Rule is not a moral society. All great religions endorse the Golden Rule. The same moral standards that individuals are required to follow should apply to all government officials. They cannot be exempt.

The ultimate solution is not in the hands of the government.

The solution falls on each and every individual, with guidance from family, friends and community.

The #1 responsibility for each of us is to change ourselves with hope that others will follow. This is of greater importance than working on changing the government; that is secondary to promoting a virtuous society. If we can achieve this, then the government will change.

It doesn’t mean that political action or holding office has no value. At times it does nudge policy in the right direction. But what is true is that when seeking office is done for personal aggrandizement, money or power, it becomes useless if not harmful. When political action is taken for the right reasons it’s easy to understand why compromise should be avoided. It also becomes clear why progress is best achieved by working with coalitions, which bring people together, without anyone sacrificing his principles.

Political action, to be truly beneficial, must be directed toward changing the hearts and minds of the people, recognizing that it’s the virtue and morality of the people that allow liberty to flourish.

The Constitution or more laws per se, have no value if the people’s attitudes aren’t changed.

To achieve liberty and peace, two powerful human emotions have to be overcome. Number one is “envy” which leads to hate and class warfare. Number two is “intolerance” which leads to bigoted and judgemental policies. These emotions must be replaced with a much better understanding of love, compassion, tolerance and free market economics. Freedom, when understood, brings people together. When tried, freedom is popular.

The problem we have faced over the years has been that economic interventionists are swayed by envy, whereas social interventionists are swayed by intolerance of habits and lifestyles. The misunderstanding that tolerance is an endorsement of certain activities, motivates many to legislate moral standards which should only be set by individuals making their own choices. Both sides use force to deal with these misplaced emotions. Both are authoritarians. Neither endorses voluntarism. Both views ought to be rejected.

I have come to one firm conviction after these many years of trying to figure out “the plain truth of things.” The best chance for achieving peace and prosperity, for the maximum number of people world-wide, is to pursue the cause of LIBERTY.

If you find this to be a worthwhile message, spread it throughout the land.

54 Comments
  1. Administrator says:

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    14th November 2012 at 4:08 pm

  2. Chicago999444 says:

    The only worthy presidential candidate we’ve had since the early days of the republic fades away.

    Now that this country has fallen, who’s left?

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    14th November 2012 at 4:23 pm

  3. JIMSKI says:

    I for one wish this last speech would have been full of words such as fucking assholes and stupid fucks and goddam idiots. That way perhaps the MSM would have picked it up instead of ignoring it. As always every word is spot on.

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    14th November 2012 at 4:26 pm

  4. Stucky says:

    Ann Barnhardt said he was a bat-shit old man and irrelevant. Remember that.

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    14th November 2012 at 4:49 pm

  5. Eddie says:

    Truly a historic speech. Deeply moving.

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    14th November 2012 at 4:52 pm

  6. efarmer says:

    He may be retiring from Congress, but I pray he doesn’t fade into the sunset. Ron Paul can still be a beacon with speeches, writing and appearing. Perhaps he will inspire our Prophet, someone still obscure.

    Godspeed Ron Paul

    EF

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    14th November 2012 at 5:03 pm

  7. Ron says:

    He talked some good shit.Didnt adapt or do anything when he was getting stone wallled during the primarys.I wonder if he really wanted to be president.
    I like him better than the two candidates we ended up with.
    I like that Ann Barhart women.She has the fire and anger that is missing from RP and about anyone in washington.She comes across as very bright.Her stating that gold wouldnt work makes me like her even more.She didnt like Obama or Romney,so she is ok with me.
    Her youtube videos were good.

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    14th November 2012 at 5:06 pm

  8. AWD says:

    Truly amazing. After the election, however, it sure sounds hollow, because the entitlement and tyranny seekers won. It feels now as if there is no choice, no future, just massive pain.

    Obama and the democrats bought a critical mass of voters, and will only continue adding to their ranks. Freedom and individual rights (and Republican values) are finished. They are a majority, and will do and act however they wish. Will the minority continue to pay and pay ever increasing taxes to fund the FSA?

    Ron Paul doesn’t mention socialism in his speech, and I wish he would have. That is what we are up against. Forced redistribution of wealth, central control, limiting freedom. The only good thing is the criminals in Washington have run up such a massive debt/deficit that they have sown the seeds of their own destruction. It’s economics that always defeats socialism/communism, not people wanting liberty or freedom. Economics, as he says, will wipe us out, it’s just a matter of time. What then? Pick up the constitution again, after hanging all the socialists and entitlement grabbers from light posts? What a mess. It can’t go on for much longer. That 800 pound gorilla in the corner, the deficit and debt, entitlements, unfunded liabilities (economics) will savage the criminals in Washington. Won’t be long now.

    I’ll miss Ron Paul. Somehow I don’t think he’ll stop making speeches. Nobody will listen, but he’ll remain a beacon in hurricane as we are wiped out. Maybe Texas will will elect him president of their new country.

    Redistribution is the same as socialism/communism, but it sounds better…

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    14th November 2012 at 5:14 pm

  9. Stucky says:

    Wow. Just read the whole thing. What a brilliant man.

    .
    1)- “only a virtuous people are capable of freedom.”

    2)- “Our Constitution was made for a moral and religious people”.

    3)- “A society that boos or ridicules the Golden Rule is not a moral society.”

    4)- “envy, which leads to hate and class warfare [must be overcome].”

    5)- “intolerance, which leads to bigoted and judgmental policies [must be overcome].”

    .
    And THERE’S your five reasons why the USA is ultimately fucked.

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    14th November 2012 at 5:25 pm

  10. WIP says:

    Amazing that most people won’t even listen.

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    14th November 2012 at 5:42 pm

  11. taxSlave says:

    As all things in this life, people pass from the scene. A very few make a ripple in the big pond. Ron Paul sure did. My hope is in the young people he touched with the message of liberty and freedom. God bless you Dr. Paul, you have been a giant among midgets.

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    14th November 2012 at 6:03 pm

  12. ThePessimisticChemist says:

    Brilliant speech. Moving. Disgusting. Terrifying.

    OT: How many years are we into this turning, and how far off is the end of it?

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    14th November 2012 at 6:17 pm

  13. Hope@ZeroKelvin says:

    This is a pretty stinging indictment that THE COUNTRY IS LOST.

    Is it just me or is there more than a few strands of melancholy running through this?

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    14th November 2012 at 6:19 pm

  14. David says:

    Hey Stucky,

    You forget one, and maybe the most important one.
    “Liberty can only be achieved when government is denied the aggressive use of force.”

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    14th November 2012 at 6:20 pm

  15. SAH says:

    The Ron Paul R<3ution lives on, and as the people are starved of Liberty the hunger for it will grow.

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    14th November 2012 at 7:35 pm

  16. TeresaE says:

    I’ve printed this out, will give to my hub and sister. I keep trying to lead a horse…

    I truly love this man. I’m not one to fawn and fuss over celebrities/politicians, so it is strange (to me), but I truly feel a deep and profound wave of love and gratitude when I hear or read his thoughts. I’d really like to hug this man and tell him how much I appreciate his principles.

    And hee is proof that somebody, somewhere, sometime, not only still ‘gets it,’ but actively works to shake others into seeing the truth too.

    So sad that we are at the point of our life-cycle where most do not want to understand. Easier to submit to the jack boot and eat your free vittles while basking in your free heat and watching your black market income paid for big screen tv with 200 channel digital cable subscription. Easier to sue your boss, or your local store, or Walmart. Way easier to take another pill to try and fix the void in you, because you are a non-productive waste of space that refuses to get off their ass and change things, yet somewhere, somehow, actually feels horrible and empty, hence the Xanax and Zoloft and Mike’s Hard Lemonade with a doobee chaser. There won’t be changing these people until they have too. Even then they’ll line up like good little sheep and beg to be fed and taken care of.

    So I’ve decided I need to fully, 100%, enjoy today. I’m trying to shake off the impending doom (using yoga, EFT, positive self talk, meditation and exercise) and embrace enjoying what we have while we still have it. Because even Doctor Paul knows when it is time to throw in the towel and sit back to wait for the show.

    The world my daughter comes of age in looks to be drastically different than the one I did. So screw it, she is going to enjoy as much modern life as I can give her – while teaching her the old ways – because once gone, I get the feeling they won’t be coming back.

    I wish Dr. Paul continued health and the fire to keep on waking people up. Helluva guy.

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    14th November 2012 at 7:43 pm

  17. Kepi says:

    While I just can’t buy into Libertarianism as a realistic option, certain libertarian aims make a degree of sense and in the context of the possibility of a happy medium it could be a useful tool. I’ll miss Ron Paul in so far as despite all the support for Lazy Fair capitalism, he was 3 steps better than anything else that ever has come out of Texas.

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    14th November 2012 at 7:55 pm

  18. harry p. says:

    here is the video of his address if anyone is interested

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    14th November 2012 at 7:56 pm

  19. flash says:

    Stucky says:Ann Barnhardt said he was a bat-shit old man and irrelevant. Remember that.

    Really ,was that statement in her economic tube vids?In what context?

    I didn’t watch ‘em , because I have bandwidth usage restrictions and didn’t want to waste two hours of precious bandwidth listening to Ann tell me shit I already know, but if she was dissing the only damn hero I have left , then the bitch has moved to the front of my shit list line.

    Damn, I hate to see the old bastion of reality go.

    After Dr. Paul is gone we can return to our regular scheduled program .

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zLfCnGVeL4
    .

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    14th November 2012 at 7:57 pm

  20. Colma Rising says:

    PissyC: 2007 give or take is the consensus…. 2020 will be about the peak.

    Kepi: I’m with you in that I don’t agree with Paul on everything, being more inclined to Smith’s observations that conflict with Austrian economics (see stucky’s post as to why…. too many retards, basically). Philisophically, he is true to peace and sanity, contrary to the ridicule.

    Most of all:

    I support(ed) Paul for his honesty against a backdrop of slimey politicians and partisan hacks. He didn’t need cue cards, he spoke with intellectual understanding and heart. A timid speech giver, but he had ca-JONES…. fucking brass balls the size of Texas….

    You can see the fear he inspired in the status quo…. in the eyes of pundits, in his Uglican contenders, in the Chairman during his grilling.

    Thanks Dr. Paul

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    14th November 2012 at 8:42 pm

  21. Dorkus Maximus says:

    Fare Thee Well, Dr. Paul.

    The rest of us must defend his legacy. It will be under attack.

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    14th November 2012 at 8:58 pm

  22. ThePessimisticChemist says:

    @CR – 8 years for the world to get crazier and spiral downwards.

    I’ll be honest. I think I have about 2 more years to solidify my life and my future before TSHTF. The last 6 are going to be a bloody mess, and even if its a WW3 that happens away from my home, it will not change the fact that over the years we have completely ceded 90% of the bill of rights to the Fed in return for some shitty food and television content.

    NZ and Oz look like good options on paper, but they still have far too much state control for my liking. Face it, we are staring down the barrel of the end of an era and the revised political geography will contain nothing even approaching the level of liberty that our forefathers devised for this fallen country.

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    14th November 2012 at 9:16 pm

  23. Thinker says:

    Wow. Just… wow.

    He’s left us an invaluable gift, with this speech. And it’s up to us to ensure that his patriotism lives on. This may be the wrong time for it, but if we teach our children and they, their children, these ideals will once again take root.

    Great statesmen are almost always remembered for their role in history. I have no doubt, Ron Paul will go down as one of the great statesmen this nation has seen.

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    14th November 2012 at 9:30 pm

  24. Stucky says:

    “Really ,was that statement in her economic tube vids?In what context?” —— flash

    See for yourself. Last video, start at the 5 minute mark. The context? Complete contempt for the man.

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    14th November 2012 at 9:36 pm

  25. TJF says:

    That was a good speech. I’ll have to watch the video. I’m mostly curious to see how many Congresspeople were in attendance and what their reactions were as he went through this. Instead of thunderous applause when he was done, there was more than likely some polite clapping and a lot of small minded folks thinking he is a loon. There has to be some that heard this and recognize the truth behind it. I can only hope that RP’s legacy lives on the freedom movement he helped inspire.

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    14th November 2012 at 9:49 pm

  26. ASIG says:

    And instead this country chose Obama. God Help us!!

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    14th November 2012 at 9:56 pm

  27. brann says:

    we need more batshit old men—asap

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    14th November 2012 at 10:15 pm

  28. Hollow man says:

    What a guy, I love a man I have not met. God bless him!

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    14th November 2012 at 10:34 pm

  29. Kepi says:

    @Colma, I can’t disagree that he was sincere and he was trying. Unfortunately a pure capitalist system just doesn’t work in an advanced economy, not for many of the financial reasons (in many arenas I’d prefer it) but because the Libertarian opinion that infrastructure should be owned by private owners and for profit companies. If, by virtue of complexity of connections or by the nature of the institutions being bound to the land (specifically I’m thinking things like roads, sewage, electricity, and fiberoptic communications whose lines mean that you can’t have a choice in who provides the service) the government needs to step in and needs to either provide the service or create regulations that greatest serves the greatest number of people. There may come a day where a capitalist weak government paradise exists, but as long as we need roads to transport our goods and lines to run power, we need to limit capitalism where it can’t work to protect it where it can.

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    14th November 2012 at 10:39 pm

  30. Colma Rising says:

    Kepi: I gave you a thumbs up…. it may be your only one.

    Duck!

    “Capitalism” has many meanings to many people….

    Another thread some other time.

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    14th November 2012 at 11:03 pm

  31. ThePessimisticChemist says:

    @CR – My wife got a bullshit question for one of her papers, “Define Capitlism in your own words, avoiding common cliche’d responses. Be thorough, but brief.”

    Fucking question is worth 5 points, but is a broad enough topic to write a damn book over. Typical MBA bullshit. What they question SHOULD say is “Tell me what I want to hear if you want 5 points. No room for alternative thinking here”

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    14th November 2012 at 11:17 pm

  32. thejerkstore says:

    The only politician I don’t want to punch in the face.

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    14th November 2012 at 11:19 pm

  33. ron says:

    What is sad is that he is the only one talking about this stuff,in congress.
    TPC, Ann mentions that oz and NZ well fall under control of China,she actually comments on peoples desire to move away to other countrys.
    Fun stuff like Bachman couldnt have been president since she is a dual citizen.She came out 20 million ahead from running.
    RP made lots of money running for office.
    Dont get me wrong he was the most honest and only unbought one around,or so it seems.
    My comment i use a lot is, were screwed.

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    14th November 2012 at 12:03 am

  34. ThePessimisticChemist says:

    I honestly doubt they will fall under the sway of China as crazy eyes proclaims.

    She’s solid in some areas (point out the obvious, being a nutjob) but deficient in other areas (sanity, thinking for herself).

    Don’t get me wrong, she spouts a lot of truth, but since her day to day job is to spout a lot of information, the truth part is tiny relative to the crazy.

    RP made lots of money running for office, probably because poor people don’t stand a chance to get elected. People point out the mild nepotism. Probably because the poor bastard can only trust his family at this point, all potential allies or party members are all too willing to throw him to the wolves.

    My options are to stay and carry forward the RP fight, or to take my family elsewhere. I will not stay here and hunker down on the internet hoping things will get better on their own.

    “God helps those who helps themselves.”

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    14th November 2012 at 12:22 am

  35. Colma Rising says:

    PC: A good “what is capitalism” thread needs some makin’….

    The standard issue on a test is the “Wealth, markets and means of production are owned privately…” with the dot dot dot being the general tone or opinion of how this is done. There’s the rub. Kepi seems to define it as economic neoliberalism, the path the world economy has been following since, well, WWII really. I agree that profit-motive has limitations and can be detrimental when rent-seeking is carried out with gusto (ie: what would a private prison seek from the government to increase its profit? More prisoners…. More criminals…. more things considered crimes with more punishment)

    As for running: That’s the problem with a 4th Turning. Laying low and scooting will be as difficult as any other decision. Not saying don’t do it, just saying that I wouldn’t expect gumdrop rain and fragrant poppy fields to frolic in. You will hear me say this often, as I will repeat it like a broken record…. nothing personal:

    THERE ARE NO MORE FRONTIERS…. GO CRY IN YOUR PILLOW

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    14th November 2012 at 12:44 am

  36. Kepi says:

    Colma is that a mild Mischief Brew reference? Though, yes I concur, there are no more frontiers, and we’re in Global Crisis. No place will be taking refugees, because nowhere is good. Actually the closest places to good might be the former USSR Satalite States (Georgia, Romania, Bosnia), because even though they sport a high unemployment rate, they generally have either very stringent lending regulations or lending and credit is outright banned. So getting jobs can be hard, but money can go a lot farther. Also, if you’re an American generally you’re looked on favorably and they prefer to speak American for the practice. If you have a college degree, buisinesses might compete to have you on board (just make sure they’re legitimate and not some former KGB/Russian Mafia front, which a lot are one you’re far enough up the ranks).

    Also your definition of Good cannot mandate that you can generally get in a car and not feel like uou’re constantly just about to die. Those people have no idea what the lines on the roads mean, so you’ll have six cars in 3 lanes, only two of which are turn lanes and you’re all turning left and white knuckling it until the zipper effect takes hold.

    It cannot also include animal control. There is none, and packs of dogs roam free, which is pretty awesome if you like wild dogs.

    Also, nothing is “no smoking”. Even stuff where you’d think “I can’t smoke here, this is an emergency room” or “this is a thousands year old castle rich with historic interest and also historic smoke, I can’t taint that!” Doesn’t matter. You can smoke. If it was possible to do without exploding, smoking would be mandatory around all leaky propane tanks and natural gas lines, just to spite them.

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    14th November 2012 at 1:16 am

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    14th November 2012 at 1:21 am

  38. Destin says:

    God bless this truly great man, our own Thomas Jefferson, for trying and sadly failing to right this sinking ship. And I don’t even believe in god, but I do believe in him, the man who was marginalized as a kook by both sides because he spoke truth to power. We’ll get what we deserve now that he’s gone. God will help us all, but only if we help ourselves. Unfortunately, the fact that Dr. Paul will not be inaugurated in January clearly demonstrates that we won’t.

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    14th November 2012 at 4:05 am

  39. Novista says:

    TPC … ““Tell me what I want to hear if … ”

    Ah, that brings back memories. I had a course on the American Civil War at the U. of Md. The prof taught the real history — but when it came to the exam, the ‘conventional wisdom’ was the proper response. Me being me, I said, fugem, already had what I wanted out of it.

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    14th November 2012 at 6:12 am

  40. flash says:

    Stuck,
    Thanks for the H/T . I watched the last AB video at 5 minute mark.

    Barnhardt should have stuck to writing, video doesn’t do her any favors.

    She’s right that the Gold backed money won’t work due to the physical limitations , but to call RP a bat-shit old man was way off the charts and earned her a shit-heaping of scorn from my little corner the web.

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    14th November 2012 at 6:17 am

  41. tator says:

    In summary:

    In all of history, no government became more honest, less corrupt, or granted its citizens more rights and freedoms as it grew in size. -E.L

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    14th November 2012 at 9:17 am

  42. harry p. says:

    tator, very true
    every day after it comes into existence it is more oppressive the the previous and so on and so on….

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    14th November 2012 at 10:53 am

  43. GSTzman says:

    My main hope is that man is still alive to see the fruits of his labor come true.
    The people that mocked his as a ‘loon’ will rue the day.

    All you need to know about Ron Paul is to watch the way old school crony journalists like Charlie Rose and Bob Schieffer look at him like he’s from another planet when they interview him.

    Bob Schieffer: ‘You mean you’d just eliminate FEMA?’
    RP: ‘Yes’
    15 seconds of TV silence

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    14th November 2012 at 2:20 pm

  44. Muck About says:

    @Colma: So 2020 is going to be “the peak” ??? Jeebus! That means I have to stay alive for 7 more years just to see what happens! What a drag. I was hoping to go out in a burst of glory a little sooner than that.

    Via con Dios, RP… you did your best and that’s all anyone can do. If the sheeple didn’t listen and they didn’t, they will suffer the consequences (along with all of us who did listen – ain’t that a bitch!).

    @TE: Good luck raising that daughter. You’ve always known where truth was and you’ve been faithful to it all the while. I fear for my Grandchildren and have no hope at all for the generation following them – unless things fall apart sooner than later. You’re a good lady and mom, TE.. It’s always fun to listen to your adventures in trying to lead horses.. You’ve even gone so far as bringing water to them!!! Never give up..

    MA

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    14th November 2012 at 2:22 pm

  45. daddysteve says:

    So , some still believe there isn’t enough gold to run a world economy? What you mean is there isn’t enough to cover the hundreds of trillions of fake-assed derivatives flooding the world? And that would be a bad thing?

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    14th November 2012 at 5:21 pm

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    14th November 2012 at 6:08 pm

  47. flash says:

    daddybabysteve,
    I hope this clears up your delusion.

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    14th November 2012 at 6:15 pm

  48. Didius Julianus says:

    State control in NZ certainly appears to be less than in the US. NZ is rated n varous surveys as one of the more economical free countires, notably better than ther US and friendly to start-ups and small business. Ausdtralia is another story though.

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    14th November 2012 at 6:16 pm

  49. To the Pessimistic Chemist says:

    Forget about Oz offering too much of an alternative.

    Australia is a much bigger client state where welfare is the entitlement of those who refused to save or plan for the future and for client minorities who like those in the US will simply re-elect the party who throws the most tax free benefits at them. Here are some examples:

    Many of the indigenous (Aboriginal population) use their generous welfare of around 400 bucks tax free per week to buy cases of beer and junk food, spend it all and then get more when they can’t pay their heavily subsidised rents.

    They ‘earn’ more money than some people working when you factor in all the subsidies (it’s close to 500 or more bucks per week) but the difference is the people working have what little they earn taxed to pay for all the welfare. In effect you are punished in Oz for being motivated enough to work rather than get it all for free.

    The same goes for other non Aboriginal people who live off the state or rather off middle income people’s taxes. They get less in subsidised payments but end up still near what the indigenous get.

    Parents who refuse to get married and give their kids some stability but screw around and have different dysfunctional kids by different partners then live together and get married benefits. Without being married.

    Single mothers who have multiple children and don’t have the intelligence or motivation to do something better than push their taxpayer funded prams around shopping malls most of the day and eat at fast food courts, buy their kids nothing but the best off the taxpayers’ dime and then complain that they are ‘poor’ and shouldn’t be ‘discriminated against’.

    Single parenting is a lifestyle choice under client welfare states such as the Australian mess. And yep, most of these forever single mothers are uneducated, unmotivated and from the evidence not of what we would call real average intelligence. Yet the pill and other effective contraceptive means are also free or heavily subsidised.

    The other client group are increasing numbers of boat people mostly from Muslim countries who know that our govt allows their scam. They too receive taxpayer funded payments of around 400 bucks tax free per week, parasitically get charity vouchers from well meaning Christian charities and then go clean out the expensive clothes racks of clothes donated by well meaning Christians who thought they were donating to help truly poor people,

    They and the others do not have to do squat to collect working people’s money. The Muslims have got it worked out to a fine art – the whites who make up most of the population handing over everything will do what their govt tells them otherwise they will be accused of colonialism and racism. Why would Muslim ‘asylum seekers’ stop coming? When they first started in big numbers under the Labor Govt (left of centre) they were given housing and money as well as education benefits etc.

    The Asians who are increasingly making up the population of Australia are also getting royally screwed as their cultures generally are about hard work and education to get somewhere. Nobody who has ever chosen to save rather than live off others, do for themselves, pay their mortage instead of going out to restaurants, fast food joints and buying the latest Nike sneakers or expensive cellphones or just understand they are not entitled to others’ money because they were irresponsible with their own should vote for an Australian Labor govt.

    But like Obama they’ve been buying votes. And the middle class pay for most of the excesses of the truly wealthy and the lower classes. Poverty is a state of mind in Australia despite all the lefty rhetoric about homelessness etc. Homeless people get a generous tax free benefit each week, the only real homeless people are the mentally ill and there is so much money spent on mental health.

    But you’d never guess all this listening to the propaganda of the globalist Labor govt and some of the media. Australia has been a welfare state much longer than the USA – and the worst thing is the hard working and the savers cannot access it despite the label of universal welfare. Lose your job? Or your home? Spend your savings and then go back to the social security people.

    Meanwhile the ingrates and the irresponsible have been merrily spending everything they get at others’ expense and there’s more where it comes from – the same people who can’t get assistance because they were savers and careful not to live off others.

    All these trends are quite deliberate – they are measures implemented by globalist oriented govts. More dependents, more control. More dependents, more votes. That’s how they defeat true libertarians, true liberals and true conservatives (by that I don’t mean right wingers and neo cons or the conservatives who like to spend a lot of money and increase the state).

    Australia is fucked up. It needs a good dose of govt cuts and forced volunteerism to earn the money being stolen from ordinary people who work and save and do their best to be independent.

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    14th November 2012 at 11:19 pm

  50. ThePessimisticChemist says:

    Ack, thanks for the info.

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    14th November 2012 at 11:46 pm

  51. Zzzzzz says:

    “It is one thing to write as poet and another to write as a historian: the poet can recount or sing about things not as they were, but as they should have been, and the historian must write about them not as they should have been, but as they were, without adding or subtracting anything from the truth.”
    ― Miguel de Cervantes , Don Quixote
    The truth fell on deaf ears

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    14th November 2012 at 11:49 pm

  52. Truth is Treason in the Empire of Lies: Ron Paul’s Farewell Speech to Congress | Truth is Treason says:

    [...] Burning Platform by Jim [...]

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    14th November 2012 at 1:56 am

  53. daddysteve says:

    Well , Flash, that was a very rosy portrayal of fiat money. How about we just end legal tender laws , instead?

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    14th November 2012 at 2:51 pm

  54. Bluehost says:

    This is a test.

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    14th November 2012 at 8:18 am

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