This past Wednesday Congressman Ron Paul of Texas gave his farewell speech to Congress with heavy words of what is needed to revitalize our liberties as men and women for freedom. At the same time the stock market has been contracting throughout the month with many financial analysts speculating a stock market crash, or at the very least a minor market correction. The latter possibility could surpass the 2008 recession market correction where many people lost 30% of their 401k’s and portfolios. With European austerity protests and public disputes over how to handle Greece becoming more volatile, the threat of tax hikes (fiscal cliff) under the Obama administration on dividends and capital gains further strangling the middle class, the question of whether the Fed is actually doing the U.S. a service with QE3? and the recent news that 40 states now have filed for secession from the Union has to make you wonder what has brought us to this point? Ron Paul’s farewell speech reveals the state of the crisis we face pretty clearly.
Ron Paul said this in reference to the liberties our founding fathers warned us of losing.
“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.”
In regards to the ever burgeoning size of the Federal Government he comments:
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.
By: Ryan Matthew Dernick
They discussed anything from his campaign polls, a consistent political platform, preservation of the constitution, his stance on the economy, foreign affairs, legalizing marijuana, gay marriage and Dr. Ron Paul‘s astonishing polling numbers especially with the young voters.
Jay Leno asks about his youth appeal, “Now you are 76 years old and you know young people usually go with the younger candidate whether its President Kennedy, certainly Barack Obama but you seem to be doing the strongest among the young voters. What do you attribute that to? ” Ron Paul replies “Well I don’t have a complete answer for that but I think my ideas are young and they’re very appealing.”
Jay Leno retorts “Well some of them are old like the Gold Standard and the whole deal.” Ron Paul says “Yeah but freedom is very appealing its based on principle, they know that I stick to my guns and I follow the constitution. But I think young people don’t have their minds all mixed up. People go to Washington with high principles and get their minds mixed up. So younger people tend to be more principled.”
Leno then asks, “So what role should the Federal Government play in people’s lives?” Ron says “It’s very minimal but we have a document that tells us exactly what its should be and that’s the Constitution.” Cheers ensue in the audience after he references the the United States Constitution. Ron Paul goes on to say “The most important part of the Constitution that tells us exactly what to do is Article I Section 8 it lists 20 things that we’re allowed to do and what we’re not allowed to do is reserved for the people and the states. But basically It is there to preserve liberty and the ability for everyone to live freely on their own.”
Jay Leno asks a pertinent socially charged question, “How about gay marriage where would that fit in?” My position on marriage is that government should stay out of it totally and completely.”
Besides the young vote He is also doing rather well with social conservatives across the board because of a focus on preservation of the family. More and more Ron Paul will be one to watch this Presidential Election