Ron Paul’s 2012 Farewell Address To Congress (The Movie)

Ron Paul’s 2012 Farewell Address To Congress (The Movie)


Ron Paul’s 2012 Farewell Address To Congress (The Movie)

Ron Paul’s 2012 Farewell Address To Congress (The Movie)

Ron Paul’s Farewell To Congress Speech Below:

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
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
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?

 

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 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 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

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