Ron Paul was given 60 minutes to present his case for where we are as a nation, where we are headed, and how to restore liberty. The video on C-Span is here. It is on YouTube.
The mainstream media took notice. This was on Google News on the morning of November 15.
The Atlantic took notice of it here.
This video would make a great primary source document for a course on civil government.
He began with a reference to his first year in office.
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.
I wrote his weekly newsletters from June through December. It was an easy task. I just looked at everything going on in the government that violated the U.S. Constitution. There was never a shortage of material!
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.
It is far worse today than it was in 1976. But the government is 36 years closer to the Great Default.
He came out strongly for homeschooling.
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.
For a text version of the speech, click the link.