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Ron Paul’s Farewell Speech in Congress

Written by Gary North on November 15, 2012

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.

There has never been a speech like this in Congress. He presents the case for limited civil government.

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.

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18 thoughts on “Ron Paul’s Farewell Speech in Congress

  1. Great man, great speech. Too bad so many of his avowwed supporters claim to have not voted or voted 'libertarian' in protest of his not getting the presidential nomination.

  2. Don't put the blame on his supporters. Try placing the blame at the head of the RNC who continue to ignore their base.

  3. Wish Dr. Paul would have become American's President.
    He has laid out exactly what is wrong with the govt.
    I'm sure most will just brush this under the rug and we go on
    as we have the last four years. Let's ban together and
    stand up???

  4. James St. John says:

    Voting for the best person running instead of the second worst is not protesting, it’s principled.

  5. Homeschooling Mom says:

    The young and exuberant Ron Paul supporters just need a little mentoring from us older Liberty advocates. We need to point out the great Liberty literature and help them realize their need to digest and assimilate these classics. Like, The Law by Bastiat; Man Economy & State by Rothbard; Human Action by Mises. And more. Mises.org & FEE.org are two fantastic resources for FREE information that will help lead people along. The r(3VOL)ution is a philosophical one and the govt schools aren't teaching anyone to think independently. We have to help the effort.

  6. @ wayno: Ron Paul's supporters couldn't care less about who got the nomination. We want real change which won't come through politics. Non-voters are the majority of Americans. Perhaps we're smart enough to represent ourselves without the need to "elect" liars and thieves to take our money and give it to other people. Voters are not the smartest class in the school. They keep doing the same thing and expect different results.

  7. I voted for Gary Johnson because he is not a Repu locrat. The cartel of Congress, banksters and Wall Street thieves has to be broken up.

  8. Jim McClarin says:

    Right, vote for Obamney? Not a chance.

  9. the big problem is not who is president it's who controls congress and the senate more than it's share of idiots

  10. Dean Palmer says:

    Many of my friends I must confess to say are liberals, and they believe I made a terrible mistake in not voting for Obama. Yet it is absolutely clear to me and anyone else who is actually paying attention to what's going on that it is THEY who made the mistake! (not that Romney would have been much better, but that is a topic for another rant). How could things have become so twisted around in 'Merican human thinking and beliefs that the deceived and lied to haven't even a clue that what they've been told is wrong? The popular liberal media lies by fabrication and/or omission to any who will listen. And surely as the sun sets, each night after work on goes the TV and these people – my friends – tune in to MSNBC, CNN, ABC, CBS, etc. for their daily dose of fabrication and sensationalized embellishment of the day's events – as told by ever smiling makeup queens and dapper pretty boys in suits and ties; always upbeat, always cheerful, and always conveying the notion that all is right with the world. Yet hundreds of thousands of Americans have lost their jobs, their mortgages, and watched as the buying power of their dollar has been eroded into a mere fraction of what it once was. And there is not even a hint upon the horizon that things will be getting better anytime soon (the falling gas prices do more harm than good by giving everyone false hope). Today the situation is much worse than four years ago when Obama took office, yet these friends of mine (and a few family members as well!) voted yet again for the one person who has their best interests in the least of regards over his and his party's own agenda. Four more years. 1460 more days of things not getting better, just getting worse, yet my friends willfully choose to get their news from sources that speak of the world as seen through rose colored glasses. How do we show this new Flat Earth Society that the world is indeed round? And more importantly, how can the popular television and internet news sources be forced to tell things as they really are while operating under the constitutional Freedom Of The Press mandate? What Freedom – freedom to lie? Freedom to deceive the masses for THEIR own corporate financial gains? Now even they believe the lies and distortions they are telling. But it's much worse even than this! If I even hint that there might be anything wrong with their Man Obama, my friends drop into a state resembling an appaling religious offense that I could even suggest their hero and sources of information may be leading them down a path into oblivion. Suddenly I am the evil one trying to tempt them away from their convictions. Absolutely convinced are they in their belief that what they know and believe is just and sound – just as I am absolutely convinced that what I know and believe is also just and sound. But I and the others who chose a different leader aren't wrong. There is a difference here. We have taken off the glasses and obtained our news and information from different sources; many of us have studied economics, politics, and world history and have been paying close attention as events have unfolded in the world. We have a greater awareness of things than what ball team won, or who the next American Idol is, what happened on King Of The Hill, and what Oprah and other movie actors did today. We've turned off the TV and have been paying attention to real events that affect real people, and have seen a vastly different landscape than what's portrayed on the evening news. The bottom line is, people will believe what they are told and for some reason if it comes from a "respectable" newspaper, TV, or internet news source they seem to lose all abilities of critical thinking and rational analysis and just believe what they read and hear. People will then act in accord with these beliefs. When the deception is so subtle, on-going and convincing and cleverly embedded in the larger picture of American life, how can one tell the lies from what is real? Here's the answer: Education. If there was some way to get the larger mass consumer public educated about past events in history and they way things REALLY work in Washington DC, perhaps the multitude of Obama supporters would begin to change their thinking. And if their thinking changes, they way they vote may change too. Sadly, it won't happen over night. And I'm not convinced that homeschooling is the best answer. Those curricula can be federally controlled and given a political slant just as easily as a federally backed public school system. But if homeschooling can provide a way for a new generation to see things a little differently it's a chance to get things turned around. Perhaps after a time, things really would be right with the world.

  11. Unfortunately too many of our fellow Americans are willfully ignorant of the US Constitution and the history of our founding. We must be diligent to educate ourselves and our children. We must not allow the government schools to educate our young people or we will continue to have more of the same. I work as a guidance counselor serving home school families. We are located in South Carolina but we serve families all over the US and around the world. Check us out at http://www.SCAIHS.org

  12. I would have loved to see a Ron Paul Presidency. The major Media outlets, the Federal Reserve, the D.C. puppets and their Puppeteers as well as the expanding dictates of one man, who would be King, would never have allowed the people in this country to have such a leader. Our current government doesn't encourage leaders, thinkers, individual responsibility, morality, or the idea that the American people would prosper and flourish dramatically without the restraints that our government places upon us. They want followers. Shut up Americans! Do as we say, we know what's best for you!

  13. Bob Marshall says:

    Sadly, his great speech is over the majority of Americans heads.You can compare the 2008 and 2012 exit polls to see that Obama, like a good Shepard, knew his sheep. These same groups gave us Obama twice.

  14. Homeschooling Mom says:

    Reach the masses? It certainly won't happen via the govt schools or media. Tried and true success comes when each awake person reaches another person and teaches them how to reach another. This is harder work and most people are too lazy and/or ill-educated to do it, but grassroots is the way to go. Relationships matter.

  15. Bob Marshall says:

    Want to know why congress ignores the people? Members of congress see It as political suicide to speak of cutting back on entitlement funds and or programs or the military industrial complex, so they just keep spending and as the saying goes, keep kicking the can down the road. Leaving the problems for the next administration. Today, there are 14,000 registered lobbyist in Washington, D.C. It is not Wall St. that holds the power, it is those on K Street. No one is sure how many lobbyist there are that are unregistered. many in congress, upon leaving, become lobbyist. many times for the same corporations and organizations they helped while they were in congress. Researchers found they received a much higher salary as lobbyist. G.Edward Griffin said, " If America is to remain free, its citizens must become far more politically educated than they are at present." Jame A. Garfield, " Now, more than ever, it is the people who are responsible for the character of their congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless and corrupt, the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness and corruption." Should this not pertain to our president as well?

  16. Allen Menges says:

    Secession from the union is denouncing your citizenship. You petition to
    remove the
    administration/government, and reestablish it by popular vote. Once you
    lose that citizenship,
    you have no recourse or protection.

    A. Menges, 1SG USA Ret.

  17. Yes and if you don't vote, you can't complain. In 2008, I voted for Ron Paul (I lived in MD and knew my vote for McCain would be in vain) If you didn't vote for Romney this time, (or one of the others running agains obama) don't complain how bad obama is. If there was a swing of 1.5 million votes, Romney would have run, less if the votes were in the right states.

  18. I think it is more geared to show the peoples dissatisfaction with the current president and his administration. However you are partially right if the government of the state presents the petition. Too bad though as it gives a list of people for the government to declare terrorist or whatever they choose and take them to the FEMA camps. We will see.