19 November 2012

Farewell, Congressman Ron Paul

At the end of the year, Congressman Ron Paul will be retiring from his position in the House of Representatives concluding 23-years of service. The above video is his last speech before the House.

[FYI: the clip is 48 minutes long. Grab some popcorn.]

Notable from his farewell address were the [apparently randomly-ordered] questions that he posed:

  • Why are sick people who use medical marijuana put in prison?
  • 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?
  • 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 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 should anyone be surprised that Congress has no credibility, since there's such a disconnect between what politicians say and what they do?
Our friend Stan over at TYWKIWDBI says:
I admired the man when he spoke out on budgetary and geopolitical matters that others were too timid or too ill-informed at address, but ultimately he encompassed too many fringe positions for me to be happy with the total package.
...and I agree with him, to an extent.

I think that there is no such thing as being "happy with the total package". I would bet that it is extremely rare to find a candidate who has supporters that agree with 100% of the candidate's positions. For example, I disagree with Paul's position on public eduction.

That said, there is a lot that I like about Congressman Ron Paul -- and the questions that he presents are a good reminder of that.

Although Dr. Paul is bidding the House of Representatives adieu, my hunch is that we have not heard that last of him -- or his message of liberty.

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