http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/2012/11/ron-paul-...The link above has a link to Paul's 48 minute farewell speech & highlite of his speech if you do not have the time to listen to his speech.A few highlites here:------------------------------------------------------------------------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.If 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.We now have a standing army of armed bureaucrats in the TSA, CIA, FBI, Fish and Wildlife, FEMA, IRS, Corp of Engineers, etc. numbering over 100,000. Citizens are guilty until proven innocent in the unconstitutional administrative courts.Why does changing the party in power never change policy? Could it be that the views of both parties are essentially the same?5 Greatest Dangers American people face:1. The continuous attack on our civil liberties which threatens the rule of law and our ability to resist the onrush of tyranny. 2. Violent anti-Americanism that has engulfed the world. Because the phenomenon of “blow-back” is not understood or denied, our foreign policy is destined to keep us involved in many wars that we have no business being in. National bankruptcy and a greater threat to our national security will result.3. The ease in which we go to war, without a declaration by Congress, but accepting international authority from the UN or NATO even for preemptive wars, otherwise known as aggression. 4. A financial political crisis as a consequence of excessive debt, unfunded liabilities, spending, bailouts, and gross discrepancy in wealth distribution going from the middle class to the rich. The danger of central economic planning, by the Federal Reserve must be understood. 5. World government taking over local and US sovereignty by getting involved in the issues of war, welfare, trade, banking, a world currency, taxes, property ownership, and private ownership of guns.The problem we have faced over the years has been that economic interventionists are swayed by envy, whereas social interventionists are swayed by intolerance of habits and lifestyles. The misunderstanding that tolerance is an endorsement of certain activities, motivates many to legislate moral standards which should only be set by individuals making their own choices. Both sides use force to deal with these misplaced emotions. Both are authoritarians. Neither endorses voluntarism. Both views ought to be rejected.------------------------------------------------------------------------Amen Brother Paul!
Ron Paul:Why does changing the party in power never change policy? Could it be that the views of both parties are essentially the same?"THis statement brought to mind an exchange I had on the Retire Early Liberal edition board a short while ago. A response to my original post included the below.Instead conservatives react as they always do when confronted by facts and numbers. Instead of examining the evidence for themselves they: 1. Attack the messenger2. Sow seeds of doubt3. Impune the character of knowledgable people4. Invoke conspiracies5. Advance implausible alternate theoriesMy reply;"Funny I could probably find this sentiment over @ campfire discussion group with the exception that the word liberals would be substituted for the word conservatives."Could it be that both parties are run by the same corporate & special interest groups that have purchased our representatives? And that elections are merely a distraction, like the circuses in Rome were, to set us at each other throats? Ron Paul:"The misunderstanding that tolerance is an endorsement of certain activities, motivates many to legislate moral standards which should only be set by individuals making their own choices.The lack of tolerance & civility still seems to be the state of our society today. Perhaps thats the flaw of humanity.Brings to mind another great Italian-American's quote; "Can't we all just get along?" <g>
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