Dudes and Dudettes…whether you liked presidential candidate Ron Paul or not, the ‘Farewell to Freedom‘ speech he gave are words to listen to. We should take heed to much of what he had to say. I’m cutting to the chase here because I’m short on time…plus, I can’t add much more to what he had to say…see if you can.

This is via FN:

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.

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 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

He said much more…if you can’t watch the video, be sure and click the link above to read the rest.

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    I prefer RON PAUL to Barack Obama any time

  2. There’s a lot there I agree with. In particular his correct phrasing of fascism as corporatism.

    “Fascism” is a very specific idea which doesn’t have much to do with racially based National Socialism (Nazism). Fascism is based on bargaining between interest groups, and the key to it is: “Profit is private and individual. Loss is public and social.”


  3. What happened to RedStaters’s post?

    • Bluto…

      Did he have a post here? – I haven’t been here…just curious as to what you meant.

      • Yes, it was an article he wrote on freedom…….a really good one too……

        • Oh, I see…you mean his own individual blog post. – I can still see it, it’s right underneath my blog post…so you got me what’s going on. – Weird.

          Maybe Red will see this and answer. ~ Or maybe this site is still having glitches from the changing of servers.

        • it was between your Ron Paul article and the changing server article

          it’s gone from my screen

          • Bluto…

            The only difference I can see in the title of his post is that now it has the word ‘Private’ before the rest of what his title is for it. – Who knows…Red may be the only one who knows what’s going on with this. ~ Hope I helped some.

          • oh well….it’s not on my screen…so maybe it will appear later….I was preparing a response and the site would not let me post my post to the Blog….anyhow there is nothing I can do about it………..

          • I did notice that in the comment column section Spurwing had a comment he made and it went ‘poof’ too. Sooo, maybe something more is going on that we know. (obviously) 😉

          • I got a feeling the blog was deleted……it might have been perceived as being ….how should I say this…..revolutionary…..I mean literally “revolutionary”…..it may have been the kind of blog post that would get the attention of the Fed’s….don’t know but I got a feeling my response to the blog would have raised eyebrows in the federal govt. as well……..

          • Sorry, Bluts–published it, then marked it as private so I could edit it, then got pulled into a meeting. Anyway, now it’s back. Carry on!

          • Lol…geesh Red, you had us speculating whether is was another server glitch or other things. – Too funny!

            Anyway…now Bluto can fire away! 😉

          • I read it…I feel your summations are most likely el correcto.

          • Yeah. AWD may ban me. Or I may have to tone it down. But either way, just a draft–interested in getting feedback.

          • Bluto…did you check down in Red’s Corner? Weird that it’s still showing in all places for me. I’m leaving it at that.

          • yes I did check….it’s totally gone from my screen…….it looks like it was deleted

            it had one comment posted, don’t remember who though……

          • Actually BT deleted it… guess you crossed her path in the wrong direction.

          • You trying to start trouble, paul b? 😉

          • Thanks all…you have me smiling and chucklin’ a little at home. We all need to keep some humor going, you provided that. 😉

          • Yeah… just trying to stir the pot a little. Bluto just got my laughing in his desperation to find that post.

  4. Friends…speaking of freedom, check this out! See if this doesn’t burn your toast!


    Please read this…it’s a short read.

  5. Here’s another example of what Paul was talking about. ~


    …and so it begins.

  6. Too tired. Like the kids wear a parent down til they just give up, I’m there. I’ll be OK. Cash on hand, a safe place to go, plenty of woods smarts and the tools to survive. The SWHTF when the leeches on EBT, Section 8, Energy assistance, Medicaid etc can’t get our cash-because one day we will givers realize there is no point in working.
    I’ll sit back, watch this country go to hell. Listen to the news of riots, revolution, rebellion on the radio.
    Burn the hood down, maybe a grant for neighborhood beautification? Listen to the lying politicians blame this that or the other. Take care of my family, friends-in that order. No fight left today.
    But perhaps tomorrow…..

  7. Levin hit the nail on the head!


  8. Jesus- the truth. the cold hard truth is hard to hear, but damn it is like a drink of water in the desert.

  9. When Ron Paul speaks, I can get the tears in the eyes.

    G-d Bless you Mr. Paul, in whatever you do.


    Remember ADOLPH HITLER was also voted in as well

  11. May as well throw this in the mix as well. ~


  12. Bigtimer

    I still feel the same about Ron Paul. I greatly admire him. His stand on foreign policy, as I understood it, scared me. When decisions are made through fear, there is not a lot of analysis that goes into the decision. You may recall, I said, many times over, that should he be wrong we would be speaking either Russian or Chinese in a few years.

    That said, I believe Ron Paul to be a true patriot. One does not have to be correct in all opinions to be a patriot. He loves America, he loves this country deeply. He is a very intelligent, knowledgeable man.

    You may also remember that I stated that people as myself, and I believe you,resented his followers. They turned a huge number of potential voters off. They were, mostly , young and noisy as well as completely confident that they were so right that they fostered resentment against Dr Paul.

    Then the media jumped in and used the Alinsky technique of ridicule to sideline the good doctor as they also did to Sarah Palin and later Michelle Bachman.

    Me, I say, thank you Ron Paul for trying to help our country. May God give you peace in your retirement and may the intentions of other folks be as well intended and warm toward you as yours have been toward our country.

    Though we disagreed on a couple of issues, you served our country well. There was never a question in my mind as to your status as an American.

    • You stated all the facts well misterb…right on the money.

      Like you, Leo and others…I wish him well in the future. ~

  13. I wouldve voted for ron paul and only complaint i have with him is that he didnt speak out about obamas forged BC, fake selective service card and fake ss number as well as the simple fact that the child of a foreign father is not a natural born citizen and ineligible for CiC. Anyways, he tried to save our bankrupt, immoral country and i wish him well.

  14. This is a perfect example of what republicans do to each other…distance themselves from what another republican had to say when it comes to his/her own opinion…what the heck, freedom of speech is gone.

    Please read this…


    Talk about eating their own. – I lost respect for Ken Cuccinelli.

  15. Cinnamon Girl says:

    The problem with Ron Paul is the same thing that affects all current big party candidates: that they belong to these parties and therefore must toe the party line.

    Sadly, it takes big money to become a candidate and then to get elected. I’m against laws to prevent that simply because we already have too many damn laws, but like many of you I have more than a sneaking suspicion that the best leader for us is still out there: unknown, unrecognized, unsupported and therefore unelectable, and that’s to our detriment.

    Anyone, however, that comes to even a grassroots forefront and speaks the non-PC truth is “Alinskied” to oblivion. Those who, like Romney, say anything remotely factual about the 47%, will be shown the door. So, they stick to their silence. It’s cowardly, it’s weak, but it’s reality.

    What I’d like to see is an independent candidate(s) who is very much like Paul BUT differs in these two major ways: he/she will be strong on national defense and unyielding on immigration, illegal or not. But, as I said, that person will be run out on a rail for being a warmonger and a racist. And if he/she isn’t, the Dem party will cheat their way to victory.

    What happened this election? Romney/Republicans toed the religious line which turned off independents, undecideds, and moderate Republicans. Then, Obama’s supporters cheated by disallowing military votes and allowing multiple and fraudulent votes, which is also toeing the line because Dems have never tried to be moral; and in having that stance, they are expected to cheat and are tolerated for doing it since they believe they have a right and the duty to “protect” this country from, you guessed it, evil Bible-thumping white people.

    In saying these things please understand I do not have a problem with spirituality nor even with organized religion AS LONG AS their beliefs are not shoved down others’ throats. That said, please also understand that I see the fervor about socialism, environmentalism, altruism, feminism, etc. as a religion that IS being shoved down our throats. But, since the media has everyone by the balls, the people believed Romney would stop all birth control and Obama would lay down his life for any woman popping the pill.

    It goes much further than that, I know, but as long as we have parties and a media that controls what we know or perceive about both, we will keep suffering this way. Idiots, deviants, socialists, fascists, and communists are now completely in control of America and much, much more suffering will have to befall the IDIOTS et al before we see a turnaround. The thing is—-what will it take? After all this time watching our country fall apart, I’m at a loss for an answer.

    • CG…

      As usual, succinct post gal. You nailed it all via my viewfinder in life.

      I’m at a loss for an answer too…what we witnessed happen election day is something I never thought I would see happen. – IMHO this country is now doomed…and I’m putting that as politely as I can.

      Glad to see ya…been wondering where you’ve been. ~

      • Cinnamon Girl says:

        When it was apparent Obama was re-elected, I handled it pretty well. Granted, I avoided the internet to a certain degree and definitely avoided television. Not at any moment that first week did I feel furious. Simply, disappointed, as all of us here on AWD were and are. My liberal friends approached me with caution, stating that surely I was incensed. My reply was, “No, I’m not surprised at all nor am I furious. I’m simply very, very disappointed in the American people.” They nodded and slunked away.

        However, as more time goes by I am becoming feisty once again if not downright angry. With their head in the clouds all the millions of our fellow countrymen who voted for O are lost. La-la land is their reality! Even people who decry the Hostess closing are derided, with social network posters saying that they’d never heard any of their conservative friends say that they liked Twinkies before. That’s not the cotton-pickin’ point!

        It is typical of college students, welfare-moochers, slackers, and intellectuals (often one and the same) to ridicule anyone who says anything whatsoever against the government, unions, or any other such dangerous entities. However, if the government were actually conservative or at least Republican, guess who would be pulling a hissy fit!!!

        As anti-war as they claim to be, none of them have been yelling for O to bring home our troops from Afghanistan. And, they ridicule Ron Paul as a rich old white man, again, typically. It is truly amazing. We all know it is actually the Constitution and conservatism in general that they are against. If the president, by some miracle, we elect next or at some time in the near future were black, female, gay, and conservative or libertarian they would STILL hate her!

        In America today, it’s all about “diversity” but what that is a code word for is actually reparations, leveling of the playing field, unfair discrimination against whites, straights, males, Christians, and all conservatives, and favoritism toward minorities and all others WHO ARE LIBERAL. Period. End of discussion.

        Anymore, I say, fine. Be that way. But, you’re forcing me to live your way and that supposedly goes against your core beliefs in freedom. But, here’s the good news. Folks like us have nothing left to lose. So, I speak my mind more than ever before. Run me out on a rail—-or just try to. Call me a hater. Call me racist, closed-minded, ignorant, uncaring, and cold. I know who I am and that’s a damn sight better than what they are—-lost, hopeless, helpless, and stupid.

  16. What will the Paulbots do now? Will they succumb to chaos like the Borg did when the Borg Queen was killed? Or like Ash from the first Alien movie when someone bashed him in the head, and he went running around in circles spewing buttermilk?

    Speaking of Paulbots, check this out; http://tv.msnbc.com/2012/11/13.....ation-pot/

    Why can’t we be friends
    Why can’t we be friends,
    Why can’t we be friends,
    Why can’t weeee… beeee… friends…?

    Path to citizenship, there already is one, it runs right through the Sonoran Desert. LOL