Ron Paul: Keep Fighting For Individual Liberty, Self-Reliance and Sound Money


Celebrating the Fight for Freedom on the Fourth

by Ron Paul

Every year on the Fourth of July we remember our founding fathers and the precious inheritance of freedom that they secured for us. Every year it seems we get further and further away from that birthright, but we still have much to celebrate.

This country was founded on principles of freedom from overbearing rulers, onerous taxation, and the right to live our lives as we see fit. Our independence was won after decades, and even centuries of abuses that unscrupulous, corrupted leaders and big governments visited upon their subjects. The Founders knew there was a better way, and they forged it here on this soil.

In the new United States of America, the rights of the individual were enshrined in the Bill of Rights. Today, government encroaches on those rights through countless provisions in numerous laws. However, how much worse off might we be had the Founders not enumerated these rights in the highest law of the land? While it is true that many aspects of those rights have been redefined and watered down, and will likely continue to be eroded, we can celebrate the wisdom of the Founders and that at our very core we, as Americans, still hold these rights dear.

The American tradition of individual liberty and self-reliance still runs deep, in spite of the increasing nanny state tendencies that government has been gradually shoving down our throats. It is sad to see government seeking to completely replace the voluntary protections through families and charities that we have relied on throughout our history. Especially disturbing is the rhetoric of community and interdependence being employed by the administration to institute government as the great middle man for all healthcare and charity for which all citizens must dutifully sacrifice. This trend is not improving quality of life for Americans, but instead is greatly enriching the government bureaucracies that take a generous cut of all transactions in the welfare state. There still remains much resistance to cradle to grave government dependence and control. This spirit of fierce independence is a tribute to our founders and is cause to celebrate.

The majority of our Founders believed in sound money, in part because they knew it kept government in check. Governments that are unable to expand the money supply and manipulate credit at will are unable to fund frivolous wars of conquest. Instead of adventurism abroad, seeking monsters to destroy, governments restrained by sound money are restricted to truly defensive wars that the people are willing to fight and to fund. Today, in spite of all the economic turmoil that fiat currency and military interventionism has caused, there is cause to celebrate. The demand to audit the Federal Reserve is quite encouraging. The truth about the Fed will put us one step closer to sound money, and peace.

Public outcry against the bank bailouts and the government power grab known as cap-and-trade proves that the spirit of liberty still lives. Part of our celebration of Independence Day should include a renewed determination to keep fighting the good fight for freedom. As long as government continually seeks to take liberties away, patriots need to keep fighting this ongoing war for sustained independence.


  • Christine

    Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed
    The Declaration of Independence?

    Five signers were captured by the British as traitors

    and tortured before they died.

    Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.

    Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army;

    another had two sons captured.

    Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or

    hardships of the Revolutionary War.

    They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes,

    and their sacred honor.

    What kind of men were they?

    Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists.

    Eleven were merchants.

    Nine were farmers and large plantation owners…

    men of means…well educated…

    but they signed the Declaration of Independence

    knowing full well that the penalty would be

    death if they were captured.

    Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader,

    saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy.

    He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.

    Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British

    that he was forced to move his family almost constantly.

    He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding.

    His possessions were taken from him,

    and poverty was his reward.

    Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer,

    Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.

    At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that the

    British general, Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters.

    He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire.

    The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.

    Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed.

    The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.

    John Hart was driven from his wife’s bedside as she lay dying.

    Their 13 children fled for their lives.

    His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste.

    For more than a year he lived in forests and caves,

    returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished.


    • longshotlouie

      Thank you, for reminding us of what ‘Freedom is never free’ really means.

  • longshotlouie
  • longshotlouie

    Don’t forget about S909

    Less than a week, sound it out

  • Doug

    Senator Jim Demint in SC is trying. He just posted this on Youtube hours ago, ENJOY….

  • Christine

    We The People Stimulus Package

    Require that all laws that apply to the rest of the country to equally apply to congress.

    Repeal Congresses right to vote for their own raises.

    Balance the Federal Budget.

    Force your legislatures to do what you now have to do, live within your means. If you don’t, you are committing national suicide.

    Make congress pay into the social security system. They make laws for it. Now they might be interested in thinking twice about before they allow 20 million illegal aliens to reap the benefits of the retirement programs legal citizens have paid into all their lives.

    Long term power corrupts. Limit congress from serving more than two terms. That’s all you give your president.

    Let them search for their won 401K plans instead of the gross unfairness of awarding them their full salary for the rest of their lives after serving only one term.

    Stop paying for law makers insurance premiums. After all they are only PT employees. They might pass some laws on insurance companies if they had to find one themselves.

    Throw out of office every congressman and woman who didn’t bother to read the biggest spending bill in history before voting for it.

    With the money you save from all of the above, put it into increased salary and benefits for the men and women of the armed forces. They never fail you.

    Start no war unless you intend to win it.

    Make English the official language of America.

    You talk of United we Stand but do nothing to make it happen.

    Give every legal immigrant a chance to succeed. Not one cent of taxpayer money for illegal aliens.

    We are a nation of laws and do not reward lawbreakers.
    Abolish the electoral college and put the election of the president back in the hands of “We the People.”

    Bring back universal service. 2 years in the military or 2 years in community involvement.

    Insure your future.
    Rekindle the spirit of America…Service…Honor…Duty to Country.

    Give your young people a chance to understand their entitled to nothing they don’t earn.

    Wake up America! You’ve allowed yourselves to be little more than cowering spectators watching the nation your grandparents built, the richest, most powerful, self-sufficient republic in history with the highest standard of living any nation ever achieved.

    Now in the greatest unprecedented decline in modern history, the world’s only superpower cannot defend its borders, balance its budget, win its wars, manufacture its own products or protect its own currency.

    Your total government debt obligation over the next several years is approaching the gross domestic product of the entire world.

    You’ve diminished the future of your children, grandchildren, and 10 more generations of Americans.

    On September 11, 2001, 300 million Americans put aside what divided them and rallied around what united them. You proudly flew your flag, wore T-shirts that said these colors don’t run, then you leadership told you to do nothing. Let your professional Army do the fighting. Perhaps you learned to do nothing all too well.

    233 years ago, the silent majority in Boston got fed up with taxation without representation held a little tea party to prove the anger of “We the People” is on the march. It started the first American revolution. Now it’s time to start the second American revolution.

    Take an envelope, put a tea bag inside, simple. Seal it and send it to your non-representing representatives in Congress. They’ll get the idea. We’re mad as hell and we want our country back.

    Look in your mirror, there’s your leader. Phone your talk radio host, call for a tax protest, set your internet communities on fire with the idea.

    But if you decide to do nothing again, then buy a gun, you’ll need it. My name is Thomas Paine.

    Don’t give up hope America. Your country needs a new greatest generation. Answer the call. Get into the fight. It’s a good time to be a patriot. The second American revolution has just begun.

    Uncle Sam Needs You to Join
    The National Tea Party
    Send a teabag to your employees in the Government

    For Address go to:



    President Barak Obama
    The White House
    1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
    Washington, D.C. 20500

  • MOTS

    My dear, weary, patriots,

    Another scary resolution, HR2749.
    The congress really are some crazy SOBs.

    • Lancelot

      I see your HR2749, and i raise you s1261 the Pass id act of 2009. Calling us weary implies we still have a chance to take our government back and we simply cant.

      • MOTS

        Will you go down fighting, or on your knees?

        • Lancelot

          I don’t have that choice, this country is lost, better i move to Iraq they probably have a more constitutional government than we do. Until the weary patriots discover that the MLK Jr approach is ineffective and see that we got to go Malcolm X/weathermen underground style this country is lost forever.

          • MOTS

            You are waiting for someone else?
            Enjoy the revolution on TV.
            O, wait a minute,
            The Revolution Will Not Be Televised