Ron Paul: Understand, Respect, Follow and Uphold the Constitution

Understand, Respect, Follow and Uphold the Constitution

by Ron Paul

I am pleased that the Constitution has received a lot of attention in recent weeks, thanks to the Tea Party movement. The 112th Congress kicked off with a reading of the Constitution on the floor of the House. It goes without saying that members of Congress should have read the Constitution many times and should continue to study it. Citing the particular clause of the Constitution that authorizes newly introduced legislation is a reasonable suggestion. Yet in reality it will do little to restrain unconstitutional growth of the federal government. We’ve had such rules in the past and no benefit came of it.

The laws that are passed reflect the preferences and personal agendas of those in charge. For too long those agendas have expanded government at the expense of personal liberty regardless of which political party was in charge. This expansion of government clearly violated the Constitution, yet it was always argued that this or that program somehow conformed to that ‘living document.’ By misinterpreting the General Welfare Clause, the Interstate Commerce Clause and the Necessary and Proper Clause, Congress has justified every conceivable expansion of the federal government. Congress also has misinterpreted the 14th Amendment and legislated as though it had repealed the 10th Amendment.

Sadly, Congress has also systematically abdicated its prerogatives and responsibilities to the executive branch over many decades. Too many people in and out of Congress grew up being taught that the Constitution was a modern, living document. Though the authors allowed for flexibility through the amendment process, this process has been ignored for the sake of speed and convenience. As a result the Constitution now has little actual meaning.

Our Constitution should be viewed as law and members of Congress should be expected to follow, respect, understand and uphold the law. But a document is ‘just a piece of paper’ and those who represent us and promise to obey it, ignore it instead. Celebrating the Constitution without this understanding will do nothing to restore the greatness of America. Simply praising the document distracts from the need for members to resist special interests, political self-interest, emergency needs in times of crisis, fear-based economic myths, and the persistent temptation to seek security over liberty while ignoring personal responsibility and self-reliance.

I wonder, will this welcome renewed interest in the Constitution lead to a healthy reassessment of all our political policies? Will there be no more wars without an actual Congressional declaration? Will the Federal Reserve Act be repealed? Will only gold and silver be deemed legal tender? Will we end all unconstitutional federal departments, including the Department of Energy, Education, Agriculture, Commerce, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, and Labor? Will the PATRIOT Act be repealed and all warrantless searches stopped? Will the TSA be abolished? Will the IRS’s unconstitutional collection powers end? Will executive and judicial quasi-legislative powers end? Will we end the federal War on Drugs? Will we end the federal government’s involvement in medical care? Will we end all the federal government’s illusionary insurance programs? Will we ban secret prisons, trials without due process, and assassinations? Will we end our foreign policy of invasion and occupation?

For America to once again become the standard for a free society, our love of liberty and desire for peace must far surpass any public display of fidelity to the Constitution. We must first look to strong moral character, respect for the rule of law, and an understanding of the proper role of government in a free society.

  • Beatrice Smith

    Ron Paul is what America needs. We’re tired of sweet talk and idleness in the White House. He ended up second in Iowa! That says Americans are, finally, waking up to reality.
    Unfortunately, I’m unemployed, unable to pitch in with Mr. Paul’s campaign, but surely, I’ve persuaded my family and some friends to vote for him in 2012.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=MichaS Micha S

    Im 19 and I hope Ron Paul will become President of the US.
    Good luck from Germany!!!

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  • ZeekoWay

    Im 19 and I hope Ron Paul will become President of the US.
    Good luck from Germany!!!

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  • John Morgan

    Please offer speeches in a “printer friendly” format,and without others’ comments.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=FREEGARYMCKINNON FREEGARYMCKINNON

    EVERYTHING CONCERNING THE GOVERNING OF THIS PLANET IS MY BUSINESS.

    BEING HATEFUL IS THE CURRENCY OF SATAN, so to speak. SO YOU ENJOY YOURSELF WITH THAT SATANIC ATTITUDE. BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY, I HOPE YOU DON’T EXPRESS TOO MUCH HATRED IN FRONT OF YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=Apptendo Apptendo

    THANK YOU SHE IS VERY HAWT.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=DoucheBagster2 DoucheBagster2

    That’s douchebagster to you. Nice tits and lips on your background.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=DoucheBagster2 DoucheBagster2

    Fuck you asshole, it’s OUR Constitution not fucking yours. Go write your own for your people and enjoy your miserable existence in the New Emerging British Islamic Republic.

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  • paul edwards

    Ron Paul,
    You are a breath of fresh air in the cattle yard of Congress.
    You certainly would have my vote if you ran. And I have not voted for decades because they all seemed to be the same type of puppets.
    However… I would like to know how you would go about implementing the ideals that you describe. It is one thing to be “a voice crying in the wilderness,” and to take a stand on righteous behavior, but it would be quite another thing altogether if you were president and had to personally do battle with the sinister entities in the shadows who actually run this country. Obama has had ideals also, but he was obviously told to “keep his hands off the military’s turf,” and so the “defense” budget – and apparently all “defense”-related operations – are totally out of his control.
    What, specifically, would you do to reign in the warmongers?

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=GregoryDrew Gregory Drew

    I’d like to propose a reason to NOT have Dr. Paul as president. I’m a libertarian, and a fan of Ron. Most here would agree that America (the world probably) is heading for some hard times and what happens when a crisis hits and at the same time the president is the capitalist hero? If he actually meaningfully repeals any welfare/war programs the correction phase (depression) of the boom and bust cycle must occur. All the blame could be put on capitalism and set it back as an ideology 100 years.

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  • THEGREGDREW

    I’d like to propose a reason to NOT have Dr. Paul as president. I’m a libertarian, and a fan of Ron. Most here would agree that America (the world probably) is heading for some hard times and what happens when a crisis hits and at the same time the president is the capitalist hero? If he actually meaningfully repeals any welfare/war programs the correction phase (depression) of the boom and bust cycle must occur. All the blame could be put on capitalism and set it back as an ideology 100 years.

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    • tj

      The country and the world would immediately reap benefits from a libertarian President like Ron Paul…cutting spending, cutting taxes, cutting regulations will boost economic activity and wealth creation not seen since the last time we were free…1865 to 1915…. Eliminating the Federal Reserve’ s power to manipulate interest rates would enable rates to reflect the Invisible Hand of market capitalism…thus raising rates in order to spur real savings…

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  • hazballs09

    Ron Paul

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  • TheRawMama

    Please repeal the Federal Reserve! You can do it! Good luck in the hearings in February. If anyone can get it repealed, it’s you.

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  • yabcoder

    This was one of the best updates! Time for a REVOLUTION!!! This country is heading into dark times and we will need Ron Paul to get our government back to using the sound practices the constitution teaches us to uphold or everyone will fall into a deep sleep as alternative media is removed by force. The global banking and corporate take over of our country OF THE WORLD has to STOP NOW!!! Run for president and you will see me out in full support of your campaign.

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  • goldcurrent1

    Sign the petition for Ron Paul to run as US president:
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  • jaingxu

    Ron Paul 2012! I’ve got the bumper sticker and am very proud of it.

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  • VegEdGoku

    Don’t cooperate with banks, corporations! Don’t give them anything! Organize! Say it to your friends! Thanks! Good Luck!

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=GunClingingPalin GunClingingPalin

    The message is simple: Cut off the Arms(16th&17th Amendment), the Legs(the Commerce Clause & the Necessary & Proper Clause) and then the Head(The Federal Reserve). Dismember the beast and we are free. It won’t be an easy transition but it will be worth it. If we can keep the pain the beast will bear upon us in it’s throes of death, it will be a very joyful transition; a little rough but very fulfilling.

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  • GunClingingPalin

    The message is simple: Cut off the Arms(16th&17th Amendment), the Legs(the Commerce Clause & the Necessary & Proper Clause) and then the Head(The Federal Reserve). Dismember the beast and we are free. It won’t be an easy transition but it will be worth it. If we can keep the pain the beast will bear upon us in it’s throes of death, it will be a very joyful transition; a little rough but very fulfilling.

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