Local Activist: Thank you for supporting him as your next president of the United States: Congressman Ron Paul.
Audience: Ron Paul! Ron Paul! Ron Paul!
Ron Paul: It’s early in the morning and it’s kind of busy, it’s great. Well, thank you for coming out and thank you for being part of our campaign and thank you for being part of the revolution. But the really bad news is that Washington is still very much messed up, and the good news is the revolution is alive and well and growing. But it is a delight to be here and hear the enthusiasm. A lot of people give me credit for getting people excited and doing things, but believe me, if you weren’t there to be available and be involved and be supportive, believe me, this would be a pretty job on my part. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the campaigning is getting a lot easier than it was 4 years ago, let me tell you.
You know, we’ve had a couple of debates so far, and we had a few in the last go around. And in the last go around if we talked about foreign policy or we talked about monetary policy, you remember sometimes there were snickers and sometimes there were boos. Well, this go around you bring up the monetary issue or the foreign policy issue, all of a sudden they say, “Maybe Ron Paul has a good idea about this”.
But for you to come out early in the morning and plan a whole day, there is work and effort. And you even came out with the weather report reporting that it could get very, very hot today. Maybe it looks like the weather has cooled down a lot. But it can be looked at as hard work, and campaigning is hard work and what all of us do can be hard work. But you know what I have advised, and I think I sense that you and I understand it very well, this can be a lot of fun in it. Because the truth is, we don’t know exactly what happens tomorrow, the next day in the leg of our country or in our own lives. So we have to live for the moment and actually do our very best, have goals, and have good believes and strong principles. But in doing that, we have to have fun doing it as well.
And it isn’t just that bringing people together with likeminded ideas is very important so we can work hard together and hopefully have a party together as well. But the magnificent thing about what has happened and what the freedom movement does, is what I’m delighted with, which is it does bring people together that are different. But we’re together because we believe in our own choices; personal choices. We may use our life and our liberty and our money in a different manner, but we are unified because of the principles of individual liberty, and therefore, I think it’s the most wonderful philosophy because it’s based on tolerance and freedom and integrity and self-reliance and peace, honesty, no counterfeit money. Why can’t everybody join us for this, it makes a lot of sense to me, and I know it does to you. I don’t know how well the straw polls and the early polls reflect on the long term, but there have been some very favorable things. When we get involved in straw votes, we do very, very well. That means that people like you do believe, and will work hard and show up and do the things necessary. But then there are the national polls done by independent agencies and groups, and sometimes they can be very frustrating because I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but sometimes they will have a poll and they’ll have 6 candidates, but my name won’t be in it. I wonder what I would have come in on that poll. But yesterday it was a little bit encouraging; at least the headline looked great – but what it means in the long term is a different story, because we still have a long way to go – and that was the Rasmussen poll. And I think this is very important if people even in the establishment think about it. Even if there is disagreement with some of our views, they’re all in for the politics and they all want to win. But I think the real test of our philosophy is bringing people together. Not only the Republican Party together in a narrow sense, but bringing the independents together, as well as bringing Democrats over. So in the polls that they did yesterday, my name matched up to Obama and it came out 4 points or so different. It was like 41 and 37. And I’ve always believed that the philosophy is very, very receptive to a broader audience. And I understand some of your activities today will be reaching out to independents and I also understand that this state has a lot of independents, it’s like the majority, and they all will be allowed to vote a in the primaries, so it’s really a great opportunity for us. And there is always talk, every elections cycle they talk, “What do you think about the importance of the two states: Iowa and New Hampshire? Why do they get all this attention? Isn’t this wrong, shouldn’t this be a national primary?” And it’s some people who don’t want to be in a contest in Iowa or New Hampshire, you sort of understand what they’re saying. But, from our viewpoint, I think the neat part about it is that if you don’t have the really, really big bucks, you know, like 100s of millions of dollars, what it does is it gives you the opportunity to run in these states with energized people, and in both states. And to me I’ll look at it now like it’s a big congressional race more than anything else. But can you imagine if they ever drifted to a single primary and one day you had to compete in New York and California all at one time, that would really squeeze any independent-minded people right out of. So it is a wonderful opportunity for us to be able to show our strength and, to me, the strength comes from the philosophy, it comes from the energized individuals like yourself. People who are energized can convince other people because even though we get together and we talk, we should never fool ourselves that everybody out there is really worrying about politics. They might be worried about their job and they worry about a few other things and they think more about it today than they used to. But most people really aren’t into politics. So very superficially, many of them vote. And it’s perceptions, like, “Do I like this guy? Is he saying the right things? Did he put his mouth in his mouth more than once?”, this kind of thing. But people who work in politics have a lot of clout. For an individual that participates in an event like this, your vote and effort is magnified a hundred fold compared to the person that just shows up at the last minute and votes for the last thing they heard. And you can tell in these early polling how fickle it is at times. I mean, somebody comes on the scene and they’re running ahead, and then, of course, it goes down again. But, in our efforts and in our campaign, the one thing I’m convinced of is that even though we cannot claim that we are ahead of the pack, and it’s a shoe end, obviously not, but I’ll tell you one thing, because we believe in something and we know about it, we have the most determined and most dedicated individuals who won’t be flip flopping and deciding, “Oh okay, this doesn’t look like the right thing, I think we need a neo-con in the government.” This is the great part about it, I think we can depend on individuals who have joined and are involved. But even though there will be some who will be very superficial in making decisions – and that is the way it will always be – that doesn’t mean that we don’t need more true believers. And this is where I’m really encouraged. Compared to 4 years ago, I didn’t know what was going to happen 4 years ago and, quite frankly, I know some would say, “Well, if they would have done it this, they would have done it much better.” But for me, personally, I think that much more happened during that time than anything I ever dreamed of. Even after the campaign was over, after being snickered out after talking about monetary policy and bringing the troops home and having received the booing at this sort of thing. But the amazing thing was after the campaign was over, it never stopped. You know, the momentum was there, and it was truly the beginning of a revolution in ideas. And what’s so neat about it is it’s not brand new, it’s not radical at all, it’s sort of like picking up where we left off about a 100 years ago and refining it and advancing the ideas and the understanding of how liberty works and how monetary policy works. So during these last 4 years it’s been amazing for me to see the interest build in the Federal Reserve System. I mean, it’s fantastic. And literally I have talked to and visited with and been on college campuses and talked to thousands of people in these last several years outside of the context of a political campaign, and it’s been very impressive. 10 years ago I might have gotten 10 young people a month come to my office and see me in Washington, and they would come with their parents and their parents would be dragging them along. Now it’s hundreds that come, and either the young people are by themselves, or they’re dragging their parents along.
I’m always delighted when the young people come in and you can tell they’re more enthusiastic and they have a book of mine that they want to sign, they want to talk about the Federal Reserve. The parents will be very supportive, and when I ask them, they say “Yea, he got me interested, he made me look at those YouTubes and all”. And what’s pretty interesting is the parents are not a little bit annoyed, like, “Why is he bugging me about this?” They’re excited; they’re excited for their children because their children, on their own, in many ways, got interested and thought about serious things and actually influenced the parents. And the parents really like that and this, to me, is one of the great things about a freedom philosophy. Young people who have not had their minds muddied up are very receptive to the freedom philosophy. You know, less war, sound money, and all these things. But many of us – I know I went through it and I have a lot of people tell me this, and some of you may have had the same experience – that you more or less have a natural instinct to be left alone, and I think little children are that way, they have an independent mind, teenagers are like that. And then to move it one step forward and become and become an adult, you have to conform. You’re not allowed to think for yourself and be your own person. In order to mould into society you’re told that you have to accept this and then we hear from our public schools and TV and the government, and it contradicts. So for me, it was very exciting to discover there were a lot of smart people out there that knew and understood individualism, especially in economics. And when I got introduced to Austrian economics, I thought this was marvelous, and it wasn’t just me. But a lot of people have these instincts and they’re very delighted to know that there’s a lot of intellectual thought that goes behind this. Not only that, but when you think about it, it’s the tradition of this country and it was really what made this country great.
We can defend those good traditions, we can defend our constitution, but we also don’t have to go back. we don’t have to go back to the dark ages, that’s something that they always accuse us of, and they say, “Oh yea, you want to live in the 18th century”, or something like this, “You want to go back to the gold standard, you want to go back to all these things that failed”. But the truth is, we’re the ones that are going forward. Everything we have in Washington, and most governments, is built on authoritarianism; telling people what to do: what to do with your life, what you can do with your money, what you can do with your property, what other countries can do, and who gets bailed out. So this whole idea of somebody telling us what to do, if we advance that idea to the point where we really can improve on even what the founders gave us. You know, the constitution was probably the best document ever written by people, but it really had a lot of short comings, too, and therefore we don’t have to go back to a static condition. Even the gold standard, it was far from a really well thought out gold standard, it was gold and silver standard, and they fixed the price of gold and silver and they were always in fractions, it was not truly regulated by the free market. And then they invited national banks and central banks and it was always abused. So there’s a lot that can be improved if we’re able to move this intellectual revolution. But to move an intellectual revolution, we have to have troops that get more people to understand it. Most – no, I don’t think most – people vote for self interest. Some people think that the main goal that we have to do now because we’re in a mess is, we all have to sacrifice together. You know, I really don’t believe in that. If I could return to you all your liberties and you had your own life, you could work and keep what you earned and you didn’t have to pay all these taxes, or be sent off to fight useless wars, and all of a sudden you’d be out the realm of the intimidation of big government, would you feel like you were sacrificing anything? I don’t think we have to sacrifice. The same way we have to reverse this notion that for us to safe, we have to sacrifice liberty; that is a detestable idea because it’s obviously been known for a long time that if you do sacrifice liberty for security, you end up with neither. And now we don’t have physical security and we don’t have economic security, because we have sacrificed too much. So I don’t want you to have to sacrifice anything. And you don’t come out here because you’re sacrificing your time being here. We do this out of self-interest, not in the sense of the self-interest that you’re a lobbyist and you want another big grant from the government, but you do this out of self-interest because you’re not asking anything and you don’t want to take anything from anybody else. All you want is your freedom back, and with that have the confidence that it works. This is why I think we’ve gotten into so much trouble in the last 100 years, because we lost that confidence as a people that freedom really is the answer to our problems and we got into this trouble because we’ve ignored those protections in the constitution. And we can get out of this trouble – whether it’s financial, international, monetary – we can get back out of this trouble by just following the rules, and the rules are very, very explicit. And this is where we’re making tremendous progress, this is where the movement has changed the whole nature of the debate. In the 1930s, even in 1932 Roosevelt ran on the gold standard and a balanced budget and limited government, and he knew that’s what was in vogue, that’s what he said. But behind the scenes in the undercurrent, guess what was developing? Socialism, welfarism, and inflationism, and international warmongering. And that’s what was being taught in the universities. So the intellectuals were laying the groundwork. So if you saw him on the surface, yes, he still believed in the gold standard and balanced budget, but then we saw what happened from 1932, especially up until now. But the intellectual groundwork now, thank goodness for the many think-tank’s that are libertarian-oriented, and thank goodness for the internet and a few other things and so many independent minded people, even on radio programs, and now even on TV. You know, when you look at Napolitano, this is great.
So, to be an optimist, which I am, I say t the groundwork has been laid and our job now is to spread that message and get people confident. And one of the things you’ll hear is, “Oh, we can’t support you guys because he can’t win, it doesn’t work, it’s too big a job”. But it is changing and it isn’t so much that great speechs will be heard and will convert everybody, but what really helps us is the total failure of the system that we have put up with for so long. And therefore, they are going to be forced to look at what we’re doing. So we’re in the right place at the right time with the right message, and this is the reason my effort is so, so important.
So, once again, I thank you very much for participating, you give me a lot of encouragement, I hope I give you encouragement. I do want you to work hard out of your own self-interest, but I also want you to have a lot of fun doing it. So thank you very much.