“Ron Paul Is Real” — Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr.





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John J Duncan, Jr.: Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to my friend, Ron Paul. I have now served in Congress for 24 years, the last 16 of which I have served with Congressman Paul. During all of that time, I have never once seen him waver or stray from the commitment to liberty and freedom and his promise to uphold and defend our constitution. I can assure that no one runs for office wanting to make people mad. In fact, many of the other people who run for office have a stronger desire to be liked than most people. Thus, I feel certain that at times it has been hurtful to Congressman Paul to be the only member out of 435 to vote ‘No’ on some popular bill or some seemingly harmless resolution. Yet, on many occasions, he has been the only ‘No’ vote on some issues. Yet, because of his courage and sincerity and steadfast belief in free-enterprise, private property and individual freedom, he has earned the respect and admiration of almost everyone with whom he has served on both sides of the aisle.

When there was tremendous pressure, especially on the Republican side to vote to go to war in Iraq, only 6 Republicans voted ‘No’. Three of those were very liberal Republicans, and 3 were very conservative. The three conservative ‘No’ votes came from John Hostettler of Indiana, Congressman Paul, and myself. It is probably accurate to say that during the 16 years Congressman Paul and I have served together, no two members have voted more alike than we have. Most of that time, we have arrived at our decisions separately and independently, but we also have discussed many votes over the years and I attended most of the meetings of the Liberty Caucus that Congressman Paul has hosted in his office with a wide variety of speakers. One national magazine about 4 years ago gave just 3 members 100% ratings on the freedom-index: Congressman Paul, Congressman Jeff Flake of Arizona, and myself. Last year, I was very surprised when the national tax payers union ranked me as the most fiscally conservative member on all 338 spending votes, but the only reason that Congressman Paul was not first was because he missed many votes during his run for the White House.

There have been articles and comments and questions about who would be the next Ron Paul in Congress. But really no one can replace Ron Paul or fill his shoes or be the next Ron Paul. He has achieved a fame and a following and a position of influence that is almost miraculous, considering his unique independence. He is such a kind, humble, almost bashful person, that I know he’s been amazed by the numbers that have turned out to support him, and especially the following he has among young people. After all, there’s nothing cool or hip about him, but several million college students and 20-somethings love the name. I think his appeal lies on his principle stands on the issues, the concern young people have for their future and where this country is headed, and the fact that Congressman Paul is real, there’s nothing fake about him. He believes what he says and says what he believes, and then sticks by it even when it is not ‘politically correct’. Financial columnist, Charles Goyette, probably summed up Congressman Paul’s time in office best in a column a few days ago. He wrote, “Politics has ways of bending lesser men and molding even the well-intentioned to become servants of the state. The tools are many: Congressional leadership bribes and bestows its favors, from plum committee assignments to nicer Capitol offices. The parties reward the lockstep-marchers, too. For those who stay in step, there are endorsements and campaign funds. Meanwhile, for those who march to a different drummer …” well, “… and then there’s the simple social pressure to which men whose eyes are not focused on a polestar of principle soon succumb. The description you’ve heard of Washington, that you have to go along to get along, is all too true.” Mr. Goyette concluded by writing, “Ron Paul never succumbed. He never sold out for a better assignment, a nice office, lobbyist largesse, or shallow conviviality”.

Finally, Mr. Speaker, I think words written in the 1930 Novel called ‘The Lion’s Den’ fit Congressman Ron Paul. The words describe a fictional congressman named Zimmer. The author, Janet Fairbank, wrote, “No matter how the espousal of a lost cause might hurt his prestige in the House, Zimmer had never hesitated to identify himself with it if it seemed to him to be right. He knew only two ways, the right one and the wrong. And if he sometimes made a mistake, it was never one of honor. He voted as he believed he should, and although sometimes his voice was raised alone on one side of the question, it was never stilled”.



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179 Comments:

  1. Cool now that I went to you page I realized you are not an idiot. well as far as Rand he knew his dad wasn't going to win I think he is fighting the fight from the inside. At least I hope that is his plan! Peace

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  2. Government VS The Private Sector. What Really Makes An Economy Grow??
    See home page video to find out

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  3. I never said anything about statistics. That's all you. Statistics can be manipulated, or irrelevant in many cases. Show me a handful of developed countries that have no public education system. Without that, your statistics are meaningless. Kinda like saying gold and silver don't work as money because no country uses them. It's baseless. Why don't we agree to disagree, You worship government, I know better cause I've looked at history. The end.

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  4. two different people and he done that for political reasons to run for president in four years. know more POLITICES before you jump to conclusions or else, you look like a fool.

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  5. "what do you not get about libertarianism including my right to do such a cooperative and implying to can leave if you want, or accept it."
    That precious right to leave is ending soon. Fortunately for me, I have my route ready. When the drones start bombing.. where will you be? I know. On your knees.

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  6. no, he would release the slave owners from the scant restrictions we've manage to get in place.

    what do you not get about libertarianism including my right to do such a cooperative and implying to can leave if you want, or accept it.

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  7. LOL! Spying is going to be the least of your troubles in the partnership you want to continue. Just wait and watch. Who cares if you have been on "public assitence" or not. Your partnership is exactly what you deserve.
    See this is why I am glad Ron Paul lost. People like you need to face the consequences of your idiocy. Ron Paul would have delayed the inevitable slavery.

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  8. as far as I know I coined the phrase (but given statistics not the only one) so there is no other place. I talk about this and other things on my channel though. I just started blogging again, perhaps I could describe it in a blog.

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  9. I had alot of faith in Dr. Pual until I heard his son endorse Mittens Rommey.

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  10. Agreed. Shoot me a link, if you get the chance, to some material that represents your progressive libertarianism. Otherwise I'm limited to google results of "progressive libertarianism".

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  11. Agreed. Shoot me a link, if you get the chance, to some material that represents your progressive libertarianism. Otherwise I'm limited to google results of "progressive libertarianism".

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  12. the numbers in his budget plan for which he's "famous"

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  13. the numbers in his budget plan for which he's "famous"

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  14. you are the one that said those statistics would be informative. I said look at the top 20 most well educated nations and see if they have public education doing that or private ones. Market of nations.

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  15. you are the one that said those statistics would be informative. I said look at the top 20 most well educated nations and see if they have public education doing that or private ones. Market of nations.

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  16. I do apologize for the trolling in Paul's comments, but in my defense it was not trolling to piss people off (i.e. actual trolling) it reflect my honest opinions, my desire to be blunt about them, my willingness to listen and to dialog on these issues. I think there is commonality between my type of progressive libertarianism and this more conservative type, even if it's just an agreement we should be able to do things differently from each other.

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  17. I do apologize for the trolling in Paul's comments, but in my defense it was not trolling to piss people off (i.e. actual trolling) it reflect my honest opinions, my desire to be blunt about them, my willingness to listen and to dialog on these issues. I think there is commonality between my type of progressive libertarianism and this more conservative type, even if it's just an agreement we should be able to do things differently from each other.

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  18. I DO PAY THE BILLS. I've never been on public assitence, I work, I pay taxes. I think you have to take the same from whomever runs the companys you rely on, you think your redress is better in that situation, and you are entitled to that opinion.

    I don't have to emigrate because I want to continue the 200+ year old partnership, YOU don't. You're going to stop the drones with what? Privatizing the military? By what rule can't a drone spy on you in your privatopia?

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  19. I DO PAY THE BILLS. I've never been on public assitence, I work, I pay taxes. I think you have to take the same from whomever runs the companys you rely on, you think your redress is better in that situation, and you are entitled to that opinion.

    I don't have to emigrate because I want to continue the 200+ year old partnership, YOU don't. You're going to stop the drones with what? Privatizing the military? By what rule can't a drone spy on you in your privatopia?

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  20. How about you emigrate? There are plenty of places where there are like minded people like yourself.

    "I have the right to be in the US partnership, sorry it doesn't suit you."
    Then you have to pay the bills and suffer whatever hardships are imposed under whoever takes leadership of that partnership. Enjoy that dream. How is the corporate overlords and banking cartel rule feel thus far?
    You think the use of drones are going to be limited to foreign soils?

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