Ron Paul: Why I Didn’t Run as an Independent


Interviewer: Ron Paul is packing up his Washington condo this week, preparing to sell it and move back to Texas for good. Paul is retiring from Congress, and last week he gave a farewell address from the House floor, repeating the small-government sermon he first shouted in obscurity, and then injected into the national debate. With his time in Washington DC coming to a close, I sat down with Paul for a kind of ‘exit interview’.

Question: You’ve been here on-and-off since 1976, what would you say the three most damaging special interests are in Washington?

Ron Paul: You know, I see so many, and they’re all the same.

Interviewer: I know, but you much have some that really bother you.

Ron Paul: I think the military-industrial complex is very bad.

Interviewer: That was No.1.

Ron Paul: I don’t know if they should be in order.

Interviewer: Okay, don’t give them in order.

Ron Paul: Another one would be the banking system: how the Federal Reserve works and how it helps big banks. The interest that I would like to see, and that I worked on, was to try to get those people who just want their freedom to take care of themselves, and that’s the one that’s the least influential. Up here, it’s the people who want stuff and who get the benefits by just lobbying for those things that they want.

Interviewer: Another thing you mentioned in your farewell speech is your belief that we need to build coalitions, not necessarily reach compromises. And I wonder if you think your beliefs could be a 51% coalition in your lifetime, or in what timeframe?

Ron Paul: I think if I talk to a crowd of people, no matter which crowd, and say, “Do you believe in the free enterprise system, that people should be able to work and have their earning?” they say, “Yea, I believe that”. And if I asked, “Do you believe that your privacy should be protected, that the government shouldn’t be in your bedroom, that they shouldn’t be spying on you?” people would agree. And, most of the time when I asked, “Do you think we should be the policeman of the world?” they say, “No”. But when it comes to the particulars, they don’t stick with it, and they say, “Yes, but go too far, you want too much freedom”.

Interviewer: Well, this is another thing you touched on in that speech, you said this idea of liberty is popular, has been popular, so why doesn’t it win. It’s kind of a question that you didn’t fully answer in that speech, why do you think it doesn’t win?

Ron Paul: Not a lot of people talk about it, and I did try to explain it in the speech, in that, the concern about freedom was lost because freedom creates so much prosperity, that people get complacent. Then they become materialistic, and all they can deal with is redistribution and they find that with the government, you can make more money by getting a contract from the government than by being a genius and being productive. You know, when I first came here in 1976, I think I was under the impression that if you talk about welfare, you’re talking about those people who won’t work and get food stamps. But I have a very different opinion now. That exists, and it’s not healthy, but that’s minor compared to the food stamps the wealthy get. The wealthy get the contracts and the special deals, and that’s where I think the biggest trouble is.

Interviewer: That’s a way of speaking that most Republicans don’t usually engage in. Your son, the senator from Kentucky, Rand Paul, said recently that the Republican Party is in danger of becoming a dinosaur.

Ron Paul: Yea, but I think the whole government and the Democratic Party and the Republican Party are all dinosaurs.

Interviewer: What’s the future of the Republican Party, though?

Ron Paul: Well, the same as the Democratic Party. The principles are dinosaurs. The parties are going to linger because they’re locked in by law. You know, we’re not allowed to compete, the laws are biased against us from competing. And if you go third-party, you can’t get in the debates and you can’t get on ballots.

Interviewer: You talk about the grip of that two-party system, did you seriously consider running as an independent for President in 2012?

Ron Paul: No.

Interviewer: You didn’t consider it because it’s not practical?

Ron Paul: Not practical, absolutely not practical. Because this would have been a good year to have an alternative, and you can’t get much of a showing either on the Libertarian side or the Green side.

Interviewer: So then, how do we get out of this system, what do us see as the answer to this, or do we just keep bumping along with the way things are? You can’t believe that, that would make you too sad.

Ron Paul: No, you go to the campuses, you rally the young people, and you stir up a whole generation of people. Ideas do have consequences, and that’s where the good news is, because the campuses are alive and well with these views and they know the system is bankrupt. And there is this illusion that you can spend endlessly and print endlessly, and there will always be credit out there. And so far so good, but credit can end quickly, the dollar can crash quickly, and a new system will have to be developed.

Interviewer: One last thing, where do you pride yourself?

Ron Paul: Nothing in particular, other than the fact that the people say, “One thing we can say about you is that you are very consistent”, and they say this in a very nice way.

Interviewer: And you’ve changed the discussion in this country, you must be proud of that.

Ron Paul: Yea, that would be nice, time will tell. But what I always get a charge out of is when they’re so nice and they say, “This is good, you’re very consistent”, they must say to themselves, “But I’m always inconsistent”, and that’s wonderful. And they run the show, I never ran anything, I was just bubbling along here when it came to legislation. So the people who, in a way, admit they’re inconsistent, get to run the Legislative System.

Interviewer: Thank you so much for your time, we really appreciate it.

Ron Paul: You’re welcome.


  • haha. Poor Ron wanted to say AIPAC but knew he couldnt

  • What a great man, hope he never stops talking.

  • i love this man.. seriously ive never met him or anything but hes just such a good person… i wish people could see how great this guy is really.

  • I LOVE THIS MAN. We need a statue for the modern era’s father of liberty!

  • Great man. Hilarious video title.

  • Ron Paul, how do I contact you? I still fight for your dream and I believe it can continue. I believe there is a way to instill these great values and debates in our population. I believe that one day – your idea will spread like wildfire. But we must nurture it as a young plant before taking root.
    I have a plan.
    The time of your idea has come. You have seen it in the crowds at your rallies. Help us set the path.
    —> I’ve tried to email your multiple addresses & received address errors.

  • RON PAUL 2016

  • Chinese Secret Society support’s Ron Paul for “world peace.”

  • A man who by following traditional principles that have shown to work, is far ahead of his time. RON PAUL!

  • Short answer:
    Because the jews own the media and they require United States to serve Israel for four more years. After that they will throw you in camps and start the ethnic cleansing of the goy. It is genius really. They made Americans to dig their own graves, manufacture their own caskets and before entirely slaughtering you they will make you win wars for Israel.
    Remember to be tolerant and hate white people for what the jews claim they did to jews in ww2. Have a superduper day!

  • Indeed, when the answer is jews then there is no politically correct way to make your case, because the jews own the media and the media will slaughter anyone who even suggests that the jews might be up to no good.
    Although it was a good try from Ron Paul. They are many and they all look a like, maybe he should have winked at the camera when he said “they all look the same”. 😉

  • The two big parties are beyond reform they’ll never let Rand Paul or anyone else to gain leadership, Getting a Third party any third party to appear at national debates would be a victory in of itself.

  • Journalist: “What are the 3 most damaging special interest groups?”
    Ron is thinking *jews, jews, jews, jews, jews, jews, jews, jews, JEWS!*
    Ron: “You know…. I see so many and they look all the same.”

  • My god, this evil system will never let a man as honorable and noble as Ron Paul to have power. Not even Obama (whom I think is honorable) comes close to Dr. Paul’s level of integrity and logic. You will be immensely missed Dr. Paul.

  • nice. Towards Victoria or the other way?

  • well Im trying, ppl are liberty minded but its a hard uphill battle. It’s good to know im not alone up here.
    god bless.

  • just a little way out of Van. we’re very liberty minded here. We defeated the HST tax, gas tax but fell short on the carbon tax. Lots of front and back yard gardens. fishing& hunting all the good stuff. if you dont mind rain. lol
    god bless

  • It happened to us all my friend!!!!!!!!! WE MUST WAKE UP!!!!!!! Thank you for your words and your spirit!

  • I guess when government is involved in everything there isn’t anything else to blame. I completely agree with his politics. But you are right, people need to take responsibility for themselves even if the government is on people’s backs to some degree. Government can’t be blamed for the bad decisions you make. In a real sense the more responsible we become financially and morally the less government is “needed.” And when I say morally I mean following the non-aggression principle.

  • Goddamn banks and lobbyists, this man should be president right now.