Ron Paul’s New Year’s Message to Congress: Follow the Constitution

by Ron Paul

As I prepare to retire from Congress I’d like to suggest a few New Year’s resolutions for my colleagues to consider. For the sake of liberty, peace and prosperity I certainly hope more members of Congress consider the strict libertarian-constitutional approach to government in 2013.

In just a few days, Congress will solemnly swear to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. They should read Article 1 Section 8 and the Bill of Rights before taking such a serious oath. Most legislation violates key provisions of the Constitution in very basic ways, and if members can’t bring themselves to say “no” in the face of pressure from the special interests, they have broken trust with their constituents and violated their oath. Congress does not exist to serve the special interests. It exists to protect the rule of law.

I also urge my colleagues to end unconstitutional wars overseas. Stop the drone strikes. Stop the covert activities and the meddling in the internal affairs of other nations. Strive to observe good faith and justice towards all nations, as George Washington admonished. We are only making more enemies, wasting lives and bankrupting ourselves with the neoconservative interventionist mindset that endorses preemptive war that now dominates both parties.

All foreign aid should end, which is blatantly unconstitutional. While it may be a relatively small part of our federal budget, for many countries it is a large part of theirs and it creates perverse incentives for both our friends and enemies. There is no way members of Congress can know or understand the political, economic, legal and social realities in the many nations to which they send taxpayers’ dollars.

Congress needs to stop accumulating more debt. U.S. debt monetized by the Federal Reserve is the true threat to our national security. Revisiting the parameters of Article 1 Section 8 would be a good start.

Congress should resolve to respect personal liberty and free markets. Learn more about the free market and how it regulates commerce and produces greater prosperity ever than any legislation or regulation.

Understand that economic freedom is freedom. Resolve not to get in the way of voluntary contracts between consenting adults. Stop bailing out failed yet politically connected companies and industries. Stop forcing people to engage in commerce when they don’t want to, and stop prohibiting them from buying and selling when they want to. Stop trying to legislate your ideas of fairness. Protect property rights. Protect the individual. That is enough.

There are many more resolutions I would like to see my colleagues in Congress adopt, but respect for the Constitution and the oath of office should be at the core of every single member’s of Congress due in 2013.


  • Thank you Dr. Paul!

  • He leaves congress with honors. My hat is off for you dr paul

  • Dr. Paul it has been an honor to have you reveal what liberty truly means in our country. I thank you with my whole heart for waking me to true independence.

  • o, i wish with all my heart that the other people in gov’t would hear you…. we hear and we thank you, Dr Paul , for curing our apathy with your knowledge and wisdom… i am eagerly awaiting your next moves to help restore freedom to all … with our total support of course…Happy New Year to you and yours from me and mine

  • Thank You, Good Luck and happiness. I will try to remind my Congressman and Senators of their oath in as many ways as possible. God Bless You.

  • Thank you Mr. Ron Paul help us fight

  • Thank you, Mr. Paul !!!!

  • I hope he does these after he leaves the House!

  • Thanks, RP2008

  • Ron, so sad you didn’t get elected, things would surely be different now, have a great new year with your family, the fight is up to us now, peace.

  • Thank you Dr. Paul for your unwavering service in the name of liberty. In a hundred years from now, everyone will know that one man stood for freedom. One man defended liberty against 534 tyrannical megalomaniacs. You are a true revolutionary.

  • My message to Congress for this year and the next:

    Fuck you!

  • Obama just give those clowns a raise, and he want’s to raise taxes cut benefits force us to buy health care….

  • Our country will never be ready as long as most of our citizens and government are ignorant cunts.

  • Ready?

  • Is America ready for four years of Ron Paul IF he runs in 2016?

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  • 1 rule only: Follow the Constitution or GET THE HECK OUT OF MY COUNTRY TRAITORS!!

  • Every morning? Did he mean to say monday, or is he going daily?

  • Their not gonna do that sadly ron paul.