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.



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  1. What a president he would have made . U got my respect 100% :)

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  2. author withheld comment. does that mean you understand why ron paul isnt an "illuminati puppet"? should i explain it to you?

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  3. So supporting the US constitution and promoting this country's founding principles and ideals means we are lunatics? I think you are a treasonous idiots.

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  4. He's a GREAT American! I support Rand too!

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  5. Keep worshipping the state, slave! Keep telling yourself that the largest mass murderer in history is here for your protection! Take your wife and kids to the airport to get molested and lick their boots. Keep paying taxes into a system that is going bankrupt and keep worshipping Bernanke while he destroys the value of your money. I think that's the hell hole that you want.

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  6. Only a lunatic would catagorize a large group of people as lunatics while not stating the reason. Get a life.

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  7. It ain't Ron Paul or his band of lunatics.

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  8. It ain't Ron Paul or his band of lunatics.

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  9. Whats a Texas, Texan? Who's the Government?

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  10. Rubbish.

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  11. You my friend are overly zealous to judge and to make accusations based upon nothing. I neither predicted or announced the coming of Christ, I simply stated His return is eminent. A simple reading of the NT will tell you the very same thing. In fact, the early church was exhorted for becoming complacent in light of the belief that they thought Jesus was returning then. Paul, said in so many words do not be empathetic. Work as if there is no tomorrow and expect that His return might be today.

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  12. CONSTITUTIONAL MONEY NOW! SEE www.monetary.org

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  13. Two Great interviews:

    Jan 5, 2013

    "Trends forecaster Gerald Celente joins us to break down the looming financial crisis and how to prepare for what’s to come."

    Government: A Cycle of Violence
    http://www.infowars.com/government-a-cycle-of-violence/

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    Jan 5, 2013

    "Alex welcomes executive director of Gun Owners of America Larry Pratt to discuss the red level alert that has ammo and firearms flying off American gun store shelves."

    End Gun Free Zones
    http://www.infowars.com/end-gun-free-zones/

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  14. LOL.

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  15. Ron Paul, the only honest politician.

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  16. you can only point out the obvious for so long until people gain the sand to do something about it....so continue to be sheep and you will see the same response over and over...people need to organize an effort to change this and the only way will be from actions probably violent actions, not from comments on youtube....

    unfortunately we are too content sitting in our homes on our computers and watching from the outside

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  17. you can only point out the obvious for so long until people gain the sand to do something about it....so continue to be sheep and you will see the same response over and over...people need to organize an effort to change this and the only way will be from actions probably violent actions, not from comments on youtube....

    unfortunately we are too content sitting in our homes on our computers and watching from the outside

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  18. I suppose you attended the Lord's meeting and discussed His arrival schedule?
    Of course not.
    You are simply a propagandist, and not a very smart one.

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  19. I suppose you attended the Lord's meeting and discussed His arrival schedule?
    Of course not.
    You are simply a propagandist, and not a very smart one.

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  20. That dufus Ron Paul does not speak for Texas/Texans, and neither does his smelly band of anti-government, anti-Law Enforcement propagandists.
    The crazies have escaped the hospital.

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