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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367 Comments:

  1. My life is what slavery is all about? Yippie!! It's a GOOD LIFE!!
    You don't want to pay taxes? Really?
    I "worship" Bernanke? Well, that's a new one.
    Where is that "hell hole" you speak of? I want to see it so I'll know what you are talking about.
    Our job, yours and mine and all other Americans, is simple. Take care of our families, communities, States and Nation, and assist others where needed.
    And, be smart enough to change the channel when Alex Jones comes on.

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  2. My life is what slavery is all about? Yippie!! It's a GOOD LIFE!!
    You don't want to pay taxes? Really?
    I "worship" Bernanke? Well, that's a new one.
    Where is that "hell hole" you speak of? I want to see it so I'll know what you are talking about.
    Our job, yours and mine and all other Americans, is simple. Take care of our families, communities, States and Nation, and assist others where needed.
    And, be smart enough to change the channel when Alex Jones comes on.

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  3. janenba, you "support" the Constitution? Founding principles?
    Really?

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  4. janenba, you "support" the Constitution? Founding principles?
    Really?

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  5. Texans ARE Texas.

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  6. Texans ARE Texas.

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  7. Ron Paul Rocks!!!

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  8. "When in Rome"........

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  9. wow you really are a simple mind

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  10. One nano-second. And how long did it take your skanky-ass mother to figure out who your father is?

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  11. and do tell why is he a Jackass?
    i would love to know

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  12. and do tell why is he a Jackass?
    i would love to know

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  13. so how long did it take you to come up with that witty come back?

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  14. And you are a goddam FUCKASS!!

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  15. No, Ron Paul is an awful politician with far too much integrity. I will concede that the best politicians usually end up being elected president (why America has never had a good one, but have all consecutively contributed to its gradual demise).

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  16. He IS a good man.

    Despite being retired, his words will live for 'We The People'........

    It's nearing the 'Time' to stand.

    Yelwah .

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  17. and you are a dumbass!!

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  18. Ron Paul is a fucking jackass!

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  19. No president will be as good as Ron Paul could have been.

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  20. Fallacy. Anti State =/= Anti Law. You also don't speak for a location called Texas. The land doesn't speak, the people who inhabit the land speak for themselves, by themselves and no one else for them.

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