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. Its more about the abused of printing money and the power gained by it at the expense of the economy while regulations from the Constitution on gold and silver as inflation deterrents are ignored. Printing money based on actual wealth is different than this fiat currency system. You seem to as well ignore the position that includes competition against the monopoly standard imposed by the government on money that goes beyond gold and silver.

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  2. Except, Libertarian is broken down into huge different groups by themselves (which I doubt you know of) having as much relation to Republicans as to Democrats, and the Tea party you talk about was a cultural thing at first, which evolved into a Fox News political tool for Republicans killing whatever grass roots that used the name and changed the direction along with the arguments to control the narrative.

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  3. Except, Libertarian is broken down into huge different groups by themselves (which I doubt you know of) having as much relation to Republicans as to Democrats, and the Tea party you talk about was a cultural thing at first, which evolved into a Fox News political tool for Republicans killing whatever grass roots that used the name and changed the direction along with the arguments to control the narrative.

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  4. In Tex-ass? Not likely, I've got bigger balls than any redneck,trailer trash, inbread gun freak. And twice the mind power as well. "Why do I care about your hopeless r3volution"? I don't, but I cannot resist ridiculing fools glorifying their cultlike attitudes like lemmings following one another into a badger's hole.

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  5. Right like a big family because everybody lives in the same place, and agrees with you.

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  6. Good luck with your submoronic mindset.

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  7. Buffy Hargrove..are you sure you arent working for a govt op...you know to go online and rag on libertarians on youtube...what a life you must have....

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  8. Anthony, why do you think Czar Nicholas and his family were murdered? What in the world could have so angered the Vatican and other Royal Houses to "get rid" of him via revolution, with Vatican bad boys in charge?
    He refused to go along with their demands for participation and support of Free Trade.
    The good Czar stated Free Trade violated sovereignty.

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  9. Anthony, why do you think Czar Nicholas and his family were murdered? What in the world could have so angered the Vatican and other Royal Houses to "get rid" of him via revolution, with Vatican bad boys in charge?
    He refused to go along with their demands for participation and support of Free Trade.
    The good Czar stated Free Trade violated sovereignty.

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  10. once upon a time in the magical land known as America, there lived a simple and ipropagandized people -- Republicans, aka Libertarians/Tea Party.
    Like all primitive and simple souls, their ruler was either a priest or a white witch who did their praying for them and chased away all their demons.
    Promises of safety, protection and forgiveness (even for telling Harry Reid to "fuck off") were theirs if --
    they didn't anger their gods and gargoyles.

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  11. once upon a time in the magical land known as America, there lived a simple and ipropagandized people -- Republicans, aka Libertarians/Tea Party.
    Like all primitive and simple souls, their ruler was either a priest or a white witch who did their praying for them and chased away all their demons.
    Promises of safety, protection and forgiveness (even for telling Harry Reid to "fuck off") were theirs if --
    they didn't anger their gods and gargoyles.

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  12. Are you on drugs?

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  13. Are you on drugs?

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  14. Wait. I missed something.
    It was the Libertarian/Tea Party/Ron Paulites who, in their quest for revolution, decided printing our own money would be a good thing.
    BUT we already do that, and glory be, it's the same Libertarian/Tea Party/Ron Paulites who are complaining AGAIN.
    I would suggest you learn more about money AND frivolity before you do your barking.

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  15. Oh and Buffy,
    According to the IMF's website they are quote:
    "Set up as a voluntary and cooperative institution, the IMF attracts to its membership nations that are prepared, in a spirit of enlightened self-interest, to relinquish some measure of national sovereignty by abjuring practices injurious to the economic well-being of their fellow member nations."
    Translation: Our economic (and political) sovereignty is abridged by the international government. Just ask Greece :)

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  16. Oh and Buffy,
    According to the IMF's website they are quote:
    "Set up as a voluntary and cooperative institution, the IMF attracts to its membership nations that are prepared, in a spirit of enlightened self-interest, to relinquish some measure of national sovereignty by abjuring practices injurious to the economic well-being of their fellow member nations."
    Translation: Our economic (and political) sovereignty is abridged by the international government. Just ask Greece :)

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  17. Despite the lack of patience for your opinion that has been shown by some, I would just like to encourage you to study the history of U.S. Fiscal Policy. If you don't agree with the "good doctor" that is your business, but just trading potshots with people is frivolous. A. Jackson shut down the last incarnation of the Fed (2nd Central Bank). Who controls the money supply controls the economy. Learn more. US gives > WB loans > IMF loans> US borrows the same money we gave in the first place.

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  18. Despite the lack of patience for your opinion that has been shown by some, I would just like to encourage you to study the history of U.S. Fiscal Policy. If you don't agree with the "good doctor" that is your business, but just trading potshots with people is frivolous. A. Jackson shut down the last incarnation of the Fed (2nd Central Bank). Who controls the money supply controls the economy. Learn more. US gives > WB loans > IMF loans> US borrows the same money we gave in the first place.

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  19. You're a slave if you think that the state rules you even if you for some reason believe that it's not rule but "representation" and no, I don't want to be forced to pay taxes that end up paying the salaries of CEO's of defense contractors and banks. The hell hole I speak of is where we're headed. The constant devaluation of of our currency giving us the possibility of hyperinflation. I agree 100% that we should help those in need, but it's not help when a monopoly of power is forcing you.

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  20. Ron Paul Revolution
    Thumbs up if your in it with me!

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