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.

  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=eskatee eskatee

    The First Salute was meant for the People in their new born State. Only those, who want to serve and not to rule, Ron Paul is one of them. Therefore there is a Constitution and a Bill of Rights, let them prevail.
    Godspeed and All the Best from Amersfoort, Netherlands,
    Gert

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=eskatee eskatee

    The First Salute was meant for the People in their new born State. Only those, who want to serve and not to rule, Ron Paul is one of them. Therefore there is a Constitution and a Bill of Rights, let them prevail.
    Godspeed and All the Best from Amersfoort, Netherlands,
    Gert

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=Rousczar Rousczar

    Ron Paul Rocks..

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=StopTheMorons StopTheMorons

    amen

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=nickharvey7 nickharvey7

    This man makes more sense than the rest of mankind put together!

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=nickharvey7 nickharvey7

    For something totally different!
    This is an invitation to see an artist theory on the physics of light & time
    Based on:
    1 Is that the quantum wave particle function Ψ or probability function represents the forward passage of time itself with the future coming into existence photon by photon
    2 Is that HUP ∆×∆p×≥h/4π that is formed by the w-function is the same uncertainty we have with any future event within our own ref-frame that we can interact with turning the possible into the actual!

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    • Luigi Grimaldi, Anarcho-Capitalist.

      Ok. When and where?

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=EricCortez11 EricCortez11

    Congress to be strict constitutionalists? That’s like trying to get the pope take a poly to see if anytime in their life have molested and raped young boys.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=EricCortez11 EricCortez11

    Congress to be strict constitutionalists? That’s like trying to get the pope take a poly to see if anytime in their life have molested and raped young boys.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=LibertyAndFaith LibertyAndFaith

    SIGN THE PETITION! Impeach Obama if he attempts to use his executive powers to ban any firearms! The link is below. Remove the spaces from the below web address. I had to add the spaces in order to post it on youtube.

    wh . gov/QuZ0

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=dalekmoon dalekmoon

    And thank you Dr. Paul for all your years of untarnished service to our nation.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=dalekmoon dalekmoon

    Let’s start 2013 by Impeaching Obama and working our way down the latter. These people are OUR servants not the other way around. Do you feel served to your best interest?

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=hmsaeric hmsaeric

    Thank You Ron.
    I notice you repeat the same things to our leaders that “work for us” citizens of the U.S. so it must be simple to run this country.
    I hope they will wake up and listen to you.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=Raleighkleeb1 Raleighkleeb1

    2016 please Ron

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=lisalee281 lisalee281

    THIS IS STRAIGHT TALK AND EVERYTHING ELSE IS “QUEERER THAN THE BLAZES”

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=lisalee281 lisalee281

    MUCH RESPECT FOR YOU SIR! A ROLE MODEL FOR ANY AMERICAN CITIZEN, AND MANY AROUND THE WORLD

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=tsbazar tsbazar

    Thank you Dr.Paul for being a great congressman for my district!

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=411American 411American

    Congress well described “Their just a bunch of drug addicts looking for a fix”

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=HenryLau Henry Lau

    Appreciation from my heart. You stood up and spoke the truth, and woke up the americans. You also taught me a lot. Thank you, Dr. Paul

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=MadamVonkook Madam Vonkook

    Bless you Dr.Paul for continuing to fight the good fight …for continuing to have faith that we can restore our Republic that honors the Constitution

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=deanfarry deanfarry

    Dr. Paul should be President #45. Representing one quarter of the 180 degrees this country needs to turn NOW!!!

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