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.


  • Paul ’16

  • Treasonous politicians should be arrested. All who vote for bills against the constitution is treason.

  • do unto others as you would have them do to you that is the way we need to look at war

  • Ron Paul is an amazing person in so many ways…

  • Dr. Paul, as always, your words are wise and consise. I look forward to the future and working with you and the Campaign for Liberty and bringing back the Constitution to our government.

  • Jeremy Fair

    It’s enough to make me sick. The US Congress makes a Mexican traffic cop look like a saint. It’s all about special interests from the NRA to the Israeli lobby. It’s all about congressmen getting rich by selling their votes to the highest bidder with no regard for rights of average citizens. We are slowly marching toward a 3rd world standard of living thanks to our insipid government. The congress is crooked. The president is crooked. The election process is crooked. We had two clowns running for President in Romney and Obama and there was not a dimes worth of difference between the two of them. Wall Street has taken over Washington. It’s enough to make me sick.

    • Charles Reid

      As much as I don’t like special interest groups either, the NRA is the only one fighting to protect our 2nd Amendment. The protection of the Bill of Rights is one special interest that everyone should have. The 2nd Amendment isn’t about sporting uses, it’s about deterring the government, so when politicians try to weaken it, the people should reject it. The NRA is the voice of millions who are rejecting it.

  • We will now know if America win wars. Lets see if we can liberate our self from the Sell-out of the 1776 and 1860 contract. Remember, Once liberty is lost it can never be restore. So Will Democracy push its head in a fascist Shirt to order by Totalitarian Socialism(Autocracy) over seen by a monarchy?.

  • this man has become a legend all by keeping his word and not compramising. great role model for all men.

  • this man has become a legend all by keeping his word and not compramising. great role model for all men.

  • Happy New Year, President Paul.

  • Love Ron Paul! but why is the number 322 in his phone number……?

  • I sending this to my congress people.

  • i feel so good for the americans !
    this will be so awesome for other countries too.

  • Who the hell are the 2 dumb asses that dislike this video?!?!

  • Ron Paul… the Greatest US President America never had!..

  • Thank you Dr. Paul for being awsome..

  • Ron Paul = The Last Great Patriot of America!

  • I don’t understand how congress (opposite of progress??) can just ignore things like this. How many times has he made more sense than the people in power, yet it’s only the everyday people that see the logic… We can only imagine what it would’ve been like if he had won the presidential election…

  • Thank you Dr. Paul for being awesome.

  • French Canadian

    I hope one day the whole world will wake-up and stop paying income taxes. We have to stop feeding the beast. Government is the “beast”. All the bad things they do to us is with OUR money. Without our money they are done!

    Anxious to see you Ron Paul on the Alex Jones Show to annouce the 3 three things you have in mind to do this year. Have a great year 2013!

    • Luigi Grimaldi, Anarcho-Capitalist.

      Excellent observation. This is why I am self-employed. Taxation is slavery! Privatize everything! “Robin Hood was a socialist.”

    • A Voice Of Reason

      Before anyone could actually choose not to pay taxes the IRS must be eliminated. I don’t think anyone has ever seen in writing that the federal government officially gave the IRS the authority to collect income taxes for them. The IRS is a PRIVATE organization, not a part of the federal government. So why does the federal government use a private organization to collect taxes? Could it be that there is nothing in the Constitution that actually gives the federal government the power to collect income taxes from individuals? Income taxes were originally levied against businesses, not individuals. Mandatory withholding has essentially taken away our ability to protest the federal government’s actions by not paying income taxes. While the IRS and mandatory withholding exist our hands are tied.

      BTW, Ron Paul has the right idea. The problem is that the rest of the federal government is so corrupt that his ideas will never be acted upon. It’s going to take something truly MAJOR, like a full blown revolution, to shock those overgrown spoiled brats into GROWING THE HELL UP!