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.


  • I dont understand. I support ron paul becase I lived my whole life in disagreement with the drug war, in disagreement with the foreign wars, and he is one of the few people to come out and speak the truth on the subjects. So wracked with hate for a man who hasnt really harmed anyone.

  • Proud vet

    The United States is not a Democracy! Read ARTICLE 4, Section 4. of your Constitution. True Democracy is Chaos, one man one vote. So, less then 25% of the people will actually go and vote, and to many who do don’t study the issues enough to make an intelligent vote. The problem is no one will read their constitution So We are a Democratic Republic! Or we were supposed to be,

  • And I am also saying the same thing to ALL of the government workers, to ALL the members of Congress and Senate and to the President of the United States. You ALL
    swore an oath to preserve,protect,honor and defend the Constitution of the US against ALL enemies both foreign and domestic. Now either you all OBEY,HONOR,RESPECT your oath of office and FOLLOW and OBEY the Constitution of the US and Bill of Rights, or give up your office in government,NOW!

  • I also am saying this to everyone in this country FOLLOW and OBEY THE US CONSTITUTION AND BILL OF RIGHTS which this country was founded on and abide by the “Golden Rule” which states “Do unto other people as you would want other people to do to you” or else leave and get the heck out of this country, NOW and go live elsewhere. And take Barack Obama with you when you go.

  • Thank you Ron Paul for everything you are and believe in, and want for our country. We need a lot more people who think and believe the way that you believe than all of the knuckle-heads that whe have in the congress and senate and our NO-GOOD,
    CRIMINAL AND TREASONOUS President in the White House.

  • to IAMHEWHOAM- Please cut out the swearing and cursing. It absolutely NOT one bit nice and very stupid and you only show what type of a person that you really are,and that you are really not much of a good person. your swearing and cursing does not really do anything for you or in anyway esteems you, It makes you less of a good person and you accomplish nothing by it as NOBODY likes to hear any one who uses obscene language. So cool it!

  • Shit will be hitting the fan but an second comming of christ is the same distratcion as the comming of the son of satan or the war on terror.

  • Ron Paul on Claims the 9/11 Attacks Were an ISJ — “Now, wait, wait, wait, wait, don’t go any further on that, it’s complete nonsense” — The truth is Jews perpetrated 911, now Ron Paul with his son United States Senator Rand Paul, must be brought to trial as capital traitors against the United States ..

    • Chaz

      That is complete nonsense! You sound like a Jew hater?

  • “You don’t know what you are talking about “? Maybe not, but I sure know a jackass when I meet one.

  • You’re such a fuckin’ idiot. Don’t you understand the logistics of secession? There were states that tried that in 1861. It didn’t work out…….dumbfuck!

  • It’s a shame people like me don’t beat the shit out of chuckle heads like you .

  • Eric

    We are the Divided Slaves of America, not the United States of America. Keep dreaming everyone, what Ron Paul says will never happen because America is filled with a bunch of mind controlled slaves.

  • Russell Owen

    A SAD NEW YEAR, OR SHOULD I SAY FOUR MORE OBAMA EARS TO YOU! If you and all the other republican candidates, and then Mitt had just responded to the hundreds of letters and emails I sent all of You, Mitt would have WON in a landslide by espousing the 8 fabulous plans that are in my treatise “AMERICA CAN BE SAVED”. But now it won’t be, and things will could worse. I lived through the GREAT DEPRESSION for ten years. And WWII saved us. Rather than hope for another big war, why doesn’t ANY ONE in the so called U. S. House of Congress contact me and steal Obama’ thunder by enacting my initiatives? WHY is that? Because all of them, like Mitt Romney, do not know what the American people want done. UNFORTUNATELY they haven’t GOT A CLUE!!!!

    • teri hogg

      send me your plan i’m im alabama my guys might listen. worth a try.they ask whst i think and are pretty conservative. what do think?

  • Words to live by. We will miss seing you in action. Too bad the republicans did what they did.

  • I love Ron Paul. And liberty.

  • Lawrence P. Ekdahl

    Thank you Congressman Paul for your long, dedicated service to our beloved country. I have read and heard a lot of talk about taxes, but almost nothing about cutting spending. I pray congress will muster up the courage to deny raising the debt ceiling. That will surely cut spending.

  • Thank you Ron Paul for your service and dedication to the Republic. God bless you and your family in 2013!

  • “foriegn Aid” more like foreign manipulation and interference. Foreign Aid makes My Children, Grand Kids and myself hated abroad.

  • It’s a shame people such as yourself exist.

  • Hi to you too…