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.


  • Ron Paul=duck out from his supporters when it mattered most only to enhance his son’s political currency. His words are much emptier now… so sad. Only Christ will not fail you. Just retire Dr. Paul. You sold us out at the peek of political importance… BOOO!!!!!

    • Ashley H.

      David, do you realize how old Dr. Ron Paul is? He’s 77 years old. Most people retire by 65. He may be in great health for his age but that doesn’t me he doesn’t deserve a break. Working in politics is far more stressful than most jobs, especially if you’re one if few politicians that argue against special interests.

  • One Of The Difference

    “Now I understand, what you tried to say to me;
    You surely suffered for your sanity,
    In how you tried to set them free …
    They would not listen, they did not know how
    Perhaps they’ll listen now.

    And always, your love was true
    But this world was never meant for one as beautiful as you.”

    …….. Don McLean, “Starry, Starry Night” ; an adaptation from

    Don’t blame me when the collapse comes – I campaigned for Ron Paul and
    helped put him on the Ballot as an official “write-in” candidate. But, just like
    the lyrics in this song, in spite of our group’s diligent voluntary work to
    campaign for Ron Paul earlier this year, they would not listen – a majority of
    the Americans have allowed themselves to become too dumbed-down. It was a
    choice, and those of us who wisely chose the right path will nevertheless go
    down with all the ill-informed ones. But, we’re still the winners, because we
    stepped forward and stood up for what we believed in; for us, it was not
    acceptable to stick our heads in the sand when we were presented with the fine
    and noble gentleman that is Ron Paul, as the unarguable solution to our
    Country’s dilemmas. There was no doubt that this man had America’s – and all
    America’s; best interest at heart and in mind. It was our DUTY as Americans
    to support this man; and we stridently did so wholeheartedly. We did the right
    thing for the right reason – our ethics, hearts, and minds are intact; just like
    the moral character of Ron Paul. We adopted the message delivered within
    Abraham Lincoln’s words, when he stated: “Just because we may fail in our
    struggle to succeed, let it not deter us from supporting a cause that is just.”
    We can proudly say: “Let it not be said that we did nothing.”

    What we need is more time; but there’s no doubt that time has run out.

  • Support true pro-war liberty. Lieberman/Hagee 2016!!!

  • Support true pro-war liberty. Lieberman/Hagee 2016!!!

  • Ron Paul is a poopypanted loser

  • Ron Paul is a poopypanted loser

  • French Canadian

    By Kyle Becker on Jan 01, 2013:

    The U.S. Constitution in Plain Language

    In other words, it is the Constitution for dummies. Read this article it is very good. It starts like this:

    “We run this country. Politicians are there to do their jobs and that’s it. Don’t start nothing, won’t be nothing. (See The Declaration of Independence.)”

    Plus here is the The Bills of Rights as a bonus:

    Bonus: The Bill of Rights

    1st Amendment — We can say whatever we want and believe whatever we want, and the government has no say in it.

    2nd Amendment — We have the right to defend ourselves from the government and criminals using firearms.

    3rd Amendment — Soldiers and policemen can’t just bust into your house like they own the joint and crash there.

    4th Amendment — Police can’t just search people randomly, go through their stuff, ask for their papers, and all that business.

    5th Amendment — The government can’t just take stuff or lock people up without a trial.

    6th Amendment — Trials have to be speedy and fair.

    7th Amendment — People have a right to be judged by other folks who can understand them.

    8th Amendment — Judges can’t just straight up rip people off or do cruel and unusual stuff to them.

    9th Amendment — Just because it isn’t written down here, doesn’t mean people don’t have other rights.

    10th Amendment — If the Constitution doesn’t say that the government can do something, it can’t do it. The people and the states have all the powers not otherwise given to the federal government.

  • Lodewyk

    From far away South Africa I can only say “Thank you for your efforts to bring sanity into this insane world . It is admirable, but the sad truth is you are flogging a dead horse –your countrymen”!
    They will not realize what they are loosing until it is too late.
    I admire you and wish you well.

  • Wooh! Look at the big brain on OriginalSuxCaliber! Have your mommy CHANGE your poopy diaper instead of humiliating yourself by telling everyone that you post things on YouTube while you’re pinching your loaf!

  • lol at all the people feeding the troll

  • lol at all the people feeding the troll

  • TY for your opinion. I am sitting on it’s metaphorical equivalent as I type this.

  • You need a checkup from the neck up.

  • He is made of flaming red SILK! That’s because everyone knows that Ron Paul is in actuality THE SON OF SATAN!!!!!

  • You are a humongous shithead!

  • IAMWHOAM must be Banned from youtube. I need you to go to the corner in the dark and think about yourself. Think IAMWHOAM

  • Yeah, yeah, yeah, and Andy Hitler didn’t start WWII, it was those goddam Slavs and the fuckin’ Jews put’em upto it, right? ……….yawn ……zzzzz……oh, I’m sorry, you were saying …….?

  • Exodus 3: 13-14 Roman Catholic translation

  • I dont use drugs, Im just sick of paying the state to fuck peaceful people over, giving cartels all the money. I think your the problem, this country is gonna have to fall before it can get back up.

  • Respect for the constitution, oath of office, should be at the core of everything that congress does~ Ron Paul

    you know its terrible that someone has to remind someone why they have the job they have, why they were elected, what their job really is??? sad, just sad

    • One Of The Difference

      Amen to that, Mike