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POWERFUL Closing Statements Needed.

I don't mean to clutter up the active forums with another topic, but I feel this is important enough to make a separate thread.
One properly delivered closing statement at the end of a debate, could bring the house down with wild applause.
Not only that, it could also generate headlines the next day, with much needed coverage of the message we are trying to convey.

It has to be delivered in 60 seconds or less.
It must be concise, hard hitting, and most importantly....Inspirational.

Here is a rough draft of one I put together this morning. It is not perfect, and needs some tweaks, but is a decent start. (My English es no so good)

America, is at one of the most CRUCIAL junctures in her history.
We face a SIMILAR challenge that was OVERCOME by our forefathers.

The vicious stranglehold of taxation without representation, INTRUSIVE unresponsive government, and a Federal Reserve that is DESTROYING our currency, is CHOKING THE LIFE out of this nation, and its great people.

Our bridges and roads are CRUMBLING, our SCHOOLS failing, and tent cities are becoming a REALITY, as more Americans lose their jobs and homes.

Elected officials who swore an oath to UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION, have decided to collude with the central banks, and special interests instead.
Last election, Americans voted for hope, change, and transparency, but got MORE OF THE SAME EMPTY PROMISES.

America.... we are standing on the EDGE of the cliff. If we do not put an END to the corruption and scandalous behavior by those who were put in a position of trust, then we may NEVER recognize our country again.

There is a REVOLUTION brewing. And a growing number of Americans from ALL WALKS OF LIFE, have asked ME to help LEAD this revolution.
I am asking you TONIGHT, to JOIN US in this FIGHT, to RESTORE...AMERICA... NOW!!

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closing statement

My fellow Americans, each problem we face can be traced back to failing to follow the constitution. We can return to the constitution and our economy will immediately pick up benefiting all Americans.

Limited government will return our nation back to freedom of choice to live your life in the way you see fit without the government managing the details. This freedom requires personal responsibility and accountability for your actions in regards to others.

We will not abolish the social safety net overnight because that would harm those who have grown dependent on government provided welfare. We will give these individuals time to prepare for the day when responsibility for providing aide is returned to churches and private charities that are best able to administer compassionate and effective help.

We will return to sound money with a currency backed in gold and silver managed by congress as prescribed by the constitution. This will end the government’s ability to spend us into oblivion with funny money as it is currently doing.

In providing for our national defense our military will have the tools and expertise to defend us against all aggressors with decisiveness. We will bring our troops home ending the attempt to police the world.

We will trade with all countries creating mutually beneficial relationships.

Dr. Paul needs to learn a bit from Cain and stay on message.

Use examples in the debate and tie everything back to corporatism.

Foreign policy corporatism.
Domestic policy corporatism.
Monetary policy corporatism.

And the only solution is to outlaw the special favors that are currently supported and protected by law.

Protect the common man through property rights.

Put an end to the perpetual war empire that we are.

And ...

And ...

And ...

End The Fed !!!!!

I think it's a good close already.

You might want to change "brewing" to something more flammable sounding :) It's long past the brew stage IMO

A revolution has ignited across the land...or something to that effect, however you may find yourself re-working the rest as well to fit :) Good luck :)

Personally, I can't wait to hear Dr. Paul's own words. They are always inspirational to me :)

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Defend Liberty, for Liberty
Vote for President Ron Paul 2012
http://ksa4liberty.com

"brewing"

"The Revolution that began to brew last election, has started to boil"?

My Closing Statement: about 45 seconds

I believe the reason why I, or anyone, should want to be president is to restrain the executive branch from doing anything that the branch is not authorized to do. By not engaging in wars not declared by Congress. Stop acting in the interest of corporations and act in the interest of a free people. And no longer except the notion that a loss of a little liberty here and there is going to give us greater security.
Our current state of affairs is the culmination of many administrations mistakes, and they have been big ones, but this administration, most certainly, has been acting very unbecoming of a "constitutional scholar."

~Good Night, And Good Luck~

Freedom? America First? Change? - How to be believable?

While nice brands, which nearly any candidate can claim and get sheeple to believe, what differentiates Ron Paul is his unique history and philosophy.

In order to make an impression on people, that his brand of freedom, rescue,positive change is significant and real, he needs examples that stick on one's mind.

Some I can think of that may resonate with people....

1. Our dollar is crashing due to the federal reserve and their big banking allies. The Big Banks that will be sponsoring my major opponents but not me, because I will address their unconstitutionality.

2. Lobby groups control Washington, not the people. They've learned over 20 years not to knock on my door as I don't compromise on the constitution.

3. We are in a dire situation that I've been predicting for 20 years. I know the causes and so I've had many years to consider the solutions. The solution is not going to come from anyone who is a puppet for the establishment.

Such statements can segue neatly into a claim for being the Freedom candidate.

Jefferson

I love your closing argument. It's fantastic.

I personally would say precipice, instead of cliff. But either way, it's great.

Thanks..

Why not cliff?

We seem to be on the verge of WWIII, an economic collapse, and possible riots in the streets.

That sounds like a cliff to me.....8)

Also thinking about changing, brew to boil, and instead of saying "we may never recognize this county" saying

"we could look like Egypt in a couple of years, if we continue on this path"

Yours is great too. I made contact today, and will be getting this to RP, by the first of next week..

Those are good suggestions below

but if they can't be read comfortably in less than 60 seconds, they aren't of any use. Mine BARELY fits, and should probably be trimmed.

I know it's tough to touch on all of the issues today in less than 60 seconds, but that is unfortunately the limit, hence the challenge.

My Version of Your Closing Statments

Today Americans face the same threats our forefathers did in 1776 but with an exception.

The stranglehold of taxation, intrusive and unresponsive government and central banking at the end of its meal, the United States' currency, are devouring liberty and America's people. The exception is, the threats are entrenched and are more potent than they were in back then, an epoch whose defenders of liberty crafted the near-perfect armor to repel and, if need be, end those threats.

That armor: The United States Constitution.

Our Constitution enshrines the rights of the American individual to limit his government and protect himself from a government that operates outside it.

I, an American, am asking you to put your mind and body to what this next election epitomizes, the train of freedom whose direction is traveling away from the light at the end of the tunnel, a course that must be reversed and reversed soon if our country, the republic that is the United States, is to be saved.

Do you, my fellow American, want an America whose government returns and abides to the primacy of voluntary individualism, wherein the state is second to the individual, instead of the government casting edicts, a path we've been on that has led to our condition, the management of the individual, of you, even to what you can eat and drink?

Do you believe self reliance and the absence of government favors are preferable to government flagrancies such bailouts, subsidies and rob-Peter-to-pay-Paul schemes?

I believe America is exceptional and that its inhabitants, you and I, cherish freedom and would, if freedom does ring here again, be our brothers' keepers.

I and a large, growing number of Americans from all walks of life are in this revolution of ideas and their implementation in government and outside it. Hear me please, tonight I'm asking you to join us in this battle to restore American now!

School's fine. Just don't let it get in the way of thinking. -Me

Study nature, not books. -Walton Forest Dutton, MD, in his 1916 book whose subject is origin (therefore what all healing methods involve and count on), simple and powerful.

Nice.

Good updates!

LivingTheDream

Thanks

Thank you, LivingTheDream. *Tip of my hat to you*

School's fine. Just don't let it get in the way of thinking. -Me

Study nature, not books. -Walton Forest Dutton, MD, in his 1916 book whose subject is origin (therefore what all healing methods involve and count on), simple and powerful.

Patriots, America needs you. Uncle Sam isn't listening.

Tonight, America is floundering in International waters. We face a new fight. Americans are being suffocated by an over progressive agenda that is bent on disbursing our Wealth, our fortunes, and our way of life. They are holding the face of responsible Americans under water.

Tonight America borrows, but Progressives want more. They have created a culture for other Nations to prosper and dominate, while America is left to flounder. The vicious stranglehold of taxation and debt and the unresponsive members of government compel a restoation to founding ideals and principles that made America great.

Central bankers and special interests have taken the lions share of American profit and squandered it. We need to end this irresponsible behavior. The stakes are high. while other Nations are fast tracking their economies, the progressive vision has left a bleek American future on the International stage.

Tonight, here in America, there is a Revolution bubbling with enthusiasum from people like yourselves. It is the Patriotic American backbone and grassroots Revolution for 2012. I have been asked and now ask you for your help tonight in this momentus Patriot movement. Help us reclaim that shining hope for all Americans.
Join us and thank you.
God bless America.

OK there is my

short form.

All of the problems we face today can be solved with "Liberty"

Good evening,Ladies and Gentlemen, I am Ron Paul,

If you have heard me before, you know I don't like to talk about myself. I don't tell you what I have done or promise to do in the future. However, tonight, I am going to make an exception. I am going to promise to you that if you elect me, I will do my level best to restore liberty to each and every citizen of this great country of ours. I will replace fear with respect, not only by the people of this country but those of all other countries. I will restore the rule of law by exercising only those powers given to me by the Constitution. I will ensure agencies under my authority also follow the Constitution. I will veto any measure passed by Congress that does not follow the Constitution and I will pardon those who have been unjustly imprisoned as a result of laws in which Congress exceeded its Constitutional authority.

I cannot give you prosperity, but I can help create prosperity by not enforcing the illegal laws, rules and regulations carried out by previous presidents and administrations. Prosperity is up to you, but it will come a whole lot easier with liberty; and, as I said before, restoring liberty is my number one job.

Thank you very much.

This is fine for recruiting

This is fine for recruiting like souls or the potential to be such. But for John or Jane Q. Republican/Independent, fire and brimstone equals scary candidate, it won't work. I would do this:

As a doctor, I'm well aware of the complexities of medicine, and of prescribing treatment. The good news is, America's problems don't require complex solutions. We just need to reel-in government as the Constitution intended. This is my platform, and it's been the same for 30 years.

Smaller government means no more policing the world. No more spilling American blood in vain. No more spending trillions, TRILLIONS, in the hope of building nations that MIGHT become our friends. I believe in talking to all nations, trading with all nations, but as the Founders said, entangling alliances with none. America must have a fierce Defense yes, (pause) a fierce defense of of America! Not complicated.

A Constitution-sized government also means a sound currency. We cannot print money out of thin air to solve our problems. I warned of the inflation that always results, and we see now it has indeed begun.

The small government I've advocated for these many years restricts what Washington does. So when someone puts a nice-sounding name on a spending bill, like "No Child Left Behind" or "The Patriot Act" or the "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act," the good intentions do not matter as much as "is there authority to do this in the Constitution!"

I've been told I've delivered some 4,000 new babies into the world. Not all of those mothers and fathers knew what they were going to get, I can tell you. But in me, you do know what you get: REAL spending cuts, sound money, and a non-interventionist foreign policy. I hope you'll join us.

---alright, back to work for me; I intentionally left some things out, this short speech has a precise target

10-15 million more voters need to believe in non-interventionism (liberty) at home and abroad to change America. Minds changed on Syria. Minds changing on privacy. "Printing money" is part of the dialogue. Win minds through focus, strategy.

One attempt to edit a bit. . .

America, we face today the same challenges that our forefathers overcame in 1776. The vicious stranglehold of taxation without representation, INTRUSIVE unresponsive government, and a Federal Reserve that is DESTROYING our currency, is CHOKING THE LIFE and liberty out of this nation, and its great people.

Our Constitution directs that as citizens it is our right and duty to limit our government and protect ourselves and our neighbors from tyranny, accepting all the resulting consequences.

I am asking you to consider seriously tonight, what this next election is going to be about. Do you believe that mutual respect for each person and the law is indeed more desirable than the government micro managing the minutia of our lives down to what we can eat and drink?

Do you believe that self reliance and no special favors is way better than bailouts and corporate subsidies?

I believe that America's true exceptionalism is that we cherish freedom more than the cradle to grave safety net and that we are willing to be our brothers keeper.

I am not alone in this belief. A growing number of Americans from ALL WALKS OF LIFE, have asked ME to help LEAD this revolution.
I am asking you TONIGHT, to JOIN US in this FIGHT, to RESTORE...AMERICA... NOW!!

LivingTheDream

Question?

are you ok with me putting some of your comments on a flyer?

I love it.

Succinct. Direct. Great!

One suggestion - I might leave out the "cradle to grave safety net" line. It might scare some away (seniors) before they really get a chance to get to know RP. Maybe talk about some of the freedom stuff I wrote in its place?

Lao

I like it.

I have a minor suggestion.
Where you wrote:
"When you ignore the constitution and disregard the rule of law, as is happening today, you see both our prosperity and our freedoms eroded."

I would add the question. "What kind of nation would ignore its own supreme law of the land?" (or something like that)
"What is a Govt. (or nation) that doesn't respect the rule of its own laws?
"What is a nation without laws?"
This hopefully causes some self reflection in the audience, and allows them to come to their own conclusion, which is tyranny.
Just a thought.

I was thinking of incorporating "PUT AMERICA FIRST" into my version. Good stuff.

There is a reason...

Let us not forget that
THERE IS A REASON we have been the most prosperous nation in modern history - our FREEDOM. We have been the most free. Freedom is the reason for our prosperity. Freedom is the reason our nation was founded. When you take away the freedom, you take away the prosperity. And that is what is happening in America today. Big government has taken away our freedoms - our economic freedoms and our personal freedoms. And our prosperity is being destroyed.

THERE IS A REASON we have been the most technologically and medically advanced nation in modern history - our FREEDOM. When you take away the freedom, you lose the cutting edge of technology and industry and medicine.

AND THERE IS A REASON our freedom has flourished - the CONSTITUTION.
When you ignore the constitution and disregard the rule of law, as is happening today, you see both our prosperity and our freedoms eroded. That is what you see happening in America today. And it is destroying our economy. What kind of nation can hope to prosper which disregards the supreme law of the land?

Big government and its out-of-control spending, its unchecked Executive branch, and its unconstitutional military adventurism abroad are destroying our great nation and mortgaging our children's futures.

We need to stop it now, before it's too late. IT'S TIME TO PUT AMERICA FIRST. I hope you will join me and thousands of other patriotic Americans in our fight to RESTORE AMERICA NOW. Thank you.

I like the use of questions in the text.

"What kind of nation would ignore its own supreme law of the land?" (habeus corpus)

"What is a Govt. (or nation) that doesn't respect the rule of its own laws?

very good questions.

LivingTheDream

Very good.

I will edit it.

There is a reason...

THERE IS A REASON we have been the most prosperous nation in modern history - FREEDOM. We have been the most free. Freedom is the reason for our prosperity. FREEDOM is the reason our nation was founded. When you take away the freedom, you take away the prosperity. And that is what is happening in America today. Big government has taken away our freedoms - our economic freedoms and our personal freedoms. And our prosperity is being destroyed.

THERE IS A REASON we have been the most technologically and medically advanced nation in modern history - FREEDOM. When you take away the freedom, you lose the cutting edge of technology and industry and medicine.

AND THERE IS A REASON our freedom has flourished - the CONSTITUTION.
When you ignore the constitution and disregard the rule of law, as is happening today, you see both our prosperity and our freedoms eroded. That is what you see happening in America today. And it is destroying our economy.

We need to stop it now, before it's too late. It's time to put America first. I hope you will join me in our fight to RESTORE AMERICA NOW. Thank you.

I like it.

very good.

LivingTheDream

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It's time to put America first.

IT"S TIME TO PUT AMERICA FIRST
e.g., You have said that we should stop foreign aid. All foreign aid?
Yes - IT'S TIME TO PUT AMERICA FIRST. This administration is not putting American interests first. We cannot give what we do not have.
Variation: When are we going to put America first? When the dollar is destroyed? When we lose a million more jobs? When we rebuild Iraq and Afghanistan?