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Ron Paul and his (1987) RESIGNATION letter to the GOP- A Tea Party Document

Congressman Paul’s Letter

As a lifelong Republican, it saddens me to have to write this letter. My parents believed in the Republican Party and its free enterprise philosophy, and that’s the way I was brought up. At age 21, in 1956, I cast my first vote for Ike and the entire Republican slate.

Because of frustration with the direction in which the country was going, I became a political activist and ran for the U.S. Congress in 1974. Even with Watergate, my loyalty, optimism, and hope for the future were tied to the Republican Party and its message of free enterprise, limited government, and balanced budgets.

Eventually I was elected to the U.S. Congress four times as a Republican. This permitted me a first-hand look at the interworkings of the U.S. Congress, seeing both the benefits and partisan frustrations that guide its shaky proceedings. I found that although representative government still exists, special interest control of the legislative process clearly presents a danger to our constitutional system of government.

In 1976 I was impressed with Ronald Reagan’s program and was one of the four members of Congress who endorsed his candidacy. In 1980, unlike other Republican office holders in Texas, I again supported our President in his efforts.

Since 1981, however, I have gradually and steadily grown weary of the Republican Party’s efforts to reduce the size of the federal government. Since then Ronald Reagan and the Republican Party have given us skyrocketing deficits, and astoundingly a doubled national debt. How is it that the party of balanced budgets, with control of the White House and Senate, accumulated red ink greater than all previous administrations put together? Tip O’Neill, although part of the problem, cannot alone be blamed.

Tax revenues are up 59 percent since 1980. Because of our economic growth? No. During Carter’s four years, we had growth of 37.2 percent; Reagan’s five years have given us 30.7 percent. The new revenues are due to four giant Republican tax increases since 1981.

All republicans rightly chastised Carter for his $38 billion deficit. But they ignore or even defend deficits of $220 billion, as government spending has grown 10.4 percent per year since Reagan took office, while the federal payroll has zoomed by a quarter of a million bureaucrats.

Despite the Supply-Sider-Keynesian claim that “deficits don’t matter,” the debt presents a grave threat to our country. Thanks to the President and Republican Party, we have lost the chance to reduce the deficit and the spending in a non-crisis fashion. Even worse, big government has been legitimized in a way the Democrats never could have accomplished. It was tragic to listen to Ronald Reagan on the 1986 campaign trail bragging about his high spending on farm subsidies, welfare, warfare, etc., in his futile effort to hold on to control of the Senate.

Instead of cutting some of the immeasurable waste in the Department of Defense, it has gotten worse, with the inevitable result that we are less secure today. Reagan’s foreign aid expenditures exceed Eisenhower’s, Kennedy’s, Johnson’s, Nixon’s, Ford’s, and Carter’s put together. Foreign intervention has exploded since 1980. Only an end to military welfare for foreign governments plus a curtailment of our unconstitutional commitments abroad will enable us really to defend ourselves and solve our financial problems.

Amidst the failure of the Gramm-Rudman gimmick, we hear the President and the Republican Party call for a balanced-budget amendment and a line-item veto. This is only a smokescreen. President Reagan, as governor of California, had a line-item veto and virtually never used it. As President he has failed to exercise his constitutional responsibility to veto spending. Instead, he has encouraged it.

Monetary policy has been disastrous as well. The five Reagan appointees to the Federal Reserve Board have advocated even faster monetary inflation than Chairman Volcker, and this is the fourth straight year of double-digit increases. The chickens have yet to come home to roost, but they will, and America will suffer from a Reaganomics that is nothing but warmed-over Keynesianism.

Candidate Reagan in 1980 correctly opposed draft registration. Yet when he had the chance to abolish it, he reneged, as he did on his pledge to abolish the Departments of Education and Energy, or to work against abortion.

Under the guise of attacking drug use and money laundering, the Republican Administration has systematically attacked personal and financial privacy. The effect has been to victimize innocent Americans who wish to conduct their private lives without government snooping. (Should people really be put on a suspected drug dealer list because they transfer $3,000 at one time?) Reagan’s urine testing of Americans without probable cause is a clear violation of our civil liberties, as are his proposals for extensive “lie detector” tests.

Under Reagan, the IRS has grown bigger, richer, more powerful, and more arrogant. In the words of the founders of our country, our government has “sent hither swarms” of tax gatherers “to harass our people and eat out their substance.” His officers jailed the innocent George Hansen, with the President refusing to pardon a great American whose only crime was to defend the Constitution. Reagan’s new tax “reform” gives even more power to the IRS. Far from making taxes fairer or simpler, it deceitfully raises more revenue for the government to waste.

Knowing this administration’s record, I wasn’t surprised by its Libyan disinformation campaign, Israeli-Iranian arms-for-hostages swap, or illegal funding of the Contras. All this has contributed to my disenchantment with the Republican Party, and helped me make up my mind.

I want to totally disassociate myself from the policies that have given us unprecedented deficits, massive monetary inflation, indiscriminate military spending, an irrational and unconstitutional foreign policy, zooming foreign aid, the exaltation of international banking, and the attack on our personal liberties and privacy.

After years of trying to work through the Republican Party both in and out of government, I have reluctantly concluded that my efforts must be carried on outside the Republican Party. Republicans know that the Democratic agenda is dangerous to our political and economic health. Yet, in the past six years Republicans have expanded its worst aspects and called them our own. The Republican Party has not reduced the size of government. It has become big government’s best friend.

If Ronald Reagan couldn’t or wouldn’t balance the budget, which Republican leader on the horizon can we possibly expect to do so? There is no credibility left for the Republican Party as a force to reduce the size of government. That is the message of the Reagan years.

I conclude that one must look to other avenues if a successful effort is ever to be achieved in reversing America’s direction.

I therefore resign my membership in the Republican Party and enclose my membership card.

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Because when it is time to go, it is time to go.

(And when it is time to come back, it is time to do that, too)

allegory - ˈalɪg(ə)ri/ - noun - 1. a story, poem, or picture which can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one.

So, he is a flip flopper?

So, he is a flip flopper?


He's the real presumptive nominee. MSM and Oromney have it wrong.

Ron Paul is the presumptive nominee but the news blacked it out. LOL

Keepin' it real.

Good to see Ron Paul's 1987

Good to see Ron Paul's 1987 letter.

Because a bunch of us will stage the greatest walkout on the GOP in history if they do not take back what they have done.

You can't just have endless primary fraud, state "conventions" where the entire slate is determined by insiders, debates where some candidates are given 89 seconds to speech, sitting delegates beat up at conventions, the whole works.

Yes, Ron Paul's running showed us it all.

But don't worry. We're stay in it just to help more people leave in 2014, 2016. It's called honor.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

The point isn't to leave, the point it to take over

Leaving would be taking a step backwards, if everyone left then they would go right on with corruption as usual. Supporters of liberty are taking over party leadership positions and also getting elected.

In other words, we're kicking the corrupt ones out of the party, and filling positions with Ron Paul supporters. Eventually we will own the party.

I didn't say "we" will leave.

I didn't say "we" will leave. No, we're keep doing it in 2014 or 2016.

But the GOP won't be getting our votes in the elections. They'll be getting our votes at their conventions. Screw them.

Eventually we will control the GOP or they will die as a party and a new one - for instance the Libertarian party, will exist. This can only occur by voting AGAINST Romney, and any other candidate they may choose to cheat with in the future.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

Got it

It sounded like you wanted to abandon the effort of taking over the party, which is actually working pretty well.

A very revealing letter

I commented that the recently released ad would likely appeal to Reagan supporters, and wondered why they went for such a small demographic. For me, comparing oneself to Reagan is not a good thing; Reagan talked a good line, then sold out. It seems Dr. Paul once felt the same way. Why does he choose to make that comparison now?
People want peace. We want a Jubilee. We do not want another Reagan, or even another Jefferson. If he is afraid of the stench of that one type of supporter that is to remain silent, then he ought to be more wary of associating his name with people who were part of the great "dividing" of this country.

Love or fear? Choose again with every breath.

This is a great move Ron

This is a great move!!!

Bring it on Rick.

Edit: A photocopy of the letter if you want to show conservative friends it is at Perry's site:

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And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

"In 1984 Hansen was

"In 1984 Hansen was reprimanded by the House for failing to include transactions on federal disclosure forms. He was defeated for reelection by less than 200 votes that year by Democrat Richard H. Stallings.[1] Hansen tried unsuccessfully to challenge the election result. He was convicted of failing to file full disclosure forms and spent 15 months in prison. His imprisonment allegedly included torture through medical neglect and subjection to "diesel therapy," a form of punishment in which prisoners are painfully shackled and then transported for days or weeks without respite.[2] The conviction was overturned in 1995 as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court decision Hubbard v. United States."

I hadn't known the full story about that. Ron Paul was right you notice - and defending him, and the Supreme Court overturned it later.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

Great !!

With a letter like that RP is bound to get even more Republican supporters and perhaps even Conservative Democrats.

Another day for liberty !!




And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

What's crazy is how relevant

What's crazy is how relevant all the things he's mentioning still are today. Substitute "George Bush" for "Ronald Reagan" change the years, and a few specific details, and this article could easily have been written by a disaffected Republican in the late 2000's.

Is this our Founding Document?

The document that started it all. That founded the Tea Party.

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The Ron Paul Revolution

The Ron Paul Revolution document. The Boston tea party came before that.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

To me this HELPS Ron Paul and

To me this HELPS Ron Paul and proves how consistent he has been for the last 30 years or so. This would NOT hurt him... ... I love it...

If you disagree with me on anything you are not a real libertarian...


That just makes him sound better


I Understand Completely!

I also quit the Republican Party, but it was back in 2004. I didn’t write a letter, I just changed it to Independent and joined the Constitution Party. But this current two party system is just exactly that – TWO PARTY. There is absolutely no way a Third Party candidate can or ever will get elected – the system is rigged.

Back in 2008 I was informed that I could not vote in the Republican Primaries here in Colorado – UNLESS I REGISISTERED REPUBLICAN. I changed back into the Republican Party JUST SO I COULD VOTE FOR THIS MAN – RON PAUL.

The third to last paragraph sums it up for me -

“If Ronald Reagan couldn’t or wouldn’t balance the budget, which Republican leader on the horizon can we possibly expect to do so?” (Note: They had to shoot him to “bring him around”.)

I know exactly how he felt at that time (Reminds me how stupid I was to vote for George W. Bush – The First Time. I didn’t do it a second!



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That's the man I am voting

That's the man I am voting for POTUS regardless the color of his hat.


great document. but i wonder how RP is going to counter all the questions he's going to get about abandoning the republican party and Reagan.

Like John Stewart said, the three most important things to republicans are reagan, jesus, and reagan

Does it seem convenient that

Does it seem convenient that Perry so easily produced this letter? Wonder if these are routinely kept forever by the GOP.

Enjoying a visual of Haman hanging from his own gallows ;)

Never mind where it came from. We can thank them for this historical document which perfectly compliments the 'Trust' title of the ad!

Trust in God, but tie your camel tight.

"Socialism needs two legs on which to stand; a right and a left. While appearing to be in complete opposition to one another,they both march in the same direction." - Paul Proctor

Glad There Will be a Libertarian Party Presidential Candidate

I am glad that there will again be a Libertarian Party Presidential candidate in the General Election if the Republican Party lacks wisdom to nominate Ron Paul.

Wow...it's a time capsule

Wow...it's a time capsule left for the tea party.

Ron Paul voted for

Ron Paul voted for Ike?!?!?!?! His only flaw haha. What a guy!

Ventura 2012



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I like it ALOT!

It show's that Ron Paul has not changed his stance on limited government and social liberties. The only thing Ron has changed was his Party Affiliation. Alot better than the flip-flopper's in the Republican Party of our era!

MOD- I appreciate the edit,

thanks.. O7 <- salute