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YouTube Update: Ron Paul's Farewell Address


Dr. Paul gave his "Farewell to Congress" speech on the House floor/CSPAN today. The speech is over, but it is now archived on CSPAN.

Thanks to DPers RP_nexus and Katniss Everdeen for the C-Span video clip. Thanks to eduardo89 for the YouTube:


See here for the Full Text of Ron Paul's Farewell Address

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Yes, but from idea that how

Yes, but from idea that how oneself wants to be treated does not automatically grow the idea that others should be treated in a same way. Maybe in a much more deeper level I don't have any certain idea how others should be treated as the Other is a mystery to myself, as someone beyond my comprehension, beyond my limited perspective.

It could be that love is the greatest path of them all, but what exactly is love is not at all the easiest thing to say or know. For example, in Plato's Symposium has many different understandings of what love is, at least 5 different perspectives to love. (In my opinion Symposium is one of most important texts on love there exists.) Then Plato's Phaedrus which has yet again little bit different kind of understanding of love than any of the Symposium's concepts of love. Then Jesus' understanding of love is different than Plato's and St. Paul's understanding of love is not at all the same as Jesus'. So what actually is love?

"Air is the very substance of our freedom, the substance of superhuman joy....aerial joy is freedom."--Gaston Bachelard--

Golden Rule/Several Levels of Interpretation

Don't read if it bores or offends you, but I like this explanation that you can look at the Golden Rule on several levels.

"--The level of the flesh. A purely selfish and lustful interpretation .
--The level of the feelings. This plane is one level higher than that of the flesh and implies that sympathy and pity would enhance one's interpretation of this rule of living.
--The level of mind. Now come into action the reason of mind and the intelligence of experience. Good judgment dictates that such a rule of living should be interpreted in consonance with the highest idealism embodied in the nobility of profound self- respect.
--The level of brotherly love. Still higher is discovered the level of unselfish devotion to the welfare of one's fellows. On this higher plane of wholehearted social service growing out of the consciousness of the fatherhood of God and the consequent recognition of the brotherhood of man
--The moral level. And then when you attain true philosophic levels of interpretation, when you have real insight into the rightness and wrongness of things, when you perceive the eternal fitness of human relationships, you will begin to view such a problem of interpretation as you would imagine a high-minded, idealistic, wise, and impartial third person would so view and interpret such an injunction as applied to your personal problems of adjustment to your life situations.
--The spiritual level. And then last, but greatest of all, we attain the level of spirit insight and spiritual interpretation which impels us to recognize in this rule of life the divine command to treat all men as we conceive God would treat them. That is the universe ideal of human relationships. And this is your attitude toward all such problems when your supreme desire is ever to do the Father's will."



why would this offend me?

To really comment on these different levels of interpretation of the Golden Rule according to this quotation (wherever it is from), would take quite a long time which I don't have now. But what I can say is that none of these different interpretations of the Golden Rule do not take into account what I wrote about Levinas' idea of the infinity and the mystery of the Other.

Levinas' places ethics on a completely new level which none of these levels that you address in this quotation reach. In Levinas the understanding of ethics and what does mean to be a human being in relation to Others goes a radical transformation. For this reason it can be said that Levinas is the most important ethical thinker of the 20th century as he wants to open up the whole question of ethics from a perspective which challenges the whole idea of ethics which bases itself on the self-sameness with others. He wants to go deeper than the Golden Rule.

If Merleau-Ponty challenged in his phenomenological philosophy what does it mean to perceive and experience the world, then Levinas challenges the concept of morality and ethics to its root.

"Air is the very substance of our freedom, the substance of superhuman joy....aerial joy is freedom."--Gaston Bachelard--

Telepathic, I Did Not Mean You

As a matter of fact, I was very interested in your post and noted several great thinkers regarding ethics and morals that I want to become more familiar with. Right now given the downward slide and in light of Ron Paul's farewell speech, I think we should all look at and think about ethics and morals and with the help of those who have also been interested in the topic from various historical eras and perspectives. In saying that I want to thank you for your post. It is a perspective I was not familiar with...and I always like that.

By placing my post under yours, you jumped to a conclusion which I should have clarified. Different interpretations of the Golden Rule and anything else that that helps us look at our attitudes toward others is essential right now, according to Ron Paul.

I merely wanted to share something I had once read that made me think in relation to the Golden Rule. I was aware that its content might be interpreted as "religious" and it was for that reason I noted that I didn't want to offend anyone. Had nothing to do with you. Sorry I wasn't clear!

I was only coming from the place that some are offended by anything that appears "religious" as that is a very misunderstood "label" ..a huge tent.


Awesome Speech

Awesome Speech

“Let the revolution begin.”

THANK YOU Dr. Paul for saying it and leading us in the right direction. You taught us well by your example, courage, conviction and foresight.

“But let it not be said that we did nothing. Let not those who love the power of the welfare/warfare state label the dissenters of authoritarianism as unpatriotic or uncaring. Patriotism is more closely linked to dissent than it is to conformity and a blind desire for safety and security. Understanding the magnificent rewards of a free society makes us unbashful in its promotion, fully realizing that maximum wealth is created and the greatest chance for peace comes from a society respectful of individual liberty.” – Ron Paul

I would like Rand and Jesse to study well this paragraph:

It doesn’t mean that political action or holding office has no value. At times it does nudge policy in the right direction. But what is true is that when seeking office is done for personal aggrandizement, money or power, it becomes useless if not harmful. When political action is taken for the right reasons it’s easy to understand why compromise should be avoided. It also becomes clear why progress is best achieved by working with coalitions, which bring people together, without anyone sacrificing his principles.

This speech confirms

that I made the right choice when I wrote in Ron Paul for POTUS 2012.

Thank you Dr. Paul for everything you have done for us.


just wow .... I will play this over and over ... often.

thank you sir for all you've done, all you are doing and all to come.

RP forever.

Ron Ernest Paul, the Best (and only?) Rep

R.E.P, he's the best -- and maybe the only -- rep. See you soon outside the congress doing what you did in it, advancing freedom! I cheer you on, Ron, and I do my part everyday! Ron and everyone, to freedom!

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.

I liked what he said at the

I liked what he said at the end about how trying to be the change and helping to make society a more virtuous place is more important than changing the government. If more people understand the golden rule, government won't be a problem to fix.

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thank you

EZ to post this one ... share - share - share .... per Ron's closing statement.

My hair appointment was

My hair appointment was pushed back an hour. I may just listen to the speech again.

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Now he can start to set really big fires in the minds...

Go Dr.RP!
He is about to become headliners now the election is over.

Now with that over he can start his Governor 2014 campaign!

Liberty cannot wait until 2016!

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Now he can start to set really big fires.

Go Dr.RP!

The density of

information in this speech is insane.

Brilliant speech.


Instant Classic. I only listen to a few minutes so far. It was advertised as 3 eastern but it was over by then??? And it was labeled as part one. Is this true? But besides that wow for the three minutes I watched it was amazing. That last sentence gave me chills. I want to start campaining now.



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Here's the tube of the

Here's the tube of the speech: http://www.dailypaul.com/263122&from=lbp


Is the clip of just Dr. Paul's speech :D

“It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till." -J.R.R. Tolkien

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not free


I've always had this fantasy

I've always had this fantasy that Ron Paul would unleash during his farewell address. With all political correctness pushed aside, he would finally say the things that would have previously been considered political suicide...

Just a fantasy... I expect that very general points will be made... Things that will still apply 30 years from now.

an idea whose time has come cannot be stopped by any army or any government

He H:it Just About Everything

...I was overly optimistic in thinking he might have a warm reception, even if it was for self gain from others.

Apparently it is against house rules to indicate approval or disapproval? I did not know that. I wonder if there have not been other "farewell addresses" by long-time members where approval was allowed.

Of course, this was not exactly a tribute...it was giving him a last time to address Congress and they, most likely, knew how he would use that time! (1) Wonder what was happening that required that rule being stated. (2) Interesting that Ron Paul as leaving the room motioned for adjournment.

Other than that, I can't wait for the UTUBE so we can all listen again and think about and discuss. We all know what Congress just lost and it makes me sad.

That's our champion for liberty! Thank you Dr. Paul.


Hi fonta! It was Ron Paul who made the motion to adjourn.

That fine speech was part 1 of 2. Hope we find out when he will be doing part 2 soon.

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

Nonna, And I Know He Did

...which is why I wrote farther down:

....the chair recognized the "gentleman from Texas" who said as he was walking out..."I move to adjourn."

What a poignant farewell, metaphorically speaking, that was. He adjourned it...he said farewell. My job, here, is done. I did my best, but you did not listen then...I'd hoped you'd listen now.

As I shake my head and say..."behold the man." He told the truth...right up until the last moment serving.


What else could anyone say to follow that?

They should all be ashamed that he has been the lone voice and that everything he said is truth, yet they will all continue being part of the same corrupt machine and forget about him. Any of them worth a damn would have resigned today or pledged to take the torch and start upholding the oath they all took.


Wonder if Any Will Ask

...themselves if their life is virtuous and if they have participated in any of those ills of government that Dr. Paul talked about.

Hope they then look at their children and grandchildren and contemplate the lives their great grandchildren will have if nothing changes.

Will any lose sleep tonight? I hope so. Yes there was a little applause at the end, allowed or not allowed. But it was meek and mild polite applause. I hope it was filled with shame and remorse.

And, now. Ron Paul would tell us to get over our emotional response and get to work. Virtuous lives...contemplate the necessary major transitional steps required for a free society and gain support. Soon many will be saying "if not this (which clearly does not work)...then what? We should be ready with answers having been given a head-start.

It begins with us. Dr. Paul pretty much said don't look to the government (or the next candidate) to save the world. Only a moral society deserves and can handle a free society.


Check this post out:


It contains a quote from Machiavelli and myajace took it and made links to artwork he/she created using the quote. I think you'd really like that thread!

PS - Thank you for your kind words. The feeling is mutual, my friend.

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox