Ron Paul’s Final Bow: Government Monopoly On Violence The Root of US ProblemsSubmitted by McWilly on Wed, 11/14/2012 - 19:28
Congressman, former Presidential candidate, luminary and outspoken advocate for Liberty, Ron Paul, gave his final speech on Capitol Hill today. While there will be ample transcripts of the speech (which to my best estimate ran roughly 40 minutes)available online, I'd like to encapsulate some of the most pertinent points and themes held throughout Dr. Paul's farewell here.
In speaking to a House that was almost eerily quiet - a sign of respect for one of its most principled, outspoken, and long-tenured members - Ron Paul spoke eloquently and passionately about the pursuit of liberty, its challenges and its downfall due to the apathy of the Americans who have let it wane.
Dr. Paul started on a positive note, citing the liberty movement that has grown stronger in the past 4 years, and the support it has gained among the younger generation. He spoke of the need for an intellectual awakening, spurred on by the continued efforts of liberty minded people. However, he would quickly transition into a central, critical theme: the unchecked monopoly held by our government to utilize violence both home and abroad. This central theme tied into virtually every aspect of the speech and related to our current economic woes, the war on drugs, foreign policy and the virtual police state in which we live under the NDAA and the Patriot Act.
The founders of our nation fled the exact type of government we now accept, and the efforts put into place to protect future generations in the paper shield of the Constitution has failed. Our government, sanctioned by a populace that looks to the government for its guidance, income and safety, has eroded our liberty under the guise of knowing what's best for us. And hidden in that facetious notion are the true drivers of government: special interests that push both political parties to action. The government largesse and U.S. citizens dependence on bureaucrats for their every need has enabled our government to operate outside of the rule of law, which was set down to contain it. Some of the examples Dr. Paul touched upon include: Undeclared Wars, Welfare for Rich & Poor alike, Exponential Debt, The Patriot Act, "Preemptive" War, Drone Warfare, Indefinite Detention (NDAA), Hostility To Free Trade, Sanctions and Executive Orders (kill lists).