NY Sun Editorial: The Ron Paul AwakeningSubmitted by Peace Gold Love on Fri, 11/16/2012 - 23:32
New York Sun: One of the things we did this morning was go up on C-Span.org and watch Congressman Ron Paul deliver what is being called his “farewell address.” It is an affecting speech, capping the end of his congressional career; it lasts about an hour. It is about the same length as President Washington’s farewell address. We don’t want to make any inappropriate comparisons between Dr. Paul and the most famous Founder. But we were struck with the similarity between the key themes that Washington sounded and those struck by the Texas Republican who, just in respect of his service in Congress, has regularly over 23 years sworn an oath to support and defend the Constitution over the writing of which Washington presided.
Dr. Paul is not as optimistic as Washington was at the dawn of the American republic. “It was my opinion,” Dr. Paul said, “that the course the U.S. embarked on in the latter part of the 20th Century would bring us a major financial crisis and engulf us in a foreign policy that would overextend us and undermine our national security.” To achieve the goals he sought, “government,” he said, “would have had to shrink in size and scope, reduce spending, change the monetary system, and reject the unsustainable costs of policing the world and expanding the American Empire.” His basic prescription (he’s a physician by trade) was, as he put it for starters, “just following the constraints placed on the federal government by the Constitution.”