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Why Ron Paul Never Fit in on Capitol Hill by Gary North

Gary North

Reality Check (Jan. 3, 2013)

This evening, Ron Paul will no longer be a member of Congress.

It has happened before. At the end of this day in January 1977 he was no longer a member of Congress. He had lost by 268 votes out of over 180,000. At the end of this day in 1985, he was no longer a member of Congress. He had resigned to run for the Senate. He did not get the nomination.

Twice he came back. There will not be a third time. He has other fish to catch.

I was on his staff in 1976. I saw Congress close-up. Once was enough. I explained why in 1977: "Confessions of a Washington Reject."

Ron Paul never fit in on Capitol Hill. There are reasons for this. Four reasons.


The ruling triumvirate on Capitol Hill are the same as in every other political capital in history: money, sex, and power. But there is one more: booze.

The problem is, these four are almost universal in their appeal. In what way is Congress different?

Because power is the biggie. If you get power, you can get the others.

The phrase "money, sex, and power" reflects a commercial sequence, not political. It is more Wall Street than Capitol Hill.


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Oh, and he started a R3volution

"As time went on, he became a spokesman for voters outside his district. By the end, he was a spokesman for voters outside the country".


I really dig this writing :)

jrd3820's picture

I find this to be

One of my favorite articles on Ron Paul for some reason. It is quaint and endearing.

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”
― Dr. Seuss

Very nice article

Worth the read. I already miss having Ron Paul in Congress. Let's get some more like him in (I believe we do exist).

What is the lesson of his

What is the lesson of his career? This: "Stick to your knitting."

Anything else? This. "Never give an inch."

Is that all there is? Not at all. There is also this: "Walk the talk."


It's a real shame his own son has not drawn these obvious conclusions in his own political career.

All True, Except

It's all true except the last sentence.

What do you think? http://consequeries.com/

The clean boat sets sail to the sunset,

leaving behind a sea full of garbage scows.

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Excellent, and so true

It's not often that the truth is so excellent!


our man!


Though I think the "money, sex, and power" are what we see on the surface.

Most sell their souls...few will not. Ron Paul was one of those few.

The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
Ron Paul - The Revolution

Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul

Must read for all DPers

Must read for all DPers