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The Ron Paul Legacy

The libertarian Texas congressman has retired. Will his radical ideas stick around on Capitol Hill?

Brian Doherty | January 11, 2013

Ron Paul is officially no longer a congressman. Gone from the Washington scene is his tendency to cast lone votes, his unique willingness to point out that government is inherently based on violence. Paul will continue to be a public spokesman for liberty—about the only part of his job as congressman he liked anyway.

He leaves behind a contested legacy. As Paul’s detractors will tediously point out, being one of 435 in Congress with views vastly different from your colleagues’ means you will neither pass many laws, nor prevent many laws from being passed, nor shape the ethos of the House. Paul did, though, succeed in shifting “Audit the Fed” from an issue no one knew or cared about to a bill that has passed the House twice.


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"Radical ideas?" What radical ideas?

If that was meant as sarcasm, then some quotation marks should be around it like this:

The libertarian Texas congressman has retired. Will his "radical ideas" stick around on Capitol Hill?


"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

Ron Paul's Legacy

Ron Paul and his true commitment to upholding the U.S. Constitution is inspirational and an example of how it's done. I don't mind other politicians quoting Paul, but only if they truly believe it. Unfortunately, most are only using his words and because they see it as something that can work for them. This was occurring in the Republican debates. Even Rush Limbaugh made some statements, quoting Ron Paul. Too bad it was after the election. During the primary, Rush said Ron Paul was going to destroy the Party. He couldn't have been more wrong. I just wonder why we didn't recognize Ron Paul and his virtues much sooner?

Ron Paul

has bravely and tenaciously presented ideas that have challenged the political status quo forever.

It's a back-handed compliment to his legacy that almost every political pundit have stopped calling themselves Republicans and now refer to themselves as "Conservatives." Save for the warfare state rhetoric they all now speak in Ron Paulese, stressing the Constitution on every political topic. I saw this happening way back during the 2008 GOP presidential debates, and as I predicted, all the other GOP candidates have co-opted Ron Paul's words and become posers for small government and fiscal conservatives. One only has to look at the books that suddenly appeared as copycats like Mark Levin to imitate the political gravis of Dr. Paul's books and essays that have been out years prior.

But like Matthew 15:8, they "come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me." when it comes to really believing or practicing the tenants Dr. Paul preached.

Even the hijacked Tea party forgets its origins from the Ron Paul movement. So it's up to us to remind folk who was the real deal, and from whom all these "enlightened" conservatives are stealing their lines from.

Conscience does not exist if not exercised

"No matter how cynical you get, it's impossible to keep up!
---Lily Tomlin