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Text of Ron Paul's "What if..." Speech for emails and printing

Didn't look that hard but couldn't find it - so I typed it up. maybe a word or two off. But here it is. I am making copies to post in public places and at my University and to email to family and friends not inclined to watch a youtube video. If any of you were wanting the text and not finding it, here you go.


“Madame Speaker, I have a few questions for my colleagues. What if our foreign policy of the past century is deeply flawed and has not served our national security interests? What if we wake up one day and realize that the terrorist threat is a predictable consequence of our meddling in the affairs of others and has nothing to do with us being free and prosperous? What if propping up oppressive regimes in the Middle East endangers both the United States and Israel? What if occupying countries like Iraq and Afghanistan and bombing Pakistan is directly related to the hatred directed toward us? What if some day it dawns on us that losing over 5,000 American military personnel in the Middle East since 9/11 is not a fair trade off for the loss of nearly 3,000 American citizens no matter how many Iraqi, Pakistani, or Afghan people are killed or displaced? What if we finally decide that torture even if called “enhanced interrogation technique” is self destructive and produces no useful information and that contracting it out to a third world nation is just as evil? What if it is finally realized that war and military spending is always destructive to the economy? What if all war time spending is paid for through the deceitful and evil process of inflating and borrowing? What if we finally see that war time conditions always undermine personal liberty? What if conservatives who preach small government wake up and realize that our interventionist foreign policy provides the greatest incentive to expand the government? What if conservatives understood once again that their only logical position is to reject military intervention and managing an empire throughout the world? What if the American people woke up and understood that the official reasons for going to war are almost always based on lies and promoted by war propaganda in order to serve special interests? What if we as a nation came to realize that the quest for empire eventually destroys all great nations? What if Obama has no intention of leaving Iraq? What if a military draft is being planned for, for the wars that will spread if our foreign policy is not changed? What if the American people learn the truth that our foreign policy has nothing to do with national security and that it never changes from one administration to the next? What if war and preparation for war is a racket serving the special interests? What if president Obama is completely wrong about Afghanistan and it turns out worse than Iraq and Vietnam - put together? What if Christianity actually teaches peace and not preventive wars of aggression? What if diplomacy is found to be superior to bombs and bribes in protecting America? What happens if my concerns are completely unfounded? Nothing. But what happens if my concerns are justified and ignored? Nothing good.”
~ U.S. congressman Ron Paul before the United States House of Representatives (2/12/2009)

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I'll be printing this and passing it out too


speaking of that speech,

speaking of that speech, there are a couple trolls on this What If youtube that need some thumb down votes and a good verbal @ss pounding! You know what to do people!


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Thanks for your great transcribing efforts ~

Thanks for your great transcribing efforts!
Next time search the dailypaul for: what if

Ron Paul: What if ... the American People Learn the Truth?!

I feel a bit silly now

but I really enjoyed the process of stopping and starting this great speech on youtube and typing it up. somehow it is much more emblazoned in my consciousness. Thank you for the search tip.

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naw, you're a great guy

You are correct ... because of that exercise, it will stay with you forever .... it has really sunk into your psyche and you probably drift off to sleep with the words of the greatest speech Ron Paul has ever given sending you into dreamland. In the meantime, other doomandgloomin' insomniatic dailypaulers are probably frettin' if they can still buy gold and silver ... as time's a wastin'. ~ lol


Beyond amazing. That is one of his finest!
Thanks for posting it!


Thank you, Henry!

I can't get youtube videos on my palm pilot!

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