Farewell to Congress
This may well be the last time I speak on the House Floor. At the end of the year I'll leave Congress after 23 years in office over a 36-year period. My goals in 1976 were the same as they are today: promote peace and prosperity by a strict adherence to the principles of individual liberty.
It was my opinion, 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 I sought, government 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.
The problems seemed to be overwhelming and impossible to solve, yet from my view point, just following the constraints placed on the federal government by the Constitution would have been a good place to start.
Posted by theodorej on 12/19/12 07:34 AM
Ron Paul is not to radical... Here is a man that has done his level best to further a style of thinking that conforms with the principles that this once blessed nation was based on... It is the stupid ,selfish,greedy and depraved individuals that have prevailed and placed in power by virtue of a flawed electoral system,an individual whose character matches theirs ... .This is a man that can speak to the ravages of war and the waste and carnage as well as extraordinary expense it leaves in its path... . Ron Paul served in Vietnam and as a field surgeon ... (thank you Sir )... The putrid stench that permeates our political process is more than he can bare... Be Well Ron Paul and thanks for the effort...
Posted by kapie9969 on 11/23/12 05:10 PM
His message of anti war and reponsible use of money was to radical.That whole freedom and liberty thing was just to crazy!
I have no good thoughts about congress.My senator McCain is a good example of why term limits for congress are needed badly.Even my elderly father says they need to get rid of all those brain dead old farts.
RP and his run for the republican nomination showed a disgusting bias by the Click to view links the worse thing ive seen in years.Truly sad for the country.
Posted by singlewolf on 11/22/12 02:59 AM
The ONLY reason Ron Paul was constantly shut down when he ran for President, is the media and those in Congress are TERRIFIED of him and his policies. It is totally apparent in this farewell speech, that HE is the ONLY ONE who still believes in WE THE PEOPLE, not WE THE GOVERNMENT and because of that they refused to give him any chance for the citzens to see that HE WOULD HAVE RUN THIS GOVERNMENT FOR THE PEOPLE and NOT for the politicians!!! God now, is as he always has been the ONLY ONE whom can right the wrongs with this nation and the leaders, ( in name only )to save us as a nation!! Ron Paul was EXACTLY what we needed in this government to put us back on the right track, but the minions who cling to this (half)black man as the one who will work FOR US are still BLINDLY PRETENDING that he CARES... when all one need do is check his past track record to see he didn't care when he was a Senator, and he most definitely doesn't care now that he controls the office of the President of the United States. Thank you for caring and for trying Dr Paul... .we could have become the wonderful nation we once were had the minions not voted to prove they weren't racist... .or to prove they believed he was a legal US citizen, which he isn't.
Posted by TPaine on 11/17/12 07:52 PM
So, conservative christian statists wrong paul is complaining about statism? What a joke.
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Posted by DrBryant on 11/16/12 08:52 AM
May God always Bless you, Dr. Paul. It is so unfortunate that I spent too many years without your wisdom.
I hope, at this point, that I someday truly understand why your goodness surely forgives me for taking so long to realize how right you truly are.
I pray your presence is felt for many generations to come, your truths be the norm for many times longer, and Peace follow you forever.
Posted by AsiaBill on 11/16/12 12:00 AM
Ron Paul is the only man worthy of leading Americans away from the brink of disaster and healing the divisions in American society and culture. I have copied this article so I can read it over and over again in the upcoming months and years.
Posted by johnblenkins on 11/15/12 09:28 PM
A Man way ahead of the people, of his time.
A Voice for the first 20 years hardly heard.
Youth must pick up your banner.
Their ears receptive to your song.
Their eyes witness the march of authoritarian corporate control.
Their indebted feudal life's mapped out,in all you have said.
A regular Nostradamus: No, Just a Man who can see the wood for the trees.
The further and faster the once great nation, America, slides down into
the cesspool. The faster your word will ring loud and clear.
I fear the road will be long and bloody.
May God preserve you, to see your life's work manifest its self.
We could do with a Ron Paul in England and Europe is Crying out too.
Thank you for lightening the path.
Posted by Hope on 11/15/12 05:30 PM
Incredible speech, incredible man! So many statements in this speech strike a cord in me, but this says it all... "If the people are unhappy with the government performance it must be recognized that government is merely a reflection of an immoral society that rejected a moral government of constitutional limitations of power and love of freedom."
Thank you, Ron Paul, for all that you have done to start us on a path of recovery. It will happen! I hope this amazing speech is seen by many!
Posted by W.Palmer on 11/15/12 05:24 PM
It is too bad that little or anything will be heard of this indictment of the government as it is today. One or two soundbites and the Limboughs of the world will add their authoritarian mediocrity.
He was shut down and counted out during this last campaign, perhaps out of fear that the people might just start to take note of his message as there were signs that was indeed was happening.
I would urge those to find another leader and continue the fight for liberty, justice, and freedom on the principles that have been so eloquently laid out.
I have no faith whatsoever that the US will start to heal itself soon and what Ron Paul has said will be referenced as a road to recovery. I have no faith whatsoever that fiscal reforms and financial community and its ponderous government will relinquish their overwhelming entitlements until every last penny is finally squandered, stolen, or otherwise spent.
I fear that the US is in its early death throes and the course is cleared for its inevitable decline.
This is so sad, and one can only hope that somewhere in that great country there is another younger Ron Paul who will engage the people and reignite the passion for freedom and liberty and reinstate the morals of its Founders.
I sincerely hope so for the people of that country that I have visited so often, and long admired.
Posted by EdwardUlyssesCate on 11/15/12 04:22 PM
Ron Paul was a fireman as described by Warren's daddy, Howard Buffett in 1948.
". . . an economy Congressman under our printing press money system is in the position of a fireman running into a burning building with a hose that is not connected with the water plug. His courage may be commendable, but he is not hooked up right at the other end of the line. So it is now with a Congressman working for economy. There is no sustained hookup with the taxpayers to give him strength."
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If we never achieve 51% of the House of Representatives with people similar to Ron Paul, we'll always be on the menu with no representation at the table.
Posted by Just John on 11/15/12 03:13 PM
Whew, so much in one place. And a big AMEN to his voice.
Posted by Robert Eastman on 11/15/12 02:37 PM
Daily Bell: PLEASE... Consider publishing this speech/article in pamphlet form and sold at "volume prices" so it can be purchased to be passed out. I'm positive that this can have an impact for good! So much WISDOM should not go to waste! Thank you for all you do and thank you for your consideration!
Posted by libertylover on 11/15/12 01:03 PM
This speech will surely go down in history as one of the greatest ever.
I shall miss him, but will help him in any way he now seeks to continue his Liberty education program.
Posted by Bobby7 on 11/15/12 11:43 AM
Why didn't Ron Paul name the 2 groups that have a strangle hold of America and the rest of the "Free" world - The Council of Foreign Relations and Talmudic Judaism?
One is the Left Hand & the other is the Right Hand & both are firmly around our throat & causing us to commit "suicide"!
Brainwashed by a parasite
The carpenter ant (genus Campanotus), and the bullet ant (Paraponera clavata), have fallen victim to parasitic fungi of the genus Cordyceps, which manipulate the behavior of their host in order to increase their own chances of reproducing.
The spores of the fungus attach themselves to the external surface of the ant, where they germinate. They then enter the ant's body through the tracheae (the tubes through which insects breathe), via holes in the exoskeleton called spiracles. Fine fungal filaments called mycelia then start to grow inside the ant's body cavity, absorbing the host's soft tissues but avoiding its vital organs.
When the fungus is ready to sporulate, the mycelia grow into the ant's brain. The fungus then produces chemicals which act on the host's brain and alter its perception of pheromones. This causes the ant to climb a plant and, upon reaching the top, to clamp its mandibles around a leaf or leaf stem, thus securing it firmly to what will be its final resting place.
The fungus then devours the ant's brain, killing the host. The fruiting bodies of the fungus sprout from the ant's head, through gaps in the joints of the exoskeleton. Once mature, the fruiting bodies burst, releasing clusters of capsules into the air. These in turn explode on their descent, spreading airborne spores over the surrounding area. These spores then infect other ants, completing the life cycle of the fungus. Depending on the type of fungus and the number of infecting spores, death of an infected insect takes between 4-10 days.
The carpenter ant in the photograph has been infected by Cordyceps unilateralis, which is but one of thousands of species of entomopathogenic fungi, more than 400 of which belong to the Cordyceps genus. Between them, these parasitic fungi infect at least nine different orders of arthropods, including the Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies), Blattaria (cockroaches), Hemiptera (aphids, cicadas and leafhoppers), Coleoptera (beetles), Phasmida (stick insects), Hymenoptera (ants, bees and wasps), and Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths). The host range of an individual species is, however, restricted to one species or to a small number of closely related species.
Because they are considered as environmentally safe, natural mortality agents, entomopathogenic fungi are used as biological pesticides to control pest species. For example, Metarhizium anisopliae was first used over 100 years ago to try and control the wheat grain beetle Anisoplia austriaca. More recently, researchers have investigated the use of Metarhizium anisopliae, a species which infects the African mosquito Anopheles gambiae, to control the spread of malaria.
Entomopathogenic fungi are not the only parasites that can modify the behaviour of their hosts. Equally remarkable is the nematomorph hairworm Spinochordodes tellinii, which is also known as the horsehair worm or the gordian worm, because of its resemblance to the knot created by the Phrygian king Gorius. (According to myth, Gordius used his knot to tie a chariot to a pole, and declared that whoever could untie it would rule all of Asia.)
The juvenile gordian worm parasitizes land-living arthropods such as grasshopers, locusts and beetles, but the adult is a free-living aquatic species which can only reproduce in water. Inside the host, the microscopic larvae feed on surrounding tissue, and develop into long worms which can reach up to 4 times the length of the host, and which remain within the body cavity of the host as a long, coiled mass. After metamorphosing, the adult worm induces its host to leave its terrestrial habitat, and to commit suicide by jumping into water and drowning itself, so that the worm can emerge:
David Biron and his colleagues have used proteomics to characterise the proteins synthesized by the gordian worm in order to determine how it manipulates its host's behaviour. They have established that the worm synthesizes proteins which mimic those produced by the insect. These include proteins of the Wnt family, which are involved in the development of the nervous system, as well as others which interfere with the neurotransmitter systems involved in the host's geotactic behaviour (its oriented movements in relation to the Earth's magnetic field).
Because the genes encoding these proteins are contained in the worm's genome, but have a direct effect on the insect's central nervous system when they are expressed, the relationship between the gordian worm and its host is an example of what Richard Dawkins called the extended phenotype, whereby genes expressed by one organism have an effect on the appearance or behaviour of another. (Entomopathogenic fungi and their hosts are also an example of an extended phenotype.)
Incredibly, the gordian worm can survive predation on its host. Parasites use various strategies to survive host predation. For example, some develop quickly, in order to emerge from the host before it is preyed upon. Grasshoppers and crickets are preyed upon by fish and frogs; the gordian worm can escape this predation by wriggling out of the mouth, nose or gills of the predator once it has emerged from a host that has been eaten:
Biron, D. G., et al (2005). Behavioural manipulation in a grasshopper harboring hairworm: a proteomics approach. Proc. R. Soc. B. 272: 2117-2126. [Full text]
Thomas, F., et al (2003). Biochemical and histological changes in the brain of the cricket Nemobius sylvestris infected by the manipulative parasite Paragordius tricuspidatus
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Posted by rossbcan on 11/15/12 11:03 AM
RP: "Achieving Liberty"
First, you must know what liberty is. Second, you must know that you already posses it, making your ability to exercise peaceful liberty (without forceful consequences from bullies armed with false rationalizations and OUR guns of state) a matter of right to life and self-defense (misrepresented as offense, by "the law", wielded by criminals - those who initiate aggression).
Act as you already are, FREE:
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