I would like to extend a sincere farewell to our last true statesman Dr. Ron Paul of the 14th District in The Lone Star State known as Texas. After 23 years of being a congressman, Ron Paul gave his farewell speech to congress, where many critics have said was his best. With confidence I agree with this analysis, as I have listened to almost every one of his speeches that he has on record. For those who know and agree with Dr. Paul I am sure you will feel the same sentiment as I do. Some of you though may have only heard of Ron Paul in passing, in that case I hope you take the time to learn about him, and I highly recommend listening to his farewell speech as this represents everything he has been saying the past 30 years. Which is absolutely true if you compare any of his speeches against ones given in the past. Dr. Paul’s message of liberty has been consistent his whole career, what is more remarkable is the honesty and integrity displayed, he truly practices what he preaches. Never stooping to ad hominum attacks against his opponents, always highlighting the actual differences in policy and ideas. Something we all could learn from in our own affairs.
What was particularly striking in this speech, is instead of chronicling his time in congress, he left the boxing gloves in the locker room, and left no stone unturned to describe the dire straits that the United States is currently in. Some may disagree with his philosophy and analysis of government but what cannot be denied, the consistency and honesty in his time as congressman, and never shying away from criticism, or taking an unpopular view on any issue. “I have always been of the opinion that unpopularity earned by doing what is right is not unpopularity at all, but glory” ~Marcus Tullius Cicero. In most cases he was the only one in congress with a critical view of government policy, particularly when it came to the Federal Reserve, foreign wars, spending, and taxes among many others. Earning him the famed nickname in congress “Dr. No”, because he voted no on almost all spending and appropriations bill’s as well as voting no on every tax increase bill.
Briefly I would like to describe the current affairs we are in, even though the speech will highlight more than I could ever write. Despite ones own feeling’s one cannot deny that there is a growing sense of disillusionment and discontent among the people with government action, but at the same time some are not quite sure what it is the government is doing wrong, they just know there is something wrong. Then there are those who see no problem at all with government intervention into the market. Dr. Paul just might have the answer for those who are unsure of the cause and may enlighten those who think, intervention into the market is beneficial… Besides, the news reports daily showing a new riot or protest against government action is evidence enough of a growing concern for the future of society. Society itself has once again come to the same crossroads we have seen so many times in the past. The two choices, which to some may seem cliché or oversimplifying the case, however for our purposes it is enough to sum up the sentiments thus which I think fit nicely considering that those who advocate a mixed economy is comparable to the saying “I am only a little pregnant”. But I do believe there is always a third option which I am afraid there is not enough space here to discuss. Like the famed show “The Price is Right” behind door number one, which Ron Paul has outlined, and behind door number two being what the current Masters in Washington would have us believe is for our benefit. The ideal that government is the source of our peace and prosperity, one narrative. Or a very different narrative which contends that free enterprise, a society free of social contract with the state, and ultimately liberty, being the best path towards peace and prosperity. A reading of the book “The Law” by Frederic Bastiat will give any reader an full understanding of this philosophy.
The important thing to focus on more than anything else though is the fact that we are living in interesting times, and Dr. Paul is not afraid to challenge the status quo, whether you agree with him or not. I especially would like to elaborate that he was and is an honest politician, a true statesman. Notice I don’t italicize politician since the word has become so attached with negative connotations. And I also noticed that the word “statesman” has been out of use for some time, very peculiar indeed… Let us consider that if we were given all the facts on a certain subject, meaning the truth, would we have the courage to act accordingly? But I digress. What should be observed is the exit of a man who stayed true to his convictions instead of doing what was expedient or convenient which is so prevalent in the political sphere. Like Cicero poignantly expressed, glory comes from doing the right thing not from being popular. I will end my farewell to the good doctor with a question posed by the man himself… “Is there any explanation for all the deception, the unhappiness, the fear of the future, the loss of confidence in our leaders, the distrust, the anger and frustration? Yes there is, and there’s a way to reverse these attitudes. The negative perceptions are logical and a consequence of bad policies bringing about our problems. Identification of the problems and recognizing the cause allow the proper changes to come easy.” Thank you Dr. Paul for your service as an Air Force Flight Surgeon and your service as Congressman. Also thank you for telling the truth in times of moral crisis, let it not be written that no one opposed the tyrants of our day.
Yours Aye, wherever you are stay free.