On November 14, 2012, Congressman Ron Paul delivered his farewell address.
In it, he presented what he believes are the five greatest dangers the American people face today that impede the goal of a free society.
Although I’m not typically one to buy what anyone in Washington is selling, Dr. Paul is the exception…and he’s one of only a small handful of elected officials that have any real credibility.
In fact, some have even gone so far as to proclaim Ron Paul’s last day in Washington as the day that liberty dies.
So today, I’d like to start off by listing these five dangers that Dr. Paul mentioned before moving on.
The continuous attack on our civil liberties which threatens the rule of law and our ability to resist the onrush of tyranny.
Violent anti-Americanism that has engulfed the world. Because the phenomenon of “blow-back” is not understood or denied, our foreign policy is destined to keep us involved in many wars that we have no business being in. National bankruptcy and a greater threat to our national security will result.
The ease in which we go to war, without a declaration by Congress, but accepting international authority from the UN or NATO even for preemptive wars, otherwise known as aggression.
A financial political crisis as a consequence of excessive debt, unfunded liabilities, spending, bailouts, and gross discrepancy in wealth distribution going from the middle class to the rich. The danger of central economic planning, by the Federal Reserve must be understood.
World government taking over local and US sovereignty by getting involved in the issues of war, welfare, trade, banking, a world currency, taxes, property ownership, and private ownership of guns.
After listening to Dr. Paul’s speech, I was incredibly moved — but more so, I was enraged.
All of the warnings he provided on November 14 were spot on. And they were so obvious, I’m continually perplexed by how, as a nation, we have not come together to aggressively address and extinguish these dangers.
Why are we arguing anonymously on message boards instead of taking our demands to the streets?
Why are we sending bulk form letters of protest that probably never even get past some random intern or congressional aide instead of surrounding the Hart Senate Building, demanding accountability?
Have we really become that complacent? Are we really that disinterested in liberty and freedom that we’re willing to go on indefinite vacations while leaving the kids in charge of the house?
While We Were Sleeping
Although you and I have been wide awake this whole time, the majority of folks in this country have been sound asleep, snoring so loudly they can’t hear the rumblings of a crumbling democracy.
Unethical and illegal wars, illegal searches and seizures, privacy violations, the complete disregard for states’ rights, the blatant destruction of our currency, the completely flagrant exchange of money for legislation, the deliberate misinformation that’s pumped through our computers, televisions and radios…
If I didn’t know any better, I’d think I was writing a treatment for a big-budget Hollywood action movie. But it’s really just a big-budget swindle designed to eradicate our personal liberties.
And the worst part of all this is that we’re footing the bill. Our tax dollars are actually funding the dismantling of our freedoms.
I don’t know about you, but that fires me up.
And there is no rational excuse for any freedom-loving American to not be fired up, too.
The Path to Authoritarianism
Look, I’m not claiming to be some kind of modern-day Paul Revere.
I don’t have a cushy seat on some plastic news show where I can speak the truth to millions of Americans.
I’m definitely not the type of guy that any political party would want inside the halls of Congress, putting the kibosh on a party that no one in Washington wants to end. And I sure as hell don’t have the kind of scratch that would allow me to spend millions to promote the basic ideals of freedom and liberty to those Americans who need to be reminded of what’s at stake — before it’s too late.
But what I can do, dear reader, is write this segment every week in the hope that you will not only join me in the fight to protect our freedoms and liberty but share these thoughts and analyses with others who you know also share in our desire to keep this great Democracy from falling into the hands of tyranny.
Because you can rest assured that the path to authoritarianism is well underway. And the obligation to reverse course is more urgent that ever.
Live honorably, live free. . .
P.S. – I’ve uploaded Dr. Paul’s entire farewell speech here. I strongly suggest you watch it in its entirety. Not only is it truly inspiring, but I absolutely believe this will go down in history as one of the greatest calls for liberty in the last 200 years.