Dr Paul began his speech by talking about how different America is today compared to how it was 23 years ago when he first took office.
“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.”
He then asks,
“How Much Did I Accomplish?”
And answers with,
“No named legislation, no named federal buildings or highways—thank goodness. In spite of my efforts, the government has grown exponentially, taxes remain excessive, and the prolific increase of incomprehensible regulations continues. Wars are constant and pursued without Congressional declaration, deficits rise to the sky, poverty is rampant and dependency on the federal government is now worse than any time in our history.”
It’s a sad thought that in the years of Ron Paul the world has grown ever more oppressive and authoritarian but that is the truth.
However one major change has been the recent rise in desire for liberty and freedom Ron Paul said,
“the good news is that compared to 1976 when I first came to Congress, the desire for more freedom and less government in 2012 is much greater and growing, especially in grassroots America. Tens of thousands of teenagers and college age students are, with great enthusiasm, welcoming the message of liberty.”
Ron Paul has light a fire in the minds of men which will inspire a whole new generation who may have never understood the love for liberty.
Dr Paul also spoke about the dependancy on government which has been created, he said,
“Our liberties are restricted and government operates outside the rule of law, protecting and rewarding those who buy or coerce government into satisfying their demands”
Ron Paul finished by pointing 5 of the greatest dangers facing America which were,
- 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.