Ron Paul, the 23-year member of the House of Representatives, gave a 48-minute farewell speech on the House chamber floor. Dr. Paul, as he is known to his myriad followers, leaves the house at the end of this year, and refused to do so without the incendiary speech he is known for.
The 77-year-old Texas Republican has leaned Libertarian in years past, capturing the minds of many voters, particularly young people who have turn Paul into an internet phenomenon.
In his speech, likely the last he will give on the House floor before he departs, Paul said his goals had not changed since he entered Congress 36 years ago. Those goals included that “the 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.”
Paul seemed not to be suffering any of delusions of grandeur over his tenure.
“In many ways, according to conventional wisdom, my off-and-on career in Congress, from 1976 to 2012, accomplished very little,” he said near the top of his speech.
Among the many points he laid out in the lengthy rant were some of his notorious Constitutionalist appraisals.
"Our Constitution, which was intended to limit government power and abuse, has failed," Paul said. "The founders warned that a free society depends on a virtuous and moral people. The current crisis reflects that their concerns were justified."
And he would not be Ron Paul without attacking the size and motives of the federal government.
"All branches of our government today are controlled by individuals who use their power to undermine liberty and enhance the welfare/warfare state, and frequently their own wealth and power," he said.
Paul even riffed on the opening statement from the Bill of Rights:
“It is self-evident that our freedoms have been severely limited and the apparent prosperity we still have, is nothing more than leftover wealth from a previous time," he said. "This fictitious wealth based on debt and benefits from a false trust in our currency and credit, will play havoc with our society when the bills come due. This means that the full consequence of our lost liberties is yet to be felt.”
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