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Ron Paul made his farewell speech yesterday to the House of Representatives. Nailed it in the first 10 minutes:

“In spite of my efforts, the government has grown exponentially, taxes remain excessive, and a 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. All this with minimal concern for the deficits and unfunded liabilities that commonsense tells us cannot go on much longer.

“A grand but never mentioned, bipartisan agreement allows for the well kept secret that keeps the spending going. One side doesn’t give up one penny on military spending; the other side doesn’t give up one penny on welfare spending; while both sides support the bailouts and the subsidies for the banks and the corporate elite. And the spending continues as the economy weakens and the downward spiral continues.

“The major stumbling block to real change in Washington is the total resistance to admitting that the country is broke.”

“I’ve thought a lot about why those of us who believe in liberty as a solution have done so poorly in convincing others of its benefits. If liberty is what we claim it is, the principle that protects all personal, social and economic decisions necessary for maximum prosperity and the best chance for peace, it should be an easy sell. Yet history has shown that the masses have been quite receptive to the promises of authoritarians, which are rarely, if ever, fulfilled.”

How to substantively shift that paradigm remains the challenge and the cause moving forward. You don’t have to agree with everything Paul says, but the whole speech is well worth your time:

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