Ron Paul calls it quits: his legacy will live on

After serving over 20 years in the US House of Representatives and running for president several times, Congressman Ron Paul delivered his farewell speech on the House floor. On Wednesday, Ron Paul’s message of smaller government and liberty resonated through the House chambers. So how will his departure change America? Brian Doherty, senior editor for Reason.com, give us his take.

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oolong2
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Jeez…. you're taking fanboyism a little too far. Ron Paul was just a politician. He didn't found a freaking country.

The biggest thing Ron Paul accomplished was getting elected….

It's a little sad and frightening that anyone would place a politican on a pedestal like that.

oolong2
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You're right Rand Paul is a sellout… Totally bought by Oil and Coal interests.

oolong2
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Ron Paul had some good ideas, I supported those ideas. I even supported his 2008 campaign.

However he was an ideolog…. We don't need anyone in government blindly following an ideology like it's a religion. There is already way too much religion in our "secular" government.

We need more people following science and imperical evidence not "voodoo".

Will Watcher
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The VOICE OF REASON is gone! sadddddd…..

silverlovesgold
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RON PAUL for speaker of the house

Peter Vandyke
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I don't believe in any form of Taxation, then people like yourself who still think the earth is flat, can't invision how a structure society with laws to proctect individual rights can do all the thing you say can't or won't work.

I'm not going to waste my time informing you of anything more.

Donivian DeMar
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He does not follow his ideology like a religion. He is committed to the standard of freedom that we are entitled to. He uses logic to make decisions even outside of religion. Personally I will not vote for someone with a religious agenda, and although he is religious, he does note vote God.

oolong2
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The word "freedom" is used to evoke an emotional response. It is a subjective and used for propoganda. It should never be used when making a policy or a logical argument.

For example people may feel more "free" iliving in a society where basic heathcare needs are met and they can take any job, perform any activity, and have children, etc without worry or restriction.

Basic cost vs benefit is completely lost on most libertarian ideologs who emotionally disagree with any "general welfare".

dashonhurts
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Damn I feel we are so fucked BECAUSE of our two political power houses that shun and manipulate everything that is either opposite or even good for the American people! Paul needs to teach others at a university or something. Seriously he was our last hope.

RT & J
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How so?

RDevino0624
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The real problem is that we have a socialist fascist bordering on communist government that whole hardily support the government tell every one what they are allowed to do every second of their lives!

dell1940
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America is fcuked . December 21 2012 is becoming real

Syphalis1
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He's playing the game.

Is it perfect? No. But at least we have many of our ideas injected into the mainstream media through him.

Ditch this "holier than though" view. He is still representing most of our main issues/points better than anyone else out there in the senate.

If you will only support the "100%" purists… this movement will go no where. Politics, sadly, is a game. If you don't play the game, you don't get attention, and you don't win anything.

Aron Borkenau
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DEMOCRACY IS BULLSHIT. Thanks Ron!

Uncle99B
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I cannot support any tax policies that put more money into the pocket of the uber rich while cutting services to the common wealth

Uncle99B
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I agree that we need to oppose govt using our money to bail-out the fat cats, create endless war, imprison so many citizens, enable Israel to genocide the natives.

Nonethless, that can be done with a progressive tax system.

F^ck the rich.

Uncle99B
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I would say anyone making more than $1 million per year is ric.

But the SOBs who are taking all our wealth and adding nothing to the commonwealth are the pr*cks worth $100 million or more.

I'd have them all imprisoned as enemies of humanity

Uncle99B
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I dunno what kulaks are but I agree that we should, at a minimum, redistribute the net worth of anyone who has accumulated more than $100 million. Along with some serious jail time

Uncle99B
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You are, of course, being misleading by entertainers, who are highly paid labor and relatively harmless, and the Clinton's, who are far from being among the uber rich. I will, however, make an exception and include the Clintons as they are well paid tools of the elite. Take a look at the Fortune 400. Look at people like Bloomberg, who has increased his net worth while mayor of NYC from less than $2 billion to $25 billion, while using the NYC cops as his personal police force to push zionism

Uncle99B
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I don't recall JK Rowling and the rap community getting a trillion dollar bail-out. I don't recall Jay-Z writing the Patriot Act and the NDAA, taking away rights we have had since the inception of the country

Uncle99B
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You don't? R U unaware that the taxpayer bailed out Wall Street? Is making the uber rich victims of Madoff whole with taxpayer money?

Eff Jay-Z then. I figured he must have sold out the the owners to get as big as he is seeing as how he is nothing special.

Eff Oprah too. I nearly blew lunch watching her grovel before that Zionist hater Elie Wiesel

Uncle99B
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Well, behind every great fortune is an even greater crime

Uncle99B
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It's true.

You do not accumulate billions of dollars in wealth without harming many.

Isn't this common sense?

Uncle99B
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Who has Zuckerberg harmed? You're kidding. How many people did he steal his ideas from? How many of his original investors did he screw? How many peole have lost their jobs because they thought the stuff they put on Facebook was secure and it was not?

BrokenCapo
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Name calling will get u nowhere, shows your ignorance, which is the reason why the world is the way it is. Stick to usefull info rather name calling. If you did your homework on him, and realize the depth of deception we r living under, u'll know what im talkin about.