"There is truly a revolution going on in this country, and we've been dealing with this and encouraging it" a visibly excited Congressman Ron Paul (TX-R) began his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday night.
He went on, "Because I believe we live in a time when we do need a change in attitude, a change in ideas."
"We don't just need to change the political Parties, we need to change the philosophy of what this country is all about."
As a 75-year-old former Air Force flight surgeon, long-time private practice doctor, and the "lone exception to the gang of 535" according to a former Treasury Secretary and his voting record.
Ron Paul has broken-through and brought practical libertarian philosophy to the mainstream politico. And it's a hit! He won the CPAC presidential straw poll and is leading the Gallup poll presently.
But the talking heads want to talk about Mitt Romney's "strong second place finish" and marginalize Paul by saying 'I like him, but he can't win', so I thought I'd just do their job for them.
With Congressman Paul, his libertarian steadfastness is backed up by votes and speeches in the House since 1973, often-times the lone "No" vote on Constitutional grounds, earning the moniker among his colleagues "Dr. No".
Just a few examples in Friday's speech:
"The Patriot Act is literally the destruction of the Fourth Amendment, that's what it's all about." (backed-up by a "No" vote)
"People ask 'What should our position be of finding the next dictator of Egypt?' And I would say, we need to do a lot less a lot sooner, not only in Egypt but around the world..How much did we invest in that dictator over the years? 70 Billion Dollars!" Paul shouted exasperated. "And those people are not only upset at their government, they are upset at us for propping up that puppet dictator for all those years." (backed-up by a "No" vote for invading Iraq, occupying Afghanistan and exorbitant defense appropriations)
"It used to be that conservatives were against foreign aid, well I'm still against foreign aid, for everybody." he said, "Foreign aid is taking money from poor people in a rich country and giving it to rich people in a poorer country." (backed-up by a notorious lone "No" vote on Haiti appropriations)
And for those that would call him an isolationist:
"There’s nothing wrong with what the founders talked about. They talked about having friendships and trade and getting along with people and staying out of the entangling alliance and the internal affairs of foreign nations when it’s none of our business." (backed-up by his speeches on the House floor)
Those voters in Texas' 14th District, that continue to re-elect Ron Paul, truly understand historical geopolitical dichotomies and why it's best to "butt-out", but trade freely. As Dr. Paul put it, "Because all the problems are there because the people don’t like us propping up their dictators no more than we would like it if a foreign country came in here and propped up a dictator in our country."
And he called-out those neocons in attendance, "I am sure that half the people in this room won’t cut one penny on the military, and the military is not equated to defense, defense spending is one thing, military spending is what Eisenhower called the “military industrial complex” and we have to go after that."
But he really sticks his neck out there when he shatters the false left/right paradigm when he says, "Guess who does the bailing out? The Federal Reserve used $4 billion to pass out without congressional approval...audit them and find out who their buddies are that they’re taking care of." (backed-up by his "audit the Fed" Bill)
<Pause for exceptionally rowdy "END THE FED" chant>
"The Federal Reserve creates money out of thin air, they can loan to banks, central banks of the world, to other governments and international financial institutions and we’re not even allowed to know...that’s why the bill to audit the Fed is the first step to ending the Federal Reserve."
"But the Federal Reserve will end itself because they will destroy the dollar, since the Fed came into existence since 1913, they’ve eliminated 98% of the value of the 1913 dollar."
When he delivers a speech like he did on Friday night, thumbing his nose at literal despots, he is consciously risking his life. Putting his neck on the line to spread "Brushfires of Freedom". But Dr. Paul, like few others, understands what Thomas Jefferson meant when he said "the tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of Patriots and tyrants from time to time."
Congressman Paul says, "I do know that the effort is worthwhile and I do know that you can have a lot of fun defending liberty, and believe me, if you understand liberty and realize it’s the only humanitarian system existed ever on mankind, I’ll tell you what, if you learn about it study and know free market economics and fight for this, I can guarantee you, you will sleep better at night."
So, like millions of others, I am compelled to not allow this man to stand alone for freedom and prosperity. His passage from The Revolution rings in my head,
Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it’s realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy. -- Ron Paul
For more information about Ron Paul and the rEVOLution: http://www.campaignforliberty.com