Ron Paul speech at Iowa Straw Poll

Posted: September 3, 2012 in Ron Paul speech

There’s a revolution going on in this country. And you’re in the fore-front of it, I’m delighted to have you here because nobody can stop this revolution. Our time has come.

I have in the past described what I think is important in a true revolution. One thing, I believe that the young people will respond if we have a true revolution going on and they’re involved and [we have] a lot of them right behind us here.

Also, another significant part of a revolution is music. If you don’t have the music, the spirit isn’t there. And when the music is original it is even more fantastic. I would like to thank Jordan for that wonderful song.

This country has shifted. I have witnessed our problems but when I staterd in the 1970s I sensed that the country was really embarking on the wrong track. And ever since the early 70s, I thought well we are going to end up with a financial crisis and overextended that nobody will ever have any idea how we got there. But I tell you what, by plotting along and inviting so many in to the understanding of our constitution and our traditions and how important liberty is, our movement is growing. Believe me, this country has shifted in the last four years.

Some in the media actually in a kidding way said “have you shifted to the mainstream” and I said “no way, the mainstream has shifted towards us. We are the mainstream!.”

You know there’s a couple issues that does distinguish our campaign and i know you know all of those but ill recite them once again. And those are certain issues that the other candidates, whether in this party or the other party, do not talk about. And that is, a renewal in a pro-American strong national defense foreign policy that makes sense!

I’ve studied the issue of war over many years. I was a draftee in the 1960s. I was in the military for 5 years. But this issue of war has always been a political winner, believe or not. The individual who knows how to propel and promote the cause of liberty and limited govt and peace, they generally are the winners in the campaign.

Let me give you a demonstration. I remember well in the first election that I was involved in. That was in 1952.  And that was Eisenhower. He was elected because he was sick and tired of that needless, undeclared UN war, the Korean war and he was elected to end that war.

So this whole idea that you have to be a liberal progressive democrat to be opposed to war is not wrong. Were proving the case that you can be a conservation libertarian constitutionalist and you can be strongly anti- illegal unconstitutional wars.

In 1968, Richard Nixon was elected. He was supposed to stop the Vietnam War, he didn’t do a very good job, but that was his job. He was supposed to. Took a few more years and tragically we still lost lives.

But even as recent as the year 2000, our candidate at that time was disgusted with the foreign policy of the previous administration before he was elected. And what did he say? We need a humble foreign policy. We need a non-interventionist foreign policy. We need to quit the nation building. And the people voted for him and they elected him. But we got more nation building than ever before and more war and more tragedy.

And low and behold we just had an election a couple of years ago and the opposite party the candidate became a symbolic peace candidate. So he runs and says were gonna end these wars and bring the troops home.  So he gets elected. And the strangest thing happened, immediately after he was elected, believe it not he won the Nobel Peace Prize. And what followed? The expansion of the wars, going into Libya and all of these other places. Now its very hard to even count how many countries were attacking with our bombs and our drone missiles and our CIA. Its way overblown. Its coming to an end. Good common sense should bring it to an end.  But it will come to an end because were flat out broke and that seems to me to be the most appropriate place to cut the spending immediately and bring our troops home!

I am thoroughly convinced that the philosophy of liberty if you apply it understand our traditions and understand our constitution it is the only way to achieve peace and prosperity, which should be our goal

Now there is another subject dear to our hearts because we understand it. We understand that counterfeiting is illegal and immoral. Its illegal and immoral for you to do it and you should be convicted of fraud and it’s a serous crime. Matter of fact, in the coinage act of 1792 they said counterfeiting, which is a national crime, the proper punishment for counterfeiting was death. That’s how serious they considered inflation. Who are the inflators now? What would ever happen if we applied the law to the inflators, the ones who are counterfeiting our money? And that is the reason that the solution is to end the fed.

You know, it might take us a year or two to end the fed, but one thing that we could do immediately we almost got it last year. We passed it in the house of representatives. Lets expose the fed. Lets audit the fed and know what theyre doing to us. We ended up getting a partial audit of the federal reserve and I guess nobody should be surprised in this crowd but we found out that the fed actually was dealing in about 15 trillion dollars in bailing out all their buddies whether it was Wall Street. Well It turned out that one third of that was going to foreign banks. I mean this is an outrage. And whether youre a conservative or a libertarian or a constitutionalist or a democrat a progressive or whatever. I think 90% of America say its time we know what theyre doing, they have no right to do this in secret.

The events will change things. Events sometimes drives the political activity. The wars will end. We will bring out troops home. I wish we would do it by just wise choices. And if elected that will be number one on the list is to bring the troops home. But eventually the troops will come home, hopefully not with a tragic financial crisis but that’s what we’re working for. Were printing money spending money deficits are exploding and no real resolutions in Washington. But most empires end for financial reasons. They destroy the currencies with a financial crisis. You would think we would have a memory of what just happened in 89. The Soviets went into this country called Afghanistan, overextended themselves, and they went bankrupt and their whole empire fell apart. So it will happen. Same way with the monetary issue. If we cant get the federal reserve out of the way theyre going to self-destruct because theyre working on a nonviable economic system. Paper money is never long lasting. Its lasted way longer than a lot of people expected. The world wide paper currency which is the dollar reserve standard has been around for 40 years and its on its last leg. So we better be prepared to have monetary reform and its not complicated. All we have to do is enforce the Constitution. No emitting bills of credit, which is paper money and only legal tender should be gold and silver. By limiting the production of money and the counterfeiting of money it limits the size of govt.  If theres unlimited printing of money theres unlimited govt and that’s what happened the past 40 years.: spending, deficits, intervention overseas, intervention here at home, endless entitlements. But its all coming to an end. This is what the financial crisis is telling, this is what the financial markets are telling us. It is ending, but right now were moving into the second phase of this economic crisis. We know about the financial crisis, we did everything wrong. We bailed out all the guys that were making a lot of money off it and dumped all of the bad debt on the American taxpayer. We are destroying the middle class and making it so they don’t even have their houses anymore.

So now is the time that we have to offer an alternative. The only problem is that many who have been in charge and many around the world know exactly what we know and theyre making their plans too. They would like to establish a new paper standard under the United Nations. We cannot allow that to happen.

So economic prosperity is intertwined with our foreign policy and our monetary policy. A lot of people ask, “What will you do on the first day to get jobs back in this country?” Well the first day, you have to announce the new policy and people would have to understand that that individual is very serious. It would change the tone of the country. It would shift and all of a sudden I believe that things would start to improve. But we do have to change the foreign policy, monetary policy, economic policy. We cannot believe in central economic planning through the federal reserve nor some bureaucrats and some politicians who think they know how your supposed to save your money.  It doesn’t work but its coming to an end. This is dangerous its serious but its also a wonderful opportunity. Its pointing out the failure. The failure of the Soviet system was clear evidence that it didn’t work and a lot of people have recognized this.  What were witnessing is the failure of the Keynesian model for economics of excess spending and printing press money and economic central planning. When we get rid of that system, what is left? Economic freedom, personal liberty, sound money, property rights, contract rights and peace because you have to stop spending the money overseas. This is a program that is clear and very certain that it can help and its not totally strange and new. It seems strange to us because we have drifted so far but it happens to be the philosophy of America, what made America great. If you follow the Constitution, that’s what you would have.  So we see this as a great opportunity, but were hoping for and I make no predictions. But I certainly hope we do well tonight matter of fact I hope we do very well tonight. That will send a powerful message, not for me personally, but for you and for what you stand for and what all Americans are coming are way for. It’s a statement of support and endorsement for the concept of liberty, the understanding how freedom works. Why have we become so frightened of freedom? People say if you don’t have all of this government, people will fall through the cracks. But what is happening now? More people than ever have been falling through the cracks. This is our opportunity to show how a free society and freedoms and sound money works. We are on the vanguard, we are leading the charge, the country is coming this way and lets hope and pray that this movement continues. I am very happy with this, its way beyond my wildest dreams. I could tell you what I thought would happen five or ten years ago. We are marching on, thank you very much!


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