Much has been written about Congressman Paul's Farewell Address given on the House floor last week. The speech truly was an historic one - certainly more attention was paid to it than to any other retiring Congressman's farewell in recent history - and there's no doubt many will feel inspired to get involved in the liberty movement because of it.
But for this writer, there was one speech given by Representative Paul that truly changed my life's direction and challenged me to get involved in practical politics rather than pursue a career in academia.
"In the Name of Patriotism" or "Who are the Patriots?" was a speech that Dr. Paul delivered over five years ago, while I was still in college. In it, the Congressman debunked the "pretended patriotism" of the neoconservative public policy controlling the country after 9/11.
He closed by challenging Americans to get involved...
Resistance to illegal and unconstitutional usurpation of our rights is required. Each of us must choose which course of action we should take—education, conventional political action, or even peaceful civil disobedience, to bring about the necessary changes.
But let it not be said that we did nothing.
I chose to get involved through conventional political action with Campaign for Liberty, and I haven't regretted it for a second.
C4L has done more in just over four years to change the political discussion than think-tanks could have hoped to accomplish after decades of publishing white papers.
Guiding Audit the Fed through the House of Representatives this past Congress was only our first major victory. If we can't get it through Harry Reid's Senate this Congress, then we'll be back in the 113th with even more Americans having rallied to our cause!
We will tirelessly push for full repeal of unconstitutional acts like the so-called "Patriot" Act, FISA Amendments Act, indefinite detention under the NDAA, Real ID, ObamaCare, the TSA, and many more!
I do it because those of us who are aware of the constant violations of our natural rights as Americans have a duty to speak out and to take action.
I hope you feel that way, too.
Tags: Ron Paul, Campaign for Liberty, Patriotism