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Ron Paul’s Farewell Speech Streaming Now

Watch it here [1] at C-SPAN.

Read Jim Antle’s latest article [2] from the print mag about the Texas congressman’s legacy, and his column [3] from today on the libertarian swing vote in last week’s presidential election. An excerpt from the former:

A decade ago, only seven Republican members of Congress voted against the Iraq War—six congressmen and one senator. The number of conservative legislators who opposed the war was even smaller still, the redoubtable trio of Jimmy Duncan, John Hostettler, and Paul. …

What began as an academic exercise became a real movement. Paul’s is the only flavor of conservatism that currently appeals to millennials and other young voters. In Iowa, he finished 35 points ahead of Romney among voters aged 17 to 29. In New Hampshire, Paul won more voters between the ages of 18 and 24 than Romney, Rick Santorum, New Gingrich, and Rick Perry combined. …

When Ron Paul’s remarkable congressional career comes to a conclusion, he can return to Texas with the satisfaction of knowing that his educational mission revived an honorable political tradition: an American conservatism dedicating to conserving, not destroying.

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#1 Comment By PMMDJ On November 14, 2012 @ 2:54 pm

“Paul’s is the only flavor of conservatism that currently appeals to millennials and other young voters.”

There is no evidence that Paul’s followers ever existed outside of a fringe minority. And no evidence that it is in any way more attractive to younger voters.

#2 Comment By Kristopher S. Pierce On November 14, 2012 @ 4:56 pm

Although I am not a libertarian, I think that Ron Paul’s stand against the Iraq War was heroic.

I voted for George W. Bush in 2004. It was my very first presidential election. I was on board with the whole thing because, honestly, I never thought about it much. I figured that because Bush was a social conservative and a Christian man, he and his administration would not take us into an unjust war. Of course, I was very naive in thinking this way.

Later, when I began attending college, I began to re-think what I’d always thought about the War on Terror. I watched a video of Ron Paul addressing Congress before we went into Iraq. It was instrumental in helping me form a view of foreign policy that is more restrained and “conservative”. Paul argued that the Iraq War could not be called a “just war” based on the Christian Just War Theory.

I had never heard of Republicans who were opposed to our interventions and invasions in the Middle East. It was refreshing.

I am twenty-seven now. I am still a social conservative. But I am grateful for Ron Paul’s consistency on this issue. And I am praying that the Reoublican Party(which I am still registered with) will learn the lessons of the Bush administration.

#3 Comment By Jake Lukas On November 14, 2012 @ 6:33 pm

For those who missed it, a recorded version may now be found [4].

#4 Comment By Clint On November 14, 2012 @ 6:42 pm

“Dr.Ron Paul drew 46 percent of under-30 voters in New Hampshire, beating front-runner Mitt Romney by a full 20 percentage points in that age group. In Iowa, he got 48 percent of the youth vote, 12 points higher than top-two-finishers Romney and Rick Santorum combined. Ron Paul once again won the youth vote in South Carolina, winning 31% of ages 18-29 “

#5 Comment By Obadiah On November 17, 2012 @ 10:06 am

The Modern Whigs actually identified an independent candidate for President who is ever bit as committed to the Constitution as Ron Paul and who beat President Obama in a web-based poll by 72.1%. [5]