Here’s Some New Year’s Resolutions For Congress

Republican Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) will be retiring and with that retirement he has a few suggestions for New Year’s resolutions for his colleagues in the new Congress to consider.

“For the sake of liberty, peace, and prosperity I certainly hope more members of Congress consider the strict libertarian constitutional approach to government in 2013,” Paul wrote in what is presumably his last “Texas Straight Talk” article.

Paul urged the new Congress to read Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights before they take their oath of office. He wrote that, “Most legislation violates key provisions of the Constitution in very basic ways, and if members can’t bring themselves to say no in the face of pressure from special interests, they have broken trust with their constituents and violated their oaths.”

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Congress does not exist to serve special interests, it exists to protect the rule of law,” he wrote.

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Congressman Paul also urged his colleagues to end unconstitutional wars overseas, to stop the drone strikes, covert activities and medling in the internal affairs of other nations. “Strive to observe “good faith and justice towards all Nations” as George Washington admonished. We are only making more enemies, wasting lives, and bankrupting ourselves with the neoconservative, interventionist mindset that endorses pre-emptive war that now dominates both parties,” he wrote.

He called for all foreign aid to end because it is “blatantly unconstitutional.” Paul points out that, “While it may be a relatively small part of our federal budget, for many countries it is a large part of theirs–and it creates perverse incentives for both our friends and enemies. There is no way members of Congress can know or understand the political, economic, legal, and social realities in the many nations to which they send taxpayer dollars.”

He also wrote that Congress needs to stop accumulating more debt, which is monetized by the Federal Reserve and said this was the “true threat to our national security.” Again, he called for revisiting the parameters of Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution.

In a final barrage of resolutions, Paul stated that Congress should:

  • Resolve to respect personal liberty and free markets.
  • Learn more about the free market and how it regulates commerce and produces greater prosperity better than any legislation or regulation.
  • Understand that economic freedom IS freedom.
  • Resolve not to get in the way of voluntary contracts between consenting adults.
  • Stop bailing out failed yet politically connected companies and industries.
  • Stop forcing people to engage in commerce when they don’t want to, and stop prohibiting them from buying and selling when they do want to.
  • Stop trying to legislate your ideas of fairness.
  • Protect property rights.
  • Protect the individual.

While there are other resolutions he would like to see the 2013 Congress adopt, he said above all he would like them to respect the Constitution and their oath of office should be at the core of everything they do while serving as representatives of the people.

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