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Check Out Ron Paul's Now-Extra Bittersweet Super Tuesday Speech in North Dakota


It's a good one. So it's even more of a heart-breaker to watch with the knowledge that Rick Santorum has won North Dakota lying heavy in your chest.

In 22-odd minutes, Paul trashes wars, spending and insults the Patriot Act (calling it the repeal of the Fourth Amendment Act). He even scorns the National Defense Authorization Act by name, as well as the Obama administration's claims that they can assassinate American citizens. Here, near this election cycle's final slide into status-quo-moderate-government-friendly-what-civil-liberties-violation? politics, is Paul at his best; less stammery and very passionate about actual, concrete problems that come directly from government.

Oh well.

Said Paul:

[T]rest of the candidates support the status quo. Foreign policies never change. Monetary policy doesn't change. There's no challenge to the Federal Reserve system. And most of all, there's no—no desire to protect personal liberty, personal privacy, protect us from the intrusiveness of the federal government, to protect your right to use—to use the Internet. 

These are the kinds of things that are so important to so many people. And, unfortunately, that is not offered. I believe it is the offering up of a program that—that emphasizes personal liberty, the Constitution, sound monetary policy, and a sensible foreign policy is the reason the momentum is building and the reason why we're getting such a great reception here in North Dakota. 

Paul made some good showings in several states and picked up three delegates in Virginia, bringing his total to 52; but he hasn't won any states. Maybe we can look to Mitt Romney for the explanation. The square-jawed former Governor said it best tonight in his pre-emptive victory speech in Massachusetts, "I want to congratulate Newt Gingrich on a good night in Georgia, and Rick Santorum on his good night, and Ron Paul for his steadfast commitment to our Constitution and his strong support almost everywhere you go."

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  1. One’s heart cannot be broken if one does not hope for the impossible, Lucy. It’s events like this which will increase your cynicism.

    1. I’m totally cynical and don’t vote, but the dude is technically a politician and is as successful as he is and yet he says things like this speech. That’s still weird! And nice! And eventually super depressing.

      1. You can’t be totally cynical, Lucy, because going FULL CYNICAL means nothing like this will ever get to you.

        But I’m sure you’ll get there in time, and we’ll be waiting for you.

        1. Bullshit, I am melancholy because this shows there is no fucking hope for this country. The asshats of left and right and mouth-breathing status quo rule, and dammit, I have not had enough to drink – yet.

          1. Five minute after the Constitution was ratified some asshole was seeking to circumvent it. Face it, as a species we are truly fucked.

            1. Hopefully, Iran can start WW3 and get this whole humanity bullshit over-with. I hate fucking going to work.

              1. there is nothing wrong with hate-fucks… oh. I agree.

  2. “slide into status-*que*-moderate-government-friendly politics”

  3. There is very little noble or impressive about giving up. It’s the easiest thing to do.

    I’d rather look dorky keeping the faith than try to look cool not giving a shit.

    The Liberty movement marches on!

  4. Fuck it, let’s all move to Keene!

  5. I had a Revolution PAC Ron Paul action figure which I found online. I think I was in love with it. But I broke it. I threw it down the air shaft so that I wouldn’t have to love it. I wanted to destroy it rather than let it be part of a world where beauty and genius and greatness have no chance!

  6. I only hope that he will be remembered well. This one man has done more for us than any other for a very long time. We are just to stupid to take what he offers. A very sad morning for me.

  7. If “these are the kinds of things that are so important to so many people”, then why didn’t Paul get enough votes to win a state? Paul tells his supporters the lies they want to hear, too.

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