Leader of the Liberty Movement, Ron Paul Officially Retires at 77 from Congress

By on January 3, 2013

by Ezra Van Auken

The 12-term Congressman and 3-time Presidential candidate from Texas, Ron Paul is now officially retired. Rep. Paul who started off his political career in 1976 has embodied the ideas of fiscal government, individual liberty, free markets and shrinkage of the military overseas. Starting early in his career, the Texas Congressman received little attention about his libertarian-style views and was viewed as being “out there” by pundits and common voters.

Since his first presidential run in 1988 under the Libertarian party, Rep. Paul has gained a heap of support from everyday Americans. In 2008, when Paul ran under the Republican Party, he sparked what is now known as the “Liberty movement” and got to the core of angered Americans who saw his ideas of less government and more personal liberty as the only sane possibility. After his loss in 2008, one thing was clear – this wasn’t about winning an election, it was about an intellectual revolution and restoring the message of liberty to the American people.

From 2008 to 2012, the Congressman rang in millions of supporters and donations, which gave him an enormous boost – one that many grassroots campaigns wish to see. The most amazing part about the entire campaign was that it was never about winning, it was about delivering a message to those who had not yet heard it: freedom.

Not only did the Republican Party cheat Ron Paul out of many winning states, but they also wouldn’t allow the retiring Congressman to speak at the National Convention. Despite all of the hardships, the Ron Paul Revolution is living on to this day and remains as a vital threat to special interests in D.C. as more and more inspired Americans become the change they want to see.

“There is only one kind of freedom and that’s individual liberty. Our lives come from our creator and our liberty comes from our creator. It has nothing to do with government granting it.” -Ron Paul

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  1. GoodBusiness

    January 3, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    All are invited to come join our Liberty and Freedom fight – this is one we can win for the time has arrived to just get it done. No more IRS no more Fed, No more Super Federal Central government – restores the States rights and powers – strips the DC folks of power and money. It is simple if we all work to get our State legislators to do the heavy lifting.


    • Steve Selvia

      January 4, 2013 at 10:02 am

      You couldn’t get your state legislators to do s**t for the freedoms of the people if it meant less of anything for them. It has become evident in just the last few days.

  2. Priscilla

    January 3, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Thank you for all your hard work and dedication,and for the awakening of everyone world wide.You have taught with such knowledge and principles.Your wisdom will live on for ever.

    The greatest Statesman of our time.”We The People” salute you Ron Paul

    • Steve Selvia

      January 4, 2013 at 10:04 am

      We the people have lost the best effort known to the modern person by not getting this man elected to the Presidency so sit back now and just wait as usual for the end to come.

  3. J. Lehel

    January 3, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    have a well deserved rest Dr. Paul!

  4. Priscilla

    January 3, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    now is the time to fight for your freedom, standup for your Liberty, defend the constitution, and restore America now

  5. Priscilla

    January 3, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Paul speaks of individual liberty and sound money.
    Paul speaks of less empire and more freedom.
    He is the Constitution in human form

    • Todd

      January 3, 2013 at 9:29 pm

      right on!!

    • Steve

      January 4, 2013 at 9:05 am

      and he will be sorely missed in Congress as the voice of reason….hopefully his message will echo on and on.

  6. carrie

    January 3, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    I’m a huge fan of Ron Paul, but I think he could attract more followers with the recognition that using “freedom” as a slogan dumbs down his message. Freedom is complicated. For those of us that are atheist. we also don’t believe in God’s law, and the idea that Ron Paul believes government should inhibit freedom by preventing a woman’s right to choose I think is his biggest failing. Otherwise, hats off to an inspirational figure.

    • Todd

      January 3, 2013 at 9:33 pm

      Ron Paul has never said he believes the federal government should inhibit a woman’s right to choose!! He has always said that it should be up to the states and just because his personal preference is against abortion he does not want the government to decide whether a woman can legally do it or not. that’s the whole premise of what he talks about!! there is too much government intervention in all areas of our life and they should get the hell out of it and stop trying to legislate morality!

    • Republicae

      January 4, 2013 at 8:05 am

      Personally, as a non-believer myself, I happen to believe that a fetus is a Genetically Specific Individual, it is not its mother’s body, it is an Individual with all the Rights of any other Individual, including that of the mother.

      • Cp

        January 5, 2013 at 1:33 pm

        And that is the conundrum. It’s not ‘controlling’ a woman’s body to some people. It’s protecting the rights of the human inside of her. Whether or not you believe that it IS a human, you can, at the very least, understand the dilemma.

        Dr. Paul didn’t spend much time on that one topic. His life was spent pushing for absolute freedom for all people. His son is the next best chance we have. Don’t let the looters of the system control the dialogue in 2016. Speak loud, speak often.

        Understanding the Pauls requires a certain amount of critical thinking. Help those poor in those skills to understand.

    • Patriot1

      January 13, 2013 at 2:10 pm

      Athiests are dumb-asses.

  7. Todd

    January 3, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    I’d just like to say thank you to Dr. Paul for opening my eyes up about a great many unjust things that are going on in this world today and have been going on for way too long, such as the central banking system!! Please continue to get the word of freedom out there Dr. Paul, you have many supporters who you’ve taught a great deal to and there are so many more minds out there that need to woken up out of their slumber and brought back into reality.

  8. Lori

    January 3, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    I love you Ron Paul. Thank you for educating me. You opened my eyes. The world is a better place because you were in it.

  9. Ron

    January 4, 2013 at 6:37 am

    What many people didn’t understand (thanks to the news media,both right and left) Ron wasn’t pro drug, pro abortion, anti Israel, etc. etc.
    He thought the federal govt. should stay out of it. FREEDOM! LIBERTY!

  10. Ron

    January 4, 2013 at 6:39 am

    Thank you Dr. Paul!

  11. Steve M

    January 4, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    It always seemed to me that Paul’s real job was running for President. He was always the first one in and the last one out of every campaign, collecting money the whole time from his fans, even when he had no chance. I predicted 2 years ago that this would be his last election. In 2016, Rand will take over the Paul money machine and run for President. He doesn’t want to win, of course. Neither did Ron. Otherwise he would have tried a whole lot harder. It is just the family business.

    • Tom P.

      January 5, 2013 at 3:06 pm

      He’s run three times over 30 years… And you’re right, the idea was not necessarily to win. The entire time, Ron Paul said that it was about making young people aware of the corrupt monetary system, the police state, and the empire the U.S. is building and maintaining overseas. Those who followed Paul’s campaign in 2012 know that he was the busiest candidate out of all of them. It’s not his fault the national media chose not to show him.

  12. nidia

    January 4, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    We love you ron paul. I truly hope you efforts are not in vain and we have more politicians who follow in your steps. America needs a strong person like yourself to get us back on track.
    god bless!

  13. Don

    January 4, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    What is Ron doing now? Will he run for president again? What’s the use, given our populace? People who can’t find God, who are prejudiced against common sense and older people. I’m afraid our days are numbered, by God, so my advice is find him. He is readily available through Jesus Christ.

  14. Greg

    January 4, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Bless you Ron Paul. You have served your country ans constitution well.You’ve been a great representative and started a great movement.Enjoy you’re retirement!

  15. Rick

    January 5, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    It’s sad that he’s leaving, but I’m optimistic that others will step up who will defend freedom like he has always done.

    With every shooting, or attack, or threat of attack, Americans become more and more scared, and the government becomes more and more powerful. And it doesn’t look like that’s going to change any time soon. The last thing cowards want is freedom when they’re feeling scared. I hope that someday people will realize that perfect security is impossible, and will stop giving up one freedom after another in a desperate, futile attempt to get it from the government. Ron Paul has been valiantly defending freedom in a culture of cowardice; that defense needs to keep on going especially when in a time when liberty is not a popular notion.

    • GoodBusiness

      January 5, 2013 at 3:44 pm

      let us make this happen in his memory – restore Liberty and Freedoms stolen . . . http://tinyurl.com/c2owkbu

      No more IRS – a Fed with no power or money – DC without power except Article I section 8 – we can get this done – parties be damned it is we the people.

  16. Alan Eoff

    January 5, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    I have to disagree to an extent. Freedom is about winning. Freedom should be more than an idea, it should be a way of life. People don’t give up their lives if they don’t have a desire to obtain what their goal is.

  17. Sawyer

    January 13, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Does anyone know the current address for Dr. Paul? I would like to write him a letter.

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