Ron Paul: the only sane man in Congress

27 Jun

Last Friday, the House of Hyenas Representatives passed HR 560, a resolution authored by Rep. Howard Berman (D–CA) and Rep. Mike Pence (R–IN) which condemns the Iranian government for its recent actions. The bill passed with a 405-1 vote, with the lone dissenting voice of Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX). Here is the text of his excellent House floor speech:

I rise in reluctant opposition to H Res 560, which condemns the Iranian government for its recent actions during the unrest in that country. While I never condone violence, much less the violence that governments are only too willing to mete out to their own citizens, I am always very cautious about “condemning” the actions of governments overseas. As an elected member of the United States House of Representatives, I have always questioned our constitutional authority to sit in judgment of the actions of foreign governments of which we are not representatives. I have always hesitated when my colleagues rush to pronounce final judgment on events thousands of miles away about which we know very little. And we know very little beyond limited press reports about what is happening in Iran.

Of course I do not support attempts by foreign governments to suppress the democratic aspirations of their people, but when is the last time we condemned Saudi Arabia or Egypt or the many other countries where unlike in Iran there is no opportunity to exercise any substantial vote on political leadership? It seems our criticism is selective and applied when there are political points to be made. I have admired President Obama’s cautious approach to the situation in Iran and I would have preferred that we in the House had acted similarly.

I adhere to the foreign policy of our Founders, who advised that we not interfere in the internal affairs of countries overseas. I believe that is the best policy for the United States, for our national security and for our prosperity. I urge my colleagues to reject this and all similar meddling resolutions.

The courage of Ron Paul, who has been the lone no vote on many stupid and unconstitutional bills, is exemplary. We should not be meddling in the internal affairs of other nations. Coming from the U.S. government, a government that supports and subsidizes opressive regimes, supresses liberty here at home, and polices the world with the biggest empire the world has ever known, it falls on deaf ears.

Thank you, Dr. Paul, for this bit of rare sanity from the District of Corruption.


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