Ron Paul delivered his final speech on the House floor yesterday. I watched the video and read the transcript. I thought it had the same tone, scope and depth of George Washington’s farewell address in 1796. In fact, Paul is one of the few — if not the only — modern politician that can be aptly compared to the Founding Fathers. That’s not meant as flattery, that’s simply an objective statement of fact.
I respect Dr. Paul for many reasons but I think it’s his patience that I admire most. If I was him, at some point in the last 30 years I think I would have lost my damn composure, stood up at the podium and shouted “WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU MORONS?! I’M TRYING TO GIVE YOU BACK YOUR LIBERTY! DON’T YOU GET IT? WHY ARE YOU RESISTING?”
Then I would have tore my shirt off like the Hulk and run screaming into the woods where I’d have lived the rest of my days under the shelter of the foliage subsisting on grubs and wild berries, having given up on humanity all together.
But that’s probably why I’m never going to be a politician.
Paul, on the other hand, remained calm. Remained consistent. Remained thoughtful. Remained honest. Remained right. Remain principled. And that’s the point. So many people failed to understand that Ron Paul seemed “nutty” or “weird” to them simply because he had principles. It’s not the principles that were weird. It’s the fact that a politician had them that seemed weird.