Retired Representative Ron Paul Continues Revolution By Building An Army

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Former Representative Ron Paul is arguably the leading proponent of liberty and pure Constitutionalism to have walked the halls of Congress in the past several decades. And though many of his supporters were pained to hear him announce his retirement from the Legislature, the bastion of liberty continues to build a legacy that has the potential to shape American politics for decades to come.

At the ripe age of 77, Paul has managed to do something most politicians can only dream of by building a relationship with America’s youth — mostly because the ideas he espouses are popular with the Nation’s younger set, despite having their roots in centuries-old political doctrine.

And unlike many of his Congressional contemporaries, Paul never seemed to have a problem with younger or more socially liberal Americans gaining footing within the Republican Party (likely because of his own libertarian makings). Instead of supporting a conservative ideal that flourished in the late 1980s and died with the Presidency of George W. Bush, like many other members of the GOP did, the former Representative set his sights on popularizing agendas that politics can actually have a hand in shaping. They are: sound fiscal policy, being the Nation the Founders envisioned and following the rules laid forth in the Constitution first and foremost.

Paul has now made clear that he intends to keep his Constitutionalist movement alive and healthy by doing everything he can to get his message out to generations of younger Americans. Recently, he announced that he would offer an alternative home-school curriculum focused on providing an education in liberty.

On Wednesday, the former Congressman unveiled his latest undertaking: a new think tank called the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity. With the help of advisory and academic board members who have made notable contributions to the small-government movement, the organization will examine key political issues and give examples of how its members believe the United States could achieve better prosperity in the future.

Another aspect of the institute will be a Congressional grading system that ranks lawmakers by their support for peace and opposition to governmental tyranny on its website.

Paul writes in an introductory post on the think tank site: “As we see each new administration, regardless of claimed ideological or political differences, pursuing the same destructive policies abroad and trampling our civil liberties at home, we must now face the key issues of our time. The issues of war or peace, republic or empire, liberty at home or the encroaching police state, can no longer be ignored. We find ourselves at the edge of a precipice, where it is obvious that the failed policies of the past cannot be repackaged under a new name to solve our crisis today.”

The organization will also provide news and analysis about pertinent issues, encouraging younger Americans to make editorial contributions:

The Institute places special emphasis on education and on the next generations, with a foreign policy summer school for university students studying international affairs and journalism.

It will aggressively promote student writing on foreign affairs on its website and will launch a student writing award program to recognize the best of college journalism.

As Paul continues his push to educate more Americans about the intrinsic value of liberty, a handful of Congressional Republicans — among them his son, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) — are pushing for changes that would make the GOP a Constitutional protector first and foremost. If the movement continues, major lasting political changes could be afoot.

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Sam Rolley

Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After covering community news and politics, Rolley took a position at Personal Liberty Media Group where could better hone his focus on his true passions: national politics and liberty issues. In his daily columns and reports, Rolley works to help readers understand which lies are perpetuated by the mainstream media and to stay on top of issues ignored by more conventional media outlets.

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    May God Bless & protect this man & his son, the only 2 with a clue in all of Washington!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Awo

      Yes America needs this…..

    • Jimmy

      Ron Paul not Rand Paul.

  • Dadwasright

    He is a good man to us all, we must be interested in his new project who knows what may developed to aid us in our fight for freedom.I have been writing letters from this site officials they ask for a what it is in relative to i have been using guns & weapons but receive no answers. I discovered if i right click, then left click to back up i found you can resend it more than once. I did so many times today trying many different but possibly related subjects perhaps,now after several weeks i can get a reply from Springfield Illinois.

  • Millie

    So he founds an institute for peace, and the headline says he’s building an army? Something’s a little off, there.

    • Jen

      Yep, kind of like a “Salvation Army” for the Constitution.

  • rb

    I am a Ron Paul fan. Please don’t mistake that. My first questions to Mr. Paul is simple. Is he funding any of this with the full pay “retirement” benefit he receives for having served in Congress or has he continued his unwaivering support of absolutely no excess spending by not accepting his full salary after retirement?

    • Nelson Diaz

      If anyone deserves that pay is Ron.

    • Right Brain Thinker

      Leave him alone, rb. All politicians are on the take and are hypocrites to one degree or another. I am not a Ron Paul fan, but if I were I would NOT hold him to the standard of perfection that you seem to demand here. He earned that retirement and virtually no one else is “giving back” part of it over ideology—-why should he? You would object if he used it to build the “army”?—-aren’t you on his side?.

      • identitee

        I think rb is referring to public statements Ron Paul made that he would NOT accept the congressional retirement. As far as I know, he hasn’t accepted it.

    • rich

      Actually he does NOT use the FREE health insurance the gov allows him and he BOUGHT his own retirement plan and does NOT plan on using the tax payer funded one he is allowed to , as a matter of fact he also RETURNED 100s of thousands of dollars of his PAY as a congressman to the US Treasury to pay down our national debt … no other politician I know has given back more than this man. …

  • mark

    Well, the Libertarian Army got % of the vote in the last election under Gary Johnson because Dr. Paul was too chicken to run himself . Maybe they can double their vote % in 2016. Whopeee! I’ve never seen people so happy about being so completely irrelevant.

  • vageorge

    If Ron Paul is building an “Army” Many I know would join. obama is already building his private Army to take over the citizens of our country. Why do you think the government is buying billions of hollow point ammunition? They are still adding more orders. It is at a point that it is really hard to even find a box of .22 bullets for small game and target practice.

  • Sarah417

    God bless you Ron Paul. If only. If only the Tea Partiers, the NRA and GOA and any and all conservatives formed a one-party alliance, we could beat the NWO Globalists at their own game. United we stand divided we fall.

  • Janet Alton

    Go ron paul you are a true patirot.Thank you for all you have done and continue to do.Lets get your son elected in 2016!!!!yea team

  • Right Brain Thinker

    YES! Fragment and further weaken the “conservative” movement. Do the dirty work of the plutocracy by destroying the only thing that stands in their way—the “government”—-shrink it and drown it in a bathtub and replace it with a corporate feudal state (which will order that the words “freedom” and “liberty” be torn out of all dictionaries).

    All you Ron Paul lovers need to take off the blinders. Even many of us that you mistakenly label “communists” like a fair amount of what he says and admire his honesty, but his ideas are “romantic”, and better suited to the America of 150 years ago than today. He, and those who support him, are dreamers and are being used.

  • Pamela Smith

    Google Obma and Bush face war crimes the same day the bombing happened a 6000 report came out from a truibunal and they found Obma and Bush and the administration as war criminals. This is big news because he is now not qualified to be our president. Maybe that is why Israel is coming. We need to get as many people to wake up.

  • EthanShays

    Ron Paul is a really nice person. I am so glad that he is on our side.

  • AZ-Ike

    I, too, respect Ron Paul for many, if not most, of his views and constitutional support. But, if he truly is keeping his constitutional movement alive, why did he (and Rand) refuse to address Obama’s unconstitutional usurpation of the presidency? Obama’s constant abuses of the Constitution rise to the level of high treason. In fact, all elected and appointed judiciary members of federal and state governments who took an oath to ‘support and defend’ the Constitution have ‘aided the Enemy’ (Article III, Section 3) and are equally quilty of treason.
    The Constitution is the supreme Law of the Land; the Rule of Law; the foundation upon which all law are to be based. People cannot ‘pick and choose’ which constitutional provisions they will follow and which they will ignore. It has to be ‘all or nothing’ unless amended by the People. Anything less, and the foundation crumbles–which is where we are today after a century of Progressivism.
    I wish someone would explain why I should support a self-declared constitutionalist who clearly doesn’t support the Constitution.