August 16th, 2012
(RonPaul2012) - Many have enjoyed and shared Juan Williams excellent column today at The Hillabout Ron Paul’s influence and legacy. Two highlights from Williams about how Dr. Paul has changed the debate:
But Paul is a persistent politician.
Before the House adjourned for the August recess, Paul won a vote to have an audit of the Federal Reserve.
(T)hat was a revolutionary act against Wall Street, the nation’s banking establishment and the Washington politicians they bankroll.
Every House Republican, except for one, voted for the bill. Eighty-nine Democrats broke with their party’s leadership and voted for it.
Paul has long argued that the Federal Reserve’s role in monetary policy is at the heart of the nation’s economic problems.
He made this a central part of his presidential campaign in 2008, and in 2012. He even authored a book called “End the Fed” in 2009…
Just as he took on the powers at the Federal Reserve, Paul has taken on the powerful and the rich who support unquestioned spending on the military budget.
Cutting the Pentagon’s budget was once dismissed as a lunacy by the political establishment, and especially Republicans. But it has become an increasingly popular position in Congress during Paul’s tenure.
A July survey from the Center for Public Integrity revealed that 80 percent of voters in congressional districts represented by Democrats favor lowering defense spending.
And in a tribute to the power of Ron Paul, 74 percent of voters in districts with Republican representatives now also say they want to lower the defense budget.
Paul’s colleagues in the House are reflecting this new attitude about defense spending. In a surprise move, the GOP-controlled House passed a defense appropriations bill in July that contained an amendment to reduce the military budget by $1.1 billion.
The amendment passed by a substantial majority, 247-167. Eighty-nine Republicans joined 158 Democrats voting in favor of it.
One of the amendment’s authors, Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), even credits Paul with helping to shift the debate so that the amendment could be passed.
As he leaves the political scene, there is no doubt that cranky Ron Paul has made his mark on American politics.
We will be living in the age of Ron Paul for many years to come.
Indeed, we will Mr. Williams. How significantly Ron Paul has changed the debate on just issues like the Fed and Pentagon spending is really something to behold. But these two issues are only the beginning.
The rEVOLution Ron Paul started has only begun.
Source: Ron Paul 2012