Press Release from Ron Paul 2008
Washington, March 12 --
Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas)
announced and discussed his
candidacy for the Republican
nomination for president of the
United States this morning on C-SPAN’s
Washington Journal program.
Afterwards, paperwork was filed
with the Federal Election
“The American people now have a
real conservative in the race
for president they can support,”
stated Kent Snyder, chairman of
the Ron Paul 2008 committee. He
added, “Congressman Paul has a
long and consistent record of a
true conservative; a record we
are eager to put against any
candidate for the Republican
Congressman Ron Paul
Text of Video Address – Feb. 19, 2007
Thanks for joining me.
After serious consideration with
my family, and in response to many requests, I have agreed to
form a presidential exploratory committee, as a preliminary step
to becoming a candidate in the Republican primary for the 2008
My concerns for the future of
our country are deeply held. The Republican Party has floundered
in its effort to shrink the size of government and restore our
Instead, in recent years our
deficits have exploded, entitlements are out of control, and our
personal liberties are threatened. We have embarked on a
dangerous and expensive foreign policy, acting as the world's
policeman and nation builder.
Very simply, we no longer can
afford the extravagance of this ever growing and intrusive
government, both at home and abroad.
Last year alone our long-term
obligations increased by $4.6 trillion dollars. The problems
seem overwhelming, but in reality they are not complex. We only
need the will to go forward with the solution.
We have lost our way and strayed
from the free society our Founders secured for us in the
Constitution, but there's no reason the principles that made us
the greatest nation ever can't be restored.
We merely need to respect and
follow the rule of law – the U.S. Constitution – and elect
leaders determined to stand firm in its defense.
Liberty once again must become
more important to us than the desire for security and material
Personal safety and economic
prosperity can only come as the consequence of liberty. They
cannot be provided by an authoritarian government.
To expect government to take
care of us from cradle to grave undermines the principles of
Returning to the dark ages of
dictatorship is no substitute for resuming the most modern and
grandest experiment known to man – promoting human liberty by
strictly limiting the arbitrary power of government.
Political and economic
conditions today are at a crucial crossroads.
A financial crisis is looming,
and our foreign policy of empire building cannot last. Both
conditions threaten our prosperity, safety, and above all, our
liberties. The foundation for a police state has been put in
place, and it's urgent we mobilize resistance before it's too
But today's problems need not
lead to despair. Instead we must become energized, and use this
time of turmoil to offer the American people the solution found
in freedom in all that we do. We must reject the bureaucratic
management of our lives and the economy.
We stand on the threshold of a
true revolution of ideas. As the welfare/warfare state loses its
steam, we now see how the seeds of the freedom movement over the
past 40 years are starting to bear fruit.
A nation under great stress is
ripe for a change.
A major change in direction is
not a theoretical dream, but actually quite possible.
Central planning is
intellectually bankrupt – and it has bankrupted our country and
undermined our moral principles.
Respect for individual liberty
and dignity is the only answer to government force, force that
serves the politically and economically powerful.
Our planners and rulers are not
geniuses, but rather demagogues and would-be dictators--always
performing their tasks with a cover of humanitarian rhetoric.
The collapse of the Soviet
system came swiftly and dramatically, without a bloody conflict
– surprising many. It came as no surprise, however, to the
devotees of freedom who have understood for decades that
socialism was doomed to fail. Communism, like all socialism,
failed intellectually and failed practically.
And so too will the
welfare/warfare state fail, and then our cause will be heard.
The love of liberty will not die.
Opportunity is now at our
We need now only to mobilize the
army of true believers to present the case for the principles
that built America, and can make her great once again.
The American experiment over the
past 200+ years has provided us with the greatest amount of
personal freedom and subsequent wealth known in all of history.
Yet today, because of our
careless attitude toward freedom and the responsibilities it
requires, we face a crisis that everyone recognizes but few
A free society is based on the
key principle that the government, the president, the Congress,
the courts, and the bureaucrats are incapable of knowing what is
best for each and every one of us.
They don't know how to run the
economy, regulate our lives, or manage a world empire.
A government as a referee is
proper, but a government that uses arbitrary force to direct
every aspect of society threatens freedom.
Such governments have failed
thousands of times over the centuries.
The time has come for a modern
approach to achieving those values that all civilized societies
Only in a free society do
individuals have the best chance to seek virtue, strive for
excellence, improve their economic well-being, and achieve
personal happiness. It is only through this personal effort that
peace and freedom can be secured.
The worthy goals of civilization
can only be achieved by freedom loving individuals.
When government uses force,
liberty is sacrificed and the goals are lost.
It is freedom that is the source
of all creative energy.
If I am to be your president,
these are the goals I would seek.
I reject the notion that we need
a president to run our lives, plan the economy, or police the
Our goal always should be the
preservation of liberty. It is much more important to protect
individual liberty and privacy than to make government even more
secretive and powerful.
These goals are worth fighting
There is hope for America.
Please support me in these
Thanks for listening.
Source: Ron Paul 2008
Presidential Campaign Committee