Nothing New Under the Son

Here’s how Pete Kasperowicz of The Hill briefly describes Rep. Ron Paul’s “farewell speech” to the House today in recognition of his impending retirement:

Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) delivered a blistering farewell speech on the House floor Wednesday in which he ripped the drastic tilt of the U.S. toward expanded government, a devalued currency, persistent wars and the constant erosion of personal freedoms….

Paul said the five greatest threats faced by Americans today are the undermining of liberty by the government, anti-Americanism around the world, going to war without a declaration from Congress, the financial crisis caused by trillions of dollars in government debt and a “world government” eroding U.S. sovereignty.

In other words, he delivered pretty much the same speech he’s been making for twenty-three years. And Paul would probably agree, since he admitted today that he really hadn’t accomplished a lot in all those years of playing Cassandra and voting against bills all his colleagues supported.

I have to say, I’m not going to miss Paul’s tirades. And I fear that is literally true, because he conspired with the voters of Kentucky to ensure that we’ll have at least a few more years of Paulite thunder in Congress.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.