Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Happy Birthday, Dr. Freedom!

-Lew Rockwell
Today is Ron Paul’s 79th birthday. This great man used to be known in Congress as Dr. No for his opposition to the statist, warmongering, Keynesian legislation that he fought. But he really deserves the title Dr. Freedom for all the positive work he has done for our ideas, continues to do, and will do in the future. People all over the world look to him as Dr. Libertarian, and he is that, too. He is, of course, unique in American political history for his principles and steadfastness. He’s also a great physician and athlete, a leader by example and family patriarch. He is Dr. Peace, a man who chose medicine as a profession so he could never be forced–in those days of the draft–to carry a rifle and shoot people on orders of the government. Indeed, he is the champion of all the ideas that undergird civilization: freedom, peace, and private property, and learned teacher of Austrian economics, too. He is a man of faith, who worships the Prince of Peace. What an honor to know him. What an honor to acclaim him.

-Justin Raimondo
Ron Paul is 79 today

Libertarians owe him a great debt, one which can never be repaid. Without him, it’s more than likely that our movement would’ve either gone off the rails, succumbing to opportunism of the worst sort, or else slipped into obscurity, never to be seen or heard from again. Thanks to him,  neither of those dreadful scenarios occurred.

What happened instead was the almost miraculous growth and development of libertarianism into a viable national movement, with “mainstream” media forced to sit up and take notice. Now we are told we may be approaching the “libertarian moment” — by the New York Times, no less! — and 90 percent of the credit (maybe more!) goes to Ron  and the movement he inspired.