Here is Ron Paul's Farewell Address to the U.S. House of Representatives. It presents a carefully constructed and well-reasoned minority viewpoint in Today's America, and consequently it is essential for all citizens to listen to it. I have regarded his philosophy about government as an ideal which is impractical and unachievable in a complex society like that of the USA. I believed that putting his ideas into practice, as exemplary as they are of an ideal society, could only result in the outcome he would hope for if most citizens approached ethical perfection and were well-educated. Since the white man's arrival on this continent we have never achieved anything close to that in our society-- though perhaps we came a little closer to the ideal among the ruling, propertied class in the 18th century. I therefore generally dismissed many of his ideas, though not all, as impractical. Now, with this speech, I am stunned to find that Paul himself recognizes that to achieve the society he would want requires a virtuous and moral people -- he is not so naive as I had assumed. And he tells us that that should be our goal. We should work toward becoming more virtuous and moral so that we can have our liberty back. Please listen to: http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/TXF ________________ note: I generally prefer the word "ethical" to "moral" because I am rather repelled by the hypocrisy of the religious right who have co-opted this otherwise perfectly good word, "moral".