In case anyone still cares about U.S. politics, Texas' longtime legislator and three-time presidential candidate Ron Paul gave his farewell speech to Congress yesterday, as he prepares for retirement at the end of this year. Having spent 23 years of his life on the floor of the House of Representatives, the congressman had quite a bit of things to say and questions to raise (and rightfully so!) during his 48-minute long speech, the highlights of which have been summarized into a list article by The Atlantic. Some of the memorable questions included:
- Why is the TSA permitted to abuse the rights of any American traveling by air?
- Why haven't we given up on the drug war since it's an obvious failure and violates the people's rights?
- Why does changing the party in power never change policy?
- Why do so many in the government and the federal officials believe that creating money out of thin air creates wealth?
- Why should anyone be surprised that Congress has no credibility, since there's such a disconnect between what politicians say and what they do?