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25 March 1999
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Thursday, March 25, 1999
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Mr. PAUL. Mr. Speaker, today I rise and with gratitude to Edmund Burke and paraphrase words he first spoke 224 years ago this week. As it is presently true that to restore liberty and dignity to a nation so great and distracted as ours is indeed a significant undertaking. For, judging of what we are by what we ought to be, I have persuaded myself that this body might accept this reasonable proposition.
1999 Ron Paul 23:2
The proposition is peace. Not peace through the medium of war, not peace to be hunted through the labyrinth of intricate and endless negotiations; not peace to arise out of universal discord, fomented from principle, in all part of the earth; not peace to depend on juridical determination of perplexing questions, or the precise marking the shadowy boundaries of distant nations. It is simply peace, sought in its natural course and in it ordinary haunts.
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Let other nations always keep the idea of their sovereign
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For is it not the same virtue which would do the thing for us here in these United States? Do you imagine than that it is the Income Tax which pays our revenue? That it is the annual vote of the Ways and Means Committee, which provide us an army? Or that it is the Court Martial which inspires it with bravery and discipline? No! Surely, no! It is the private activity of citizens which gives government revenue, and it is the defense of our country that encourages young people to not only populate our army and navy but also has infused them with a patriotism without which our army will become a base rubble and our navy nothing but rotten timber.
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All this, I know well enough, will sound wild and chimerical to the profane herd of those vulgar and mechanical politicians who have no place among us: a sort of people who think that nothing exists but what is gross and material, and who, therefore, far from begin qualified to be directors of the great movement of this nation, are not fit to turn a wheel in the machinery of our government. But to men truly initiated and rightly taught, these ruling and master principles, which in the opinion of such men as I have mentioned have no substantial existence, are in truth everything. Magnanimity in politics is often the truest wisdom, and a great nation and little minds go ill together. If we are conscious of our situation, and work zealously to fill our places as becomes the history of this great institution, we ought to auspiciate all our public proceedings on Kosovo with the old warning of the Church, Sursum corda! We ought to elevate our minds to the greatness of that trust to which the order of Providence has called us. By adverting to the dignity of this high calling, our forefathers turned a savage wilderness into a glorious nation, and have made the most extensive and the only honorable conquests, not by bombing and
This chapter was inserted into the Extensions of Remarks section of the Congressional Record and was never actually delivered on the House floor. Ron Paul cites a speech made by Edmund Burke, 19 April 1774 which can be found at
1999 Ron Paul 23:2 Ungrammatical or the precise marking the shadowy boundaries of distant nations. probably should be or the precise marking of the shadowy boundaries of distant nations.
1999 Ron Paul 23:2 in all part of the earth probably should be plural: in all parts of the earth.
1999 Ron Paul 23:2 It is simply peace, sought in its natural course and in it ordinary haunts. probably should be It is simply peace, sought in its natural course and in its ordinary haunts.
1999 Ron Paul 23:4 Do you imagine than that it is the Income Tax which pays our revenue? probably should be Do you imagine then that it is the Income Tax which pays our revenue?