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Ralph Waldo Emerson
A Wise Consistency
February 11, 2004    2004 Ron Paul 2:1
A wise consistency is the foundation of a free society. Yet everyone knows, or thinks they know, that consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds. How many times has Ralph Waldo Emerson been quoted to belittle a consistent philosophy defending freedom? Even on this floor I have been rebuked by colleagues with this quote, for pointing out the shortcomings of Congress in not consistently and precisely following our oath to uphold the Constitution.

Texas Straight Talk


Ralph Waldo Emerson
A Wise Consistency for Liberty
16 February 2004    Texas Straight Talk 16 February 2004 verse 4 ... Cached
Those who reject principle in favor of expediency often cite the famous quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: ďA foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.Ē My own colleagues have rebuked me with this quote for my refusal to vote for some seemingly innocuous yet unconstitutional bill. But Emerson didnít criticize consistency, he criticized foolish consistency. A wise consistency is the foundation of free society.

Texas Straight Talk from 20 December 1996 to 23 June 2008 (573 editions) are included in this Concordance. Texas Straight Talk after 23 June 2008 is in blog form on Rep. Paul’s Congressional website and is not included in this Concordance.

Remember, not everything in the concordance is Ron Paul’s words. Some things he quoted, and he added some newspaper and magazine articles to the Congressional Record. Check the original speech to see.



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