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The Ron Paul Legacy

By Brian Doherty, Reason - January 14, 2013

Ron Paul is officially no longer a congressman. Gone from the Washington scene is his tendency to cast lone votes, his unique willingness to point out that government is inherently based on violence. Paul will continue to be a public spokesman for liberty"”about the only part of his job as congressman he liked anyway.

He leaves behind a contested legacy. As Paul's detractors will tediously point out, being one of 435 in Congress with views vastly different from your colleagues' means you will neither pass many laws, nor prevent many laws from being passed, nor shape the ethos of the House. Paul did, though, succeed in shifting "Audit the Fed" from an issue no one knew or cared about to a bill that has passed the House twice.

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