Ron Paul: Muhammad Ali Was a Man of Principle

Muhammad Ali, Ron Paul, War, Peace, Vietnam

June 6, 2016—Dr. Ron Paul used his latest Liberty Report segment to talk about the passing of the great boxer Muhammad Ali, and the most important fight he has ever won in life.

He started the video by saying:

“A lot of talk over the weekend about a famous boxer who just passed away, Muhammad Ali, [or] Cassius Clay, that’s the name I remember originally. I remember [it] very clearly, you know, when he switched over to Islam and became Muhammad Ali. But there’s a lot of rehashing about his greatest fights.

He was one of the greatest, if not the greatest boxer. I think he only lost five matches in his whole lifetime. So there’s a lot of emphasis in the build up, and the dramatic, and his antics before the fights, it was all promotional as far as I am concerned, you know, the way he did that. But anyway, we want to talk about him a little bit, [but about] a different aspect.

Everybody recognizes he was a good fighter and that’s what brought him to fame. But he had some other qualities that I want to talk about.

I remember just a few years ago, 2007 I believe, they were celebrating his birthday and his efforts to try to improve the conditions of people living in poverty. And I went down on the floor [of the House], because everybody was praising his social efforts as well as his fighting expertise so I went down and talked about his conflict with the US government when being drafted. And many people, I remember very clearly the statement he made when he would not be drafted. He said: ‘I ain’t got no quarrel with them Viet Cong. He never called me names and never hurt me!’ So, in a way, he almost, right there, spoke our [libertarian] foreign policy! No quarrel? He doesn’t need to go there!

But even earlier than when I gave that little talk on the House floor … I wrote a book called Liberty Defined, and there’s one chapter in there that I talk about civil disobedience. Which is something that, to me is very important, Martin Luther King, Jr. pushed it [too]. And I used Muhammad Ali [as an example of] a person practicing civil disobedience. And I even admit in the book that, I was no hero there. Because even though I recognized it, and maybe would do it someday, I chose another path to bring attention to it.”

To learn more about the greatest fight of Ali’s life, the reason why Dr. Paul believes the great late fighter was truly victorious in the end, and what else Paul wrote on one of the greatest fighters in American history, watch the full conversation below:

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