Ron Paul stood on the floor of the House making his impassioned and principled speech and proposed a bill that he KNOWS will not be passed through into law. As you say, legislative victories are not the only way to create change. In fact as I see it, legislative victories are a good measure of how insidious and corrupt a politician is. How much has this congressmen been influenced by lobbyists?
I was speaking with a pilot friend of mine the other day and he said that the pilots union is using this video in a message to all the pilots who are members. The pilots are being told under no circumstances should they go through a scanner or be humiliated in front of the long line of customers as their junk is touched. This video has generated over 250,000 views on youtube.
In this Bloomberg article, a poll taken on Dec 4-7 shows that the 39 percent of Americans want to see more oversight of the Fed and 16 percent want to see it abolished outright (I'm in that 16 percent).
My point is this: two or four years ago nobody was talking about the Federal Reserve. Since Ron Paul's book "End the Fed" debuted at number six on the New York Times Bestsellers list, awareness of our dubious and secret central bank has bloomed, as has the likelihood of real change. In fact, as it states in the Bloomberg piece, "Ron Paul was picked to head the House Financial Services subcommittee that oversees the central bank." Very good.
Ron Paul has gotten very little legislation passed through both houses over his terms as a congressman. But to me, those tiny numbers say there is at least one Statesman who is able to resist the powerful pull of lobbyists.
Can you think of a legislator with copious "notches on their bedpost" who you see as having helped us?