Congressman Ron Paul,(TX-14)
Born:August 20, 1935 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Spouse(s): Carolyn “Carol” Paul
Children :Ronald “Ronnie” , Jr., Lori Paul Pyeatt, Randal “Rand”, Robert, Joy Paul-LeBlanc
Residence :Lake Jackson, Texas
Alma mater:Gettysburg College (B.S.), Duke University School of Medicine (M.D.)
Profession: Physician, Politician
Political Career :
- 1974; Ron Paul ran for Congress in Texas’ 22nd District and lost to incumbent Robert R. Casey
- 1976; Paul ran and won in Special Election to fill the seat after it was vacated by Casey after he accepted an appointment from President Gerald Ford to head the Federal Maritime Commission. Paul lost some months later in the general election, to Democrat Robert Gammage, by fewer than 300votes (0.2%),
- 1978; In arematch against Gammage, Paul won and was reelected in 1980 and 1982.
- 1984; Paul chose to run for the U.S. Senate instead of re-election to the House, but lost the Republican primary to Phil Gramm
- 1988; Ron Paul ran President of the United statesdefeating American Indian activist Russell Means to win the Libertarian Party nomination.In the General Election, Paul placed third in the popular vote with 432,179votes (0.5%)
- 1996; Paul was re-elected to Congress after the toughest campaign race he had faced since the 1970’s and has retained the seat ever since
- 2008; Ron Paul ran again for President of the United States. This time he sought the Republican nomination but was handily defeated in most all primaries and caucuses by large margins.
With an appearance that give the impression of a mild mannered accountant, like Clark Kent entering a phone booth to change into Superman, when Ron Paul enters the halls of Congress he transforms into a strange visitor from another ideology who came to the House with powers and abilities far beyond mere mortal men. Well not really, but like Superman, he is belief in the power of freedom can and does surprise many.
Ron Paul is a self professed defender of freedom and the Constitution and from his voting record, you can see why. He has written more freedom oriented legislation than almost any member of Congress. In addition to proposing legislation that would abolish the Federal Reserve and the income tax, he has barred funding for national identification numbers, funding for federal teacher certification, International Criminal Court jurisdiction over the U.S. military, American participation in any U.N. global tax, and surveillance on peaceful First Amendment activities by citizens. Paul has even authored successful legislation that prevented eminent domain seizure of a church in New York, and a bill transferring ownership of the Lake Texana dam project from the federal government to Texas.
But that is just a drop in the bucket when it comes to Paul’s freedom and privatization based legislation. Much of his work has focused on restricting the power of the bureaucratic beast that is the federal government and correcting the flawed political process that politicians take advantage of. Over just the last three years alone, Ron Paul he voted against more than 700 bills that led to expanding government. Paul introduced a bill to repeal the 1973 War Powers Resolution, legislation to audit the Federal Reserve,
Paul introduced Sunlight Rule legislation, which requires lawmakers to take enough time to read bills before voting on them. He has proposed laws that would apply tax credits toward education, including credits for parental spending on public, private.
Other important legislation sponsored by Paul which further help to identify him as a freedom loving Libertarian-Republican include;
The We The People Act which forbids all federal courts from hearing cases on abortion, same-sex unions, sexual practices, and establishment of religion, unless such a case were a challenge to the Constitutionality of federal law thereby making federal court decisions on those subjects nonbinding as precedent in state courts, and forbidding federal courts from spending money to enforce their judgments.
The Sanctity of Life Act which would have defined human life and legal personhood (specifically, natural personhood) as beginning at conception, “without regard to race, sex, age, health, defect, or condition of dependency.”
And the American Freedom Agenda Act, which was a resolution which demanded that the Republican Party return to its traditional mistrust of concentrated government power and described itself as “a coalition established to restore checks and balances and civil liberties protections under assault by the executive branch.” It consisted of a ten point pledge which calls for: No military commissions except on the battlefield.
- No military commissions except on the battlefield.
- No evidence extracted by torture or coercion.
- No detaining citizens as unlawful enemy combatants.
- Restoring habeas corpus for suspected alien enemy combatants.
- Prohibiting warrantless spying by the National Security Agency in violation of law.
- Renouncing presidential signing statements.
- Ending secret government by invoking State Secrets Privilege.
- Stopping extraordinary rendition by the U.S.
- Stopping threats to prosecuting journalists under the Espionage Act of 1917.
- Ending the listing of individuals or organizations as terrorists based on secret evidence.
Beyond legislation, Paul is a strong and passionate spokesman for freedom and a proper foreign policy which prevents the United States from entering into what he considers unconstitutional foreign entangle.
It is this area where Paul has his toughest time with the G.O.P.
While running for President in 2008, during of the early Republican primary debates, Paul claimed that the United States, through its foreign entanglements, brought the events of 9/11 down upon itself, and essentially blaming the United States for the attack.
The remark left a bad taste in the mouths of many.
Nonetheless, Paul has some compelling and even attractive arguments for withdrawing the United States from the world stage. But many feel that such a withdrawal would only lead to an eventual chaos that will hurt us in the long run. Indeed, unlike Ron Paul, many believe that America’s foreign policy was simply used our foreign policy as an excuse for attacking us and short of meeting all their demands at home and abroad, the attacks of 9/11 would still have been carried out.
In general, Ron Paul is an asset to both the nation and the republican Party of which he is a member of. His fiscal responsibility, limited government, message rings true for many Americans and has in part been responsible for the ever growing Tax Enough Already, or as it is commonly called, the TEA Party movement. And even his foreign policy views have begun to make many people think twice. But most of all Ron Paul has become a modern day Paul Revere, whose word is meandering its way through the countryside and award us that liberty is under attack. And with the rise of the Obama regime, many are heeding that warning.
That is why Ron Paul must be considered as a serious potential candidate for President.
In the race for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, his voice will echo quite loudly on all issues, including foreign affairs. The more people hear of Ron Paul, the more some hera Ron Paul, the more they support him. He will probably not get enough support to win the nomination but he will influence the 2012 primary race and presidential election.
After Ron Paul runs and, drops out who he endorses could make all the difference in a tight nomination contest . Then again, he may not endorse anyone.
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- Ron Paul and Michelle Bachman: The fight for the Tea Party (veteran-patriot.com)
- Ron Paul’s big cash goal (via CNN Political Ticker) (techweev.com)
- Marijuana Bill In Congress: Barney Frank, Ron Paul Legislation Would End Federal Ban On Pot (lezrec29.wordpress.com)
- Ron Paul Calls the Fed a Crackhead (benzinga.com)