Ron Paul: 2012 Presidential Profile
Ron Paul married his wife, Carol (Wells) in 1957. In 1968 they moved to to
Brazoria County, Texas where he began his OB/GYN medical practice. Ron
and Carol Paul live in Lake Jackson, Texas. They have five children and
seventeen grandchildren. One of Ron Pauls son’s- Rand- is a U.S. Senator
from Kentucky, elected in the 2010 election.
1957- Graduated from Gettysburg College
1961- Graduated from the Duke University School of Medicine
Opposes separation of Church and State
1965- Drafted into the U.S. Air Force
1965 to 1967- Proudly served in the U.S. Air Force as a flight surgeon
Obstetrician/Gynecologist (OB/Gyn)- has delivered more than 4,000 babies
1976- Won special election and served as congressman from Texas’s 22nd district
1977- Lost his seat in the general election
1978- Once again was elected to serve the people of Texas from the 2nnd district and served until 1985
1985- Returned to his medical practice after losing the 1984 Senate race.
1988-Was the Libertarian Party candidate for U.S. president
1996- Re-elected to Congress from Texas’s 14th district, rather than 22nd district, and was reelected five times from 1998-2006
This is his third time to run for President
Republican Liberty Caucus
Founder of Campaign For Liberty, an advocacy group
United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs
House Foreign Affairs Committee
Joint Economic Committee
Committee on Financial Services
Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy
On The Issues
From his official website:
He has never voted to raise taxes.
He has never voted for an unbalanced budget.
He has never voted for a federal restriction on gun ownership.
He has never voted to raise congressional pay.
He has never taken a government-paid junket.
He has never voted to increase the power of the executive branch.He voted against the Patriot Act.
He voted against regulating the Internet.
He voted against the Iraq war.He does not participate in the lucrative congressional pension program.
He returns a portion of his annual congressional office budget to the U.S. treasury every year.Congressman Paul introduces numerous pieces of substantive legislation each year, probably more than any single member of Congress.
Ron Paul earned the nickname “Dr. No” before the “new party of no” was even a thought on Capital Hill, due to how often he votes “No” against bills he believes violate the Constitution. Add that tot he fact he is an Medical Doctor, and voila! “Dr. No” he came to be!
He is seen as a Libertarian in his positions on most political issues, andquite frequently clashes with both Republicans and Democrats when addressing these issues.
Free trade system
Balanced Budget Amendment
Ending the Federal Reserve
English as the official language of The United States of America
As I’ve stated in another presidential profile, I do not know why this is even an issue! This is THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, NOT The United States of The World, The United States of Mexico, The United States of any other language. I do not understand why in the world everyone expects us to change our ways for them! I don’t see any other countries changing their national language to accommodate us! I ask Mexico- do you plan on making English an acceptable “official” language of your country? No? I rest my case!
Closing Department of Education, but not public schools
Encourages homeschooling & private schools with tax write-offs
Constitutional Amendment for school prayer
Tax incentives for US-based alternatives
Travel between the United States and Cuba
Dismantling government agencies that have no Constitutional role
Reducing the salary of Members of Congress
Abolishing Social Security, but not overnight
Getting rid of IRS, getting rid of taxes and getting rid of spending
Phasing out death tax
Abolish Federal welfare- leave it to the states
Affirmative Action for any group
Hate Crime Legislation
Government bailouts- voted “NO” on TARP, Stimulus Package and Automotive Bailout
ID for immigrants- says it will lead to National ID
National ID Card
Making Patriot Act Permanent
Flat Tax and Consumption Tax
There are a couple of quotes from Ron Paul that I would like to put my two cents worth to:
“Exceptionalism shouldn’t mean using force around the world. ” (Feb 2011)
The United States has acted as the “world police” for far too many years! I believe the last war we should have been involved in was World War II. I absolutely support freedom and liberty, but it is not our place to keep the world in line.
“We spend $1 trillion a year overseas; it’s needed at home.” (Sep 2008)
I am absolutely appalled at how much of our federal budget is sent to countries overseas, all the while we have just hit our debt ceiling. We are condemned world-wide for our fight for freedom, yet these very same people have absolutely no problem at all taking the money our government thrownsat them. We’ve come to a point in time where we must say enough is enough! You can’t have it both ways! We need to stop sending foreign countries financial aid IMMEDIATELY! We cannot pay our own bills… how in the world do we expect to be able to give “charity” to other countries? It’s absolutely asinine!
“Just about everything Congress does is unconstitutional.” (Jul 2009)
WOW! There are almost no words needed for this! So… if an actual member of Congress is saying this, why in the world do we keep sending the same people back year after year after year? America… we better wake up!Military Mentions
Ron Paul received most of his campaign contributions from the military. (Feb 2008)
This last quote comes not from Ron Paul himself, but from one of his colleagues.
“There are few people in public life who, through thick and thin, rain or shine, stick to their principles. Ron Paul is one of those few.”
This is one thing that sticks out above all other facts about Ron Paul for me. I do not agree with everything about him, but one thing is for certain- you KNOW without a doubt how he is going to vote on the issues! He sticks to his principles come hell or high water. You have to admire a man like that! His constituents know how he will vote on any given issue just by the man he is.
If more politicians were like this we might be able to get something accomplished in Washington! So often we elect our representatives based on what they say they will do, however, when they actually get to Washington they forget what they’ve said they will do! They allow themselves to be bought by the higest bidder amongst the lobbyists. All too often we do not hold them accountable, and keep putting the same people back in office.
December 2007- Broke fundraising records on the internet
Has never supported a tax increase
Has the most conservative voting record of any member of Congress since 1937
He is the first Representative in history to serve alongside a son or daughter in the Senate
He has been called the “intellectual godfather” of the Tea Party movement
This one I have to personally disagree with. I remember very plain and clear the day- February 19, 2009 on LIVE TV- CNBC’s Rick Santelli went on a rant for very near 3 minutes on the floor of the Chicago Stock Exchange in reponse to President Obama’s proposal of the $275 billion bailout plan and other excessive spending tactics. During this rant, which received many shouts andcomments of approval from traders on the floor with him, Mr. Santellisaid it was about time for a new “tea party”. He said the the founding fathers must be rolling over in their graves with what is going on in this country.