Ron Paul: 2012 Presidential Profile

By | May 23, 2011

Personal Information

Ronald Ernest “Ron” Paul was born August 20, 1935 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Family
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.


Education

1957- Graduated from Gettysburg College
1961- Graduated from the Duke University School of Medicine

Religious Affiliation/Beliefs
Protestant
Opposes separation of Church and State

Military Career
1965- Drafted into the U.S. Air Force
1965 to 1967- Proudly served in the U.S. Air Force  as a flight surgeon

Civilian Career
Obstetrician/Gynecologist (OB/Gyn)- has delivered more than 4,000 babies

Political Career
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

Political Affiliations
Republican Liberty Caucus
Founder of Campaign For Liberty, an advocacy group

Political Committees
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.

Supports
Pro-Life
Pro-Family
Pro-Second Amendment
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
Sealed Border
Restricting Immigration
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

Opposes
Affirmative Action for any group
Amnesty
Death Penalty
Hate Crime Legislation
Energy Independence
ObamaCare
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
Minimum Wage
Flat Tax and Consumption Tax
Fairness Doctrine

Mentionable Quotes
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.

Though I do not exactly see eye-to-eye with Ron Paul on the issues I ABSOLUTELY respect him! He says what he means, and means what he says! This is a man of true character, whether you have the same beliefs, ideals and ideas he does or not! Maybe this is why he is so high up in the polls in this race for the presidency! People are sick and tired of the same old political games!

Honorable Mentions
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.
For me, this is the start of the official movement of the current Tea Party. No one person has organized it all. Ron Paul very well may have had many of the same ideas throughout the years, but to me, the actual call for the movement came from Mr. Santelli.

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Sources:
Ron Paul Official Website
OnTheIssues.org
Who2.com
Wikipedia.org

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0 thoughts on “Ron Paul: 2012 Presidential Profile

  1. Brent Highley

    There are, however, a few problems with Dr. Paul and his philosophies. The first and foremost being that, while I support the idea of no longer sending aid to our enemies, Dr. Paul wants to stop sending aid to our allies, including Israel! Which is no surprise since for many years he published his column in a magazine that denies the holocaust, with full knowledge of it’s content. He has garnered an incredible amount of support from neo-nazi and white supremacist organizations. He is also an unashamed “9-11 truther”, supporting the idea the George W. Bush allowed/arranged the September 11th attacks. Dr. Paul may stick to his guns, but when those guns include “Bush murdered 3000 Americans to start a war”, “Let Iran murder the people of Israel and just ignore it”, “The holocaust is a Zionist Myth”, and “The rest of the world can burn in hell and die, and all it’s oppressed people can just suck it up as long as america is OK”, then a reasonable person with decent values must reconsider their views on Dr. Paul.

    1. Fire

      well. Bush was behind it…. Paul would be president of America, not president of the world… We have our own problems here that are overwhelming us! We can’t afford to be in other countries helping them fight their wars. Now the holocaust being a myth… I’m sure that Paul is not that ignorant. The magazine denies the holocaust, not Paul. Your associating who did an interview with the interview itself.

    2. Fire

      And if you think Bush cares about 3000 Americans, sorry your living in a fantasy world. Bush doesn’t care. He never cared. He was a dirty alcoholic that could barely speak good English and got his way bought into office by his father so they could secure oil in other countries for the family fortune. That’s the name of the game, get into office: see how much you can do for yourself before you get impeached or 4 years are up. Sad. But True, don’t be naive. How do people still not understand this?

    3. Brenda Thomas

      Israel wants us to stop “supporting” them. In trade for our “support” we tell them what to do. The leader to Israel has requested that we let them fight their own battles. If you don’t believe me, just look it up.