Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Granpa's Political Corner: Who is Ron Paul?

I find that it is difficult to get a clear understanding of Ron Paul. I can give you material from two sites. http://www.house.gov/paul/bio.shtml and http://www.ronpaul2008.com/about.

Ron Paul was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Penneylvania. He graduated from Gettysburg College and the Duke University School of Medicine. During the 1960s he served as Flight Surgeon in the U. S. Air Force. In 1968 Dr. Paul and his wife, Carol, moved to Texas. Dr. Paul was a specialist in obstetrice/gynecology and delivered more than 4000 babies. Dr. Paul and Carol reside in Lake Jackson, Texas and have five children and 17 grandchildren.

Dr. Paul served in Congress during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Representative Paul's limited-government ideals were not popular in Washington. During that time, Congressman Paulserved on the House Banking committee, where he was a strong advocate for sound monetary policy and an outspoken critic of the Federal Reserve's inflationary measures. He was an unwavering advocate of pro-life and pro-family values. Dr. Paul consistently voted to lower or abolish federal taxes, spending and regulation. He used his House seat to actively promote the return of government to its proper constitutional levels. In 1984, he voluntarily relinquished his House seat and returned to medical practice.

In 1997 Dr. Paul returned to Congress to represent the 14th congressional district of Texas. He presently serves on the House Committee on Financial Services and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. He continues to advocate a dramatic reduction in the size of the federal government and a return to constitutional principles.

The Ron Paul Freedom Principles.
Rights belong to individuals, not groups.
Property should be owned by people, not government.
All voluntary associations should be permissable--economic and social.
The government's monetary role is to maintain the integrity of the monetary unit, not
participate in fraud.
Government exists to protect liberty, not to redistribute wealth or to grant special
The lives and actions of people are their own responsibility, not the government's.

Brief overview of Congressman Paul's record.
He has never voted to raise taxes.
He has never votedfor an unbalanced budget.
He has never voted for a federal restriction on gun ownership.
He has never voted to raise congressionl 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 cingrssional 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.

While Congressman Paul is a man of principles and he sticks by them, for the life of me I can not find out what he actually proposes should he become President. I think the "media" wrote him off as a candidate and he has been sidelined. It would be helpful if we, the people, could know more about his positions.

Granpa Graham


Marty said...

I'll vote for anybody that's been in the presence of over 4,000 fahginas..

LG said...

I like Ron Paul.. however i cant imagine anyone else liking him. I am a fan of cutting back on Govt.

Marshall said...

i gotta ron paul sticker on my truck.. the things he would do would make eddie shmedder wimper like a baby.. but he would end the war.. Reinstate the Constitution.. Ron Paul 2008.

grizaham said...

YEah he seems like a good candidate and a good person.. And for these reasons he won't win. Damn!

LG said...

Cousin! Where have you been? I thought you went underground for hunting season! I need that email about the heifer program again!

Lizzy said...

I like Ron Paul too. My good friend, Bridget, her dad and R.P. have been friends for 25 years!

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Mike said...

Ron Paul sounds like the kind of man that we need. However since he is not in bed with special interest groups, he does not stand a chance. Wouldn't it be nice if we had real statesmen in lieu of politicians again? When the "have nots" break our system, we will have to start over again and we may again have statesmen.

Linzy said...

I felt sorry for him last night. FOX News should be taken off the air. Since when does a moderator of a debate get to put his two cents in. For those who don't know what I am talking about, that Brit Hume guy (a moderator) made fun of Ron Paul on the debates last night.. in front of everyone. Way to be FAIR and BALANCED FOX. Anyways, I like Ron Paul for the most part... He reminds me of Noam Chomsky..

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