Ron Paul for President in 2008
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 14th district
In office 1976-1977; 1979-1985; 1997-present
TAKE BACK OUR FREEDOM NOW!
Vote for Congressman RON PAUL for President in 2008 !!!
Let's have someone who supports the people & the US Constitution for a change!
Ronald Ernest "Ron" Paul (born 20 August 1935) is an American physician
and politician from the U.S. state of Texas. A Republican, he has represented
Texas's 14th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives since
1997, and had previously served as the representative from Texas's 22nd district
in 1976 and from 1979 to 1985.
In 1984, Paul ran in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate seat vacated
by John Tower, but the nomination went to Phil Gramm. Paul also supported term
limits for members of Congress at the time and likened himself to the famous
Senator Robert A. Taft. Paul was the Libertarian Party nominee for president
in the 1988 election. After his failed presidential bid, Paul returned to Congress
in 1997. He was again elected as a Republican, but against the wishes of the
party leadership, which had backed Paul's primary opponent. His opponent in
the primary was the incumbent representative, a former Democrat who had switched
his party affiliation to Republican in the aftermath of the 1994 Republican
Revolution. On 11 January 2007, Paul announced the formation of an exploratory
committee for a 2008 presidential campaign.
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Unlike many political candidates, Paul receives the overwhelming majority of
his campaign contributions (92.5% in 2004 and 96.8% in 2006) from individuals.
Paul professes a limited government, libertarian ideology. His regular votes
against almost all proposals for government spending, initiatives, or taxes,
and his frequent dissents in otherwise unanimous votes have irritated some of
his Republican colleagues and have earned him the nickname "Dr. No"
(an example being his dissenting vote in the No Child Left Behind Act where
he was one of three Representatives voting against it).
Congressman Paul advocates a strict non-interventionist foreign policy. He
voted against the Iraq War Resolution and continues to criticize the US presence
in Iraq, and what he charges is the use of the war on terror to curtail civil
liberties. He has also broken with his party by voting against the Patriot Act
in 2001 and again in 2005, and is very opposed to a military draft. He endorses
American withdrawal from the United Nations.
In a recent speech before the House of Representatives, Paul expressed his
concern about the possibility of an Iran War. He claimed that the current circumstances
with Iran are similar to those under which the Iraq War began, and urged Congress
not to authorize a war with Iran.
Ron Paul has taken some positions on foreign policy issues that some libertarians
do not agree with. He voted against the Central American Free Trade Agreement
(CAFTA), claiming that it increased the size of government, and has supported
border security and opposed illegal immigration.
Paul's economic views oppose nearly all government intervention in the market.
He supports the abolition of the income tax, most Cabinet departments and the
Federal Reserve. His opposition to the Federal Reserve is based on his belief
that instead of containing inflation, the Federal Reserve, in theory and in
practice, is responsible for causing inflation. Paul believes that in addition
to eroding the value of individual savings, this creation of inflation leads
to booms and busts in the economy. This economic theory is known as Austrian
Business Cycle Theory (ABCT). Thus Paul would say that government, via a central
bank (the Federal Reserve), is the primary cause of economic recessions and
depressions. He has stated in numerous speeches that most of his colleagues
in Congress are unwilling to abolish the central bank because it funds many
government activities. He says that to compensate for eliminating the "hidden
tax" of inflation, Congress and the president would instead have to raise
taxes or cut government services, either of which could be politically damaging
to their reputations. He also endorses defederalization of the healthcare system.
Paul's campaign slogan for 2004 was "The Taxpayers' Best Friend!".
John Berthoud, president of the National Taxpayers Union, an organization that
promotes lower tax rates, has said, "Ron Paul has always proven himself
to be a leader in the fight for taxpayer rights and fiscal responsibility...
No one can match his record on behalf of taxpayers." He is frequently considered
an advocate of small business. Jack Farris, president of the National Federation
of Independent Business, has said, "Congressman Ron Paul is a true friend
of small business....He is committed to a pro-small-business agenda of affordable
health insurance, lower taxes, tort reform, and the elimination of burdensome
Support for the gold standard
In many public speeches Paul has called for the re-introduction of the gold
standard, the effect of which would result in the United States Government making
large purchases of gold and issuing currency only to the extent of its ownership
of gold. Ron Paul supports the gold standard to prevent inflation.
He has also called for the removal of all taxes on gold transactions. In 2002
he proposed legislation abolishing the Federal Reserve Board, enabling "America
to return to the type of monetary system envisioned by our Nation's founders:
one where the value of money is consistent because it is tied to a commodity
such as gold." Paul's personal financial disclosures reveal extensive
private investments in gold and silver, through equities and warrants in companies
including Newmont, IAM Gold, Barrick Gold, Golden Star Resources, Golden Cycle
Gold Corp, Pan American Silver, Great Basin Gold, Eldorado Gold, Freeport McMoran
Gold & Copper, Apollo Gold Corp and Placer Dome.
He is also a supporter of the notion that Dollar hegemony has led to war and
may do so again. He says that if a petroleum producing state starts trading
in Petroeuro instead of Petrodollar the world's dollar reserves will shrink
and hurt the US economy. The US might seek to prevent such an action by going
to war, a scenario that Paul opposes and says could be prevented by a return
to backing the USD with gold.
Dr. Paul was Co-Sponsor of H.R. 2592, the States' Rights to Medical Marijuana
and is affirmative to the question "Should marijuana be a medical option?"
In 2005 he introduced H.R. 3037, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2005, "to
amend the Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp from the definition
of marijuana, and for other purposes". This bill would have given the states
the power to regulate farming of hemp. The measure would be a first since the
national prohibition of industrial hemp farming in the United States.
He believes that the Constitution does not give Congress the authority to ban
or regulate drugs in general.
Election law reform
As a former Libertarian Party candidate for President, Congressman Paul has
been a proponent of ballot access law reform, and spoken out on numerous election
law reform issues.
In 2004, he spoke out against efforts to abolish the Electoral College, stating
that such a reform would weaken the "voting power of pro-liberty states".
In 2003, he introduced H.R. 1941, the Voter Freedom Act of 2003, that would
have created fairer and uniform ballot access laws for independent and third
political party candidates in Congressional elections . He supported this bill
in a speech before Congress in 2004.
In 2003, he spoke out against the enacted law that appoints members of Congress
in the event of the death of several members due to an act of terrorism.
In 2002, he spoke before the Congress in opposition to campaign finance reforms
that place any restrictions on citizens and businesses making campaign contributions
to the candidate of their choice on First Amendment grounds.
Paul is pro-life. However, Paul believes that the United States Constitution
does not grant the federal government any authority to legalize or ban abortion.
He believes that abortion is "not a constitutional issue" and should
be a decision left to the legislatures of the states. He has also introduced
H.R. 1658 and H.R. 4379 that would prohibit the Supreme Court from ruling on
issues relating to abortion, birth control, the definition of marriage and homosexuality
and states that the court's precedent in these areas would no longer be binding.
He once said, "The best solution, of course, is not now available to us.
That would be a Supreme Court that recognizes that for all criminal laws, the
several states retain jurisdiction."
Congressman Paul adheres to the consistent life ethic, and therefore opposes
all forms of killing not done in self-defense. His pro-life views factor into
his support for non-interventionism, and are the reason he opposes capital punishment.
Paul introduced The Sanctity of Life Act of 2005, which would remove jurisdiction
of the Supreme Court in cases involving abortion laws in individual States.
This would effectively freeze the current law established by Roe v. Wade, and
would allow states to pass laws contrary to Roe v. Wade with little fear of
them being overturned through the Federal court system.
Same-sex marriage and adoption
Congressman Paul's position on gay marriage is that defining and recognizing
marriages is not a federal or constitutional matter, but should be left as the
States' right. In 1999 he voted for H.R. 2587 that banned gay couples adopting
children in the District of Columbia.
He voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment in 2004. In a 2004 speech before
Congress he expressed support for the Federal Defense of Marriage Act and expressed
his support for the Marriage Protection Act as an alternative to the FMA.
Internet and technology
In 2006, a "Technology voter guide" by CNET awarded Paul a score
of 80%, the highest score out of both houses of Congress. Paul has been criticized
for voting against legislation to help catch online child predators, one of
the votes used in the CNET guide. In response to critics, Paul said, "I
have a personal belief that the responsibility of raising kids, educating kids
and training kids is up to the parents and not the state. Once the state gets
involved, it becomes too arbitrary." He also believed that the proposed
law was unconstitutional.
Paul's supporters say he is willing to take unpopular positions in order to
defend what he regards as constitutional limited government.
He has been criticized at times for his voting record, being the only dissenting
vote against giving Pope John Paul II, Rosa Parks and Mother Teresa the Congressional
Gold Medal of Honor. According to Texas Monthly, "When he was criticized
for voting against the medal [for Parks], he chided his colleagues by challenging
them to personally contribute $100 to mint the medal. No one did, of course.
At the time, Paul observed, 'It's easier to be generous with other people's
In a speech on 25 June 2003, criticizing giving Tony Blair a Gold Medal of
Honor, Paul said, "These medals generally have been proposed to recognize
a life of service and leadership, and not for political reasons - as evidenced
by the overwhelming bipartisan support for awarding President Reagan, a Republican,
a gold medal. These awards normally go to deserving individuals, which is why
I have many times offered to contribute $100 of my own money, to be matched
by other members, to finance these medals." Texas Monthly awarded him the
"Bum Steer" award for voting against a congressional honor for cartoonist
He views the new American Community Survey questions as "both ludicrous
and insulting", viewing that the information is simply none of the government's
On January 22, 2007, Paul was the lone member out of 415 voting to oppose a
House measure to create a National Archives exhibit on slavery and Reconstruction.
2008 Presidential Campaign
On 11 January 2007, Paul filed papers to form an exploratory committee for
the 2008 presidential race. This will increase his fund raising opportunities
until his presumed eventual announcement.
The Associated Press reports:
Kent Snyder, the chairman of Paul's exploratory committee and a former staffer
on Paul's Libertarian campaign, said the congressman knows he's a long shot.
Snyder said Paul is running to win, not just to make a point or to try to ensure
that his issues are addressed. Paul is expected to formally announce his bid
in the next week or two, Snyder said. Snyder said Paul and his supporters are
not intimidated by the presence of nationally known and better-financed candidates,
such as Sen. John McCain of Arizona or former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts.
"This is going to be a grassroots American campaign," he said. "For
us, it's either going to happen at the grassroots level or it's not."
On 22 January 2007, Reason Magazine's Brian Doherty interviewed Paul about
his presidential bid. When asked about what issues he would emphasize, Paul
Everything I've talked about for 20 years! I think the biggest thing for Republican
primary voters is that most Republicans are turned off right now. They've had
a beating and are reassessing their values. They have to decide what they believe
in. The Republican Party has become about big government conservatism, and Republicans
need to hear the message they used to hear: that conservatives are supposed
to be for small government. Paul also indicated that his grassroots campaign
will attempt to take full advantage of the Internet.
NewsMax.com reported in January 2007 that many libertarians and conservatives
may be turning towards Paul because they are frustrated by their early option
in the 2008 front-runners.
Books by Ron Paul
Challenge to Liberty
The Case for Gold. ISBN 0-932790-31-3.
A Republic, If You Can Keep It
Mises and Austrian Economics: A Personal View. Auburn, AL: Ludwig von Mises
District and contact information
Texas's 14th congressional district stretches from the Gulf Coast in Galveston
and Chambers counties almost to Corpus Christi; north through Victoria; and
east through Jackson and Wharton counties toward Houston. It includes western
parts of Fort Bend county, then slopes south through Brazoria county.
Washington: 203 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515.
Phone Number: (202) 225-2831
Lake Jackson, Texas: 122 West Way, Suite 301, Lake Jackson, TX 77566.
Phone Number: (979) 285-0231
Victoria, Texas: 312 S Main Street, Suite 229, Victoria, TX 77901.
Phone Number: (361) 576-1231
Galveston, Texas: 601 25th Street, Suite 216, Galveston, TX 77550.
Phone Number: (409) 766-7013
In addition, Ron Paul's office runs a toll-free telephone line with a recorded
message updated weekly at (888) 322-1414.
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