Primary Election 2012: Ron Paul GOP Maverick

If you have been watching the primary election debates, on TV or at YouTube, you may have noticed that it began quite well, then the negativity started – beginning with Mitt Romney listing off things against Newt Gingrich, who at the time was leading in the popularity polls. Newt and Ron remained cordial to each other and came right out with the main issue(s) that they disagreed upon, pointing out that the main thing they had in common was that the government requires extensive reform and must become limited according to constitutional law. About the third time there was a televised debate during a particular state primary campaign, the moderator asked Mitt Romney a direct question and he circumvented the question and began to immediately bring up Gingrich’s personal life concerning his first wife as well as when he was being investigated by Congress (who did not find him guilty) of an ethics charge. Then when the moderator asked him why he was being so negative when he had complained earlier that candidates should remain focused upon issues not destroying the character and/or popular opinion of opponents – he wailed that others were doing it to him in so many words. The other candidates only made one-line remarks only when Romney would go into a tangent about another candidate. 

The object of the whole primary election campaign is to see who is going to actually pull of reformation of our government and solve the problems of issues at hand – only being accomplished if: (1) the candidate beats the Obama Nation machine in November 2012 and, (2) if elected, they can get the present reluctant and inept Congress to accept the task at hand to make those reformations work.
This reformation would include a major change in how many departments are allowed to continue to exist, especially ObamaCare, sucking up tax dollars and it’s not even kick started yet. Get Congress to pass a no earmark bill and a bill that would finally put a leash on the lobby system so it works the way it was designed, et cetera.
Ron Paul take on the issues in bullet and numbered paragraphs of his quotes and congressional record i:
  • For 30 years Ron Paul has been for – limited government, free market, sound dollar, and constitutional principles. He not only talks about it, he has tried while serving in Congress to show his fellow congress men and women what will work to get America on the right track and lead other nations by example, not foreign aid. He does not put political party above principles and does not conform to the established elite within any party. He remains a member of the GOP because he sees potential in its reformation, just as he sees potential in the American People to unite and stand against the established elite who do not want to give up status quo and their power cliques in Washington.
  • Years before this economic mess started, Ron Paul was warning people that we must follow another path. Establishment Republicans, RINOs talk the talk, but whenever they had the opportunity for a majority in Congress and when rarely they succeeded, most spent more time appeasing the Democrats rather than stand up to them. They called it compromising. Somethings you can reach a “middle ground” – but when it comes to the Constitution of the United States and the rights and liberties of the American People – there is No compromising.
  • Ron Paul served in the military as a Flight Surgeon in the US Air Force and in the Air National Guard – so when he talks about the military or to those serving, he understands and relates, as well as knows we need a strong defense to protect what is ours and the American People, putting our national security first and reduce the spread of our military might across bases that total between 700 and 1,000.
  • Ron Paul has made a plan and has voiced this plan to reduce $1 trillion in honest spending cuts, not superficial during the first year of his presidency. He also plans to abolish five unconstitutional federal departments and, with the help of Congress, balance the federal budget by year three. Here is where his work will be cut out for him when I mention “with the help of Congress”. Other presidents, like Ronald Reagan wanted a limited government and get rid of the complicated, unfair and intrusive income tax system – but he did not have a Congress that would go all the way.
  • Ron Paul will begin to author legislation immediately when swearing into the office of President of the United States to repeal Roe v. Wade under the definition that life begins at the time of conception and removing judges who do not comply. This means there will be no taxpayer dollars that pays for unwanted infants. Over five million infants have been murdered since Roe v. Wade established that abortion was up to the woman. Those same women who state it is their body have forgotten that the infant in the womb is a living being. Abortion should be an exception to the rule for circumstances regarding mother’s health and in cases of rape and incest – not a free ride for irresponsible sex and certainly not at the taxpayer’s expense. The same women who claim it is their body and they can choose what to do with it are insisting on heavy taxation and anti-smoking laws against the freedom of choice for those that smoke. The smoker is penalized by paying higher health premiums and life insurance premiums – taxation is not meant to be a punishment, it is a means to raise revenue to operate the government, not for social engineering ventures. Mitt Romney was pro-choice and now changed to pro-life; and while there is nothing wrong with changing one’s mind, especially for the positive – Romney is the type of candidate who will say anything or change anything to get elected. Can he be trusted to carry out what he has said in the primary debates and rallies? His record shows NO. Rick Santorum is known in Congress as the earmark king, and who has voted against legislation that will prevent earmarking and other safety factors in passing legislation. He runs a close second to saying one thing and doing another like Mitt Romney. Ron Paul has been consistent in the past 30 years and has tried to implement all that he preaches. His record is squeaky clean – no public scandals or ethic problems. 
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  • Ron Paul has been constantly and insistently saying that the Federal Reserve System needs a full audit and then end it – money, its printing, etc, is the power of the Congress, not a separate banking entity controlled by anybody’s guess.
  • Ron Paul consistently stood up for the Second Amendment and the right for lawful Americans to choose to implement it, protecting their life, property, and fellow Americans.
  • Ron Paul created a plan to stop illegal immigration and secure our own borders instead of the borders of other nations.
  • There are people saying that Ron Paul doesn’t stand a chance and using this as an excuse to not vote for him. While others have dropped out or, like Newt Gingrich, see popularity polls diminish, Ron Paul is gaining momentum – far more than the last time he ran for president. Why? Because more people are seeing that the same type of elected officials who belong to the establishment elite clubs of the two traditional political parties have not performed their assigned duties as the representative of the America People, the interests of the United States
  • There are people who parrot the progressives, RINOs, and the media that supports them saying that Ron Paul is for no government. Impossible and a lie. No government means no anarchy. There is a difference between a limited government and no government.
  • Ron Paul has promised to work hard to rid our nation of the national health care system called ObamaCare. Mitt Romney stated this also; however he set up a mini-ObamaCare in his home state of Massachusetts – so what makes supporters believe him?
  • People call Ron Paul a Libertarian as if that was as foul a descriptive word as “sociocrat”, “socialist” or “progressive” in ideology. He does not belong to the Libertarian Party, he is a member of the Republican Party (GOP) – and presents himself as a constitutional conservative with certain ideologies corresponding with the Libertarian; and contrary to belief, the Libertarian is not for overthrowing the government or dissolving it – just reforming it. This is propaganda coming from the opposition and it surprises me to hear conservatives follow this diatribe of the RINO establishment and the Liberal-Progressives who have used fear for decades and plays upon the emotions of the American People. We finally have a candidate who presents himself with honest, logical and truthful ideology without using the fear tactic, and too many Americans discount him – despite his congressional record of standing up for what is right – constitutional right. During a period where the anti-constitutionalists are coming out directly that want to either do away with the Constitution as conceived, or change it into an unrecognizable useless document when it comes to freedom of choice, rights and liberties.
  • Avid supporters are growing, and a record number of youthful Americans are joining the ranks because they are tired of the establishment and their status quo – more important to them than the future of America and the welfare of its People. Ron Paul himself was pleasingly surprised, just as he was surprised about what took place as explained in the next bullet paragraph.
  • Supporters have also put together a campaign called the Money Bomb, to match the expenditures of the opponents who use most of their money making the other guy look bad (mostly character assassination and misquoting); but Ron Paul supporters want to use it to show how different their record is compared to Ron Paul, a true constitutional conservative.
  • No other candidate’s record can match that of Ron Paul – so why are Americans not supporting him and raising those popularity poll percentages. The real test will be on each of the state’s primary election day, as well as the delegates within the Convention of 2012.
  • Ron Paul has the fortitude, armed with knowledge of government and constitutional law, to stand up to the Obama Nation political team and win the November 2012 general national election for President of the United States.
The following are numbered items that can be found recorded at The Issues website, which provides the voter/reader extensive information and quotes of each candidate’s stand on the issues at hand:
  1. Right to privacy is explicit, but not for contraception. (Jan 2012)
  2. Efforts to fund abortion ranks among stupidest policies. (Apr 2011)
  3. Deregulate the adoption market. (Apr 2011)
  4. Day-After-Pill allows individual moral choice. (Apr 2011)
  5. Roe v. Wade decision was harmful to the Constitution. (Apr 2008)
  6. Get the federal government out of abortion decision. (Nov 2007)
  7. Nominate only judges who refuse to legislate from the bench. (Sep 2007)
  8. No tax funding for organizations that promote abortion. (Sep 2007)
  9. Voted YES on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion. (May 2011)
  10. Voted NO on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions. (Apr 2005)
  11. Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000)
  12. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac should be auctioned off. (Jan 2012)
  13. Audit the Fed. (Jan 2012)
  14. Let Italy fail; or we face a 10-year recession. (Nov 2011)
  15. Don’t bail out banks; bail out homeowners. (Oct 2011)
  16. Go after crony capitalism; defend real capitalism. (Nov 2011)
  17. Auditing the Fed revealed $5 trillion loaned to foreign banks. (Oct 2011)
  18. We spend $1.5 trillion on wars; start by cutting there. (Sep 2011)
  19. 1980s had huge deficits, despite Reagan’s message. (Sep 2011)
  20. Wall Street is dumping its trouble onto Main Street. (Sep 2008)
  21. Great nations and empires end for financial reasons. (Feb 2008)
  22. We’re worse off than in 2000, due to Bush and Congress. (Jan 2008)
  23. The People, not Government, are supposed to run the economy. (Jan 2008)
  24. Restore GOP by returning to less government and fiscal conservationism. (Dec 2007)
  25. Weak economy is source of resentment against immigrants. (Dec 2007)
  26. Government out of regulating economy and out of our bedrooms. (Jan 2007)
  27. We’ve come to accept debt, wealth confiscation, and big government. (Dec 1987)
  28. We owe foreigners $2.7 trillion and more printing won’t do. (Feb 2008)
  29. Wasteful government spending backed by both parties. (Apr 2008)
  30. Voted NO on $192 billion additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
  31. Voted NO on monitoring TARP funds to ensure more mortgage relief. (Jan 2009)
  32. Voted NO on $15 billion bailout for GM and Chrysler. (Dec 2008)
  33. Allow $3 on 1040 form to pay off National Debt. (Sep 2000)
  34. Supports the Cut-Cap-and-Balance Pledge. (Jan 2012)
  35. End the Federal Reserve. (Sep 2010)
  36. No federal marriage licenses and no state licenses either. (Aug 2011) … This idea would work best or at all if the income tax system, which monitors whose married, head of household and other nomenclature is required to be known by the government no longer is required – because income tax will no longer exist. It boils down to the fact that marriage is between people, a private matter and the religious entity (if any) they belong to. Like Ron Paul states in the next item …
  37. Let churches marry couples, without government document. (Jun 2011)
  38. Government is totally unnecessary for gay marriage laws. (May 2011) … the gist of this issue is the fact that the income tax system favors married couples when it comes to deductions; therefore, get rid of income tax and for the most part this issue would be moot.
  39. Voluntary associations are better than quotas. (Apr 2011) … referring to civil rights issues.
  40. Definition of marriage is free speech. (Apr 2011)
  41. National ID card is part of fear-based government. (Feb 2008) … like the government’s attitude (Obama Nation administration) towards the Tea Party movement with a higher record of peaceful protest than the progressives, for example, the anti-war crowd suing for peace burning a recruitment center in California. That was unheard of when it came to Tea Party rallies, who the mainstream press tried to make the movement appear to be a bunch of weirdies.
  42. Civil Rights Act was more about property than race relations. (Dec 2007)
  43. Against ID for immigrants; it leads to national ID card. (Dec 2007)
  44. No affirmative action for any group. (Sep 2007)
  45. No need for Marriage Amendment; DOMA is enough. (Sep 2007)
  46. Use power of presidency to restore habeas corpus. (Sep 2007) … Background: On April 27th, 1861, the writ of habeas corpus was suspended by President Abraham Lincoln during the American Civil War. It was in response to riots, local militia actions, and the threat that the border slave state of Maryland would secede from the Union, leaving the nation’s capital, Washington, DC, surrounded by hostile territory. It was chosen to be suspended because of a proposal to bombard Baltimore by General Winfield Scott. Lincoln was also motivated by requests by generals to set up military courts to rein in “Copperheads” or Peace Democrats, and those in the Union who supported the Confederate cause. Congress was not in session to consider a suspension of the writs. His action was challenged in court and overturned by the US Circuit Court in Maryland. … When Congress convened in July 1861, a joint resolution was introduced into the Senate approving the president’s suspension of the writ of habeas corpus, but filibustering by Senate Democrats and opposition to its imprecise wording by Senator Lyman Trumball prevented a vote on the resolution before the end of the first session, and the resolution was not taken up again. ….the Writ of Habeas Corpus was again suspended during Reconstruction when the South arose against it, which included the Ku Klux Klan, so Congress passed the Force Acts (1870-1871) and the Civil Rights Acts of 1871) that permitted the president to suspend habeas corpus if conspiracies against federal authority were so violent that they could not be checked by ordinary means. The writ was suspended by President Ulysses S. Grant in nine South Caroline counties and the act was ended by the sunset clause by the close of the next regular session of Congress. Once again, writ of habeas corpus was suspended by the Philippine Commission on January 31st, 1905, which brought about the US Supreme Court case Fischer v. Baker, U.S. 174. And again following the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7th, 1941 when habeas corpus was suspended and martial law was declared for the remainder of World War II. Again, in 1996, following the Oklahoma City bombing, passed by Congress and signed by President Clinton in the Anti-terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996. And finally, in the 21st century, on November 13th, 2001, the Presidential Military Order gave the President of the United States the power to detain non-citizens suspected of connection to terrorists as enemy combatants. The power was used to detain and try detainees at Guantanamo Bay by the order of President GW Bush. The power has been argued vehemently within Congress and elsewhere in court cases, et cetera, ever since afraid of its abuse in the name of the war against terrorism.
  47. Don’t ask, don’t tell is a decent policy for gays in army. (Jun 2007) … controversially changed and extended by President BH Obama.
  48. Gender-equal pay violates idea of voluntary contract. (Dec 1987)
  49. In times of war, our freedoms are threatened at home. (Dec 1987)
  50. Rights belong only to individuals, not collective groups. (Dec 1987)
  51. Inflated currency benefits some industry’s CEO salaries. (Sep 2010)
  52. Auto company nationalization is fascism. (Sep 2010)
  53. Big business demand for easy money causes inflation. (Dec 1981)
  54. Voted YES on Bankruptcy Overhaul requiring partial debt repayment. (Mar 2001)
  55. Repeal ObamaCare reporting requirements for small business. (Jan 2011)
  56. Replace “hate crime” with equal penalties for equal assaults. (Apr 2011)
  57. Too many capital convictions have been proven errors. (Apr 2011)
  58. Eliminate ultimate penalty & incarcerate for life. (Apr 2011)
  59. Opposes death penalty at both federal and state level. (Jan 2008)
  60. Changed opinion to anti-death penalty due to many mistakes. (Sep 2007)
  61. Opposes “hate crimes” legislation. (Sep 2007)
  62. Voted NO on enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes. (Apr 2009)
  63. Voted YES on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons. (Jun 2000)
  64. Voted NO on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime. (Jun 1999)
  65. Blacks disproportionately imprisoned for victimless crimes. (Jan 2012)
  66. Cancel the drug war, and cancel its violence. (Nov 2011)
  67. Our drug war is driving our immigration policy. (Sep 2011)
  68. We do not need laws to tell us not to use heroin. (May 2011)
  69. Drug wars allows drug lords to make a lot more money. (Apr 2011)
  70. Someday we’ll wake up and end the Second Prohibition. (Apr 2011)
  71. War on drugs is out of control; revert control to states. (Dec 2007)
  72. Repeal most federal drug laws; blacks are treated unfairly. (Sep 2007)
  73. Inner-city minorities are punished unfairly in war on drugs. (Sep 2007)
  74. $500 billion on War on Drugs since 1970s has been a total failure. (Sep 2007)
  75. Legalize industrial hemp. (Jan 2007)
  76. Drug wars fosters violence at home and breeds resentment abroad. (Oct 2011)
  77. Societal inconsistency on alcohol contributes to drug use. (Dec 1987)
  78. Voted NO on more funding for Mexico to fight drugs. (Jun 2008) … Mexican government corruption has made this funding a waste of taxpayer dollars.
  79. Voted NO on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism. (Sep 2011)
  80. Voted NO on subjecting federal employees to random drug tests. (Sep 1998)
  81. War on Drugs has abused Bill of Rights. (Dec 2000)
  82. Legalize medical marijuana. (Jul 2001)
  83. Ban federal funding for needle-exchange programs. (Mar 1999)
  84. Distribute sterile syringes to reduce AIDS and hepatitis. (Jan 2009)
  85. Sponsored bill letting states legalize industrial hemp. (Apr 2009)
  86. Student loan program is a total failure and unconstitutional. (Nov 2011)
  87. Stop enforcing No Child Left Behind; allow opt-out of system. (Sep 2011)
  88. Competition helps, but vouchers invite bureaucratic control. (Apr 2011)
  89. No-Child-Left-Behind hooks institutions on federal funding. (Apr 2011)
  90. Evolution doesn’t support atheism nor diminish God. (Apr 2011)
  91. School prayer is not a federal issue. (Apr 2008)
  92. Private funds for art work better than government funds. (Apr 2008) … no more taxpayer dollars for depictions of vagina on an image of the Virgin Mary or ceramic penis hanging on a cord and calling it “art”.
  93. Close Department of Education, but don’t dismantle public schools. (Dec 2007)
  94. Encourage homeschooling & private school via tax write off. (Dec 2007)
  95. Don’t impeach judges for decisions on legislature prayers. (Sep 2007)
  96. Present scientific facts that support creationism. (Sep 2007)
  97. Equal funds for abstinence as contraceptive-based education. (Sep 2007)
  98. Tax-credited programs for Christian schooling. (Sep 2007) … many would say this is in violation in the concept of separation of church and state. If there is no income tax, the tax credit is moot.
  99. Guarantee parity for home school diplomas. (Sep 2007)
  100. Voted NO on $40 billion for green public schools. (May 2009)
  101. Voted NO on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
  102. Voted NO on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  103. Voted YES on vouchers for private and parochial schools (Nov 1997)
  104. Abolish the federal Department of Education. (Dec 2000)
  105. Sponsored bill for private scholarships to public schools. (Feb 2003)
  106. Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)
  107. No nuclear waste in Yucca Mountain; it’s other states’ garbage. (Oct 2011)
  108. Absurd to let global bureaucrats try to manipulate climate. (Apr 2011)
  109. Big oil profits OK; Big Oil subsidies are not. (Jun 2007)
  110. Voted YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases. (Apr 2011) … fiasco before and always will be.
  111. Voted NO on enforcing limits on CO2 global warming pollution. (Jun 2009) … Global Warming has been proven a hoax and a mistake ONE scientist’s “discovery” has shown that errors in computer simulations produced false results. Besides, it was only 10-15 years ago that the “sky-is-falling” scientists predicted another Ice Age – which I am sure may happen again sometime up the road in the history of Earth.
  112. Voted NO on removing oil and gas exploration subsidies. (Kan 2007)
  113. Voted NO on tax incentives for renewable energy. (Feb 2008) … something for private sector to iron out and invest in, as well as develop.
  114. Voted NO on keeping moratorium on drilling for oil offshore. (Jun 2006) … If our government had acted upon violations found, the Gulf oil spill would not have happened and BP would have been forced to clean up their act or ditch the operation.
  115. Voted YES on scheduling permits for new oil refineries. (Jun 2006)
  116. Voted NO on prohibiting oil drilling & development in ANWR. (Aug 2001)
  117. Repeal the gas tax. (May 2001)
  118. No EPA regulation of greenhouse gases. (Jan 2011)
  119. Recycling consumes more energy than it saves. (Apr 2011)
  120. Neglected property rights during the industrial revolution. (Jan 2008)
  121. Property rights are the foundation of all rights. (Sep 2007)
  122. Scored 14% on Humane Society scorecard on animal protection. (Jan 2007)
  123. Voted NO on $2 billion increase for Cash for Clunkers program. (Jul 2009)
  124. Voted NO on protecting free-roaming horses and burros. (Jul 2009) … this is a matter for private organizations; besides, the maverick population has exploded to the point they are definitely NOT endangered.
  125. Voted NO on environmental education grants for outdoor experiences. (Sep 2008)
  126. Voted NO on $9.7 billion for Amtrak improvements and operation through 2013. (Jun 2008)
  127. Voted YES on barring website promoting Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump. (May 2006)
  128. Voted NO on increase of Amtrak funding by adding $214 million to $900 million. (Jun 2006)
  129. Voted NO on speeding up approval of forest thinning projects. (Nov 2003) … environmental whackers have been telling us to “save the trees” and now they want to “thin forests”?
  130. Give tax breaks for start-up farms for 10-year commitment. (Jan 2008)
  131. Stop considering manure as pollutant or hazardous. (Sep 2011) … not specified, but cow manure can pollute and endanger water system to introduce E-coli and other harmful disease causing properties; however, horse manure is not considered a pollutant or danger.
  132. Repeal requirements for compact fluorescent bulbs. (Jan 2011).
  133. Let parents decide on mental health screening for kids. (Jan 2005) … government has TOO MUCH control over our children, using them for own purposes.
  134. Voted YES on reducing Marriage Tax by $399 billion over 10 years. (Mar 2010).
  135. We don’t even accept elections from overseas. (Jan 2012)
Ron Paul’s foreign policy ideology is what hurts him the most; however, like most presidents, will tone it down once he reviews the situation that a president has access to; while still keeping the gist of his ideology. But this hurts him in getting votes; despite the fact that many Democrats are anti-war – but big government enthusiasts.
136. In Latin America, standing up for allies has meant military. (Jan 2012)
137. We installed Shah in Iran; we should mind our own business. (Aug 2011)
138. Worldwide interventionism requires perpetual fear. (Apr 2011)
139. We spend $1 trillion a year overseas; it’s needed at home. (Sep 2008)
140. Stop interfering with Latin America; talk and trade instead. (Dec 2007)
141. No foreign aid; no treaties that commit US to future wars. (Jun 2007)
142. No nation-building; no world policeman; no preemptive war. (Jan 2006)
143. UN membership leads to impractical military conflicts. (Feb 2003)
144. Policy of non-intervention, neutrality, & independence. (Dec 1987)
145. Avoid ratifying Law of the Sea Treaty. (Sep 2007)
146. Voted NO on supporting democratic institutions in Pakistan. (Jun 2009)
147. Voted NO on cooperating with India as a nuclear power. (Sep 2008)
148. Voted NO on deterring foreign arms transfers to China. (Jul 2005)
149. Voted YES on keeping Cuba travel ban until political prisoners are released. (Jul 2001)
150. Voted NO on $156 million to IMF for 3rd-world debt reduction. (Jul 2000)
151. Voted NO on Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China. (May 2000)
152. Voted NO on $15.2 billion for foreign operations. (Nov 1999)
153. Allow Americans to travel to Cuba. (May 2000)
154. Foreign aid often more harmful than helpful. (Dec 2000)
155. Ban foreign aid to oil-producers who restrict production. (May 2001)
156. Sponsored bill to end the Cuban embargo. (Apr 2003)
157. Sponsored resolution to withdraw from UNESCO. (Jun 2004)
158. Member of House Foreign Affairs Committee. (Mar 2011)
159. Allow travel between US and Cuba. (Feb 2009)
160. US abroad unconstitutional and unaffordable. (Sep 2010)
161. Free trade helps all of Latin America, even Cuba. (Jan 2012)
162. China trade benefits American consumers. (Jan 2012)
163. Trade sanctions never worked on Cuba, and won’t work on Iran. (Aug 2011)
164. Free trade agreements threaten national sovereignty. (Apr 2008)
165. FactCheck: NAFTA Superhighway not a conspiracy; it’s I-35. (Feb 2008) … when he last run for president, he made some statements that “FactCheck” disclaimed.
166. No North American Union; no WTO; no UN. (Sep 2007)
167. IMF empowers politicians by causing inflation. (Dec 1981)
168. Allow Americans to own gold; end large-scale foreign sales. (Dec 1981) … FDR is the one that stopped private ownership of gold, listening to the idiots who counseled him on economic matters. It was never repealed by Congress and should be. Afraid of hoarding? Ridiculous, it is like saying a savings account, money market or stocks is “hoarding” – it’s an investment. Too much useless and detrimental legislation still on the books.
169. Voted NO on promoting free trade with Peru. (Nov 2007) … still researching this to see why.
170. Voted NO on implementing CAFTA, Central America Free Trade. (Jul 2005) … researching.
171. Voted NO on implementing US-Australia Free Trade Agreement (Jul 2004) … researching.
172. Voted NO on implementing US-Singapore free trade agreement. (Jul 2003) … researching.
173. Voted NO on implementing free trade agreement with Chile. (Jul 2003) … researching.
174. Voted YES on withdrawal from the WTO. (Jun 2000) … due to allowing China to join without cleaning up their human rights issues first.
175. Voted YES on ‘Fast Track’ authority for trade agreements. (Sep 1998)
176. No restrictions on import/export; but maintain sovereignty. (Dec 2000)
177. Block NAFTA Superhighway & North American Union. (Jan 2007) … NAU was an unconstitutional plan to unite Canada, Mexico, and US, endangering our sovereignty as well as other serious issues, like national security. As far as NAFTA superhighway, FactCheck wasn’t completely correct in evaluating Ron Paul’s assessment. Mexican truck drivers were not being held to the same strict Dot regulations as US truck drivers, as one example – and it tied in with the NAU (North American Union) plan that GW Bush (original architect was his father, GH Bush, as well as implementing the terminology and advocate of a “New World Order”) was putting together behind closed doors and without congressional notification or approval.
178. Everything government does is a mandate. (Sep 2011)
179. Don’t use Executive Orders for controversial laws. (Sep 2011)
180. Enough bipartisanship; gridlock can be the friend of liberty. (Apr 2011) … reason why GOP, even with majority, cannot get things done because of their timidness and belief they MUST compromise on everything – not with the Constitution and our rights and liberties.
181. Tax-funded elections are worse than campaign finance reform. (Apr 2011)
182. People shouldn’t be able to vote to take away others’ rights. (Apr 2011)
183. Paper money makes Congress believe it has no spending limit. (Sep 2010)
184. Introduced Federal Reserve Transparency Act with Senator Sanders. (Sep 2010)
185. Veto every single bill that violates the 10thAmendment. (Sep 2011)
186. Some Executive Orders are legal; but power has been abused. (Sep 2011) … referring to former president and especially President BH Obama.
187. I believe in market regulation, but not federal regulation. (Sep 2010)
188. Government “insurance” is really just a transfer payment. (Apr 2011)
189. I vote for term limits, but they won’t solve anything. (Apr 2011)
190. The “living Constitution” is the death of democracy. (Apr 2008)
191. Constitution defines much smaller government. (Feb 2008)
192. Received the most campaign contributions from the military in 2008 election (Feb 2008)
193. Dismantle agencies that have no Constitutional role. (Dec 2007)
194. Supports compulsory term limits, not voluntary for himself. (Dec 2007)
195. No federal voter ID card; but state ID cards OK. (Sep 2007)
196. Constitution was written to restrain the federal government. (Sep 2007) … the amendments, first ten, called the Bill of Rights, was installed to ensure that the People had their rights and liberties and what state governments and elected officials could do and could not do. States’ rights were included with one stipulation that they must abide by constitutional law that majority states must voted for and ratified as amendments.
197. We are drifting rather rapidly into a totalitarian state. (Sep 2007) … this should scare Americans more than the Libertarians, believing the propaganda rhetoric ensued by both traditional political party-clubs.
198. Disallow lawsuits that stop public officials invoking God. (Sep 2007)
199. End government secrecy; restore openness of information. (Aug 2007) … this is a tricky proposal when it comes to bonafide national security issues.
200. With NeoCon philosophy, Cheney is more powerful than Bush. (Aug 2007)
201. Conservatives support big government war policies. (Jun 2007)
202. Close departments of Energy, Education, & Homeland Security. (May 2007) … researching alternative to Homeland Security or proposing to return it back to where there was just an FBI and CIA. Need more clarity on this statement.
203. Our government routinely lies to us. (Dec 1987)
204. Federal abuses today worse than King’s in 1776 revolution. (Dec 1987)
205. Spending without taxation causes inflation. (Dec 1981)
206. Voted NO on Senate pay raise. (Jun 2009)
207. Voted NO on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
208. Voted YES on protecting whistle-blowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
209. Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
210. Voted YES on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
211. Voted NO on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
222. Reduce the salary of Members of Congress. (Jan 2011) … not sure about this one; however, I am sure that congressional members who are elected officials should not receive retirement programs – that should be what they can obtain privately or via the social security program like the rest of us. Receiving retirement benefits after serving eight years is an abomination and insult to the American People and an unnecessary drain on the Treasury.
223. Require all laws to cite Constitutional authorization. (Jun 2009)
224. Repeal automatic Congressional pay raises. (Jan 2008) … Amen.
225. Gun free zones don’t make any difference. (Apr 2011)
226. Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms. (Nov 1996)
227. Let airlines make rules about passenger guns to fight terror. (Sep 2007)
228. Supports the Second Amendment; rated “A” by NRA.
229. Individual right to self-defense at home and as self-defense [anywhere]. (Jan 1999)
230. Ban gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC. (Mar 2007)
231. No point in keeping guns you can’t access. (Sep 2010)
232. Agrees with Newt Gingrichon 2ndAmendment & gun control, limited government, and national health care.
233. Government should not protect you from yourself. (Dec 2011)
234. Markets instead of lobbyists writing drug laws. (Sep 2011)
235. Vaccinating 12-year-olds against HPV is bad medicine. (Sep 2011)
236. States can mandate insurance, but it’s a bad idea. (Aug 2011)
237. Let people opt out of Medicare. (Jun 2011) … that depends upon the People – one would balk at leaving a program that they have been paying into for a long period of time.
238. Private medicalsavings accounts, not government meddling. (Apr 2008) … government needs to rescind regulation that requires someone to have health insurance in order to open a medical savings account; however, getting rid of income tax will make this issue moot.
239. Legalizing prostitution is about protecting liberty. (May 2011)
240. Transfer funds from debt & empire-building to healthcare. (Oct 2007) … was he talking about the money saved by the People or government health care?
241. Insurance companies & government make health care unaffordable. (Oct 2007)
242. Socialized medicine won’ work; nor managed care. (Oct 2007)
243. Managed care is expensive and hasn’t worked. (Sep 2007) … referring to experience in other nations.
244. Insurance reward for avoiding tobacco, alcohol, obesity. (Sep 2007) … not government’s job or responsibility – taxation is for obtaining revenue to operate government – not for social engineering and punishing a segment of the population (so-called “sin tax” is unconstitutional).
245. Oppose mandated health insurance and universal coverage. (Sep 2007)
246. Voted NO on the Ryan Budget; Medicare choice, tax and spending cuts. (Apr 2011)
247. Voted NO on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Apr 2009)
248. Voted No on expanding the Children’s Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
249. Voted NO on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare. (Jul 2008)
250. Voted YES on requiring Rx prices for Medicare Part D. (Jan 2007)
251. Voted NO on limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 damages. (May 2004) … this was lobbied by insurance companies to pass; however, it certainly didn’t mean or require them to lower their insurance premiums for malpractice insurance.
252. Voted NO on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
256. Voted YES on allowing re-importation of prescription drugs. (Jul 2003)
257. Voted YES on small business associations for buying health insurance. (Jun 2003)
258. Voted NO on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits. (Mar 2003)
259. Voted NO on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)
260. Voted NO on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
261. Voted YES on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
262. Abolish federal Medicare entitlement; leave it to states. (Dec 2000)
263. Limit anti-trust lawsuits on health plans and insurers. (Mar 2002)
264. Expand medical savings accounts for employers & individuals. (Feb 1999) … wouldn’t it be better and more rewarding to make “insurance payments” to a medical savings account rather than an insurance company who only pays 80% and leaves you to pay for the rest? – An insurance company that refuses to cover some things? You can accumulate a nice medical “nest egg” if you stay fit and start it when you are young; use it in later years when medical issues arise or injuries caused by getting older, et cetera. Of course, banks and financial institutions would need to pay more interest than they do – presently an insult at less thanone percent for a general savings account. Long term savings account like money markets and CDs would be the type the medical savings account would fall under, thus more interest than a general savings account. Compounded, one could quickly begin to build an account that would handle even major medical issues. Instead of paying $400 or more a month for insurance premiums that don’t pay everything and make you co-pay 80% and with a deductible, that $400 per month could begin to add up, if you keep yourself healthy as possible. Remember, people abuse national health care programs by showing up at the clinic/hospitable for every ache and pain and sniffle, while those that maintain their own medical insurance/savings accounts will go to doctor or clinic when it is required and cannot be taken care of at home.
265. Expedited licensing for biosimilar products. (Mar 2009) … being a medical doctor/surgeon, Dr. Paul is knowledgeable about these issues.
Now – Homeland Security
266. We supported Taliban; differentiate them from al Qaeda. (Jan 2012)
267. Getting bin Laden OK; Iranian nukes not OK. (Jan 2012)
268. 17,000 troops for Baghdad embassy? (Dec 2011)
269. The Patriot Act is unpatriotic; it undermines our liberty. (Nov 2011) … the name of this bill before legislation made those against it feel “unpatriotic” to be against any part of or the entire bill.
270. Water-boarding is torture; illegal, uncivilized, and immoral. (Nov 2011) … beheading non-Islam civilians and Muslims who convert to Christianity is worse, strangulation and hanging for transgressions against Qur’an? What if water-boarding, that does not put the person being interrogated in a life-death situation saves many lives by obtaining information? Legitimate issues on both sides of the question concerning – What is acceptable torture?
271. Military spending is not necessarily defense spending. (Sep 2011)
272. Abolish the TSA; let airlines establish security. (Sep 2011)
273. Many terrorists have been properly tried in US courts. (Aug 2011) … solve this issue by declaring war on terrorism; wait, Congress did that for President GW Bush, didn’t they? Terrorists, organized terrorism, Islamic fascists or fundamentals are enemies of the free world. Granted that if we get our noses out of the affairs of Arabs, who can’t get along with anyone, not even themselves; then maybe we will not have to deal with them. However, what about the rest of the world. Can we afford to be an island onto ourselves? If we are the last bastion of freedom standing out of all the nations, how long do you think we can survive? No nation-building, but also we should encourage others to follow our suit in seeking a democratic republic by being a good model.
274. Patriot Act is radical departure from 4thAmendment. (Apr 2011)
275. 100 detainees have died of torture under US custody. (Apr 2011) … unverified and researching.
276. Conscripting is unconstitutional – including national service. (Apr 2008)
277. US Spends$572 billion on foreign operations. (Feb 2008)
278. Suicide terrorism stops when we stop intervening abroad. (Dec 2007) … possibly.
279. Violating habeas corpus will be used against us. (Sep 2007)
280. Protect military chaplains’ right to pray in preferred faith. (Sep 2007)
281. Voted NO on extending Patriot Act’s roving wiretaps. (Feb 2011)
282. Opposes Patriot Act and Iraq War. (Jan 2007)
283. Voted YES to continue military recruitment on college campuses. (Feb 2005)
284. Voted YES on permitting commercial airline pilots to carry guns. (Jul 2002)
285. Voted YES on deploying SDI. (Mar 1999)
286. Voted No on continuing intelligence gathering without civil oversight. (Apr 2006)
287. End draft registration; all-volunteer forces. (Dec 2000)
288. Terminate selective service. (Jan 2007)
289. Free postage for troops serving abroad. (Jan 2009)
290. Military spouses don’t lose voting residency while abroad. (Feb 2009)
291. Incentives like benefits create illegal alien problem. (Nov 2011)
292. Pay attention to US borders, not international borders. (Aug 2011)
293. Sending 12 million illegals home won’t and shouldn’t happen. (Apr 2011) … here Ron Paul does not leave much room for case-by-case basis because everything is not “black and white” scenarios.
294. Let churches provide services for immigrants, not state. (Jun 2011)
295. If economy was good, there’d be no immigration problem. (Dec 2007) … false, immigration regulations allow checking immigrants medically, weeding out criminals with background checks, and ensuring that too many immigrants in one year do not exceed jobs available. Illegal immigrants, who wish to be law abiding, often turn to crime when they cannot find work; and because they are living in ghettos most of the time, their children are subject to peer pressure in joining gangs, et cetera.
296. No amnesty, but border fence isn’t so important. (Jun 2007) … border security is important.
297. Keep rule barring immigrants from running for president. (May 2007) … children of immigrants born in US can be presidents if chosen to and elected.
298. Voted YES on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment. (May 2004)
299. Voted YES on extending Immigrant Residency Rules. (May 2001)
300. Voted YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)
301. Sponsored bill banning student visas from terrorist nations. (Jan 2003)
302. Voted YES on preventing tipping off Mexicans about Minuteman Project. (Jun 2006)
303. Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006) … it passed, how come it is not finished?
304. End all incentives and amnesty for illegal immigrants. (Jan 2006)
305. Government services in English only. (Mar 2008)
306. Declare English as the official language of the United States. (Feb 2007)
307. Government destroys jobs; the market creates jobs. (Sep 2011)
308. Right to organize; but no special benefits for unions. (Oct 2007)
309. Mandated wages & unions hurt unprotected workers. (Apr 2011)
310. Voted NO on overriding presidential veto of Farm Bill. (Jun 2008)
311. Voted NO on restricting employer interference in union organizing. (Mar 2007)
312. Allow an Air Traffic Controller Union. (Jan 2006)
313. Member of the Congressional Rural Caucus. (Jan 2001)
314. Accused of racism and racist remarks in 1980s newsletters. (Dec 2011)
315. Freedom is based upon tolerance and non-violence. (Dec 2011)
316. Congress should never prohibit Christian faith in public. (Jun 2011)
317. 1971 dropping of gold standard prompted first run for office. (Sep 2009)
318. Just about everything Congress does is unconstitutional. (Jul 2009)
319. Ron Paul advocates Ayn Randeconomic platform. (Nov 2008)
320. We lost because we’re neither compassionate nor conservative. (Feb 2008)
321. Liberty promotes peace, and peace promotes prosperity. (Feb 2008)
322. Republicans don’t act like Republicans anymore. (Jan 2008)
333. Religious affiliation: Protestant. (Nov 2000)
334. Member of the Republican Liberty Caucus. (Dec 2000)
335. Abolish Social Security system is broke; allow young people to get out; but not overnight. (Sep 2011)
336. Create personal retirement accounts within Social Security. (Jul 2000)
337. Voted YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
338. Allow young people to get out of Social Security; it’s a failure. (Jan 2008)
339. Federal government won’t keep its entitlement promises. (Mar 2007)
340. Sponsored bill to put Trust Fund into market certificates. (Jan 2003)
341. Never voted to spend one penny of Social Security money. (Dec 2007)
342. Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits and making pension plans more portable. (May 2001) … again a moot subject if 16thAmendment is repealed.
343. Tax code is the symptom; spending is the problem. (Nov 2011)
344. You don’t “pay for” tax cuts; they give people’s money back. (Sep 2011)
345. AdWatch: Taxpayer’s best friend; never supported an increase. (Feb 2008)
346. Disastrous tax code contributes to underground economy. (Sep 2009)
347. Repeal 16thAmendment and get rid of income tax. (Feb 2008)
348. Spending money doesn’t stimulate the economy; reduced taxes do. (Jan 2008)
349. Get rid of IRS; get rid of income tax; get rid of spending. (Dec 2007)
350. The most sinister of all taxes is inflation tax. (Dec 2007)
351. I have never voted for a tax increase; and never will. (Nov 2007)
352. Immediately work to phase out the IRS. (May 2007)
353. Inflation is a form of taxation on poor & middle class. (Dec 1981)
354. Voted YES on permanently eliminating Estate Tax (death tax). (Apr 2001)
355. Voted YES on eliminating the “marriage penalty”. (Jul 2000)
356. Overhaul income tax; end capital gains & inheritance tax. (Dec 2000)
357. Repeal the Death Tax. (Jan 2009)
358. Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
359. Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge (Jan 2012)
360. Government computer snooping makes National ID Card inevitable. (Dec 1987)
361. Voted YES on promoting commercial human space flight industry. (Nov 2004)
362. Voted NO on banning Internet gambling by credit card. (Jun 2003)
363. Voted NO on allowing telephone monopolies to offer Internet access. (Feb 2002)
364. Trusts the Internet a lot more than the mainstream media. (May 2007)
365. Prohibit the return of the Fairness Doctrine. (Jan 2009) … Ronald Reagan administration revoked this bill – advisers told Reagan: “The only thing that really protects you from the savageness of the three networks– every day they would savage Ronald Reagan – is the Fairness Doctrine, and Fowler is proposing to repeal it!Reagan didn’t listen and supported the effort to repeal it and later vetoed the Democratic-controlled Congress’s effort to make the doctrine law. Again, in 1987, Democrats in Congress attempted to change the FCC decision and codify the Fairness Doctrine, but the legislation was vetoed by President Reagan. Another attempt to revive the doctrine in 1991 was stopped by President HW Bush, just be threatening to veto it. Again the Democrats tried again in 2008, with Nancy Pelosi as head of it. It was all because they didn’t like what conservative talk shows were saying, despite the fact that 90% of it was absolutely true. US Representative Anna Eshoo (Democrat of California) insisted that she would work at bringing it back, saying: “It should and will affect everyone”. Yes, indeed, freedom of speech will be affected and government will have control of radio broadcasting like FDR did during WWII – in the name of national security.
Ron Paul is also against war, at least war not legislated by Congress as well as the welfare programs. He voted NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001) and voted NO on faith-based organizations within the government offices. His major stand on this: Abolish federal welfare; leave it all to the states. (Dec 2000). Although there is a difference between a “hand up” and a “hand out” in regards to certain social programs, like Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit organization that strives to help people help themselves to obtain their own affordable home through their own sweat, a down payment affordable and a mortgage like everyone else. 
My personal take, if it weren’t for his radical ideas concerning certain issues, specifically many people are worried about his foreign policy – not the part of no more aid to other nations when we are experiencing a huge national debt and a bad economical situation; but concerned about going too much in the opposite direction concerning our military strength or rather where our troops should be to be ready to be called when needed. The other, and I can relate to it, the overboard ideology concerning regulation of drugs, specifically illegal and harmful drugs, not talking about hemp. That is the only real differences between Paul and Gingrich — yet Americans are listening less to Newt than Ron in recent poll statistics. Newt has and is fighting against the establishment of the good old boys in the GOP hierarchy. 
In the recent CPAC 2012 speech (YouTube) – he is back on track to discuss solving the issues and problems with more realistic goals than Dr. Paul, something the American People can relate to and not be afraid of going too far in the opposite direction. 
For many, Ron Paul has had a good congressional record, standing up and facing the GOP establishment and refusing to compromise his principles in the name of “bipartisanship”. However, in Congress is where he should remain, for as a Commander-in-Chief he scares many people by being too far into the right sector of politics, and while he is conservative, he has retained much of his libertarian ideals developed years before.  
Next spotlight for Primary Election 2012 will be Newt Gingrich.
i –Data retrieved from On the Issues.