Ron Paul is a representative from the great state of Texas, where everything is bigger. A former obstetrician/ gynecologist, Paul now is a politician, serving Texas’ 14th district is the U.S. House of Representatives. Paul is considered a libertarian in his views, but many people have referred to him as the “crazy uncle” in the election, due to his radical views. So the question is: where does Ron Paul stand on the issues?
- On the issue of abortion, Paul is pro-life. A former doctor, he has delivered over 4,000 babies, and has stated that his background has only strengthened his belief that life begins at conception, and claims to have never needed to perform an abortion in his practice. If elected, he would repeal Roe v. Wade, and pass the “Sanctity of Life Act”. He also has said he would try to stop taxpayer funds from going towards abortions and Planned Parenthood.
- Dr. Ron Paul spent his entire career in the medical profession ensuring his patients received the best care he could give them, even if they could not afford it. As President, Ron Paul wants health care decisions back in control of the people . He wants to repeal ObamaCare and end what he considers to be an unconstitutional mandate that all Americans must carry only government-approved health insurance.
- Ron Paul proposes to fix the economy by vetoing any unbalanced budget Congress sends to his desk and refusing to further raise the debt ceiling. He wants to audit and eventually end the Federal Reserve System. He also intends to drive down gas prices by allowing offshore drilling, abolishing highway motor fuel taxes, increasing the mileage reimbursement rates, and offering tax credits to individuals and businesses for the use and production of natural gas vehicles.
- As an Air Force veteran, Ron Paul believes national defense is the single most important responsibility the Constitution entrusts to the federal government. As a member of Congress, Ron Paul voted to the use of military force to hunt down Osama bin Laden and authored legislation to specifically target terrorist leaders and bring them to justice. Paul believes that America’s role as the policemen of the world needs to change, as it costs us money and puts our military in danger that is not necessary. Paul proposes to make securing our borders the top national security priority and ending the wars overseas to bring our people back home and stop spending money on war. He also wants to ensure that our veterans receive care and benefits they deserve upon return.
- Ron Paul is firmly against raising taxes, and aims to lower them, while cutting “reckless spending” in Washington. By lowering taxes, he believes it will give people and businesses more money, which will stimulate the economy. He will support an amendment which would abolish income and death taxes, and shut down the IRS.
- Ron Paul is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. He has introduced legislation to repeal the “Brady Bill” and the “Assault Weapons Ban”, and would like to introduce a bill that would allow pilots to carry firearms for passengers’ safety.
- If elected, Ron Paul will work to enforce border security, abolish the welfare state, and end birthright citizenship. As President, Ron Paul will encourage legal immigration by streamlining the entry process, and give no amnesty to violators.
- As President, Ron Paul will lead the fight to remove restrictions on drilling, repeal the federal tax on gasoline, lift government roadblocks to the use of coal and nuclear power, eliminate the EPA and make tax credits available for the purchase and production of alternative fuel technologies.
- He is against gay marriage and supports “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”.
- He has gone on record saying that he would abolish government agencies that are unconstitutional, such as the IRS and FBI.
- He is firmly against embryonic stem cell research.
Ron Paul has said some rather outrageous things which have turned off some voters. Here’s a few of them:
- “Martin Luther King, Jr., the FBI files reveal, was not only a world-class adulterer, he also seduced underage girls and boys…And we are supposed to honor this ‘Christian minister’ and lying socialist satyr with a holiday that puts him on par with George Washington?” -1990 newsletter
- “Order was only restored in L.A. when it came time for the blacks to pick up their welfare checks.” –1992 newsletter on the Los Angeles riots following the Rodney King verdict
- “I miss the closet. Homosexuals, not to speak of the rest of society, were far better off when social pressure forced them to hide their activities. They could also not be as promiscuous. Is it any wonder the AIDS epidemic started after they ‘came out of the closet,’ and started hyper-promiscuous sodomy?” -1990 newsletter
- “You want to get rid of drug crime in this country? Fine, let’s just get rid of all the drug laws.” -2011 CNN Republican presidential debate
Whatever the case, Ron Paul is running for President (for the third time in his career), but it looks like he lacks the votes to overtake any of the other candidates. Crazy views or not, he has developed a small, but loyal following.
(Note: This article does not reflect the views, opinions, or political affiliations of the author. Sorry, guys, that’s for me to know. I do, however, strongly urge that you do the research for yourself. Look up the candidates’ positions on the issues, know where they stand, so that you, as a voter, can make your choice as a well informed citizen of the United States. For more information of Ron Paul, visit his website: http://www.ronpaul2012.com/)
For part one of my Meet the GOP piece, I wrote about Rick Santorum, which you can read here: https://bpete393.wordpress.com/2012/03/01/gop-santorum/
For part two of my Meet the GOP piece, I chose to write about Mitt Romney. You can view that here: https://bpete393.wordpress.com/2012/03/06/meet-the-gop-romney/