Monday, August 25, 2008

Who is Ron Paul?

Who is Ron Paul? When I hear this question, I have trouble finding a place to begin. I did not know who he was 6 months ago, and until I went on Google and headed to his campaign site for this presidential campaign a number of months ago, I couldn’t have told you a thing about him. All I knew was that he was a republican running for the presidential nomination. More so now, I hear the question is, “So he’s out of the race, why are people still so interested in him?”

Well, let me give you a short recap about who he is, what he stands for, and why I will not vote for either Jon McCain or Barack Obama in the upcoming election but instead a third-party candidate. Ron Paul is a Congressman from Texas who stands for a limited government that abides strictly by the Constitution. He believes that the federal government has gone far from conducting duties as explained by the Constitution to a government that is becoming larger and that consistently makes laws and performs actions that are not specified in the Constitution. This has resulted in a huge national debt, the United States acting as a World Police with troops and military bases in over a hundred countries, unnecessary wars that were never approved by Congress, an erosion of personal liberties, and a government that is controlled by powerful special interests. Again, he believes in a limited government that acts in accordance to the Constitution. Just to be less general, a few specific things he believes in is bringing our troops home stationed across the world (we have a presence of 70,000 military personnel…in Germany alone), ending the War on Drugs, Free Trade, eliminating the Federal Reserve, eliminating the Income Tax, ending the War on Iraq, Second Amendment rights, and opposition to the Patriot Act. These are just a few of the positions that Ron Paul holds. If you haven’t guessed already, he is a libertarian-leaning Conservative. What I have found remarkable about all the political positions he holds is that there are very specific reasons in support of them, and so far almost every position has made sense to me.


So what is the big deal? Well, Ron Paul was the only Republican running for the nomination that was openly and strongly against the War on Iraq. His views oftentimes clash with the views of some of the current big-name Republicans (George Bush, Jon McCain, Rudolph Guliani, etc.). The people who have been caught up in the “Ron Paul Revolution” are those who are not satisfied with the direction the Republican Party has been going and Paul is someone who has stepped up and wants nothing more than to bring the party back to its Conservative roots.


The Campaign for Liberty, which officially launches September 2nd at the Target Center, is the new campaign to bring about the change that I just spoke of. It is a campaign to elect officials who vow to respect the Constitution, are proponents of limited government, and who want less government intrusion and more protection of liberties and privacy. They are a group of people who will not be ignored, and who will not vote for Jon McCain or other politicians who do not respect the Constitution and liberty. This campaign is not about Ron Paul, but is about long-term change.


So as you can see, as a member of the Campaign for Liberty, I simply cannot bring myself to vote for Barack Obama or Jon McCain in the upcoming Presidential election (nor Norm Coleman or Al Franken, but more on that later). I hope this post was helpful to anyone who does not know who Ron Paul is, or has heard of the Campaign for Liberty and was unsure of its purpose.

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1 comment:

jpberthiaume said...

I have a moral obligation to choose the candidate who will do the least harm in the issues of the five non-negotiables (abortion, embryonic stem cell research, cloning, euthanasia, and gay marriage) and who can actually win. I'd have loved to vote for Ron Paul had he risen to a prominent level. Unfortunately this time around I will have to pass on him and vote for McCain-Palin. It's unfortunate the Democratic side is so far removed from reality that we have to vote this way, but it is what it is.