Monday, September 3, 2007

Ron Paul 2008

After seeing a Ron Paul 2008 bumper sticker in a parking garage, I decided to see what's up with a candidate with two first names.  When I found that he's been involved in politics for many years (on and off), I was skeptical.  After watching some YouTube speeches, checking his voting record, and visiting his website, I found that I really, really like this guy.  He stumbles on his words sometimes, but that hasn't slowed down Mr. Bush.  They call him Dr. No, because he's a doctor and he always votes "no" on legislation that doesn't make sense or is questionably unconstitutional, which is most of it.  If the Republicans don't nominate him, the Libertarians should.  Here's an excerpt from his website (full text here):

"Brief Overview of Congressman Paul’s Record:

He has never voted to raise taxes.
He has never voted for an unbalanced budget.
He has never voted for a federal restriction on gun ownership.
He has never voted to raise congressional 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 congressional 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, probably more than any single member of Congress."

1 comment:

  1. He actually HAS run as a Libertarian before, although I'd like to see him nominated as a Republican, because the ideologies are SUPPOSED to be the same.  The difference is that Republicans generally SAY that they are for limited government, but then veer away from that when it would benefit their moral compass to have the government intervene in what should be private citizens choices.  Ron Paul is what a Republican SHOULD be... a strict constitutionalist with convictions.