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October 15, 2007

Ron Paul On The Issues

by Dan

Having watched over 3 hours of video clips and read quite a bit about him and his positions, I thought I’d add a bit more information to my earlier post about Ron Paul.

  1. Despite placing low in the polls currently, he raised as much money as John McCain in the 3rd quarter this year (ending Sep 30th) and about half that of Romney and Giuliani.

  2. In one interview, he mentioned he’d like to dissolve the IRS and eliminate personal income tax, though his website only talks about lower taxes. Apparently, if the government can reduce its spending to its year 2000 level, this is entirely possible (only about 40% of federal revenue is from income tax). One YouTube questioner asked him which 3 programs he’d cut to pay for that. He answered, “Programs? Let’s start with departments” and then listed several he’d eliminate entirely.

  3. He thinks the Federal Reserve Bank is un-Constitutional and would dissolve it. The U.S. has had 3 central banks in its history. The second one was eliminated by Andrew Jackson for the same reason. Our current Fed was created in 1913 with tremendous support by bankers and is generally credited with causing the Great Depression.

  4. He opposes Roe v Wade. He’s delivered 4,000 babies as an OB/GYN and believes that the unborn are individuals with protected rights, just like adults. He brought up the distinction between aborting 1 minute before birth to tossing a baby in a garbage can 1 minute after birth. His solution? Let the states decide, which is what we do with all other violent crimes like homicide, murder, and rape. He says that the most complicated decisions ought to be handled locally. And the best thing is that he is clearly advocating a solution that is NOT his personal belief — everyone else seems to want to force their idea of “right” on everyone else.

  5. He handles marriage in the same way. Why is government regulating it anyway? Marriage licenses didn’t even exist until 1921. Just get the government out of the business of regulating marriage and let the states handle it (through contract law). He also supported a federal law that clarified that the Full Faith and Credit clause of the Constitution does not apply to “moral” issues like marriage, which would allow one state to reject another state’s marriage. Perfect solution.

  6. He’s an anti-war, pro-2nd Amendment (right to bear arms) guy. Again, a very Constitutional position and following the direct advice and comments of most of the Founders of our nation.

  7. On foreign policy, he believes that much of the hatred for America around the world is because we keep interfering in other countries internal affairs: from the CIA-orchestrated overthrow of a democratically elected government in Saudi Arabia in 1953 to putting Saddam Hussein into power in the 1980’s. If we stopped interfering overseas, much of the hatred toward us would go away. Who made us the world policeman anyway? He even asked how we’d we feel if China built a military base in Texas.

  8. In one of the debates, all the candidates were asked about preemptively attacking Iran without approval from Congress. All of them said they would do what was necessary. Ron Paul answered, “Open the Constitution and read it. The President cannot go to war without a declaration of war by Congress.” We are in Iraq illegally according to our own Constitution. Interestingly, the U.S. has not declared war since WWII.

Many of our Founding Fathers — including Washington, Madison, Jefferson, Hamilton, and others — wrote letters indicating this was intentional. Lincoln added:

Allow the president to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such a purpose – and you allow him to make war at pleasure.

  1. He is the only anti-war Republican candidate, which does help him against Hillary Clinton for example, who voted for the war, since public opinion is very anti-war right now.

The guy just has a persistent message about less expensive, less intrusive, less aggressive, less bureaucratic government that I find appealing. He believes that the federal government shouldn’t be involved unless granted that power by the Constitution. His 10 year voting record as a Representative from Texas is consistent on these issues too.

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