Who is Dr. Ron Paul?


Lyle Forman sat comfortably in his living room along with his girlfriend Christine as they watched the republican debate live on T.V. together.   Lyle, not having much interest in politics since, in his view, all politicians seemed pretty much indiscernible from on another and all the candidates were generally selling the same ideas.  It’s not that Lyle isn’t patriotic or doesn’t have love for the democratic process and the American way.  It’s that the Presidential election has become like the super bowl only your team isn’t playing in the big game this year.  Yeah you’ll tune in and watch the festivities but your heart just isn’t in it like it would be if your home team was on the turf.    But still Lyle let the T.V. ramble on mainly because it reminded him of the approaching fall and he was simply tired of the heat outside.  Then suddenly, like many other Americans that night, he found himself intrigued by this candidate that kept answering questions in a way that actually made sense for once.  Lyle caught himself paying attention to the seemingly “out of place” candidate Ron Paul from Texas and wondered why he hasn’t heard more about this guy.  After the debate ended Lyle commented to Christine that he thought he actually agreed with everything that Ron Paul guy was saying. Christine looked back at him and said “You know I think you’re right.  I do too.”

So, just who is Dr. Ron Paul?

Congressman Ron Paul is the leading advocate for freedom in our nation’s capital. As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Dr. Paul tirelessly works for limited, constitutional government, low taxes, free markets, and a return to sound monetary policies.  He is known among his congressional colleagues and his constituents for his consistent voting record.  Dr. Paul never votes for legislation unless the proposed measure is expressly authorized by the Constitution.  In the words of former Treasury Secretary William Simon, Dr. Paul is the “one exception to the Gang of 535″ on Capitol Hill.

Ron Paul was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  He graduated from Gettysburg College and the Duke University School of Medicine, before proudly serving as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force during the 1960s.  He and his wife Carol moved to Texas in 1968, where he began his medical practice in Brazoria County.  As a specialist in obstetrics/gynecology, Dr. Paul has delivered more than 4,000 babies.  He and Carol, who reside in Lake Jackson, Texas, are the proud parents of five children and have 17 grandchildren.

While serving in Congress during the late 1970s and early 1980s, Dr. Paul’s limited-government ideals were not popular in Washington.  In 1976, he was one of only four Republican congressmen to endorse Ronald Reagan for president.

During that time, Congressman Paul served on the House Banking committee, where he was a strong advocate for sound monetary policy and an outspoken critic of the Federal Reserve’s inflationary measures.  He was an unwavering advocate of pro-life and pro-family values.  Dr. Paul consistently voted to lower or abolish federal taxes, spending and regulation, and used his House seat to actively promote the return of government to its proper constitutional levels.  In 1984, he voluntarily relinquished his House seat and returned to his medical practice.

Dr. Paul returned to Congress in 1997 to represent the 14th congressional district of Texas.  He presently serves on the House Committee on Financial Services and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.  He continues to advocate a dramatic reduction in the size of the federal government and a return to constitutional principles.Congressman Paul’s consistent voting record prompted one of his congressional colleagues to say, “Ron Paul personifies the Founding Fathers’ ideal of the citizen-statesman.  He makes it clear that his principles will never be compromised, and they never are.”  Another colleague observed, “There are few people in public life who, through thick and thin, rain or shine, stick to their principles.  Ron Paul is one of those few.”

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.

One thing is certain.  If you take an interest in politics and the current state and direction of our governing bodies, and even if you don’t, this Ron Paul character is worth looking into.  A simple YouTube search and a click of just about any video result will have you soon clicking through the links wanting to know more about Dr. Paul and the intensifying movement he is sparking among young and old Americas alike.

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