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10 Things You Might Not Know About Ron Paul

December 20th, 2008

1. Ron Paul has been elected to Congress 3 times as the non-incumbent. That is really impressive since the incumbent wins re-election to Congress 95% of the time. He has served from 1976–1977, 1979–1985, and 1997 – present.

2. He was the first member of Congress to propose term limits legislation in the House. Term limits are badly needed, but they are going to be nearly impossible impossible to enact. How do you get the majority of Congress to fire themselves?

3. He was the Libertarian candidate for President in the 1988 election. He came in a distant third behind Michael Dukakis and George H.W. Bush.

4. On August 15, 1971, President Richard Nixon implemented the U.S. dollar’s complete departure from the gold standard. That was the day Ron Paul decided to enter politics. He later said, “After that day, all money would be political money rather than money of real value. I was astounded.”

5. Ron Paul said this in his farewell address to Congress in 1985, “Special interests have replaced the concern that the Founders had for general welfare. Vote trading is seen as good politics. The errand-boy mentality is ordinary, the defender of liberty is seen as bizarre. It’s difficult for one who loves true liberty and utterly detests the power of the state to come to Washington for a period of time and not leave a true cynic.”

6. This is a quote from his column at Ron Paul.com, “Politicians may not have any real idea about how to build a car, run a bank, educate a child, heal the sick or build a road, but they are quite adept at using carrots and sticks to manipulate and threaten those who do.”

7. His latest book, The Revolution: A Manifesto(aff.), became a New York Times and Amazon.com bestseller as soon as it was released.

8. Ron Paul spends extra time in his district to compensate, as he puts it, for “violating almost every rule of political survival you can think of.”

9. He was one of six Republicans to vote against the Iraq War Resolution. Ok, you probably knew that.

10. In 1996, Nolan Ryan gave his support to Ron Paul and became his honorary campaign chair. He was an ad spokesman and was a big part of the reason Paul was elected.

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  1. December 21st, 2008 at 14:39 | #1

    Any commentary about Ron Paul should include a study about human nature. We just read and article about the free market degrading to the worst in human nature. Alan Greenspan in his book the Age of Turbulence, gives a communtarian ecnomic experience of New Harmony as his way of proving human nature does not work in an uptopia setting and says human nature is best acommodated by the free market. This was before the current financial crisis broke. After this Greenspan told Congress he was surprised that the financial community did not police itself.

    Ron Paul seems to avoid this important factor when he promotes the free market system. We all should know that government will always step in when the free market breaks down and human nature seems to be a main reason for it breaking down.

    Fair trade laws have been on the books for a long time but never seem to be enforced. Before discussing how free the market should be, we need to define what fair trade is and what the free enterprise system is all about. We will find that human nature is the first thing we need to define and guide.
    For more see http://www.therationale.com which explores the voids in philosophy and religion when it comes to the work day in a global economic arena. Now labor and workers appear to be the stepchildren of these two guiding forces and much study is needed before we can ever trust a free market system especially where free trade is used as tool in destroying workers’ dignity. See also http://tapsearch.com/tapartnews for a chronical of events behind globalization and free trade.

  2. December 21st, 2008 at 18:32 | #2

    Thanks for this post. Dr. Paul is a true statesman.

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  3. Hey Tapsearch
    December 25th, 2008 at 01:43 | #3

    So Greenspan is wrong AND right? Nice.

  4. f#$% tapsearch
    December 25th, 2008 at 02:02 | #4

    we all know that ron paul was a thorn in many sides at the latest CFR meeting. we all know there are shills in every internet comment section who try and degrade Dr. Paul. we see you for what you are.

  5. March 24th, 2009 at 19:35 | #5

    Appreciate the info guys, thanks

  6. Hugo
    April 21st, 2009 at 07:19 | #6

    @Tapsearch Editor Greenspan admits in tv that USA is not a free market, mainly because of the FED he runs: http://www.comedycentral.com/videos/index.jhtml?videoId=102970.

    USA has not been anything similar to a free market for ages. This crisis was caused by the regulatory system. Do you even know what free market is? Before critizing something you should know what it is.

  7. Mr Z
    April 21st, 2009 at 09:45 | #7

    Whether you like Dr Paul or not, you have to admit that he has been right about an upsetting large number of political and financial situations. Any political figure with that many “I told you so” cards in his brief case should be listened to with more than a passing fancy. Not because you like him, but because he is wise. Wisdom and good advice does not always taste good, and doing the right thing is often difficult. Anyone willing to lead our country through such times is worth listening to, and more importantly, is ignored at our peril.

  8. May 17th, 2009 at 03:41 | #8

    Hi, I don’t understand how to add your site in my rss reader. Any thoughts?

  9. February 21st, 2010 at 22:54 | #9

    Our whole future depends on someone defining what the Free Market really is . I know what the free enterprise system is and it has been thrashed by Free Trade and Globalization and they are directly associated with the term Free Market.
    Currently, Pres Obama bailed out the investment community who are Free Traders who caused our money crisis in the firs place. Then President Obama puts them back in control of Free Trade and Globalization policies. And what is the difference between Obama’s trickle down economy coming down from big government and Pres Reagan’s trickle down economy coming down from the private sector. The end results are the same with workers who are the core of all societies being betrayed either way. See http://tapsearch.com/rank-by-communications and

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  11. Cheasel
    May 9th, 2012 at 13:56 | #11

    @Tap searcher. I think the biggest difference is that when the government bailed out the “free traders” the debt winds up on the lap of the working class. You also take out the risk that goes into free trade, which allows these corporations the ability to trade recklessly at our own expense. Our risk becomes their gain. Not to mention that these groups now have a greater influence on legislature than the people it affects.