10 Things You Might Not Know About Ron Paul
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 1976â€“1977, 1979â€“1985, and 1997 â€“ 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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