Is Ron Paul the definition of consistency and common sense political ideology?

Ron Paul.

Introduction.

The Republican Primary battle is nearing it's home stretch to the Iowa caucuses. Those who have been following the news are probably familiar with the candidates. Names like Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Perry have been at the forefront of discussion. One of the lesser discussed candidates is finally starting to receive more coverage. His name is Ron Paul. I'm going to discuss why I believe Ron Paul is the most consistent candidate running for president. I'm also going to discuss why I have come to pay more attention to him. This is strictly an opinion article, so there are no right or wrongs. All comments are welcome, and if you disagree with me that's fine. Just keep it respectful. Please read on.

Who is Ron Paul?

If you pay attention to mainstream news organizations, you probably don't know much about Ron Paul. News outlets like CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News have seldom given Mr. Paul coverage. Ron Paul is a United States Congressman from the 14th congressional district of Texas. He is currently serving in this position, and is also currently a Republican presidential candidate for 2012. This makes Ron Paul's third time running for president. Although he is running as a Republican, Ron Paul is known for his Libertarian views and ideas. His views mainly follow the United States Constitution. Ron Paul has served in the the United States Air Force, and is a licensed doctor. He has been married to the same woman since 1957, and has never been involved in any kind of scandal involving infidelity.

How I became familar with Ron Paul.

I first heard about Ron Paul in 2008. I noticed many people online talking about him. I quickly came to realize that he had a pretty big following. However, like many others, I never took out the time to research him. Like so many others I was caught up in Barack Obama's message of "Change". In 2009, I started viewing videos of Ron Paul on Youtube. They were mainly debates of him during the Republican Primary between 2007-2008. I quickly noticed that his views were different from other politicians. Not just Democrats, but Republicans as well. I continued to watch and follow Ron Paul, and I noticed that his messages never changed. It's like no matter what part of the country he was in, he continued to give the same views. He seemed to be consistent in his values. In a world where most politicians will flip flop, and say anything to get elected, this gained my attention even more.

Ron Paul and the mainstream media.

Ron Paul consistently has been attacked and criticized. He has not only been criticized by other politicians, but the mainstream media as well. His views of sound money, auditing the Federal Reserve, and his foriegn policy of "nonintervention" aren't considered to be mainstream positions. Because of his non-mainstream views, Ron Paul has received little media coverage in the past. He has only recently began to receive more coverage. This is mainly due to his rising in the polls in Iowa and New Hampshire. With the United States being in the shape it's in socially and fiscally, Ron Paul's views may be slowly gaining more popularity.

Consistency and common sense.

Ron Paul appears to be the most consistent politician I've seen. He's the only current presidential candidate that voted against the Iraq War. Ron Paul is against going to war unless authorized by the Congress. This is stated in the United States Constitution, and has been broken by both the Bush and Obama Administrations. Ron Paul has yet to change his views to appeal to the masses. He has drawn up legislation to audit the Federal Reserve, which I believe is a good idea. The United States of America is facing huge deficits and debt, and with all the money printing going on, auditing the Fed is common sense. Ron Paul wants to end all the wars the United States are in now, and bring all of our troops home. I think that getting our troops home and fixing our problems here at home should be a top priority.

Ron Paul Revolution.

Do your own research and summary of article.

I would suggest people do their own research on Ron Paul. Turn off the television and stop paying attention to the mainstream media. Mainstream America is controlled by corporate interests, and I feel they only tell us what they want us to know. There are various videos of Ron Paul on Youtube, so take some time out of your day to see what his positions are. I don't know if Ron Paul has an actual chance of winning the Republican nomination, but I do believe him to be consistent in his views. I think we need more leaders who take a stance on an issue, and sticks by it regardless of who it offends or appeals to. Ron Paul is the definition of this in my opinion. Remember that this is strictly an opinion topic, so there isn't any right or wrong. Thanks for reading.

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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

Nice Hub. This very well could be the third party candidate. In a three way, it may be a huge upset and historic statement from the American electorate. A pox on both political houses, the sword of spreading fear is double edged. Well done!


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Chris Kross 4 years ago from Dallas, TX

Nice article! I totally agree that the mainstream media at times has a different agenda than getting the truth out. You gotta do the research on your own, especially if your going to vote.

Ron Paul is the only candidate that has a plan to balance the budget, and get the economy on track again.

He'll cut 1 trillion of of the budget the first year, and we could have a surplus in 3 years. Not to mention the fact that it could happen faster, if confidence is restored in the American market.

Compared to the other candidates plans of 10-15 years, Ron Paul's plan is the only serious choice for getting us back on track.


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prospectboy 4 years ago from Texas Author

@gjfalcone, As of right now Dr. Paul has said he isn't interested in a third party run, but if he doesn't get the nomination maybe he will change his mind. Thanks a lot for reading and giving your feedback.


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j80caldwell 4 years ago

Great hub prospectboy,

A lot of Americans are slowly waking up to the economic dilemma at hand: Obama, great guy, I don't have anything against him personally, but come on man, another 4 years of Obama's economic team and the economy goes down the toilets...Obama prints way too much money bro.

And you're dead right about the media, I've watched the media fallacously paint Ron Paul as self-profess wack job: "Ron Paul's way too out there...he doesn't know what he's talkig about, blah, blah, blah." Doing all type of crazy talking.. But you know what old-time people say, "sometimes when you talk a lot you end up telling on yourself." In my astute opinion, the job the media has tried to do on Ron Paul has been counterintuitive--fact is, a lot of Americans are actually using the media's lack of coverage of Ron Paul as fuel to rekindle his blazing flames. And rightfully so, because as you so eloquently pointed out in your hub, he's the only guy that's been consistent with his message from the get go.

Ron Paul 2012,,,Audit The Fed Baby!


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prospectboy 4 years ago from Texas Author

@Chris Kross, I agree totally with you. So many people have become brainwashed by mainstream media, and like you mentioned we must do our own research. Thanks a lot for reading, and proving your feedback. It's much appreciated sir.


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prospectboy 4 years ago from Texas Author

@j80caldwell, Thanks a lot for reading and leaving your feeback also. I think that many Americans are slowly waking up, but I don't think we have enough which is why we need to keep spreading this message. I don't have anything against Obama personally either, but he is driving this country further into debt. The mainstream media is a joke, but like you pointed out, they lack of coverage makes people want to find out more about him. Thanks again for the kind words sir.


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IdeaMorphist 4 years ago from Chicagoland

I just researched Ron Paul two weeks ago bc someone had told me how unique of a politician he is!


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prospectboy 4 years ago from Texas Author

Yes he is very unique in his views, which is why he often gets attacked by the mainstream media, and receives so little media coverage compared to the other candidates. Thank for reading :)


me 4 years ago

Which politician thinks it is NOT OK to kill babies but thinks it is OK to kill bad people..unless of course you accidentally caught the wrong guy?..lol. - what politician Believes abortion is murder BUT believes you should be able to simply go across state borders to have one? - What politician has delivered 4000 babies & assuredly says life begins at conception yet believes the day-after pill is an individual moral choice? - What politician believes that gays should NOT be able to marry? - and finally..what politician believes that if we are going to have wars..they should be fought on OUR OWN SOIL and we shouldn't be spending money defending nor preventing such things? Vote Ron Paul!


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prospectboy 4 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you so much for reading and giving your feedback. Great information you have given here. Ron Paul is the obvious choice.


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Eugene Hardy 4 years ago from Southfield, Michigan

I have a problem supporting Ron Paul, but not because of Ron Paul.

Let me be clear: For me to support Ron Paul the Republican Party would have to change its ways, because if Ron Paul were elected, the GOP would do everything it could to undermine him if it did not fulfill the party agenda, which is not diverse or fiscally minded, nor having the ability to institute a workable foreign policy.

This is a problem for me because I'm more of a Republican than Democrat, yet I found their policies to be so exclusive as to not be my party.

Ron Paul is a good candidate, but he is running for the wrong party.

Voted up.


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prospectboy 4 years ago from Texas Author

Hello Eugene. It's painfully obvious that the mainstream media along with the GOP is doing everything they can to keep this man from getting the nomination. I truly believe he has won a couple of states during the primary, but he has been a victim of voter fraud. I identify myself as a weak Democrat, but I don't trust neither party. Ron Paul is the one person who changed my mind about a lot of things regarding politician and government. I agree with you that he is running for the wrong party. Thanks a lot for your feedback, and taking out the time to read. I appreciate it.


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kwade tweeling 4 years ago from USA

Thanks for a good read. This article is a nice breakdown of how I came across Ron Paul too.

So many things about Ron Paul's hurdles for election seem so warped to me.

Most negative coverage (he's racist, he is an isolationist, he wants to make corporations more powerful) all talks a twisted view of what he says. They often use things like: The newsletters with his name on them, calling them "his own words". Then "his own words" are ignored when he disavows them and talks about how such views are hurtful. There are a lot more examples, but researching it on your own, and not just listening to any one source is important, as you said.

There seem to be two types of voters who criticize Ron Paul. One cites the TV lies (and if you watch the TV footage and research all the details, you will see what I mean). The others say he has great ideas but "I won't vote for him because of other people". Often, this sounds like they want what he wants, but don't think he can do it, so they are going to vote for what they don't believe in. It's a bit like saying, "I want fish, but since I am not sure I can get a lemon, I'm going to eat cereal." Why not stand up for what you believe in? If you truly don't feel he's the best candidate, I can understand that. But not voting for him because, "he can't get anything done in office," just seems like fear talking to me.


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Eugene Hardy 4 years ago from Southfield, Michigan

kwade tweeling-

Good logic, but if anyone votes for Ron Paul, we must vote the Republican power structure that opposes him, which means the Congress, and lowering the power of those political and financial backers.


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kwade tweeling 4 years ago from USA

I'm not sure I understand what you said, Eugene. If I understood correctly, you are saying Ron Paul is opposed by the Congress and we need to decrease their power (if we want to elect Ron Paul that is)?


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Eugene Hardy 4 years ago from Southfield, Michigan

(I really should be clearer in my writing).

If Ron Paul is elected, he will have to deal with an obstructionist Congress. He will be in the same position as President Obama, perhaps even worse. So if you elect Ron Paul, you will have to elect politicians that will support his measures, else there will be stalemate.

The political and monetary structure that supports the Republican Party must be reformed.


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kwade tweeling 4 years ago from USA

Ah. Thank you for clearing that up. I agree. I don't see that as a reason to not vote for him. What better way to vote than for someone who upholds the ideas we believe in?

It is my hope that we will start to see a shift in this country. Our current government body has become corrupt to the point that people just shrug at the corruption. I don't expect each politician to be perfect, just good. One of the main reasons I want to see Paul elected, is because I feel it will show the people want the ideas he is sharing. Either way, the message he is sending out is getting a large, and dedicated, following. With all the other politicians, people seem to follow whomever represents the party that "sucks the least" in their opinion. (And people are starting to see both parties as an extension of the same corrupt system.)

I am tired of the choice over the "douche bag or the turd sandwich". I want politicians whom we can be proud of. Not people who "represent us" that we wish would just stop being ********.

Thanks, Eugene, for being reasonable and calm with me. It makes what you are saying far easier to read and take seriously.


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Eugene Hardy 4 years ago from Southfield, Michigan

kwade tweeling-

Not a problem.


jonathan white 4 years ago

I'm praying that God will cause the people to vote for the person who can turn the direction we are going back to Him. And for the one who will be the best for America.


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prospectboy 4 years ago from Texas Author

I'm with you jonathan, but I don't see it happening unfortunately. Thanks for your feedback.

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