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Ron Paul 2012: Will You Vote Ron Paul For President? America Presented With Election Season Platform

Updated on July 18, 2011

President Ron Paul?

2012 is shaping up to be a big year for Ron Paul given the buzz surrounding his campaign. While Ron Paul has been popular with the people, particularly online, for several years, the energy and enthusiasm present for the 2012 campaign is unprecedented.

Ron Paul officially announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination on May 13, 2011. Since that time his supports have mobilized both online and offline, demonstrating their power to influence polls and gain the attention of a mainstream media that not long ago seemed to have little desire in publicizing Paul anymore than absolutely necessary.

Paul's performance in debates and televised interviews is bringing his message to millions of Americans who are fed up with government spending, erosion of personal liberty and the continued military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Republican Debate On CNN

At The GOP Debate broadcast by CNN on Monday June 13, 2011, Paul and Mitt Romney shared very different visions for U.S. troop deployments in Iraq. Romney suggested generals on the ground in Iraq should decide when to return troops. Paul insisted that as Commander-In-Chief, he would decide when the troops should be called back and would therefore order an immediate return.

When asked about his opinion on private enterprises receiving government assistance, such as the "bailouts" that saw tax payer dollars going to fund banks and auto manufacturers, Paul made it clear that he was opposed to this practice on principal. Stating that such corporate welfare initiatives are "not morally correct", and that they are unconstitutional, illegal and bad for the economy.

On medicare, Paul pointed out that the average American takes out 3 times what they contributed to the system, making it clearly insolvent. He stated that the system needs to be changed as it's current state makes it unsustainable. His solution is for people to be allowed to opt out of the system completely, if they so choose, and to provide an environment that benefits from competition in a free market system.

The issue of "same sex marriage" is still a button in the U.S., and Paul's solution was to consult the dictionary for what the word "marriage" means, and then get the government out of the business of regulating marriages altogether. He pointed out that this should be an issue for churches and that government should not be providing "marriage licenses" to anyone.

On immigration, Paul pointed out that America should be more focused on protecting it's own borders than the borders in Iraq and Afghanistan, and that tax payers shouldn't be footing the bill for illegal immigrants to receive services in the United States, including medical care.

Ron Paul: I Can Win In 2012 (Video)

Ron Paul is known for his libertarian ideals.
Ron Paul is known for his libertarian ideals. | Source

Ron Paul's Platform

"I would reduce my cabinet to a single Department of Abolishing which would commence to abolish things." Ron Paul.

  • Opposes Patriot Act
  • Supports Constitution
  • Opposes Wars Of Aggression
  • Supports Abolishing the Federal Reserve
  • Opposes Income Tax
  • Supports Personal Rights
  • Opposes Membership In The United Nations And NATO
  • Supports National Sovereignty

What Others Are Saying:

MrGobert‎: "Why haven't "they" taken Ron Paul out yet? He's been running on bringing down the Federal Reserve for years."

Petey144:‎ "Ron Paul makes too much sense for 95% of the retards in this country."

Karagillis:‎ "Ron Paul answered the debate questions directly, honestly and logically tonight. Refreshing."

Ron Paul is considered "the intellectual godfather" of the Tea Party movement.
Ron Paul is considered "the intellectual godfather" of the Tea Party movement. | Source

In His Own Words:

"Every election season America is presented with a series of false choices.
Should we launch preemptive wars against this country or that one? Should every American neighborhood live under this social policy or that one? Should a third of our income be taken away by an income tax or a national sales tax?
The shared assumptions behind these questions, on the other hand, are never cast in doubt, or even raised."
Ron Paul, The Revolution: A Manifesto

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    • Chris Kross profile image

      Chris Kross 6 years ago from Dallas, TX

      Great article! I love to see the support of Ron Paul. It gives me hope that things can still change.

      @Pintoman - Ron Paul never said he blamed the US for 9/11. He said that US foreign policy was a contributing factor in motivating Muslim extremists.

      It is well documented that Ron Paul's statements on US foreign policy are true. To most other countries, we are the terrorists.

      If we ignore that, we do so at our own risk. Do some research on your own. You'll find that our foreign policy right now is the biggest threat we have to our national defense.

      Ron Paul never blamed the US people or our troops - just the corrupt politicians and dangerous policies.

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      SeanBabin 6 years ago

      Hey great hub! I recently wrote one proving that Ron Paul has won more straw polls than anyone else by far, and how he is ignored in the media...feel fre to check it out : )

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      Rog17 6 years ago

      I'm with you Scottmonster, the Republican party seems to have no interest in backing him, which is strange because he's probably the most likely candidate to unseat Obama, which should be their ultimate goal.

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      Scott Vehstedt 6 years ago from Washington, D.C.

      Ron Paul is the only Republican I could be proud to vote for in 2012. His greatest obstacle isn't winning the general election, its convincing religious conservatives that he can carry the republican banner. I think he has been badly shunned by the right.

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      Harry Santos 6 years ago from Metro Manila, Philippines

      hey man I'm a libertarian from the Philippines. Glad to see supporters of Ron Paul here on HubPages :)

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      Bud Gallant 6 years ago from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

      Oops. Sorry for the late response.

      Thanks so much for the comments Mandrake and Pintoman.

      I haven't read his book, but I definitely would like to. In fact, I'm going to add it to my list.

      I understand what you mean about the foreign policy. People either love it or hate it, it seems.

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      Pintoman 6 years ago

      He's great on everything except foreign policy, which kills it for me. I will not vote for a man that blames the U.S. for 9/11. He is idealistic and unrealistic when it comes to foreign policy.

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      Mandrake_1975 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I've been an admirer of Congressman Ron Paul for years, especially after reading his book The Revolution: A Manifesto.

      The guy makes way too much sense.