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Ron Paul On the Issues

Updated on March 8, 2013

Ron Paul's Political Views

A libertarian leaning Congressman from Texas, Ron Paul served without much publicity for 30+ years before becoming one of the leading conservative thinkers (and fundraisers) with his surprisingly publicized run for the Republican nomination for President in 2008 and 2012. Although he is now retired from politics, Paul's influence remains through his son Rand Paul, a Senator from Kentucky. This hub will take a look at former Congressman Paul's political views to see how they match up with his reputation as a libertarian thinker.

1. Federal Deficit: Paul has been a strong opponent of dramatically cutting government spending, including eliminating programs such as Medicare, phasing out Social Security, and reducing funding for almost all government programs. His stance on these issues during the 2008 campaign in many ways paved the way for the rise of the "Tea Party" movement during the 2010 Mid-Term campaigns.

Relevant Quote: "The baby boomers are retiring and they're going to demand what they put into the system and it's just not there. What we need to do is not only live within our means, but start paying down the deficit, and offer an opportunity at least for the next generation to get out."

2. Abortion: Paul is anti-abortion and believes that "life begins at conception." That having been said, Paul believes that abortion is an issue that should be decided by the states and not the federal government. This is shown in his voting ratings from the various anti-abortion groups, as Paul received a 0% rating from NARAL (a leading pro-choice group), but only received a 53% rating from NRLC (a leading pro-life group). Paul did vote for the ban on partial birth abortions, but judging from his statements he would seem to be unlikely to use federal government power to actively change abortion laws.

Relevant Quote: "The first thing we have to do is get the federal government out of it. We don't need a federal abortion police. That's the last thing we need."

3. Gay Rights: Paul has a mixed record overall, consistently refuting efforts by social conservatives to ban gay marriage while simultaneously refuting efforts by gay rights activists to enact legislation classifying crimes against LBGT individuals as hate-crimes. As befitting his libertarian stance on most issues, Paul does not want to see the federal government involved in either side of this issue: gay people should received no different treatment than any other citizens.

Relevant Quote: "If you want to change people, you do it through persuasion, through family values and church values, but you can't do it through legislation because force doesn't work."

4. Civil Rights: Similar to his stance on gay rights, Paul has consistently voted against legislation like the USA Patriot ACT that he believes wrongly expands federal government power at the expense of civil liberties. By the same token, he has consistently voted against affirmative action and other social programs designed to help minorities because he views them as an unwelcome increase in federal government power.

5. Drugs: Probably Paul's most "liberal" stance (at least in terms of how the political spectrum is currently viewed). Paul thinks the drug war is a total failure and the federal government should repeal most drug laws. Paul received a A rating from the Vote-Hemp PAC.

Relevant Quote: "On the issue of drugs, we have spent nearly five hundred billion dollars on the War on Drugs, since the 1970s. Total Failure. Some day, we have to admit it."

6. Education: Wants to close the department of education but keep public schools, handing them over to state and local control. Also wants to encourage home and private schooling through tax write-offs. Overall Rep. Paul hasn't given many details on his education plans.

7. Gun Control: A very strong supporter of gun rights, given an A rating by the NRA. Thinks the federal government should have nothing to do with regulating guns.

8. Health Care: Paul thinks the health care industry is extremely over-regulated and that this explains the recent massive increases in health care costs. Would cut back on the power of the FDA, reign in pharmaceutical lobbyists, and increase competition between HMO's and health care providers to help lower consumer costs. Is strongly opposed to government run health care programs, but believes that the system as it currently stands is clearly not working.

Relevant Quote: "We need to get the government out of the way....we don't have enough competition. There's a doctor monopoly out there. We need alternative health care freely available to the people."

9. Immigration: Probably Paul's most aggressive issue in terms of the use of federal government power. Believes that the immigration problem is caused by our generous federal government social welfare programs. Voted for the border wall, thinks that the government should restrict immigration as much as possible and end the current rule that anyone born on American soil automatically becomes an American citizen. Rated 83% by USBC (a interest group supporting restrictions on immigration).

Relevant Quote: "I see the immigration problem as a consequence of our welfare state."

10. Welfare: Would ban all federal government welfare handouts. Believes poverty is a problem better handled by the states and private charities.

Hope this proved informative, please check out my other hubs on Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton's positions on the issues if you are interested. And make sure you vote in your primary (if it has yet to be held) and on election day in November.

All quotes come from http://ontheissues.org/Ron_Paul.htm.

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      Donna Ann Smith 5 years ago

      I may need to have my Social Security Check monthly, but all the other issues seem to be the same. I have monthly debts as well as the next person even if I am on Social Security. If I don't get my monthly check there goes my credit score and being able to get credit anywhere. I need food, shelter, and clothing. I am not for being herded into a barn like an animal just because I've reached the age of 65 or am on Social Security before that time. People who cannot take care of themselves that might be a different story. People in nursing homes and elderly housing cost more money to the government than those who live independently or with an adult child. I believe that my monthly Social Securiity should never stop due to those factors.

      I do believe that there might be some who don't need Social Security who get it. Social Security was first meant for the elderly and for no other purposes and other branches of government began to barrow off of the Social Security funds with younger people looking in and sweating it out with some angry about how Social Security is being run.

      Anybody can come into the country stay for the required time to become a United States Citizen, get on Social Security by claiming a disability, and leave to live in their former country a rich person drawing off of Social Security. I am a born United States Citizen and I want to protect the younger persons right to Soical Security if I can and also stop them from having a hopeless outlook on it. Not everybody is going to be able to save money for retirement and some will have to rely upon some sort of income and Social Security seems to be the candidate for that.

      I like Ron Paul's outlook on the Political Issues the USA faces today. I hate abortion and homosexuality. I don't know what I's do if a lesbian approached me, but slap her in head and call the police.

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      Emily 5 years ago

      America needs him as president. He's the epitome of what this country stood for 300 years ago when it was founded and has stayed true to his beliefs and views for years and years. The #1 constitutional presidential candidate in my opinion. Ron Paul has got my vote.

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      Matty25 6 years ago

      Yes! A man that will ban social welfare and strict on immigration and giving immigrants welfare has got my vote! How can any candidate see this is not a problem when you give out free money and free money too people who are not a citizen of the U.S.

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      danarochelle 6 years ago

      Except for supporting the NRA, I like this guy. I just might vote for him.

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      boomhauer 6 years ago from US

      Ron Paul. Accept no substitute.

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      b.claire 6 years ago

      Ron paul thumb up!!! keep riding on bravo!!

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      jcall1990 6 years ago from Nederland, Texas

      Ron Paul 2012. Voting up.

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      MikeNV 6 years ago from Henderson, NV

      The only issue that matters is the Federal Reserve Banking issue... and Paul is the only candidate addressing it.

      FACTS:

      GDP 14.2 Trillion

      Wages Earned (source 80+ Million Tax Returns IRS) 7.6 Trillion

      Federal Government Spending: 3.6 Trillion (2 months to go)

      3.6 Trillion in Spending / 7.6 In Total Wages Earned = .47, or 47% of wages earned.

      The Debt can not be repaid and will continue to accumulate until the country collapses completely. This is basic mathematics.

      So your views on Abortion, Gun Control, Gay Rights, or whatever will NOT matter when the country collapses. Thus the ONLY Choice right now is Ron Paul because the Debt issue supersedes all other issues.

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      Rog17 6 years ago

      Very nice summary. Of all the candidates, he's the hardest one to get a handle on. As I mention in my hub, he has a tendency to be overlooked or swept under the rug, probably because his views don't fit easily into his party rhetoric.

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      RavenBiker 6 years ago from Pittsburgh, PA.

      Bravo! This is a very accurate rundown a "pocket primer" perhaps. Thanks for not editorializing.

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      meteetse 6 years ago from Foxboro ma.

      Wow Nothing said about the Wars where in that we cannot be win. How we want to police the world and tell everyone how they should live. How America wasted billions on countries that don't want us there.

      Ron Paul can't be bought, he's a man of integrity, an honest man of principle. He's the real deal. America needs Ron Paul

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