Who Is Ron Paul?

Ron Paul is America’s leading voice for liberty, prosperity and peace. As a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and three-time presidential candidate, Ron Paul tirelessly works for limited, constitutional government, low taxes, free markets, and a return to sound monetary policies. Ron Paul never voted for legislation unless the proposed measure was expressly authorized by the Constitution.

Ron Paul was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Gettysburg College and the Duke University School of Medicine, before proudly serving as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force during the 1960s. He and his wife Carol moved to Texas in 1968, where he began his medical practice in Brazoria County. As a specialist in obstetrics/gynecology, Dr. Paul has delivered more than 4,000 babies. He and Carol, who reside in Lake Jackson, Texas, are the proud parents of five children and have 17 grandchildren.

While serving in Congress during the late 1970s and early 1980s, Dr. Paul’s limited-government ideals were not popular in Washington. In 1976, he was one of only four Republican congressmen to endorse Ronald Reagan for president. During that time, Congressman Paul served on the House Banking committee, where he was a strong advocate for sound monetary policy and an outspoken critic of the Federal Reserve’s inflationary measures. He was an unwavering advocate of pro-life and pro-family values. Dr. Paul consistently voted to lower or abolish federal taxes, spending and regulation, and used his House seat to actively promote the return of government to its proper constitutional levels. In 1984, he returned to his medical practice.

Ron Paul went back to Congress in 1997 to represent the 14th congressional district of Texas. He served on the House Committee on Financial Services and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and eventually became Chairman of the Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology. After retiring from Congress in early 2013, Ron Paul continued to advocate a dramatic reduction in the size of the federal government and a return to constitutional principles.

  • Ron Paul never voted to raise taxes.
  • Ron Paul never voted for an unbalanced budget.
  • Ron Paul never voted for a federal restriction on gun ownership.
  • Ron Paul never voted to raise congressional pay.
  • Ron Paul never taken a government-paid junket.
  • Ron Paul never voted to increase the power of the executive branch.
  • Ron Paul voted against the Patriot Act.
  • Ron Paul voted against regulating the Internet.
  • Ron Paul voted against the Iraq war.
  • Ron Paul does not participate in the lucrative congressional pension program.

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  • Patriot Dave


    So, basically, if you can’t beat them, join them (sorta)? So, to gain more support from the war-mongers, he should sound more like a war-monger? Should he just abandon what he’s been saying for the last 30 years, and be a flip-flopper like all the other hypocrites, to get more votes? I agree that the media does put words in his mouth and manipulate the debates, but the reason why Ron Paul has the support that he has is because he resonates with intelligent people who are sick and tired of the same old rhetoric. The people who booed are blind, led by the blind, and no doubt always will be. These people no doubt are from the “old-gaurd” who still thinks that the GOP is an emaculant institution that has all of their best interest in mind, and need to kill, steal, and destroy to keep them safe and sound at night.

    If he spoke in the manner in which you suggest, I would be sighing, rolling my eyes, and thinking, “Whatever, this guy is no different than all the rest. He’s just another establishment goon; says he’ll end the wars and bring ’em home, and before you know it, we’ll be neck deep in another war on the grounds of protecting America from the heathen.”

    I say down with the entrenched, conieving, deceiving, conspiring republicrats and demopublican establishment, and in with a True American Republic for Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness!


    • Steve

      Dave, I never said I supported what this Dr. wrote. I found this letter and it is an interesting read. If you do not know what is being said about Dr. Paul then you are not able to defend him. I have been giving Dr. Paul my full support since 1983. I am ready for any attack against Ron. Are you? Instead of blasting this letter, slow down and read it again. Seperate the good points from the bad. Then make your educated responce. Thank you, -Steve

      Ron Paul 2012, In Liberty from the Pacific Northwest

  • Steve

    I have found a letter from Ron Paul, Spokane, Facebook. I would like to share this letter with all of you out there. Long but worth reading.

    Dr. McKalip is a St. Petersburg neurological surgeon and member of the executive committee of the Florida Alliance, a coalition of Florida Tea Party Groups.

    Please forgive the lengthy post…
    Ron Paul’s candidacy for the Presidency will effectively end this month if he cannot articulate a better message on foreign policy to primary voters. I am a loyal supporter and a maxed out campaign contributor who has been supporting Ron Paul for years. I am involved in the leadership structure of the Florida Tea Party Movement. Finally, I was once a skeptic on Ron Paul’s foreign policy and was convinced of his positions a few years ago. I offer the important perspective of a frontline trench fighter in the Tea Party Movement with good credibility. I am losing support for Ron Paul every day and people are turning hostile toward him. I was in the tea party debate audience when he was booed on foreign policy.
    They are turning hostile because they perceive a very frightening message from Ron Paul and those enemies who purport to portray his position. The only message that is getting across is “America will be weak, we will not defend ourselves, attacks on us are justified and everything will work out if crazy people have nuclear arms”. This is Ron Paul’s fault. He is allowing the media to put these words in his mouth and he is failing to deliver effective messages during the debates. He must be a disciplined candidate on foreign policy and develop talking points and stick with them. The honesty and philosophical discussion he offers at the microphone are lost on the listener who is having emotionally negative reactions that interfere with rational thought.
    Ron Paul needs to reassure Americans that as President he will defend them from attack. He will not tolerate any action by a foreign power that directly undermines our national security or threatens our foreign interests. While he can emphasize that most of our foreign entanglements are unnecessary and must end, he must recognize that there are people out there looking to harm us and we must act accordingly. Luckily, based on my understanding of Ron Paul’s Policy, I think he can honestly deliver these messages.
    He needs to get on O’Reilly and all major conservative radio and TV in the next week and have these messages ready for the 9/22 Fox debate in Orlando. He should not answer direct and dishonest “bait” questions from the Santorum crowd and the neo-con supporters. He should use these opportunities to deliver his message. He should stop speaking like a philosopher and start communicating the Presidential actions he would take as the Chief Executive. Here are messages he should deliver now.
    1. I will aggressively defend the U.S. if we are attacked anywhere on the planet and will attack and destroy any credible threat against us anywhere in the world.
    2. I will act decisively and with overwhelming force so our enemies will never have doubt of our resolve and will be very reluctant to attack us. The military will have no political limitations and their job will be done quickly. They will have good intelligence that makes us able to act with confidence.
    3. I will gain Congressional support when acting militarily and bring my case to the American people so they know why I am acting.
    4. I will not send our men and women and sons and daughters to die on foreign beaches for foolhardy nation-building or on adventures that do not make us safer, only enrich corporations profiting off of war, foreign bankers financing wars and global politicians who gain power.
    5. I will allow Americans to bring us back to prosperity so that we are once again the strongest nation in the world capable of defending ourselves. I will not allow us to be a puppet of UN directives who would turn us into the world’s police force and foreign powers like China who are trying to weaken us militarily.
    6. All other candidates are more than willing to commit us to destabilizing and economically devastating wars, a growing global military presence and covert actions. These steps will lead to police states to combat the rise of terrorism that is result from the blowback these steps produce. Their actions will produce worse results for Americans than the perceived benefit.
    He should have concrete examples prepared when he is pressed on these points. For instance he should say:
    1. If Iran is linked to attacks on American Troops serving anywhere in the world, I will expose that publically. I will go to Congress and seek approval for action and will launch overwhelming military action that would send a message to them and their countrymen that they should not even think of acting militarily against America directly or indirectly.
    2. I would put the world on alert that if a Weapon of Mass Destruction were used against American interests or on our soil that I would act with overwhelming force against the culprit and their destruction would be assured. This strategy still keeps foreign government with nuclear arms from attacking us and will work against foreign governments that aid terrorists.
    3. I would indicate to any government acting through another entity as a proxy to attack us that they will be revealed in public and they will suffer a devastating counter attack.
    4. We will responsibly withdraw overextended troops from foreign bases and redeploy them to the American border where they will ensure national security and provide an economic stimulus for America. This will help end the borrowing from foreign governments and the Federal Reserve that supports overseas operations and cripples us as a nation.
    5. I will rebuild a strong intelligence network so we know when foreign interests threaten us.
    He should conclude by saying:
    In this way, we will honor the warnings of George Washington to avoid foreign entanglements and Dwight Eisenhower’s warning about the military-industrial complex. As George Washington told us in his farewell address, if the Course that he and Ron Paul advocate is followed there will quickly come a time “…when belligerent nations, under the impossibility of making acquisitions upon us, will not lightly hazard the giving us provocation; when we may choose peace or War, as our interest guided by justice shall Counsel.” (Washington Farewell Address).
    If he becomes a disciplined candidate with good messaging, speaks as an Executive and does this damage control now he will get back on track quickly. If he does not do this, his candidacy will be effectively over and he will damage the credibility of those in the field working to influence the process on his behalf for years. He will let down people who have committed millions of dollars and tens of millions of man hours over many years to support his candidacy. More importantly, he will let the Washington power brokers and Federal Reserve defeat him and America using cheap shots at a debate that are easily countered.
    Dr. McKalip is a St. Petersburg neurological surgeon and member of the executive committee of the Florida Alliance, a coalition of Florida Tea Party Groups.

    David McKalip, M.D.
    Thank you Dr. Mckalip

    Ron Paul 2012, In Liberty from the Pacific Northwest

  • j ivje

    Dr. Paul. As I said a coupla weeks ago, I’m not going to vote for you, and I have a great deal of antipathy toward your senatorial son. That said, congratulations on your California prominence.

    I’m way, way to the left of you, but I am a proud American and appreciate (and listen to) your authentic voice. I may actually contribute to your campaign. I like having your voice out there–even while the “media” often discounts you.

    Fight on. Your truth is worth hearing. God bless you and yours.

    Grace and Peace, sir,


  • Steve

    Here is another one the will not be in the news.


    Ron Paul 2102, In Libery From the Pacific Northwest.

  • andrew

    Ron Paul is right about the government – there is no doubt that the government is the greatest problem that the US has ever face. If we cannot get rid of government in the US, we must move to a free country. Somalia seems to fit the bill*
    *Offer not valid for women, foreigners, religions who do not follow mine, the poor, non white people, white people ( after all, it is Somalia), gays (except good looking lesbians, until we stone them), and founding Fathers ( who for the most part, are not Christian). Amen!

    • toledotim

      We don’t want to get rid of our government. It took a long time to get this way, it will take a long time to get it restored for us. Anger doesn’t work. Thoughtful, planning does.

  • Stephan D. Markos

    What Ron Paul sees clearly, as did the Founders, is the evil of the powerful State. The federal government has metastiasized into a huge parasitic growth devouring the wealth and liberty of our society. I’ve been listening to so-called conservatives decry the abuse of our Constitution for many years and when a genuine statesman who believes in the restoration of American freedom and self-determination offers to run for President he is derided as a kook.
    Beck, Hannity, Rush, O’Reilly + inept Democratic administration = $$$$$$.
    The only difference between the left and right is where the money comes from. If Ron Paul is not elected President, I suggest formulating an escape plan.

    • rhoward

      starting my escape plan immediately 🙂

  • Joe

    O yeah, GO RON PAUL!!!

  • Joe

    What’s the worse thing that could happen to the Rep. party if they selected RP? Gain a massive Grassroots following, realign themselves with real patriots and Americans, prove that they are the “limited” government party, and prove that they are a party that selects intelligent leaders. Otherwise, they lose all this credibility, boom no more trump card and the socialist agenda. Unless they select Huntman who looks like he’s got a snowballs chance in hell of beating Obama or getting the nomination. I am not voicing my support for him, I just think that if we are going to go with the least of all evils in the others, it would be him. (I could be wrong) but his talking points at least seem to copy some of the tenets of Ron Paul. I wish i knew how well he believes/lives them. What i do know is that Mitsy, and the Rickster are wrong for this country. However, it seems that the media is willing to let them rip each other apart until they become unelectable because all their skeletons are revealed. I’d move to Canada before I’d vote for Rick Perry.

  • Bryan

    You have to find some way to gain more recognition through media without compromising your integrity. If these “moderators” are going to ask you why you hate America then turn around and ask Bachmann about the Federal Reserve, then the uninformed public will not understand what you truly represent. It may sound futile, but appear on something like the Daily Show as much as possible. The massive college crowd that watches his show daily (no pun intended) are looking for a leader to take us in the RIGHT direction (again no pun ; ). They made the wrong choice last time with Obama, now is the time to get your word out there and sway people to what you believe in, because collectively, if the nation truly was informed, you will own this election in 2012. The media wants Godzilla VS King Kong, or Bachmann VS Perry. So you need to find a way to shine. Best of luck. You have my vote.

  • Patriot Dave


    You and your husband need to let the scales fall from your eyes and understand that if you play with snakes, you’re going to get bit. America has had a 235 year tradition of expansionism, imperialism, manifest destiny, conquering for the sake of conquest, lies, and BS foreign policies that line the pockets of military-industrial elites.

    Don’t believe the war propaganda. Vote for a PRO-AMERICAN foreign policy, vote Ron Paul and END FOREIGN WARS and American Agression-Military Industrial Imperialism.

  • Greg

    Ron Paul was right on target with his commentary about the war on terror. You can’t judge the events that constitute this war without first having studied history. Ron Paul spoke the truth, and he was booed for it?

    My friends, the only way you can rectify an issue is you must first identify the cause. This can’t be done if you sugar-coat the truth or avoid it altogether. Think about it, would you want your doctor to beat-around-the-bush or to avoid telling you that you’re sick because you have cancer?

    Our country is obviously sick, and the cancer is federal spending.
    Visit these links for an idea of the money we could save if just two of Ron Paul’s ideas are put into play:

  • VJH from Arkansas

    We, as Americans, must ensure our nations future in this world. Our nation is young compared to other countries. We must learn from our mistakes, and we have allowed some obvious mistakes recently. Our fore fathers designed a near perfect country, but we have allowed freedoms to be thought of as rights. A strong military ensures our nations existence, but we do not need to be the worlds police force. We must govern our country based on needs and not wants during these trying days. The economy will turn around in due time, but patience must be practiced to ensure a good economical foundation. Ron Paul appears to be a man of the people. He seems to put his countries needs over his personal desires. This would be a great change from what we have now.

    • Matthew

      The US is actually one of the oldest countries around. North America is one of the more recently colonized land masses, but in terms of governments, the US is pretty old. The Napoleonic wars, the Spanish-American war, WW1, WW2, the expansion and then collapse of the Soviet Union, and several others have all redrawn boarders and rebuilt governments almost everywhere else.

      You need to know your history in order to learn from those “mistakes” you mentioned.

  • toledotim

    We know it is an up hill battle because the media and some businesses don’t want him in office. We (Americans) are always very inteligent when it finally gets to the very last, we will do what’s right. Go after the root of our economic problems and vote in a good change in leadership that will head in the right direction. Ron Paul 2012

  • Tom

    September 12, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Permalink | Reply

    It would be really great if Ron Paul could get any of the media behind him instead of overlooking him and trying to write him off. Ron Paul is the real “truth teller” of the bunch and it’s refreshing to hear the truth even if most of the population is to ignorant to listen and understand (not just us republicans).


    To say the media is “left-leaning” I think is an understatement. It would not be in the media’s best interest to promote a candidate who could possibly upset the status quo by defeating a President they obviously support.

  • Victor

    Mr. Paul, I was wondering if you could answer a question pertaining to documented birthweight rates as stated in CDC – Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance Report. Are aborted fetuses weighed and reported to CDC as part of birthweight data?

  • Joey

    I want to start by saying Ron Paul, i had heard little about you but once i caught on to the message i quickly jumped aboard. The way our country is moving has me very afraid for our future. Your propositions are sincere, make sense, and seem to be REAL solutions to the problems we are facing. From Ending the Fed, to putting back the Free market i support you 100%.

    I had to change my party from Democrat to Republican so that i could vote you into the primaries. The media “Black Out” Or lack of Ron Paul Coverage or the TRUTH in the statistics in poll’s is disgusting. It’s an absolute cover up to let you lead the Republican party and potentially become President and restore the order of this country..

    You have my vote Ron, Please save us all.

  • Tyler

    I would not consider myself a big follower in politics but I have watched some videos of both the Republican and Democratic presidential runners and Dr. Paul is the only one that does not come off as a liar with a hidden agenda. I’ll vote for the truth before I vote for a person that agrees with ALL of my beliefs just to receive my vote. -Ron Paul 2012

  • Janice

    Come on people be honest and tell just how many times you wish that you had voted with Ross Puroe years ago, well here’s your chance to get back that wish by voting for Ron Paul. I try to always keep this true , true thought “age and experience will beat youth and skill anyday” Ron Paul has 2 votes here!!!!!!

    • Joe

      I did vote for Perot. Unsure of this comparison, and strategy. We need RP on the Republican ticket. End of story. Fight the media.

  • Becky

    I was seriously considering voting for you until you made the comment about why we were attacked on Sept 11th. If you truly believe that the Muslim/Middle East does not want to hurt Americans because of what we stand for and the fact that we are America, then I think you need to review the last 10 yrs + worth of documented information. Hopefully, it won’t have to happen again for you to wake up to this fact. I agree with many/most of your views but that answer made me decide not to vote for you. I just felt like I needed to write and let you know that you lost a vote, actually two, as my husband was disappointed in the answer, as well.

    • John Parker for Southern Oregon

      Becky you are not ignorant, but your arguement is. You are basing your decision on 10yrs… So, you just want to decide what part of the past is admissable and forget the prior 60generations years?
      I bet you never ask what your kids did to get introuble, you just defend them from the angry party.

    • Ken

      Hey Becky,

      While choosing to vote for who you feel is the best for America is definitely your right, I think the reason for your change might be a little wrong.

      You say go back 10 yrs. but if you go back 20 yrs, 30 yrs. we have been pounding the crap out of the middle east for that long. We are attacking their country. When we were attacked I know I wanted to kick some ass on who attacked us, didn’t you?

      So how can you not understand that, yes they hate us but the reason is we have been screwing with the middle east for a long time.

      In no way do I condone what happened on 9/11 and the attack in Afghanistan
      was completely justified, in fact Ron Paul voted yes on the attack, but to think we can stick our nose in the affairs of other countries without repercussion is a little naive.

      I really hope you don’t abandon pretty much the last hope we have for America.

      Take Care,

    • Steve

      Becky, If you will, go back to the early 1950’s when the US put the Shaw in charge of Iran. I believe this was the start of their hate for us. The Shaw was a very bad man and killed a whole lot of his own people, man, women and children. I hope this will clear up your understanding why Dr. Paul said what he said.

      Ron Paul 2012, In Liberty from the Pacific Northwest

      • John Parker for Southern Oregon

        Some peoples ignorance is based on government propaganda and not misinformation but UNinformation. People refuse to verify the source, check out what lead upto the incidents and just feel the government wouldn’t lie… If she were to change her mind now, after she stated that, she would be a conformist, and it is unAmerican to admit you were wrong!
        I hope people in the northwest have the chance to view my Facebook political Page “John Parker for Southern Oregon” and support my campaign as well.
        Ron Paul 2012!

    • Ermin Siljkovic

      Hi Becky,

      What Dr. Paul is trying to say is that CIA research (see Michael Scheuer and Robert Pape) has shown that most terrorism (94%) is conducted by people with a political agenda and by those whose countries have been occupied — NOT because of an extremist view of the Islamic faith.

      I don’t know which studies you have read (please present them) but I highly recommend you read “Dying to Win” by Pape.

      Also, if you look around you will find that most muslims are law biding, hard working, family oriented people with the same concerns (and hopes!) as most average American people. To cast out a whole group of people as anti-American is wrong because it is simply just not true.

    • Debbie

      Sounds like you’ve drunk the koolaid.

    • Joe

      If you look at the last ten years of evidence what you really see is us going in to countries that we have no business being in, then thousands upon thousands of their civilians have been killed in the cross fire and you really think they hate us because we are america?

      Like I have told my brothers and sisters that are sitting in afghanistan and iraq right now. For every one civilian that is killed in the middle east, we create at least two terrorists. I understand this completely because I know that if some country killed my wife or my daughter I would not rest until I inflicted the pain of them that they had on me. That is called ideology and it is something that you cannot fight against. Every day that we are in the middle east is another day that we are perpetuating the creation of terrorists.

    • PauloPaul

      Hi, Becky. Tell me, is the belief system in Canada much different than our own? Not really. Then why is it that America and the UK are the being attacked and not Canada? What’s the difference? OH! We are continuously fighting and occupying THEIR nations with our military force. Canada is not intervening.

  • Il Duce

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