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Your Republican Presidential Candidate… Ron Paul

Ron Paul isn’t your average Republican candidate. Ron Paul was a Doctor for many years before becoming involved in politics. Some consider him to be the grandfather of the Tea Party. Ron Paul, on most accounts, is one of the few, or maybe the only, Congressperson who sticks to their principles and never waivers. He may become more or less popular, but his ideas are his, which don’t change due to the times or popular opinion. I do admire him for that. Ron Paul has served in the House of Representatives from 1976-77, 1979-85, and from 1997 to the present. He has announced that he will not seek another term in the House to concentrate on his presidential campaign. Currently, this is his third presidential campaign for Paul. Paul ran for president in 1988 as a Libertarian, in 2008 as a Republican, and is now running as a Republican.

Ron Paul is very straightforward on the issues. Paul is a strict constructionist. That term is generally used when talking about judges, but with Paul, it’s appropriate. He believes in following the Constitution to the letter and doesn’t vote for a bill that goes against the Constitution. What exactly does that mean? There are two “camps” in politics and political circles, those who see the Constitution as a “living document” and those who are “strict constructionists.”  Those who see the Constitution as a “living document” believe that the interpretation of the Constitution should change over time because of the changes in the times, morals, and technology. Paul believes in a minimal federal government, mainly because the 10th amendment of the Constitution gives any power not in the Constitution to the states, and that is where Paul believes they belong. Paul would overturn Roe v Wade and do everything in his power to prevent abortion from ever being a federal issue and to leave that issue to the states. Paul would eliminate the Federal Reserve System as it stands today, an organization with very little oversight that controls so much of our lives. Paul is a pro-second amendment, and his voting record proves this. The one thing that separates Paul from the pack is that he wants to pull back from the UN. He believes that the United States needs to stop policing the world and that we should only fight when our nation’s security is at risk. His entire voting record is online, and he is open with his positions and doesn’t use a lot of rhetoric. Ron Paul is really for returning America to a more traditional interpretation of the Constitution and, in turn to a much smaller government. He runs a brilliant campaign, and I hope he can get through because his ideas suit the country.

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