City of Roses
Regina, thanks for sharing your view on Ron Paul there.
Of course, there are some issues where I disagree with him strongly on, including abolishing the Department of Education altogether, returning to the gold standard, pulling us out of the United Nations and disagree with his views on same-sex adoption and "Don't Ask, Don't Tell". Those particular positionings are somewhat unsettling to me.
However, Ron Paul strikes me as that individual who you may disagree with him strongly on some issues, but abiding by the true libertarian and constitutional philosophy is his calling card, and you can feel that he can at least be trusted to be honest with Americans in where he stands and what he believes.
Firstly, his voting record is consistent to the traditional conservative notion of fiscal responsibility. He has never voted to raise taxes, nor has he has ever voted for an unbalanced budget.
Secondly, his voting record is consistent to the traditonal conservative notion of small government. He voted against the USA Patriot Act, has condemned warrantless wiretapping, opposes eminent domain, he never votes for legislation unless the bill is expressly authorized by the Constitution, and has acknowledged that "the biggest threat to our privacy is the government."
And finally, his voting record is consistent to the traditional conservative notion of non-interventionism, while also having a strong military and national defense. He voted against the war in Iraq where almost the entire rest of the party voted the other way, but also has devoted a lifetime in his Texas community to honoring veterans and their families every step of the way. He has also served our country and has a six-point plan for border security and immigration reform.
In addition, Ron Paul is one of the cleanest representatives in Congress in terms of ethics. According to a report by Clean Up Washington, Ron Paul has the fourth highest percentage of contributions from small donors among all House members, and has accepted the seventh-lowest amount of PAC money of all House members in the same study. Also, according to OpenSecrets.org, Ron Paul has taken the least percentage of special interest money as compared to every other Republican candidate.
The point is, while I do hold my share of disagreements with him on some issues, I also vote for candidates based on their conviction and personal integrity, and Ron Paul is an individual who speaks with clarity and integrity, easily more so than any other presidential candidate from EITHER party (besides Dennis Kucinich, another candidate who I have some strong disagreements with but also is a candidate with integrity). I hold great respect for principled individuals like Paul, and despite certain disagreements, I believe his record, his experience and his ability to speak the truth are all incredible assets and THAT is what makes him appear more electable to me than all other GOP presidential candidates this election season.
I can honestly say that, if Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic nomination and the GOP nominee is one of the four current front-runners, and Ron Paul runs a third-party candidacy, I will vote for Ron Paul because I truly believe he is a far more authentic candidate than either one of those five.
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