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Ron Paul

Ron Paul (2007)

Ronald Ernest "Ron" Paul (Born August 20, 1935 in Green Tree, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American doctor and politician. He is a member of the Republican Party and currently a member of the United States House of Representatives. Paul was a candidate for the Libertarian Party in the 1988 US presidential election and was a candidate for Republican candidacy for the 2008 presidential election. In May 2011, he announced his re-application for the Republican nomination as a candidate for the next presidential election.[1]


Paul was born the third of five sons. Some of his ancestors come from Hessen.[2] After graduating from high school in Dormont, Pennsylvania, Paul studied at Gettysburg College, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Sciences degree in biology in 1957. In the same year he married Carol Wells. After graduating, Paul began studying medicine at Duke University. In the following years he worked mainly in obstetrics and as a gynecologist in Lake Jackson, Texas. Ron Paul and his wife have five children. His son Rand Paul, also a doctor, ran successfully for the United States Senate in the November 2010 election for the Republicans in Kentucky.

Political career

Paul began to be actively involved in the Republican Party in 1971. Richard Nixon had lifted the gold standard for the dollar - a decision Paul still rejects to this day.[3] In 1974 Paul ran for the first time for Congress in the 22nd constituency of Texas, but lost to Democrat Robert R. Casey. From 1976 to 1977 and from 1979 to 1985 he was the MP for the 22nd constituency of Texas. Since his re-election in 1997, he has represented the 14th Texas district in the US House of Representatives to this day.

In the 1988 US presidential election, Paul ran as a candidate for the Libertarian Party after beating Sioux activist Russell Means and musician Frank Zappa in the primaries. As a motivation for the candidacy Paul cited his dissatisfaction with the financial policy and the high deficit of the administrations under President Reagan and Vice-President Bush. In the end, he received 431,750 (0.47%) votes.[4]

2008 presidential election

Ron Paul with his wife Carol on a campaign appearance in Fort Lauderdale.

On January 11, 2007, Paul announced his interest in running for the 2008 presidential election and announced on March 12, 2007 as a guest at Washington Journal of the broadcaster C-SPAN officially announced its candidacy.[5] Paul was considered an outsider candidate from the start, which was reflected in the echo of the print media and television. Since Paul's views contradict the mainstream of the Republican Party in several respects and he is also far less known than competitors such as Rudolph Giuliani, Mitt Romney, Fred Thompson and John McCain, he was often given little chance in the party candidate election. Correspondingly, Paul only achieved between 1 and 6% in national polls by opinion polls.[6] He held his candidacy until June 12, 2008, although John McCain had gathered an absolute majority of the delegates behind him since the beginning of March.[7]

During the election campaign, Paul won an active supporter community, which is mainly coordinated via the Internet. According to server services like Alexa Internet, Paul's website was visited far more frequently than the pages of the Republican and Democratic top candidates like Rudolph Giuliani, Mitt Romney, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama or John Edwards. The large discrepancy between popularity on the Internet and coverage in traditional media is often noticed by commentators and is a source of sharp criticism from the media among Paul supporters. Others, however, point out that these are informal surveys (such as the telephone and online surveys which Ron Paul emerged as the winner after five of the six TV debates), in which, for example, multiple clicks by one Person is possible and which are therefore not scientifically usable. In serious surveys, his values ​​stayed in the lower single-digit range.[8]

With many of the so-called Straw polls - Test elections, which usually require the presence of the voter who pays admission to participate - Paul also did well. So could Paul Straw polls Win in regions of Nevada, Alabama, Oklahoma, Oregon, Georgia, New Jersey, Maryland, New Hampshire, Texas, New York, and Pennsylvania. [9] Paul was able to achieve further success in the area of ​​fundraising. In the third quarter of 2007, a good five million dollars were donated, which was an increase of 114% over the second quarter. Reports also made headlines that Paul, the only Republican opponent of the Iraq war, has raised more donations from military personnel than any other candidate, whether Republican or Democratic.[10]

The extremely contradictory results of the opinion polls and the sharp increase in donations and media coverage made it difficult to predict Paul's performance in the run-up to the primaries. At times, Paul was referred to in the American mass media as dark horse (in approximately unknown size or Surprise candidate) described[11], however, most commentators thought it unlikely that Ron Paul, as an opponent of the Iraq war, could win the Republican party primaries.

On May 15, 2007, Paul aroused strong opposition and public reaction when he made American foreign policy responsible for the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 in a debate broadcast by the Republican presidential candidates in Columbia, South Carolina, on Fox News Channel.[12][13]Rudolph Giuliani then attacked Paul, describing his statement as absurd and trying to create the impression that Paul had blamed the American people for the terrorist attacks. In interviews after the discussion, Paul emphasized that he held foreign policy and not the American people to be responsible for the attacks, and referred to the same verdict in the report of the official commission of inquiry into the attacks of September 11, 2001.

On May 13, 2011, Ron Paul formally announced his candidacy for the 2012 presidential election on Good Morning America on American Broadcasting Company.[14]

See also:2008 United States Presidential Election and 2008 United States Presidential Election Primary Results

Donation records

Within one day, November 5, 2007, following the anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot, Ron Paul took action, launched by grassroots activists, not coordinated with the official election campaign[15] $ 4.38 million online.[16] This sum is considered to be the highest amount a politician has ever earned online. In total, around 40,000 supporters donated an average of $ 103.[17] This so-called Money Bomb Event also led to increased attention from TV news channels[18] and the press.[19][20]

On December 16, 2007, based on the Boston Tea Party of 1773, Ron Paul was able to again through another grassroots action[21] collect approximately $ 6.04 million online.[22] This sum is the highest sum that a politician has earned anywhere in the world within 24 hours.[23] The previous record holder for both offline and online donations was former presidential candidate John Kerry in 2004 with approximately $ 5.7 million.[24]

In total, around 58,407 supporters, including 24,915 first-time donors, donated an average of $ 102.[25] Once again Paul managed to get media attention.[26][27] In 2007, Paul's total donation income was approximately $ 28 million, of which over $ 19.7 million was in the fourth quarter.

In September 2008, Paul announced that he would not endorse McCain's Republican presidential nomination. He justified this with fundamental differences in content, especially in foreign and financial policy.[28]

Controversy over newsletters

In January 2008, Ron Paul came under pressure when The New Republic Published excerpts from newsletters published under his name in the 1980s and 1990s.[29] These publications (Ron Paul’s Freedom Report, Ron Paul Political Report, The Ron Paul Survival Report and The Ron Paul Investment Letter) contained comments that were criticized as racist, anti-gay and conspiracy theory.[30] Ron Paul stated that he had neither written nor read the criticized articles and did not know who wrote them; besides, as a libertarian, he could not be a racist because racism was a collectivist idea.[31] The libertarian magazine Reason named, citing sources in the paleolibertarian movement, Lew Rockwell, who was Paul's chief of staff in his convention bureau from 1978 and 1982 and is now the web magazine LewRockwell.com operates as the ghostwriter who primarily wrote the articles in the newsletters. Also quoted Reason a tax bill from 1994, showing the company's annual income Ron Paul & Associates, who published the newsletters were $ 940,000.[32]

Political positions

Paul's political stance is described as paleoliberal, constitutional, and conservative. The basis of Ron Paul's political views is a strict constitutionalism, an influential legal policy view in the USA that all constitutional organs are only allowed to do those actions that the United States Constitution expressly provides, in contrast to the view that only expressly prohibits politics . In addition, Paul grants the citizen the greatest possible political and economic independence, which also means that there is no state social security, etc. Paul sees himself in the tradition of the founding fathers. He sees himself as an "old school" Republican and actively distances himself from neoconservatism and the Bush administration. In his view, he represents the original ideals of the Republicans and accuses other members of having left this line because the founders of the Republican Party had pursued the goals of his policy.[33]

Foreign policy

Paul is best known for his rejection of the Iraq war and the idea of ​​a non-interventionist foreign policy in the tradition of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson[34] (see also Monroe Doctrine). Paul voted against the Iraq War Resolution[35] and advocates an immediate withdrawal of the US Army. He also rejects support for Libyan rebels in the course of the Arab Spring.[36] Paul's non-interventionist stance goes so far that he advocates a US withdrawal from NATO, the UN and the WTO,[37] a position that has earned him the charge of isolationism. However, he speaks out against isolationism and calls for a "strong America that does open trade with other nations, travels them, communicates with them and maintains diplomatic relations". Paul tries in his favor that it was always Republican presidents like Eisenhower who would have freed the armed forces from hopeless engagements. In addition, he points out that George W. Bush advertised in the 2000 presidential election campaign with an explicitly non-interventionist foreign policy and his rejection of military operations and Nation building expressed.

Domestic politics

Paul's domestic positions also brought him into conflict with much of the Republican Party and the Bush administration. He voted against the USA PATRIOT Act back in 2001, stating, "Everything we did in response to the 9/11 attacks - from the Patriot Act to the Iraq War - only reduced freedom in America." [38] He advocates a dissolution of the Department of Homeland Security. Paul also campaigns for an end to the so-called war on drugs and, based on his understanding of individual freedom, for a more liberal drug policy and the medical use of cannabis. Paul also advocates protecting Julian Assange and WikiLeaks' freedom of expression to the same extent as it does for mainstream media in relation to the publication of information. [39]

On other domestic issues, Paul agrees with Conservative Republicans and differs widely from the Democratic position. According to Paul, part of personal self-determination is the right to bear arms; the lobby organization Gun Owners of America awarded Paul as the only presidential candidate A + rating ("1 +" rating). Paul also advocates a stricter migration policy and has for the Secure Fence Act of 2006 voted, which provides for the construction of an approx. 1100 km long fence on the border with Mexico, emphasizing that he would vote against this agreement if there were no state social programs.

Paul rejects national regulations on same-sex marriage and explains that the individual states should decide on their introduction. When asked if he supports same-sex marriages, Paul said, "I support any voluntary bond, whatever people might call it." [40] Paul describes himself as "pro-life", that is, as an opponent of abortion. He initiated a bill to stipulate that human life begins with conception. He is also fighting to deprive federal courts of the right to review state-enacted abortion laws, which may result in the annulment of the Roe v. Wade judgment of the Supreme Court.[41]

Paul calls the American social programs a house of cards, since the demographic development makes the programs unaffordable in a few decades. Since he does not see medical treatment as a human right, he advocates that employees can refuse to participate in social insurance such as Medicare and Medicaid, with the result that they no longer have to pay social contributions (payroll tax) and no longer have any claims to have [42]. He is a critic of the American health system. In doing so, he rejects both “universal healthcare” based on the European model and private health insurances, as their costs would continue to rise as long as it is not the patient but a third party that pays the bills.[43]

Financial and economic policy

Paul sees himself as a representative of the free market economy in the sense of the Austrian school of economics. The goals of his policy are deregulation and low taxes. Accordingly, he proposes the dissolution of the national tax authority IRS and the Federal Reserve Bank (with the simultaneous reintroduction of the gold standard) and advocates a “lean state”, but on the other hand rejects the NAFTA trade agreement and membership in international institutions such as the WTO as a threat the sovereignty of the United States. He would also like to abolish the nationwide income tax.[44]


  • Gold, Peace, and Prosperity. The Birth of a New Economy. Foundation for Rational Economics and Education. Lake Jackson (Texas) 1981 (PDF; 3.84 MB)
  • with Lewis Lehrman: The case for gold. A Minority Report of the U.S. Gold Commission. Cato Institute, 1982; Ludwig von Mises Institute, Auburn (Alabama) 2007, ISBN 0-932790-31-3 (PDF; 10.55 MB)
  • Abortion and Liberty. Foundation for Rational Economics and Education, Lake Jackson (Texas) 1983, ISBN 0-912453-02-8
  • Ten Myths About Paper Money. Foundation for Rational Economics and Education, Lake Jackson (Texas) 1983
  • Mises and Austrian Economics. A personal view. Ludwig von Mises Institute, Auburn (Alabama) 1984 (PDF; 5.14 MB)
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  • Challenge to Liberty. Coming to Grips with the Abortion Issue. Foundation for Rational Economics and Education, Lake Jackson (Texas) 1990
  • The Ron Paul Money Book. Plantation Publishing, 1991
  • The New Money Survival Handbook. Plantation Publishing, 1993
  • A Foreign Policy of Freedom. Peace, Commerce, and Honest Friendship. Foundation for Rational Economics and Education, Lake Jackson (Texas) 2007, ISBN 0-912453-00-1
  • The Revolution, A Manifesto. Grand Central Publishing, 2008, ISBN 978-0-446-53751-3
  • End the Fed. Grand Central Publishing, September 16, 2009, ISBN 978-0-446-54919-6
  • Free the world from the US Federal Reserve! Why the Federal Reserve needs to be abolished. Kopp-Verlag, 2010, ISBN 978-3-942016-31-5
  • Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom. Grand Central Publishing, 2011, ISBN 978-1455501458

Individual evidence

  1. US election: Ron Paul goes into the race against ObamaThe press, May 13, 2011
  2. The Ancestors of Ron Paul by William Addams Reitwiesner
  3. ↑ Texas Monthly: Dr. No, October 2001 (subscription)
  4. ↑ The New York Times: 1988 Vote: The Final Word, December 29, 1988
  5. ↑ ABC: Texas Lawmaker Joins Presidential, March 12, 2007
  6. ↑ Development of the survey values ​​at the national level on PollingReport.com
  7. ↑ n-tv: McCain is through - Clinton is back, March 5, 2008
  8. ↑ CNN: The Ron Paul phenomenon?, June 8, 2007
  9. Straw Poll Results on the campaign website of Ron Paul
  10. ↑ ABC: Ron Paul's Impressive Haul, October 3, 2007
  11. ↑ ABC: Ron Paul: Republican Dark Horse, October 6, 2007
  12. Republican Presidential Debate. In: CNN. Retrieved June 5, 2007, February 19, 2011: "[The problem is] that we succumb to the temptation to protect oil interests by literally going out and fighting wars over oil ... [The most pressing moral issue in the United States right now] is the acceptance just recently that we now promote was preemptive. I do not believe that's part of the American tradition. We, in the past, have always declared war in defense of our liberties or go to aid somebody. But now we have accepted the principle of preemptive war. "
  13. ↑ MISSING EVIDENCE for the [transcript] on the Council on Foreign Relations website: “They attack us because we've been over there; we've been bombing Iraq for 10 years. "
  14. ^ Rep. Ron Paul announces candidacy for president. CNN on May 13th
  15. This November 5th - Ron Paul Mass Donation Day
  16. ↑ Graphic on ronpaulgraphs.com
  17. ↑ Graphics on paulcash.slact.net
  18. ↑ Fox News Channel: Ron Paul Sets Online Fundraising Record with $ 4.2 Million in One Day, November 6, 2007
  19. ↑ The New York Times: Candidate’s Pleased to Remember This Fifth of November, November 6, 2007
  20. ↑ Reuters: Longshot White House hopeful Paul takes in $ 4.3 million, November 6, 2007
  21. Tea party 07
  22. ↑ Graphic on ronpaulgraphs.com
  23. ↑ Wired: Ron Paul Supporters Make History with $ 6 Million Online Haul, December 17, 2007
  24. ↑ USA Today: "Money bomb": Ron Paul raises $ 6 million in a 24-hour period, December 17, 2007
  25. ↑ Graphics on paulcash.slact.net
  26. ↑ ABC: Paul Raises $ 6 Million in 24-Hour Effort, December 16, 2007
  27. ↑ Los Angeles Times: Ron Paul collects more than $ 6 million in a single day, December 17, 2007
  28. ↑ Ron Paul on CNN: No statement of support in favor of John McCain
  29. ↑ The New Republic: Angry White Man, January 8, 2008
  30. ↑ The New Republic: Selections From Ron Paul's Newsletters, January 8, 2008; More Selections From Ron Paul's Newsletters, January 14, 2008 (with links to the originals in PDF format)
  31. ↑ CNN: Ron Paul’s 90s newsletters rant against blacks, gays, January 11, 2008
  32. ↑ Reason: Who Wrote Ron Paul’s Newsletters?, January 16, 2008
  33. ↑ The New York Times: The Antiwar, Anti-Abortion, Anti-Drug-Enforcement-Administration, Anti-Medicare Candidacy of Dr. Ron Paul, July 22, 2007
  34. Entangling Alliances Distort our Foreign Policy, Column on Ron Paul's Congress website, September 16, 2002
  35. Arguments Against a War in Iraq, Address to Congress, September 4, 2002
  36. ↑ See http://www.ronpaul.com/2011-03-17/ron-paul-libya-is-not-the-american-peoples-fight/
  37. American Independence and Sovereignty, Text collection at the Ron Paul Library
  38. The 9-11 Commission Charade, Article for LewRockwell.com, Aug. 24, 2004
  39. ↑ 'Rep. Ron Paul defends WikiLeaks, article on WL Central, December 3, 2010
  40. Candidates @ Google: Ron Paul, Video on YouTube, July 13, 2007
  41. Issue: Life and Liberty, Ron Paul's campaign website
  42. ↑ Ron Paul on Social Security (English)
  43. ↑[1]
  44. End the Income Tax - Pass the Liberty Amendment, Address to Congress, January 30, 2003

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