An Open Letter to Conservatives On Behalf of Ron Paul

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Doctor Ron
Paul has always been a conservative. He first became politically
active supporting Barry Goldwater's presidential campaign in 1964,
while he was serving as an Air Force flight surgeon. Ron Paul was
one of the few congressmen to rally behind Ronald Reagan's 1976
bid for the GOP presidential nomination. He was first elected to
Congress in 1976 on a Reagan-esque platform of halting inflation,
cutting taxes, and shutting down unconstitutional Federal programs.
Paul is currently in his tenth term in Congress, where he has earned
the nickname "Dr. No" for his strict, constant refusal
to vote in favor of legislation that does not pass Constitutional
muster.

Ron Paul has
never voted to raise taxes and never voted to approve deficit spending.
From 2001 to 2004 alone he voted against over 700 bills that would
expand the federal government.

Paul's campaign
to re-enter Congress in the 1990's was backed by the likes of Steve
Forbes and hard-core conservatives across the country. His presidential
bid has been endorsed by none other than Barry Goldwater, Jr., and
Dr. Paul has won much acclaim from noted conservatives such as Pat
Buchanan, Bob Novak, and Milton Friedman.

The following
is a sampling of Ron Paul's voting record, and legislation he sponsored
in Congress, which highlights his truly Conservative stance on the
big issues.

Gun Rights

Texas Republican
Paul is one of only 4 House members to earn an A+ rating from Gun
Owners of America, indicating gun rights "leadership"
in the form of introducing pro-2nd-Amendment legislation.
Gun Owners of America characterizes Paul thusly:

Ron Paul
has been a leader in the fight to defend and restore the Second
Amendment. He has sponsored legislation to repeal the following:

  • the Brady
    law;
  • the requirement
    to lock up your safety (guns);
  • the law
    permitting the US to be part of the UN (which, among other attacks
    on American freedoms, seeks to ban privately transferred firearms);
  • participation
    in UNESCO — which has been used to dumb down US education standards;
  • the federal
    prohibition on importation of guns on a sporting basis test;
  • federal
    prohibitions on any pilot wishing to carry a handgun to and in
    his cockpit; and, the so-called “assault weapons” ban (prior to
    its sunsetting in 2004).

Immigration/
Border Security

Ron Paul voted
FOR the Secure Fence Act of 2006, authorizing the fencing
of large swaths of the southern border.

Paul voted
FOR enhanced border security in 2002 (H.R. 3525), which called for
more border guards, and stricter Visa rules, especially on visas
issued to terrorist-spawning countries like Saudi Arabia.

Ron Paul is
the only candidate calling for an end to birthright citizenship
– one of the biggest incentives for illegal immigration.

  • Sponsor,
    H.J. RES 46: Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the
    United States to deny United States citizenship to individuals
    born in the United States to parents who are neither United States
    citizens nor persons who owe permanent allegiance to the United
    States.

Pro-Life

Dr. Ron Paul
was an ob-gyn who delivered over 4,000 babies in private practice.
He has always been staunchly pro-life, and takes the proper Constitutional
position that criminal laws are determined by the states and the
US Supreme Court should have no jurisdiction in the matter. Paul
voted for the Right to Life Constitutional Amendment in his early
years in Congress. More recently, he has sought the Constitutional
option of removing federal court jurisdiction over abortion laws.

In 2005 and
2007, Paul introduced the Sanctity of Life Act (H.R. 300), which
would remove federal court jurisdiction over abortion cases arising
from state laws and effectively negate Roe
v. Wade
as binding legal precedent.

  • Sponsor,
    H.R.1094:
    To provide that human life shall be deemed to exist from conception.
  • Voted to
    ban partial-birth abortion (Partial Birth Abortion Ban of 2003)

War on Terror/
Foreign Policy

Paul voted
FOR US forces going in Afghanistan in 2001 to hunt down Bin Laden
(H.J. RES 64), but AGAINST nation building in Afghanistan (H.R.
3994, May 2002)

"I supported
going after Al Qaida into Afghanistan — but, lo & behold,
the neocons took over. They forgot about Bin Laden. And what they
did, they went into nation-building, not only in Afghanistan,
they went unjustifiably over into Iraq. And that’s why we’re in
this mess today." –Ron Paul, Iowa Straw Poll debate

Voted FOR enhanced
border security in 2002 (HR 3525), which provided for more border
guards and stricter visa rules.

Constitutional
Anti-Terrorism legislation introduced by Ron Paul:

  • Sponsor,
    H.R.3216
    (Marque and Reprisal Act)
    : To authorize the President to issue
    letters of marque and reprisal with respect to certain acts of
    air piracy upon the United States on September 11, 2001, and other
    similar acts of war planned for the future.
  • Sponsor,
    H.R.3217
    (Terror Immigration Elimination Act)
    : To limit the issuance
    of student and diversity immigrant visas to aliens who are nationals
    of Saudi Arabia, countries that support terrorism, or countries
    not cooperating fully with United States antiterrorism efforts.

Ron Paul: "The
fight against terrorism should be fought largely at our borders."

  • Sponsor,
    H.R. 3305 (Anti-Terrorism Act of 2007): Provides that no federal
    agency shall prohibit an airline pilot, copilot, or navigator,
    or law enforcement person specifically detailed for protection
    of an aircraft, from carrying a firearm.

Ron Paul has
always stood firm for national sovereignty; that's why he has consistently
called for US withdraw from the UN:

  • Sponsor,
    H.R. 1146, "To end membership of the United States in the
    United Nations."
  • Sole Sponsor,
    H.R. 3890 "A bill to limit United States contributions to
    the United Nations."

He even tried
to get the US out of the Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty!

  • Sole Sponsor,
    H.J.RES.566: "A joint resolution withdrawing the United States
    of America from the Treaty on the Limitation of Anti-Ballistic
    Missile Systems, and the Interim Agreement Protocol, and Agreed
    Interpretations of the Treaty, signed of May 26, 1972."

Economic Policy

As an ardent
student of economics in the tradition of the great free-marketers
Hayek and von Mises, Ron Paul is definitely the most conservative
Congressman when it comes to economic policy:

  • Sponsor,
    H.J. RES. 23, Constitutional Amendment to abolish the income tax
  • Sponsor,
    H.R.1662, requiring the government to mint gold bullion coins
    (passed)
  • Sponsor,
    H.R.2415:
    To reduce the price of gasoline by allowing for offshore drilling,
    eliminating Federal obstacles to constructing refineries and providing
    incentives for investment in refineries, suspending Federal fuel
    taxes when gasoline prices reach a benchmark amount, and promoting
    free trade.

Congressman
Paul has been consistently critical of the Federal Reserve as the
cause of inflation and business cycles. He has repeatedly called
for the abolition of the central bank and a return to hard money,
as authorized by the Constitution (Art. I Sec. 8 and 10). In an
early term in Congress, Paul introduced legislation to decrease
congressional pay by the rate of inflation.

Additionally,
Dr. Paul has tirelessly introduced legislation to reduce taxes on
tips and dividends, end the death tax, institute numerous tax deductions,
and otherwise whittle away at the IRS.

"The
only one behaving like a real republican is Ron Paul, who actually
wants to cut spending and get government out of our lives. He
won't win the nomination because too many republicans are into
handouts and redistribution, just like democrats." ~ Cal
Thomas

"If
the Framers of the Constitution were somehow to come back, Ron
Paul is one of possibly only three people in Congress that they'd
even talk to." ~ Walter Williams, Economist and regular fill-in
for Rush Limbaugh

"Ron
Paul is one of the outstanding leaders fighting for a stronger
national defense. As a former Air Force officer, he knows well
the needs of our armed forces, and he always puts them first.
We need to keep him fighting for our country." ~ Ronald Reagan

For a more
comprehensive report of Ron Paul's record and conservative views,
see here
and here.

January
31, 2008

Tyler Watts
[send him mail] is a
PhD Economics student at George Mason University and a family man
with 2 young kids.

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