Happy Birthday Ron Paul!
82 years ago in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a legend was born. That legend’s name is Ron Paul.
Ron Paul was often times the lone voice in Congress when it came to protecting American citizens from tyranny and socialism. Facing attacks from all sides of the political spectrum, he remained strong and the voice of reason.
He served in the United States military as a flight surgeon in the Air Force from 1963 to 1965 then served in the National Guard until 1968 after receiving his medical degree from Duke Unuversity.
He then moved to the great state of Texas where he began a private practice in obstetrics and gynecology.
Ron Paul’s political career started in April of 1976. He won a special election in District 22 in Texas, then lost the seat on 1978, only to win the seat back in 1980 and be re-elected in 1982.
He lost his bid for Senate in 1984, so he returned to practice medicine, but he was not done yet. In 1987, he resigned from the Republican party and announced his candidacy for the President of the United States under the Libertarian Party.
This created a problem within the pro-choice party, but nonetheless, he succeeded in winning the nomination, and 432,179 votes in the general election.
While this was a very small percentage of the vote (0.5% to be exact), he said he did not run just to win the office, but to also wanted to spread the idea of liberty to young people. He said ” We’re just as interested in the future generation as this election. These kids will vote eventually, and maybe, just maybe, they’ll go home and talk to their parents”.
Paul entered Congress again in 1996 after a very difficult primary vs Greg Laughlin. He was helped out by MLB pitcher Nolan Ryan, Steve Forbes, and Pat Buchanan. He remains in Congress until 2012 when he announced his bid to become the GOP candidate for President of the United States.
He only ever had one bill signed into law. He was often over looked because of his libertarian views.
Paul ran for President in 2008. He was ignored by main stream media, but captured the attention of young people throughout the country. His YouTube account had more subscribers than any other candidate. He raised more money in the 4th quarter in 2007 than all other GOP candidates because of grass roots fundraising.
Unfortunately, his extreme support was not large enough to win the primary season. So, he gave it another shot on 2012.
2012’s election featured many attacks on him because of newsletters written under his organization. They included racist and homophobic messages. Paul, although not the author of those writings, took full responsibility and apologized. He ultimately went on to have great success in Iowa, but his success declined from there. On May 14th of 2012, he stopped actively campaigning duento lack of funds.
His supporters staged a walk out at the Republican National Convention after rules were adopted to lower the delegate count that would make it harder for anti-establishment candidates to win in later elections along with delegations that had the most support from Paul that were given the worst seats in the hall.
Ron Paul lost the battle, but the war has yet to finish. He founded the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity. He endorsed the libertarian student group Young Americans for Liberty. Most importantly, he showed people the way toward a better, freer America.
Recently, attacks on Ron Paul have continued. Members of the Libertarian Party have gone out of their way to attack their most popular ally. Chairman Nicholas Sarwark attacked Ron’s strong support for decentralization. The former Research Vice President of the Cato Institute said Ron Paul was a xenophobe and was anti free trade for opposing all trade agreements.
It is a disgusting and vile attack on the most honorable member of liberty. Left-libertarians should be ashamed for attacking one of the only people who stood between them and statism. They can ally themselves with Communists, but reject the real “Original Libertarian”.
In conclusion, be greatful for August 20th, 1935. Without it, we may have never seen libertarian philosophy in our legislature today. Ron Paul captures the hearts and minds of people everywhere and provided the best possible avenue for Liberty in government. He raised our best Senator, Rand Paul. He is the founding father of a libertarian future.
Happy birthday, Ron Paul!