WASHINGTON, July 21, 2011—With the presidential race heating up, there have been many questions raised about Texas Congressman, Ron Paul, with many of these questions emerging from rumors or false information. Democrats are not alone in questioning who Ron Paul is, as Republicans and Independents are known to wonder as well.
Is he really anti-Israel?
Is it true that he’s pro-choice?
Unfortunately, there are some who are so desperate to keep this man out of the White House that they continue to promote these distortions. Therefore, the record must be set straight and a case must be made for the doctor from Texas.
The first and most common problem that conservatives have regarding Ron Paul is the assertion that he is weak on national defense. These individuals might need to be reminded that out of all the leading candidates, Ron Paul is the only one who has served in the military. He spent five years in the Air Force and the Air National Guard as a flight surgeon and reached the rank of Captain.
This was enough to impress Ronald Reagan who campaigned and endorsed Ron Paul when he ran for Congress.
“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.” Reagan said.
Out of all the candidates running for President, Dr. Paul is the only one to receive an endorsement from the late conservative icon, who would not have endorsed a weak man.
After he left the military, he went back to practicing private medicine.
As a ob/gyn, he has delivered over 4,000 babies. It was during this period where Paul was convinced that a fetus was a living human being who’s life should be protected, and since this time, he has always been pro-life.
Many social conservatives believe that he doesn’t share the same values as they do, and feel uncomfortable voting for him. They need only look at his personal life to be reassured. Paul is a practicing Baptist, and has been married to the same woman for over fifty years. He has five children and over a dozen grandchildren.
There can be no better example of a man with family values.
Due to some of his disagreements with the Republican Party, some have been quick to accuse him of not being conservative. This accusation has no legs to stand on, and the biggest evidence to show for that is his record. In twelve congressional terms, Paul has never voted to increase taxes, has never voted for a congressional pay raise, and has never voted for an unbalanced budget.
One would be hard pressed to find a more fiscally conservative individual.
One of the most ludicrous accusations against Dr. Paul is his supposed stance of being anti-Israel. This was most likely due to statements he has made saying that the United States should cease sending Israel foreign aid. The thing is, Ron Paul supports ending foreign aid to all nations. This would actually put Israel in a better position than they’re in right now. We currently give Israel’s enemies three times as much aid as we give Israel. By ending all foreign aid, we stop helping Israel’s enemies, and they’ll begin to grow less dependent.
What could be more pro-Israel than that?
It’s no secret that the economy and the debt will be the two largest issues in 2012, and Ron Paul has the most credibility on both issues. Back in September of 2003 he predicted the housing crash that would eventually occur in 2007, which led to the financial recession. This should convince most voters that he knows what he’s talking about. As for the debt, Ron Paul never votes for an unbalanced budget, so it can only be assumed that he would veto one as well. He would decrease spending and cut whole departments; something that most Republicans don’t have the political guts to do. These policies would go a long way towards shrinking the debt to at more manageable size.
While not the conventional politician, this may work to Dr. Paul’s advantage. People seem to be sick and tired of both Republicans and Democrats and are clamoring for something new.
Even with monumental gains in 2010, Republicans were not elected because they were liked. They were elected because they were not Democrats. People are longing for a change of the status quo, and Ron Paul can give it to them. Although some conservatives might be uncomfortable with a libertarian minded Republican, they would do well to listen to the philosophy of Ronald Reagan who once said, “I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism.”
Conor Murphy is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in political science. As a former radio talk show host on WVCW, Conor hosted two popular shows, Murphy’s Law and Son of the Revolution. You can read more of his columns in The Political Pro-Con at The Washington Times Communities.
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