Amazing Ron Paul story from thenevadacaucus.comSubmitted by svigue on Mon, 01/16/2012 - 17:04
Everyone needs to read this story. It's from the Nevada caucus website. This is really good. Especially the last part about the 2008 campaign.
Ron Paul has had an active and busy life and he has many accomplishments.
Ron Paul was born August 20, 1935 in Pittsburgh, Pennslyvania. He received a B.S. degree in biology at Gettysburg College in 1957. He was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. After earning an M.D. degree from the Duke University School of Medicine, he was a U.S. Air Force flight surgeon during the 1960s.
In 1974, Paul ran for 22nd district seat and lost to incumbent Robert R. Casey. President Gerald Ford appointed Casey to head the Federal Maritime Commission, and Paul won a 1976 special election to fill the seat. Months later in the general election, Paul lost to Democrat Robert Gammage, by fewer than 300 votes. He then defeated Robert Gammage in a 1978 rematch, and was reelected in 1980 and 1982.
In 1996, Paul was re-elected to Congress in Texas's 22nd District. Paul entered the race hopeful that his Constitutionalist policies of tax cuts, closing federal agencies, and curbing the U.N. would have broader support than in the past. The Republican National Committee focused instead on encouraging Democrats to switch parties, as Paul's primary opponent, incumbent Greg Laughlin, had done in 1995. The party threw its full weight behind Laughlin, including support from House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Texas Governor George W. Bush, and the National Rifle Association. Paul responded by running newspaper ads quoting Gingrich's harsh criticisms of Laughlin's Democratic voting record 14 months earlier. Paul won the primary and the seat in the general election.Ron Paul has authored many bills than such as term limits, abolishing the income tax and abolishing the Federal Reserve that have died in committee, but he has also written successful legislation to prevent eminent domain seizures. By amending other legislation, he has barred funding for national identification numbers, funding for federal teacher certification, International Criminal Court jurisdiction over the U.S. military, American participation in any U.N. global tax, and surveillance on peaceful First Amendment activities by citizens.
Ron Paul introduced a bill to repeal the 1973 War Powers Resolution (WPR) and reinstate the process of formal declaration of war by Congress.
He introduced Sunlight Rule legislation, which requires lawmakers to take enough time to read bills before voting on them.
He was one of six Republicans to vote against the Iraq War Resolution.
With Oregon representative Peter DeFazio sponsored a resolution to repeal the war authorization.
He has introduced several bills to apply tax credits toward education, including credits for parental spending on public, private, or homeschool students (Family Education Freedom Act); for salaries for all K–12 teachers, librarians, counselors, and other school personnel; and for donations to scholarships or to benefit academics (Education Improvement Tax Cut Act). In accord with his political positions, he has also introduced the Sanctity of Life Act, the We the People Act, and the American Freedom Agenda Act.
In the 1988 presidential election, Paul defeated American Indian activist Russell Means to win the Libertarian Party nomination for president. On the ballot in 46 states and the District of Columbia, Paul placed third in the popular vote with 432,179 votes behind Republican winner George H. W. Bush and Democrat Michael Dukakis. In 2008 Ron Paul ran for president for the Republican nomination and received a very respectable 10% of the vote. Nationally he became somewhat of an internet phenomenon raising millions of dollars form individual contributors and effectively started the "Ron Paul Revolution". Though his race for the presidency failed in 2008 in failed to win the nomination, it didn't fail to build a strong grassroots following and it opened the door for the creation of the Tea Party.