ListVerse.com's Top 10 Most Conservative Recent Congressmen: No.1 = Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul!Submitted by AnCapMercenary on Mon, 04/30/2012 - 20:47
"He is without a doubt the most ideologically consistent and conservative man to have served in Congress since 1937, if not in the entire history of the United States."
1. Ron Paul (1935- ), Republican, Texas, 1976-77, 1979-85, 1997-2013.
Yep… Ron Paul is #1! Some of you may be scratching your heads on this one. Isn’t this the guy who voted against the Patriot Act and the Iraq War? Yes he is! Although these votes may detract from his conservative image, in truth, his votes on so many other matters over-weigh the impact of those votes. His votes against the Patriot Act and the Iraq War have conservative justifications to them and score him points among the paleo-conservative crowd. Ron Paul’s start in Congress was in a special election for Texas’s 22nd district in 1976. As a new Congressman, Paul was one of the first to support Ronald Reagan for the Republican nomination for President. Paul lost his bid for reelection in 1976 but came back in the 1978 midterm elections. Paul was critical of the expansion of government as well as the military-industrial complex and has always voted against expansions of federal government power.
Contrary to Paul’s insistence that he was a loyalist to Reagan, he temporarily left the Republican Party in 1988 to run for President on the Libertarian Party ticket and apologized to libertarians for supporting Reagan. Since his failure to gain traction in the 1988 election, he learned it was best to operate within one of the major parties. Thus he rejoined the Republicans and returned to Congress in 1997. As we all know, Paul is an internet sensation as a man of conviction who supports peace and legalizing marijuana. He is without a doubt the most ideologically consistent and conservative man to have served in Congress since 1937, if not in the entire history of the United States.