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Anyone on the DP become a Ron Paul fan after being a liberal?

I feel like most stories are "I used to be a neocon but then I saw the light". It's my gut feeling that a significant percentage of Ron Paul supporters used to be "right-wing" politically. Personally, I'm far more of a "reformed-liberal" (not that I was very political at that time).

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Former believer in Universal Health Care

My very first presidential election, I voted for G.H.W. Bush in 1988 (I thought he was smarter than Dukakis. I had no concept of partisan philosophy at the time). After that, I voted Dem in 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004. I thought Republicans were mostly pompous a$$es and Dems were very reasonable (maybe I was a moderate?). I thought gun control made perfect sense, and we could let hunters "check out" a gun from the government (like a library book) and return it after the hunting season. I even remember saying we just HAD to have universal health care, because it was getting so expensive. So, basically, I WAS the kind of idiot that I now try to educate.

Sometime after 2004 I really started paying more attention to debt issues, looking at reality, and adopting a very fiscally conservative outlook. I also thought the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were turning into a giant waste of life and resources. In 2007, while surfing the internet, my husband stumbled across a quiz comparing your personal views to the views of all the primary candidates at the time (both D and R). Guess who agreed with just about ALL of my beliefs? Ron Paul.

After listening to a couple speeches, hearing him talk about Natural Law and the Founding Fathers, I started voraciously learing everything I could about these issues. There has been no going back now. I still called myself an independent until this year, but now I am a proud Republican precinct delegate (with a libertarian heart).

IF YOU WANT TO PERSUADE ANYONE (Democrate of Republican) TO A LIBERTARIAN PERSPECTIVE, take my advice: start from a neutral, non-partisan point. Don't make it about a candidate(s). Teach them about NATURAL LAW and then everything else falls into place. Once a person understands the morality and logic of natural law, that person can easily convince HIMSELF of the benefits of liberty candidates and liberty positions.

I tried on several labels.

Heck, I even called myself "Republican" for a while....
But I never really felt at ease in any of them. Sovereign, that is how our Creator makes us, and that resonates as true. All these cops painting it as if I were lawless and hateful is just sad.

Love or fear? Chose again with every breath.

I drank more Obama kool aid

I drank more Obama kool aid than I care to talk about. It wasn't until I learned of the NDAA in February that I scratched my head for the first time. In some comments on videos about the NDAA, there were people always talking about Ron Paul so I went and I looked up a speech. I had no idea that one speech would change everything about me.

I like you...

Welcome home buddy!!!!!!

Bad food, worse weather, please rEVOLution the states so I can bring my family back home!
Rosa Koire for for President!

"One speech would change everything about me . . . "

Amen!

Such experience is the reason this slogan exists

"Ron Paul Cured My Apathy"

Most of us have all had at it in one form or another. But there are some great Libertarians on this site that have been preaching the good word long before Dr Paul really started making waves. I tip my hat to those folks.

i.e.

Mises, Hayek, Rothbard and the countless economists at Mises, Cato, Independent institutes, Liberty Fund, etc etc...

Keep preaching.

"I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever in religion, in philosophy, in politics, or in anything else where I was capable of thinking for myself." - Thomas Jefferson

Which one?

Which one?

For Liberty!

I claimed no affiliation...

was just thrilled to support and honest and godly statesman.

A statesman is usually a politician, diplomat or other notable public figure who has had a long and respected career at the national or international level. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statesman

The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
Ron Paul - The Revolution

Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul

Me

I used to be a liberal.. Although I wasn't far left, I was more of a moderate liberal.

I voted Obama 2008...

...I voted against Bush in 2004, I voted against the Republicans in 2001, my first election I was old enough to vote. Last year during the Republican Primary, a little before the Iowa Caucus, there were videos of even the Liberal Media saying "Why are they afraid of Ron Paul?" and "Who is this Ron Paul they keep ignoring?". I watched a couple videos and my world got flipped on it's head. I now get all my news from the DP:)

-n8

Me, sort of.

Me, sort of.

Fresno Ca here

I used to be a liberal. Listened to Alan Colmes and Young Turks a lot back then. There was always something not right about the liberal thinking. It was just something in the back of my mind. Then of course Ron Paul happened in 2007, on YouTube. What a fresh new view of the world...connecting everything and making sense of it all. I still think liberalism is better than neocons. But of course both are wrong. But like Ron Paul said why give the money to the big guy. Would it have been better off if the money was give too everyone in the public?

I'm 23,

My whole family is Liberal. My whole life I was led to believe republicans only care about the rich. In 2008 I voted for Obama. The first time I ever saw the name Ron Paul was on a sticker on a post outside of a supermarket. My sister later told me about him, she was into the 9/11 truth movement and she heard of him through Alex Jones. I didn't pay attention to him for a while. What really got me going in the search for Ron Paul was his anti war stance, I was always left leaning and his ideas on taxes and regulations always seemed crazy to me until one day out of curiosity I started checking his stance on issues, just to have a laugh. After watching a couple of videos on youtube he didn't seem so crazy anymore. When I learned about the Federal Reserve everything started to click and my thirst for knowledge grew. The rest is history. Ron Paul and the liberty movement have changed my life completely.

He didn't seem so crazy anymore . . .

I love that thought. The only people I know of that think RP is nuts are the people that don't know what he is talking about. These are people that know nothing of Natural Law. They think that the only laws are "positivist" (man-made) ones. Once people actually listen to Ron Paul and learn what Liberty (Natural Law) really is, a whole new world opens up, where Liberty lovers are not the crazies! The big spenders and warmongers are the crazy ones now.

Yup.

Bush hating liberal teenager to a "well who is this guy?" libertarian supporter of Ron Paul.

No train to Stockholm.

Former Dem here

I basically got all my political teaching from my grandfather who is now deceased. He used to have a saying, "there are only 2 kinds of republicans, rich ones and dumb poor ones." I don't think he ever voted republican. I used to debate and talk politics with him. I think he would have like Ron Paul. I basically voted dem up until 2008. I don't know what it was about Obama, but I didn't like him and I thought he was full of shit. I was very disappointed that Hilary was not the nominee. I was so torn about who to vote for in that election that I really don't even remember who I voted for. I didn't learn about Ron Paul until 2011 and I have been a supporter ever since I saw the youtube "predictions" video of his speech on the house floor. It was like a breath of fresh air, someone finally telling the hard truth. I am now a passionate liberty supporter. I think government sucks at getting anything done, so the less government the better.

If it was easy, everyone would do it.....
-My Dad

Yup. Hated neocons forever. Worked in the Dem Party

Then began discovering what rats the Dems are too. Then found RP and really began to wake up.

guilty

Yup i was.

I would rather use

"progressive" insted of "liberal." Liberal used to mean free-market capitalism supporter until late 20's when Marxians realized they are not that popular in the West: Soviet-type Marxians were outnumbered by National Socialists & Mussolini fascists at the time.

No, but my co-worker was.

She joined the Republican Party just to vote for Paul in the primaries. She said she voted for Obama in 2008 and all Democrats before that. She said she will never vote D or R again because they all belong to the same one party system that's destroying our country.

People from all walks of life are wakin' up! =)

22 used to be liberal

22 used to be a liberal. Voted for obama in 08 and was very proud. I actually liked a lot of the stuff dr. paul had to say back in 08 and was conflicted about voting for him if ron paul were to win the primary. As time went on i stumbled upon milton friedman and as luck would have it I took an econ course in college. I also started realizing obama wasnt doing ANYTHING that he said he was going to do on civil rights and ending the wars etc. So i started to become libertarian.

I voted for the first time last Tuesday.

Im 26. I wrote in Ron Paul. I always considered myself a democrat. I didnt even know what it meant. I was at a red light during the 2008 election and a guy came up to me and handed me a RP pamphlet. Once I read REPUBLICAN, I thought ughhh... no way. But about 2 years ago by chance I came up on a RP video on youtube, and I remembered the name. Needless to say, I fell all the way down the rabbit hole. I'm still learning, but i've come a long way since then.

In 2-3 years there will be many more...

A lot of the Obama supporters I know are saying, "Yea, he really didn't live up to my expectations, but now that he doesn't have to worry about reelection I'm really hopeful that..."

I'm sympathetic. I remember myself in 2004. "Sure W did all kinds of ridiculous big government things, that's the 'compassionate conservative' angle of trying to buy good will with the liberals, but now that he doesn't have to worry about reelection he can really get down to slashing government. It's really going to be awesome when he finds those weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and vindicates our foreign policy. Not to mention I'm sure he'll have Osama Bin Laden any day now!"

What a dumb ass I was in retrospect. We will see many more liberals soon. Be ready to welcome them with open arms and patiently help them get over some of their anti-liberty biases.

This comment is worthy of its own post.

That's exactly what happened to me and I wouldn't doubt that you are right on the money.

Combo..


I'm a Libertessive, or a Progressatarian.

This comes from growing-up as a child during the Vietnam, Watergate, and CIA Crime disclosures period (60s-70s), which bankrupted our Nations' soul (as well as its budget). It was permantly engrained into me at that time, that War is a shame, our U.S. Foreign Policy is dishonest, and the War Establishment plays cruel tricks on its own people to get them to serve as cannon-fodder in grotesque, illegal and manufactured Wars. As a part-time musician the Music of that same era, which I was very influenced by, also reflected that same anti-War attitude (unlike today unfortunately). So the anti-War candidate (if they're is one), will get my vote every time. As the song goes: "Give Peace A Chance".

I became inspired by Ron Paul in 2007, when he was the only person to be able to articulate the costs and immorality of our Country's pyscopathic actions since 9/11. I also learned then that the strings are really being pulled by the International Bankers and Central Bank structures, and not just the CIA or Oil Companies in isolation.

Things like: a) Ending the Federal Reserve, b) Closing Military Basis, c) Bringing all the Troops home, d) Ending NAFTA, e) Ending the Drug Wars, f) Restoring the Bill Of Rights and due process, and g) Terminating the 'Patriot Act', etc., are all things that could be championed by either Dennis Kucinich (D), Ron Paul (R), or Bernie Sanders (I), or Alan Grayson (D). And this coalition needs to work together.

But I still hold true that having a simple social safety net, is a compassionate, rational, and practical use of Government -- because the private sector is concerned only with the profits of their shareholders, and not to any concerns of the human condition, or preventing poverty, hardships, and human tragedy.

Self reliance sounds wonderful, but you cannot go to college (and become marketable) unless you can first pay the enormous college bills. And working part-time at McDonalds or Walmart just ain't ever going to cut it. And we all know that an unemployed person cannot put on a nice suit, put gas in their car, and perform well in a job interview -- if they're broke and being evicted from their apartment and they're literally starving to death (unemployment). Having some basic community services therefore is just common sense, because a totally stratified society made up of the "haves" and "have nots" ... means dirty, crime-infested, and ugly neigborhoods. A great Country doesn't have to live this way.

So small government to me, means cutting the Corporate Subsidies (which distorts the free market), cutting the Military, the CIA, the Wars, the Secret State, bringing all the troops back home, cutting the Tax Loopholes for the rich, and cutting Bailouts to crooked Banks and for Multinationals. Small government also means rejecting "authoritarism", and getting government out of people's bedrooms and social lives and religion (marijuana should be legal, and there is no 'State Religion'). Small government also means that the Law applies equally to Dick Cheney, the Rockefellers, and the evil Bush Family, and that Human rights and our basic Liberties are not overthrown (Patriot Act) by government decree.

As it turns out, these are precisely the things that Ron Paul himself talks about. He does not ever emphasize or promote the gutting of medicare or social security, but instead he focuses on the real waste and on the high order corruption.

I voted for Gary Johnson in this Election, but I also was torn between him and Dr. Jill Stein (Green Party), as they share common ground on these same core issues.

So by combining and building the Libertarian-Progressive Coalition, it might be possible to create a large enough political voting block to begin to make substantive changes in these fundamental areas.

Sorta

I was a liberal before I became a libertarian way back in the 1970's.

New Hampshire and Ecuador.

...

At my age, I am ashamed that I didn't know left from right, and if/when I even voted, I asked my folks who to vote for. I never could remember names, so I checked the D box and went on my way.

Prior to this year, I sensed something very wrong. Things didn't feel the same as when I was younger. Naive, I never once considered that it had anything to do with politics. My younger brother came in for a visit and explained that our nation was deteriorating, and that I should look into other candidates since elections were coming up. Well, ok, I began reading up, though not too consistently at first. After comparing candidates and current elected officials, with how I lived my life on a day to day basis, I couldn't find one who really lined up with how I actually lived. Until I looked into Ron Paul. He was the last candidate (purely by accident) that I looked into. All of a sudden, I couldn't stop learning. Our nation, I learned, was in distress.

Some link brought me here to the DP. It was confusing at first but then I caught on. I then learned what grassroots was all about. I wanted to be part of it. I went to a local meetup and introduced myself. Most of the others weren't interested in doing real work, but rather wanted to sit around over drinks and chat. I friended a couple of others who wanted to do more than talk and we hit the pavement hard. Our base has grown since then, we now routinely engage in both PA and Ohio.

I've brought other Dems and Indy's to our side, they were pretty much like me. That's when I realized that many people vote the way that they were raised, never thinking how it applies to them as individuals. Still, many refuse to even discuss politics, they are either deeply rooted by family tradition, or couldn't care less either way.

"What if the American people learn the truth" - Ron Paul

I always believed in the

I always believed in the freedom principals.... but just needed someone to explain it to me. I identified myself as a 'socialist' until about 2007. I found the idea of 'working together' for 'what's right' just felt good, but I didnt understand the force and violence associated with American government yet. Then I heard Paul speak in 2008 campaign, and I just was instantly sold. It took me a few more years of research to really get to the nitty gritty, but definitely did not come from a neo con side..

i still have the same principals, no war, personal freedom, I dont want people to suffer or starve, I dont want the environment to be destroyed, I dont want people to be tortured, I want people to pursue their own goals and be independent, but now I believe governments cannot achieve these goals, no matter how well intentioned.

Their motto is "Dont Tread On Me"...

Thought I knew it all

I was completely ignorant of economics my entire life. Raised in an apolitical household and avoided the world of politics/business/economics, as I thought it was all nonsense that never really affected my day to day. I fancied myself a "non-conformist" and a real free thinker. Then when we went to war in Iraq and Afghanistan I became disenchanted by American imperialism. With GW at the helm I pinned this directly on the Republicans. I started to listen to liberal talk radio, Stephanie Miller, Thom Hartmann, etc... I thought John Stewart and Bill Mahr were just hilarious. Michael Moore was a people's champion. I had my subscription to The Nation, and I was set! It's easy to buy into the Liberal mission when you have zero understanding of economics. To really seal the deal, being from IL, I was very early on the Obama bandwagon. I loved his speech at the 2004 convention, I read his books, and I was cheerleader numero uno. I thought I was cool finally being "engaged in the political process". I'd strut my stuff in good natured arguments with friends while out drinking or I'd "drop some knowledge" on coworkers. Bottom line... I was a full fledged knucklehead statist liberal douchezilla.

Then a few things happened...

During the 2008 primary cycle, I saw a contingent of Ron Paul supporters outside of Union Station in Chicago handing out literature and waving signs. All I knew about Ron Paul at this point was he was a "Republican" and that he was by most accounts considered to be crazy. The thing was, the people that were out in support of him did not fit the image of obnoxious, white-collar Republicans that knew to be true. They were regular looking folks, including some young, seemingly good natured people. This really caught me off guard and although I rolled w/ Obama straight through the election process, this stuck in my head and piqued my interest in Ron Paul.

Then I got a job at a bank that required me to gain an understanding of the markets and economics. I started drifting to a free market state of mind.

Obama didn't hold up his social or foreign policy campaign promises, which were the main things I was attracted too. I was seriously let down by and became disenchanted with both sides.

Then I came across a copy of "Libertarianism: A Primer" by David Boaz, in the garage of my estranged and recently (at the time fall 2010) deceased father. This was a complete game changer, and started the snowballing process of all things Libertarian that inevitably leads to Ron Paul.

Then I couldn't get my hands on Ron Paul and economics books, YouTube videos, you name it, fast enough. The rest is history.

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