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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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crazy?

Hmmm...I don't quite see it that way...And I assure you I am 100% coherent and stable...At least that is what the little voices in my head tell me...

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ahahhah

ahahhah

"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect" - Mark Twain

You're assuming the existence

You're assuming the existence of taxes. Perhaps with our current effed up system the whole no birthright citizenship/strong borders/deportation thing might be convenient. But in a free society with private property, you wouldn't need permission from any "government" to hire someone, pay them what you want, sell them a house, or otherwise voluntarily interact with them in any manner in which you mutually please, regardless of where they are from. There would be no "burden on the taxpayer" because there would be no taxpayers in the first place because taxation is theft, which wouldn't be tolerated in a voluntarist society.

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I was

Bump!!!

I used to be a hard-core

I used to be a hard-core liberal Democrat. I started becoming politically active in 2003, when the War on Iraq begun. I was strongly anti-Bush and anti-war. Was economically ignorant but never opposed the free market at all.

I supported Howard Dean and Dennis Kucinich for President in 04 and voted for John Kerry in the election. My real awakening started towards the end of 2005 and beginning of 2006. I watched Aaron Russo's "Freedom to Fascism" and looked up both Aaron Russo and Ron Paul. They gradually woke me up and brought me around to the libertarian/constitutionalist side.

In 2007, that was the year I broke free. A year before, I was an independent but then in March of 2007, I read that Ron Paul was going to run for President! My dad was supporting Tancredo and Hunter, I saw some good things about those 2, but I fell in love with Ron. The thing that attached me to Ron 100% was his 9/11 moment with Giuliani, seeing how principled and concerned he was for our country. That got me hooked! I stayed Republican until the end of 2007 and became an independent until 2011. Then I re-registered Republican to vote for Ron again.

Ron Paul was my history teacher, economics teacher and civics teacher, all in one, and I'm totally grateful for having come across such a great leader!!

not only was I a liberal, I

not only was I a liberal, I was a socialist. I was in biology and for some reason(til this day I still don't know how exactly I held this view, but I know when I stopped believing it) I believed that man was a virus on this earth and should be virtually wiped out, that hugo chavez was a great guy, that profits were evil and so on and so forth. I first started questioning my beliefs after looking into some "conspiracy theories". After, that I became apolitical for a while - general distrust of the system.

Then 2008 rolls in and I watch the republican debates. Ron Paul just blew my mind. I just instinctively knew what he was saying was the truth. This lead me on a big intellectual journey - I read book after book on history, politics and economics.

Didn't take me too long for me to become a voluntarist/anarcho-capitalist. And I've haven't really changed my political views since then - but I'm still reading and learning as much as I can.

"My theories explain, but cannot slow the decline of a great civilization. I set out to be a reformer, but only became the historian of decline."
- Ludwig Von Mises

Up until December 2011

I was, historically, 65% Right Wing, 35% Left Wing.

Full on ChickenHawk WarMonger, I wanted to Bomb them all! But I also felt that religion was too immersed in politics. Hence the 35% left.

The first GOP debate I watched ( Dec 2011), I was for Gingrich but was slightly intrigued by Ron Paul. The next debate, I only really remembered Ron Paul.

By the third debate, I was Ron Paul, hook line and sinker and have never looked back since.

Now, I simply cannot believe how much this man has changed my life and world perspective.

One day, I'm gonna' change my name to Dale Lee Paul

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I've heard of, and lived, this quote

"If you're not liberal when you're young, you don't have a heart; if you're not conservative when you're old, you don't have a brain."

The young (e.g., babies and infants, and children to a lesser extent) are powerless and need to be defended and provided for, so it is natural that their thoughts tend towards something like socialism, communism, or collectivism.

The old have worked long and hard to achieve property. They don't want to see it taken from them, so it's only natural to adopt a conservative viewpoint -- "I want to conserve what's mine as continuing to be mine."

I will not throw my babies to the wolves, and I also won't (randomly or needlessly) support my (able) grown children. It has taken a lot of experience to agree with both sides, where appropriate.

I love hearing Ron speak. He reminds me of a colleague.

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Yay! Another reformed

Yay! Another reformed liberal. Yup, I was there with you. It was my opposition to so much international agression that had me on the liberal side of the argument. Clearly, now I can see both parties are war parties. I never cared either way about the economics until I really started paying attention. However, last year for my senior BA thesis I wrote about opposing economic ideology throughout the history of literature specifically looking at economic dystopias. A few speeches from Ron Paul turned me into an economic junky lol

How was your

thesis received? Just wondering because education in this country seems to lean so far to the left.

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Surprisingly it was much

Surprisingly it was much better received than I thought. I had one professor who was clearly a democrat who worked his ass off with me to make sure it was clear concise and efficient. He said he did not care what argument I tried to make as long as I did it well. I am in debt to him for his time and concern. I had some professors roll their eyes at me, but no one, not a single one of them could argue that it was not well written or well researched. I am also a lit major, so a lot of the thesis from other students in my department were about symbolism and flowery aspects of literature. I had economic statistic and historical research to back me up. I have since decided to study economic systems throughout the world of literature and continue writing about them and writing about things like Austrian economics and free market capitalism. I know I will face roadblocks, but as long as I can write well and include the research professors can roll their eyes at me all they want.

I would also like to say one more time, the professor who supported and helped me the most was a democrat. He did not care that he did not agree with some of my findings, he wanted me to succeed because he knew I was presenting important information and different information than the usual symbolism in literature stuff.