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article imageOp-Ed: From an outsider's point of view — What's with Ron Paul?

By John Louie S. Ramos     Oct 17, 2011 in Politics
Whenever I Google (or Google search, whichever is politically correct) the term "what's with Ron Paul?" the first item that pops out on my old CRT monitor is a blog written by Pathufind Media founder Billy Hallowell.
If ever you're wondering, Hallowell's blog is titled "What's up with Ron Paul's eyebrow?"
Apart from his eyebrow, however there are a lot of things that stirs my curiosity regarding the 76-year-old Congressman from Texas.
There are a plethora of questions swirling my mind like, will the US government survive without income taxes? or will the world be a safer place if Osama Bin Laden was put on trial instead of being shot on the spot? or perhaps the most obvious and important question for all supporters of the Ron Paul Revolution – does he really have a fighting chance at occupying the White House come 2012? or is he simply a spoiler to the more popular Republican presidential aspirants?
The libertarian-minded Republican was born in 1935 – just during the tail-end of the Great Depression. He finished a degree in biology at Gettysburg College in 1957. Four years later, Paul earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Duke University School of Medicine.
Paul's specialized as an obstetrician and gynecologist. In fact, according to RonPaul.com, a website dedicated on pushing what Paul supporters call "Ron Paul Revolution," Paul gave birth to more than 4,000 babies before he entered politics in 1967.
Paul also served as a flight surgeon during the Vietnam War in the 1960s.
Paul's political career started in 1974 when he ran for the Congressional seat of Texas' 22nd district against then incumbent Robert. R. Casey. Despite losing against the more popular and experienced political foe, Paul insisted on his beliefs and ideologies.
Paul continued to criticize the "Nixon Shock" – a series of economic measures pushed by President Richard Nixon. Paul was utterly critical especially the cancellation of the direct convertibility of the US dollar to gold.
In 1976, Casey was appointed to be part of President Gerald Ford's cabinet paving the way for Paul winning the special election on that same year. Paul was re-elected in the elections of 1978, 1980 and 1982.
In 1984, Paul campaigned for a Senate seat instead of seeking for a sure re-election but lost in the primaries to Phil Gramm. Four years later, Paul ran for the presidency as the Libertarian Party candidate. Paul achieved moderate success in the 1988 national election but it was clear early on that winning isn't everything for the Paul campaign – contrary to how traditional politicians define a successful election.
I'd like to say that the medical doctor-turned-politician insisted that winning isn't everything and making a stand is of greater importance but I do not have proof that he said that. Nevertheless, it's how an outsider like me sees the Paul campaign.
In the grand scheme of things, politicians and the voting public have different measures of a successful election. For politicians, it's about winning the election either by hook or by crook. For us voters, an election is an opportunity to make a stand and to make our voices heard.
In 1997, Paul was once again re-elected in the US Congress and once again pushed his "small government" ideologies, and once again to no avail. Paul held the Congressional seat up to present.
Paul has authored numerous bills – most of which are aimed in reducing government spending and pushing for his "small government" ideologies. Some of the bills Paul proposed include a bill against term limits, a bill that seeks to abolish income tax and a bill that seeks to end federal prohibition of marijuana.
Paul also played major roles in several Congressional committees including the Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology (which he is chairman) and the Subcommittee on International Monetary Policy and Trade.
Paul sought the Republican presidential nomination in 2008 but came in fourth behind the eventual Republican nominee John McCain and other frontrunners Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney.
Fast forward to 2011 – Paul is again seeking the Republican presidential nomination.
Paul talks about reducing government spending and abolishing the income tax.
Paul talks about not killing Bin Laden, rule of law and due process.
Paul talks against foreign aid and military assistance.
Happiness is a matter of one's own choice and perspective. How happy you are is a question of what you want to see. On the other hand, what you want see is a question of where you want to look.
From an outsider's point of view, Ron Paul speaks the truth regardless of what you want to see or where you want to look.
John Louie Ramos, the author of this op-ed piece, is an outsider to US politics. He's based in the Philippines and has yet to set foot on American land.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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