From my vantage point as a music teacher in Bellevue, I was fascinated by the bits and pieces of information I began to see in this area about Ron Paul, from bumper stickers, yard signs, and flyers to e-mail discussions. I read a sign that simply said, "Who is Ron Paul?" and decided to find out.
I found that Ron Paul, a 2008 Presidential candidate, is a 10-term Congressman from Texas. He is extremely popular among college students, drawing a wide base of Democrats, Republicans, independents and Libertarians, for his pro-freedom, less-government strict adherence to the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights.
Among his main platforms: Ron Paul has never voted to raise taxes, never voted for an unbalanced budget, and never voted for a federal restriction on gun ownership (or on nearly anything else, believing that power must stay at the state levels, including local control of education). He has never voted to raise congressional pay, never taken a government-paid junket, and never voted to increase the power of the executive branch. He voted against the Patriot Act and its intrusion into Americans' private lives and liberties, voted against government regulation of the Internet, and voted against the Iraq War, the only 2008 Republican candidate to vote against it, and one of the few Republicans or Democrats who did not flip-flop on the issue.
He notes that the president must have Congress's consent to start a war, as well as the fact that the nation is trillions in debt while programs such as Social Security continue to struggle.
His most impressive point for me is that he does not participate in the lucrative congressional pension program. A politician who can say no to money? He also returns a portion of his annual congressional office budget to the U.S. treasury yearly. For more information, visitwww.RonPaul2008.com, call (877) RonPaul, or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for the next North Central Ohio Ron Paul 2008 meeting. I recommend my friends and neighbors register Republican and vote for Ron Paul in the Ohio primaries on March 4.
Faith Esther Ferkel