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1) We should continue in this war until Iraq is a stable democracy


Ron Paul feels the war was "sold" on the basis of false information and that the U.S. must pull its troops out of Iraq. He says military victory is unattainable and that congress should repeal the authority given to the president in its 2002 vote for authorization. Paul argues for a non-interventionist but defensive foreign policy and that America should only go to war with a formal, congressional declaration of war.

Iraq, CNN Election Center 2008

War and Foreign Policy, Ron Paul 2008

Juliano, Nick "Ron Paul: Republicans need Reagan's courage," Raw Story (05/15/07)

2) Efforts to combat global warming should be increased


Ron Paul believes that global warming has been with us for a long time though he is somewhat skeptical that it is becoming an immanent crisis. Because he does not support any piece of legislation not specifically authorized by the Constitution, Paul votes against most bills that involve government spending or expanded government initiatives; thus he does not seek legislation to combat the global warming. Instead, he advocates reducing emissions, halting subsidies to oil companies, and altering a war-for-oil foreign policy that in itself contributes to global warming.

Ron Paul vs. Bill Maher, TV interview posted on Bitchasaurus (04/04/07))

"Ranking the Candidates' Alt Energy Support: Congressman Ron Paul," Seeking Alpha (05/08/07)

3) The federal government should provide a universal health care system


Ron Paul does not advocate a universal health care system, as that would run counter to his belief in a limited government. His solutions to the health insurance problem involve tax credits for health insurance premiums, tax credits for children for medical expenses not covered by insurance and waiver of social security payments for primary care givers or those with serious illnesses. He advocates medical savings accounts and "negative outcome insurance" that guarantees fair compensation for those harmed by medical malpractice.

Paul, Ron "Lowering the Cost of Health Care," Lew (08/23/06)

Paul, Ron "The Therapeutic Nanny State," Lew (09/21/04)

"Political Positions of Ron Paul," Wikipedia

Ron Paul On Health Care On the Issues

4) Same-sex marriage should be banned
Ron Paul supports the definition of marriage as between a man and a women but does not believe in a federal definition of marriage or a constitutional amendment controlling marriage. He does not believe states should have to recognize a same-sex marriage law by other states.

Paul, Ron "Protecting Marriage From Judicial Tyranny"

5) The civil law should be reformed so that lawsuits are less common and damage verdicts against individuals and businesses are lower


Paul believes that the Constitution "strictly limits the role of the federal government in dealing with civil liability matters" and reserves "jurisdiction over matters of civil tort" . . . to state legislatures. As such, he opposes tort reform even in medical cases. "Federal legislation prohibiting state tort law reform cannot be the answer, he says, proposing contractual arrangements between patients and doctors allowing specified damage clauses and agreeing on arbitration panels instead.

Paul Ron, "Gun Rights vs. Centralization" Lew (04/09/03)

Paul, Ron "Health Care Reform: Treat The Cause, Not The Symptom," Congressional Record (10/04/99)

6) The US should increase foreign aid


Ron Paul believe that the "US Constitution does not allow our government to send taxpayer money overseas as foreign aid," Moreover, he says, "government-to-government assistance seldom helps those really in need. First, because it comes from governments it usually has political strings attached to it, and as such is really a cover for political interventionism. Also, "when a government gives aid to another government there are so many layers of middlemen involved that by the time the actual aid trickles down to those in need it is a small fraction of the original amount given."

Paul, Ron "True Foreign Aid," Texas Straight Talk (05/01/06)

Paul, Ron "The Annual Foreign Aid Rip-Off," Texas Straight Talk (06/05/06)

7) Murderers should face the death penalty


Ron Paul opposes all forms of killing not done in self-defense and this includes being opposed to the death penalty.

"Political Positions of Ron Paul," Wikipedia

Miessler, Daniel A Ron Paul Primer, Friends of Liberty

The Censorship of Ron Paul, Newsvine (05/09/07)

Ron Paul On Crime, On the Issues

8) The government should stop subsidizing farmers


Paul regularly votes against farm subsidies despite the fact that his congressional district is largely agricultural. He advocates limited government and votes only for those measures derived from federal powers explicitly authorized by the constitution. He sees farm subsidies, like most federal programs designed to solve social and economic problems, as benefiting the well-connected rather than the people they were designed to help.

Balko, Randy "Ron Paul, the Real Republican?" Fox (02/20/07)

Paul, Ron "Sorry, Mr. Franklin, 'We’re All Democrats Now'," Speech, House of Representatives (01/29/03)

9) Before the social security system runs out of money, we should increase social security taxes to maintain benefits

Ron Paul believes that programs such as social security and Medicare should be phased out and takes pride that he has never voted for a tax increase. Despite his reservations about social security, Paul acknowledges that many Americans depend on it, and introduced a bill in 2004 requiring that its benefits be disbursed only to American citizens. He opposes moving social security payroll funds into personal retirement accounts but approves cutting social security taxes and allowing workers to invest the money themselves. He opposes any taxing of social security benefits.

Rep. Ron Paul, Elections, Ventura County Star (04/25/07)

Paul, Ron "Return of the Great Social Security Giveaway," Lew

10) The federal government should be able to hold a suspected terrorist indefinitely without charging them with a crime

Ron Paul guarantees that he would never abuse habeas corpus, or the right of detainees to challenge the legality of their confinement and to demand that they either be charged with a crime or released.

"Giuliani Laughs at Habeas Corpus & Ron Paul," You Tube

Anderson, Mark "Why I Support Congressman Ron Paul for President," Web Commentary (05/09/07)

Watson, Steve and Alex Jones "Presidential Candidate: U.S. In Danger of Dictatorship," (04/11/07)

11) The War on Drugs is a failure and should be curtailed.


Ron Paul recognizes the harm that drug abuse causes society but also recognizes that government drug policy has been ineffective, has driven up drug prices, and has led to frightening abuses of the Bill of Rights. He considers drug addiction to be a medical problem and supports alternatives to the War on Drugs. In any case, drug problems should be handled at the state or personal level.

Guither, Pete Drug War, Blog (04/29/07)

Paul, Ron "The War on Drugs is a War on Doctors,” Lew (5/18/04)

Paul, Ron "War On Terror? It's As Bad As War on Drugs," Counterpunch (10/31/01)

"Ron Paul on Drugs" On the Issues

12) America should take stronger and more consistent measures against the presence of illegal immigrants in the United States


Ron Paul sets the highest priority on securing our borders and coastlines as well as on enforcing visa rules. He advises against amnesty or "welfare" for illegal immigrants and even councils against birthright citizenship for the children of illegal immigrants. Legal immigrants from all countries should face the same rules and waiting periods, he said. Paul voted for the Secure Fence Act (2006).

Border Security and Immigration Reform Ron Paul 2008

"Political positions of Ron Paul" Wikipedia

Paul, Ron "Immigration Reform in 2006," Lew

Paul, Ron "Amnesty and the Welfare State," Lew


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