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“”He's a batty old crank who wrote instruction manuals on how to get away with shooting the black kid who's stealing your car ... And then he signed them and charged money for them. So I don't give a shit if he wants to legalize weed.
|—Neal Sampat, The Newsroom|
Dr. Ronald Ernest "It's Happening" Paul (born 1935) was a Congressman from the 14th Congressional District of Texas and is an honorary lifetime member of the Libertarian Party. The only way he differs from any other Republican at all is that he hangs around with a few more neo-Nazis and Sovereign citizens than average, and he doesn't want to go to war in the mideast. That's it. Otherwise, he's the same as the rest of them. Except more confederate.
Paul is perhaps best-known for his social media presence, particularly on anonymous message boards like Reddit. Truth be told, Reddit was never that big into Ron Paul, he just had a shitload of spammers. (At least 150 of his bots were banned from Digg; no doubt those same idiots migrated over to Reddit.) Bear in mind there were fewer "libertarian" front groups than there are today (the Kochs were still keeping to the shadows and the Tea Party was but a gleam in Dick Armey's eye); in that sense, Paul was a pioneer. He also did a bunch of speaking tours, mostly targeting universities. Even back then, Ron was predicting an economic crash.
Having ended a bid for the Republican Party's nomination in the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election on 8 March 2008 after obtaining only 15 delegates out of 2,360 (although he did garner 5.7% of the vote in the Republican primaries that year), Ron Paul loitered around the lunatic fringe before entering the 2012 Republican nomination process in 2010. He was supposedly gaining popularity thanks to the work of his fanbase, affectionately known as "Paulbots," "Paulites," "Paultards," or "Ronpauloompas." Most Americans have, by now, seen the rabid shrieks of "RON PAUL
2008 2012!!1!!!" at least once on the Internet.
It took him absolutely nowhere, unless you count deflorating the Virgin Islands in 2012 Republican primaries as an accomplishment. In early January 2013, Ron Paul announced his retirement from politics.
"Sen. McLaughlin", one of the antagonists of the film Machete (2010), is a thinly-veiled parody of Paul.
 Political positions
Ron Paul is frequently described as a conservative with many libertarian ideas, giving him the label of paleolibertarian. However, given that he is not so much interested in reducing governmental powers as shifting them from the federal government to the states, the term "anti-federalist" would be more accurate.
Anyhow, he is a strict constitutionalist – though his interpretation of what the US Constitution is is somewhat inaccurate, to politely say the least – and believes in "limited government" to the point of abolishing the IRS and the income tax, slashing most federal spending, reintroducing the gold standard, and abolishing the Federal Reserve. (We don't have to tell you what the consequences of either of those are.)
So domestically he's shit, but even in matters of foreign policy, Paul has demonstrated that he is not to be trusted; a month after 9/11, he proposed H.R. 3076, which would place a $40 billion bounty on top Al Qaeda members who were brought to the government dead or alive. Essentially, it would hire a group of private mercenaries to handle the Afghanistan War their own way. That or some of the more... dedicated leaders would be sacrificed to give their organization tens of billions of dollars to recruit and support tens of thousands of more members.
 On the other hand...
Hey, if you're categorically against everything the government does, you'll be right sometimes. He wants to end the War on Drugs, supports medical marijuana, and opposed the U.S. war in Iraq. Which is more than can be said of his spawn.
Apropos the TSA act, Paul was the one standing up and saying the unsayable: that taking nude photos of passengers and feeling up their grandmothers is not making anyone safer. He proposed a simple law which would essentially say that government officials have to go through the same screenings the rest of us do, in an effort to wake them up. He has even spoken in defense of WikiLeaks, a whistleblowing website that has among other disclosures exposed government corruption.
Ron also voted against the Darfur Accountability and Divestment Act of 2007, which would have banned federal contracts with firms doing business with the Janjaweed[wp] ("Devils on Horseback") militia of Sudan. He was the only Congressman to do so.
“”A politically-protected disease thanks to payola and the influence of the homosexual lobby...The largest blood bank in San Francisco succumbed to political pressure and holds blood drives in the gay Castro district; where the people give at three times the usual level. Either they are public spirited, or they are trying to poison the blood supply.
|—For a physician, he sure sounds like a dick.|
 Homosexuality and the Religious Right
It's whispered that Paul is in league with the Dominionist and Christian Reconstructionist movements. Paul introduced the We the People Act into the House of Representatives twice. This bill would strip federal courts of jurisdiction in cases involving abortion, same-sex marriage, privacy related to sexual behavior, and Establishment Clause issues, leaving them to the states... which is exactly what the Religious Right wants to do. He has engaged in outright dishonesty in support of this agenda, for instance claiming that prayer has been prohibited in schools.
How does Ron Paul reconcile dominionism with libertarianism? It seems he wants the church to be strong and the state to be weak:
|The Founding Fathers envisioned a robustly Christian... America, with churches serving as vital institutions that would eclipse the state in importance.|
Ron Paul's radical views on "states' rights" also extends into homosexuality. Ron Paul believes that these rights include the ability to regulate sex, specifically arresting homosexual individuals for having sex. This is another case where he abandons the right to privacy for a group he doesn't like:
|Ridiculous as sodomy laws may be, there clearly is no right to privacy nor sodomy found anywhere in the Constitution. There are, however, states' rights — rights plainly affirmed in the Ninth and Tenth amendments. Under those amendments, the State of Texas has the right to decide for itself how to regulate social matters like sex, using its own local standards.|
In short, cross-examining both Paul's explicit positions and proposed legislations, his program would result in the strengthening of a theocratic agenda, not by passing laws in Congress (downright impossible due to secular opposition), but by preventing the federal government from stopping establishment of religion or anti-gay legislation at the local level. Not in all of the country, but in Jesusland at least.
Paul is also associated with Dominionist kooks such as Gary North (a former Paul researcher back in the 70's); North was appointed Director of Curriculum Development for Paul's new homeschooling program.
However he has also debated religious radio hosts on the issues, saying we are "all God's children" and would not outright condemn homosexuality, and generally thinks government should not define marriage or legislate the bedroom, perhaps changing his mind when he realized his largest audience and cash cow was younger people.
“”He holds some positions that free-market people agree with (taxes, quotas, foreign aid, etc) but he is also an adherent of the violent philosophy of the KKK. So he was a perfect target for liberals.
|—On David Duke|
Then comes the controversy surrounding support for Paul by extremist groups, tax protesters, and neo-Nazi organizations such as Stormfront. Stormfront.org administrator and noted white nationalist Don Black donated $500 to Paul's campaign. Paul's campaign has expressed dismay over these associations, although critics hold that he has not adequately distanced himself from them.
They do make a point as Paul still refuses to fully distance himself from batshit elements mainly because he chooses not to. He has many times supported individuals at a public level like tax resisters Edward and Elaine Brown: a married couple identified as sovereign citizens by the FBI and who were arrested October 2007 for deliberately refusing to pay taxes to a government they held they had no obligation to obey. Ron Paul, in an interview with Fox News, applauded the couple's efforts to defy the Sixteenth Amendment (which Paul holds was illegally passed and seeks to totally abolish). He went further comparing them to Gandhi & Martin Luther King.
Paul still continues to gain controversy for voluntarily associating with and defending reactionary citizens. In February 2012, during his last attempt to gain the nomination for presidency, Ron Paul appeared as a keynote speaker at a four-day conference in Irvine, California held by Freedom Law School; it specializes in encouraging the use of pseudolaw to "lawfully" disengage from obeying government and to resist it. The group has held events attracting libertarians, tax protesters and sovereign citizens. Ironically the announcement he would be a speaker came shortly before the FBI posted their official warning on the sovereign citizen movement of which some members did appear at the event.
Ron Paul has also used his notability among fervent libertarians to endorse a number of candidates for office on a more local level. One of the candidates he initially endorsed, Bill Johnson, turned out to be a white supremacist who had written a proposed constitutional amendment that would have deported people based on racial criteria. He endorsed the fundamentalist loon Chuck Baldwin of the Constitution Party in 2008 and in turn was endorsed by noted crank Arthur Robinson. He was also supported by neo-fascist Willis Carto. In the 2014 North Carolina Senate race Paul endorsed Greg Brannon, an associate of League of the South.
And just in case all that has been written above has not convinced you yet as to where Paul's sympathies lie, the following video says all that needs to be said on the subject:
“”You see, Mr. Powers, I love goooooold! The look of it! The taste of it! The schmell of it! The texture! I love gold so much that I even lost my genitalia in an unfortunate schmelting accident.
Ron Paul is associated with the Austrian school of economics. Long-time Paul associate and staffer Lew Rockwell founded the Ludwig von Mises Institute, which runs columns by Paul. This is the reason for all of his goldbuggery and other crank economic ideas. Paul first proposed legislation to return to the gold standard in the early 1980s (What am I supposed to do with this paper? It's not even a shiny rock! I love shiny rocks), but after Paul Volcker proved inflation could be killed, Ron Paul bolted from the party and ran against Reagan as the Libertarian Party candidate for President in the 1988 general election.
When Ron Paul was on the Colbert Report, he insisted that gold was a superior currency because if you lost $1 million worth of gold at sea, then it would be a lot harder to replace. And that's a good thing, because reasons (Also, weirdly applicable to Bitcoin: they're arbitrarily assigning value to things that are extremely difficult to produce, then using word-of-mouth to track ownership. In other words, gold is a blockchain made of physical blocks). Ron Paul should consider the Yap and the Island of stone money.
He doesn't just want to audit and end the Fed, but also to audit Fort Knox's gold reserves, juuuust in case someone replaced them with metal bars that are merely painted gold. In August 2012, the U.S Treasury, at the behest of a German court, began doing just that. Don't expect anything big.
“”Government officials shot to death a man who was determined to provide education in his home and not send his children to public school.
Dr. Paul neither knows nor cares about science. He believes that a lack of understanding of basic science shouldn't matter in choosing a
doctor president. Although an MD, he has said evolution is "just a theory" and that he does not accept it. He's also a climate change denier.
Paul has taken issue with NASA: an organization invaluable in helping America get to the moon, expand humanity's knowledge of space and innovating new technologies. During the 1988 presidential race, Paul criticized the government's direct involvement. Apparently, due to the government having any control over it, Paul went into anti-federalist mode claiming the agency was "dead" and not producing good results. His bold solution: NASA should be privatized completely and left to
unaccountable businessmen to run the free market to handle. He has consistently held this view recently relating it again during the 2012 GOP nomination period.
 Health "freedom"
“”Already, Paul introduced a bill (The Health Freedom Protection Act) that would strongly and positively affect Mercola.com and many other natural health organizations and advocates, along with the field of natural health in general.
|—Dr. Joseph Mercola|
“”Only Ron Paul believes in genuine health freedom. He's the creator of the Health Freedom Protection Act, a bill that would reestablish Free Speech provisions for makers of superfoods, herbs, nutritional supplements and other natural remedies.
|—Mike Adams of NaturalNews|
In other words, Paul, who is an actual MD, supports freeing the chains that bind the sellers of quack remedies and unproven nostrums from lying to their potential customers. And you wonder why laissez-faire has so many critics.
In a 2012 primary debate, Paul tacitly endorsed the notion that the federal government should "let him die" when it comes to someone without health insurance, refusing to counter jeers from the crowd.
 Teabagger irony
“”…even in my little town of Lake Jackson, Texas, I’ve urged everyone in my family to know how to use a gun in self defense. For the animals are coming.
Ron Paul was actually the first to start using the "Tea Party" iconography back in 2007 and during his "moneybomb" days. In a massively ironic and hypocritical move, the Teabaggers ran multiple candidates against him in the 2010 midterms. In the 2016 race, Rand Paul tried to bridge the gap by commandeering the "Tea Party Express", but within months the party leadership was conclusively sick of his shit and switched their allegiance to Ted Cruz.
 The Ron Paul (insert descriptor here) Report
“”At least 39 white woman have been stuck with used hypodermic needles — perhaps infected with AIDS — by gangs of black girls between the ages of 12 and 14.
Soon after his election to Congress in 1978, Ron Paul & Associates began sending out fundraising letters, some of them warning of a "coming race war." Originally entitled the "Ron Paul Freedom Report," then the "Ron Paul Political Report," and finally the "Ron Paul Survival Report," it was full of homophobia, racism, sexism, and paranoia. The Ron Paul Report was roughly equivalent to the John Birch Society or Executive Intelligence Review in its kookishness. TRPR particularly seemed to hate Barbara Jordan, Martin Luther King, and Nelson Mandela.
Most of the articles did not have a byline, but they all bore Ron Paul's signature. He made some nice money from them (a cool $1 million). And he never once raised the issue or denied them while they were published. Once Paul started gaining traction in presidential elections, the newsletters and fundraising letters resurfaced. He claims that he didn't write them (which is, itself, problematic, as he was happy to put his name on it), only read them "on occasion," and "disavows" them. Needless to say, no one else has claimed ownership. But in case they're reading this, these guys would love to send you a fruit basket, so please come forward. (NSFL)
Movement libertarians tend to finger Murray Rothbard and/or Lew Rockwell as the ghost-writer. Rockwell, predictably, denies authorship but he has defended several of the statements as both being written by himself and being "statistical" instead of racist. R&R were both angling for positions in the Paul Administration if he got somehow elected, which could explain the omerta.
Ron Paul has made noises which suggest that he has back-pedaled from the racism he embraced previously, but still sounds a bit like Ayn Rand:
|Racism is simply an ugly form of collectivism, the mindset that views humans strictly as members of groups rather than individuals. The true antidote to racism is liberty. Liberty, a limited, constitutional government devoted to the protection of individual rights rather than group claims.|
Reconciling this with his views on homosexuality is left as an exercise for the reader.
All of this, and considering he's an opponent of the Civil Rights Act, leaves us with a couple of theories as to why Ron Paul seems to be a magnet for nuts:
- He's pandering to the gun-toting, anti-tax racists of the rural south, like his guru von Mises
He's horribly ignorant of who he has ties to;or
- He's a gigantic bigot and just doesn't want to admit it.
 Operation Blitzkrieg
“”In January 1990, I predicted major race riots before this decade ends. I may have to move up my timetable!
|—Libertarian minority outreach continues apace.|
Turns out #2 can be crossed off the list, data leaked by a 2012 anonymous hacking campaign against Neo-Nazism links Ron Paul at the hip with American Third Position. So that means Ron Paul, at worst, is a full blown racist, and at best was complicit in an attempt to bring about a race war.
 Checkmate, statists
“”Opinion polls consistently show that only about 5% of blacks have sensible political opinions.
Nelson Linder, former president of the Austin division of the NAACP, has known Ron Paul for over twenty years and vehemently denies that he is a racist, and in fact admires his work in defense of blacks in the criminal justice system. Naturally, the existence of a single African-American who thinks Ron Paul isn't a racist proves that he indeed isn't.
 Electoral "success"
“”Indeed, there’s sex at the Grove: female prostitutes outside the camp (and inside, in the past years, we’re told) and...“frequent invitations from gay Bohemians."
Ron Paul ran for President on the Libertarian ticket in 1988, and obtained about 0.5% of the popular vote. His running mate Andre Marrou ran again in 1992 and obtained 0.28% of the popular vote. After this poor showing, Ron Paul went back to the GOP with his tail between his legs.
Ron Paul attempted to run for the Presidency a third time in 2012, and gained more media attention than the first two times. Unfortunately for Paulbots, he only won two caucuses (Minnesota and Maine), though his supporters insisted he was second in delegate count. While it became statistically impossible for him to grasp the nomination, his supporters hoped to win a plurality of delegates in at least 5 states to allow him to carry his campaign all the way to the Republican convention. Cue Paulbots singing "Ron is spreading the message!" and "he has stealth delegates!" and he will "win the nomination with a floor speech at the RNC!" Ron Krishna, Ron Krishna...
Though his domestic policy views were a bit hard to stomach (which is why Rand Paul ran toward the middle in 2015; in doing so, he became just another turd in the GOP punchbowl), it was amusing to see other Republican candidates getting owned on some matters of foreign policy in the debates. Though supporters were able to garner a majority of the delegates in 6 states by the time of the convention, the RNC changed the minimum requirement to 8 states, finally ending his long-shot campaign. After Ron got turned away at the velvet rope, his supporters were so outraged, only 80% went out and voted for Romney!
When it became evident his 2012 campaign was hopeless and Mittens' nomination was inevitable, a number of Paulbots amazingly discovered the true Master Plan behind Paul's campaign: to garner enough sympathy and support for Paul's son, Senator Rand Paul, to be chosen as Romney's running mate. Strangely, that pipe dream also turned out to be nothing but a dream.
Ron's decision to not run for re-election in 2012 may have been politically motivated as well: he probably cannot get re-elected there anymore, not for his raving hypocrisy, but because his district has changed:
|...this year, the Texas Legislature redrew the district to include a swath of Democratic-leaning Jefferson County and larger parts of Galveston County. Paul's turf, once predominately rural, now must draw more conservative votes from the metastasizing Houston suburbs around League City...many voters in those places look to the government to provide quality roads, public schools, and law enforcement.|
He never polled above 2% nationally; that's the funniest part. The Pauls have never done well outside their safe areas: Kentucky will vote for anybody with an (R) next to their name, and Paul retired as soon as Texas redrew his territory of suburban/rural Houston/Galveston. (Now that's what we call a marketplace of ideas!) He knew he'd be forced to actually run a real campaign to impress more urban voters in Houston who hadn't benefited from his years of pork barrel spending.
Ron Paul will be remembered as a failed Senator and Presidential candidate who sold less than 500 books. To be fair, he did make a decent chunk of change from his campaigning and convincing gullible bastards that gold was the way to go, conveniently leaving out that it was best for his wallet. Plus the legion of Redditors who will cry "media blackout!" and defend his honor to this day.
 Everybody laugh at him
 Welfare queen FOUND!
“”Tax dollars are the foundation of the New World Order, the international equivalent of the domestic welfare state.
Now, there is general irony about the fact that a person who is anti-government is working for the government at all, but with Paul it gets a little... deeper. From 1999 to 2009, the spending in Paul's district has quadrupled. And it isn't like other Congressmen are doing this to him against his will, he's doing this. He has this thing about taking wildly popular bills that are going to pass regardless of what happens, and sticking in an earmark, funneling money to beneficiaries in his district. Then, he votes against it knowing it doesn't matter. (Additionally, in 2010 the GOP decided that they voluntarily not use any earmarks. The reasons for that are another matter entirely, but Paul was one of four of the nearly 200 GOP Congressmen who did not do that.)
The projects he's got out of it? He claims to be against public transportation, but got the Congress to spend $750,000 on a public transit center in his district. He's against federal emergency management, but got the Feds in 2008 to build houses for those in his district displaced by Hurricane Ike (completed in 2011). And remember the time he bitched that House Speaker Tip O'Neil would drive around Washington in a government Lincoln Towncar? He currently drives in an official Lincoln Towncar.
Basically, Ron Paul is the same as every asshole in every other district.
 Campaign finance violations
“”In polo clubs and bank boardrooms, those who want to keep big business in bed with big government have set their goal for 1984 – “get Ron Paul out of Washington."
Jesse Benton, Ron Paul's former campaign manager, and two others associated with the 2012 Ron Paul campaign were indicted in 2015 on campaign finance charges. This poses a challenge to Mr. Paul's claim to play by a different set of rules and not give into politics-as-usual. As with so much else with Ron and Rand, this one runs in the family. The same Jesse Benton is now running a super PAC supporting Rand Paul.
 The sad tale of RonPaul.com
“”As a special thank you, if you subscribe before the Presidential Convention on September 5, you may have my newsletter for an unprecedented 50% off ($49.50)!
Following his failure to get the GOP nomination, and subsequent retirement from Congress in January 2013, Paul wanted to get a website off the ground. In March 2013 he tried to buy RonPaul.com: a site run since 2008 by his supporters. Paul had once owned the site but lost it in August 2012 after failing to pay renewal fees. The site's current owners soon after acquired the rights to own the site.
In response to his request to buy the site, the owners very nicely offered to give Paul RonPaul.org, another domain name they own, absolutely free. As for RonPaul.com, they offered to give him that for $250,000. Instead, he refused both offers and went to the World Intellectual Property Organization (a United Nations agency) to lodge an intellectual property complaint in an attempt to control both without paying a dime.
That's right, Ron Paul went to the United Nations: a global organization that he has constantly said America should renounce and leave. Paul isn't so hateful of it after all or he wouldn't use it to get involved in a matter that he apparently has no faith in the free market to handle.
The WIPO dismissed the complaint. In a hilarious twist, they also found Paul guilty of "reverse domain name hijacking" for ignoring the very reasonable offers the site owners gave him. Furthermore, Paul's attempts to lie about the site being used to benefit from his name and likeness were shot down. It was apparent the domain owners were obviously using the site to help spread news and information about Paul as opposed to exploiting him for personal gain as he claimed.
Following this damaging legal haymaker, Paul abandoned the attempt to seize the site and instead launched a website with a different domain name: something he should have considered doing in the first place.  Despite destroying practically all his credibility in claiming to support a free market, Ron still uses his site as a soapbox to preach about the wonders of a free market based on compromise, volunteerism, and non-aggression.
As to be expected, many of his supporters still attempt to justify his underhanded behavior. Sadly, no amount of deflection or justification can disprove that this incident shows Paul lacks any principles and consistency where his ideal free market is concerned. This indisputably makes him no less respectable or honorable than many other American politicians in office who he accuses of using the same tactics he did to get what they want.
 His son
“”...every piece of anti-discrimination legislation passed over the past few decades ignores one of the basic, inalienable rights of man — the right to discriminate.
His son, Rand, is a Republican Senator from Kentucky and (former) contender for the 2016 Presidential nomination. If anything, he's even crazier than Ron. Not a patch on his old man: Ron was the anti-establishment Republican candidate in 2008 and 2012. In 2016 we had Cruz, Trump, and Carson. Plus you had Sanders sucking up a lot of the youth vote that Ron relied upon.
In 2014, Ron Paul endorsed a variety of conspiracy theories: 9/11 Truther, JFK Assassination conspiracy and Martin Luther King conspiracy theories. He made these endorsements despite it being "politically very risky to talk about it" vis-a-vis Rand Paul's chances of being elected President. Was Ron Paul trying to sabotage Rand Paul's chances or is he just trying to consolidate the wingnut base? It's anyone's guess.
Contrary to popular assumption, Rand Paul is not named after Ayn Rand. Why do so many libertarians have to have similar names? (They all have a pretty similar skin color, too, now that we broach the topic...)
 Look in my eyes, what do you see? The cult of personality
"Paulbot," a portmanteau of "Ron Paul" and "robot", is the most common nickname for the devoted, drone-like supporters of the former Congressman. They usually scan online platforms for mentions of Ron Paul and then descend on those discussions with hostile invective and over-the-top praise for him, accompanied with various rude behavior including shouting down disagreement and accusing anyone who disagrees with them of being a statist or fascist. Despite being real people (with real cognitive issues) they have been called 'bots' because their comments often have the non sequitur-like quality of computer-generated spam. Many Paulbots are often conspiracy theorist cranks as well, and believe that Paul was the only "hope" America had of not going down the path of the New World Order, but since the American sheeple were too distracted by Obama and his bread and circuses to consider reading up on and hence voting for the almighty Paul, the NWO will now be inevitable.
 See also
- Essay:A Brief Note on Ron Paul supporters
- Lyndon LaRouche: Another political ideologue who draws rabid support from people who believe his way is the only way.
- Barry Goldwater: (Ooh, shiny.) Another grassroots hero of the far-right. Barry Goldwater Jr. failed to work the same magic; he lost a Senate bid in '82, and was viewed by most Americans as little more than a brand name. Sound familiar? He endorsed Ron Paul in '08.
- We Are Change: Paul's cheersquad activist group led by Luke Rudkowski who took to the streets to tell the sheeple to vote for Paul or to expect the worst.
- Janusz Korwin-Mikke[wp] - Ladies and Gentlemen, let us present to you the Polish version of Ron Paul! But let's not be hasty. Mainly because while Ronnie is most likely just a greedy cunt, JKM is with a high probability actually mentally ill.
- What drug debates looked like in the 80's. (The irony is that Downey was sucking down a pack of cigarettes per day, and Paul predicted his imminent death. Just Say No!)
- "I should've punched Bruno."
- Angry White Man: The bigoted past of Ron Paul
- Daily Paul archives - PEACE! GOLD! LOVE! (Which of these is not like the others?)
- Ron Paul Forums don't like Rational Wiki – but notably they don't make any specific accusations or complaints or refutations, so, go figure.
- RonPaulCoin, a Bitcoin alternative that features the face of our favorite congressman!
- The Ron Paul Presidency – Google Future
- The Libertarian Moment has finally arrived!
- ↑ And of course, the Paulbots downvoted this clip. Haha!
- ↑ https://www.lp.org/blogs/staff/lp-monday-message-10-ron-paul-questions
- ↑ Randy Olson and Richard King, "How The Internet* Talks *Well, the mostly young and mostly male users of Reddit, anyway.", FiveThirtyEight.
- ↑ Maxcer, Chris, "Ron Paul Campaign Swept Up in Botnet Spam Scandal", TechNewsWorld.
- ↑ Goodbye, you cranky old turd!
- ↑ Snow, Nancy (2006). The Arrogance of American Power: What U.S. Leaders Are Doing Wrong and Why It's Our Duty to Dissent. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 32.
- ↑ Baldwin, Chuck (2007-11-06). "An Appeal To My Fellow Pastors." NewsWithViews.com. Retrieved 2007-11-07.
- ↑ Straight from the horse's website!
- ↑ Ron Paul Responds to TSA: Introduces 'American Traveler Dignity Act, Youtube.
- ↑ Ron Paul Defends WikiLeaks, The Young Turks
- ↑ Record of Congressional votes on the Darfur Accountability and Divestment Act
- ↑ Fact Sheet on the Darfur Accountability and Divestment Act
- ↑ Nichols, John, "Fed’s ‘Backdoor Bailout’ Provided $3.3 Trillion in Loans to Banks, Corporations", The Nation 12.2.10.
- ↑ Chait, Jonathan, "News Bulletin: Ron Paul Is a Huge Racist", New York Magazine. 12.15.11. The free market solution would obviously be a blood tiering system where the uninsured and poor could get AIDS blood cheaply and extend their lives for a shorter time than Premium (AIDS-free) blood!
- ↑ Is Ron Paul a Dominionist?, ScienceBlogs
- ↑ Charles, Deborah, "Libertarian Ron Paul is dilemma for Republicans" Reuters (1/12/12 6:45pm EST).
- ↑ "Ron Paul: wrong for atheists, wrong for secular America", Examiner (1/1/12 5:26 PM MST).
- ↑ "Federal Courts and the Imaginary Constitution", Lew Rockwell
- ↑ Paul Campaign Touts Endorsement of Preacher who Advocates Gay Death Penalty, ThinkProgress
- ↑ Ron Paul Hired Anti-Gay Activist to Run Iowa Campaign, Talking Points Memo
- ↑ The Theocratic Ron Paul Curriculum, Freethought Blogs
- ↑ Ron Paul Revolution on Stormfront (NSFL)
- ↑ Index of Ron Paul-related threads at Stormfront (NSFL)
- ↑ Source: Federal Election Commission database
- ↑ Edsall, Thomas B., "To His Dismay, Ron Paul Becoming Magnet For White Supremacists", HuffPo (05/25/2011 12:15 pm ET).
- ↑ "Ron Paul on Cavuto About The Ed Brown Case", Youtube.
- ↑ Ron Paul Set to Speak to 'Sovereign Citizens' — Just As FBI Issues Warning About Them, Crooks and Liars
- ↑ LA Times editorial (5/7/08 6:48 pm).
- ↑ "Stealth election", LA Times 5.5.08.
- ↑ Ron Paul Endorses Chuck Baldwin for President, ronpaul.com
- ↑ Official Endorsements for Ron Paul, Ron Paul Forums
- ↑ Art Robinson endorsements
- ↑ Paul Disowns Extremists’ Views but Doesn’t Disavow the Support, The New York Times
- ↑ Ron Paul Endorses Dr. Greg Brannon For U.S Senate In North Carolina!
- ↑ Rand Paul-Backed GOP Senate Candidate Held Rally With Secessionist Group
- ↑ End the Fed!, Ron Paul.
- ↑ CPI - Jan 1977 to Dec 1983
- ↑ Goldstein, Jacob, "The Island Of Stone Money", NPR 12.10.10 (updated 2.15.11). "So somebody today owns this piece of stone money, even though nobody's seen it for over 100 years or more."
- ↑ Is Gold in Fort Knox Real? Ron Paul Wants to Know, CNBC
- ↑ What's in your vault? Uncle Sam audits its stash of gold at the New York Fed, By Andrew Tangel, Los Angeles Times, August 02, 2012.
- ↑ "Ron Paul: I Don't Believe in Evolution", Youtube
- ↑ SPACE - DOMESTIC POLICY, Ron Paul Presidential Campaign Position Paper (1988)
- ↑ SPACE - INTERNATIONAL POLICY, Ron Paul Presidential Campaign Position Paper (1988)
- ↑ "Ron Paul on NASA CNN Florida Republican Debate 1/26/12", Youtube.
- ↑ 46.0 46.1 Orac, "Ron Paul: Quackery enabler", ScienceBlogs 12.28.07.
- ↑ A Ron Paul Tea Party poster and Tea Party Betrays Ron Paul, Fox News
- ↑ Farrell, Keith, "Republican Liberty Caucus Leader Switches Support From Paul to Cruz", The Libertarian Republic 1.4.16.
- ↑ CNN story relating to "his" Political Report
- ↑ Camia, Catalina, "Candidate's comments on blacks questioned", Dallas Morning News 5.22.96.
- ↑ 'Racist Newsletter' Timeline: What Ron Paul Has Said, Christian Science Monitor
- ↑ Julian Sanchez & David Weigel, "Who Wrote Ron Paul's Newsletters?" Reason 1.16.08.
- ↑ Dougherty, Michael Brenden, "Here's the Real Story Behind the Ron Paul Newsletters", The Atlantic 12.20.11.
- ↑ Paul, "The Answer to Racism", Lew Rockwell 4.18.07.
- ↑ Yeah, Ron Paul is racist after all, sorry.
- ↑ Alba, Dan, "‘NAACP President: Ron Paul Is Not A Racist’", Nolan Chart 1.13.08.
- ↑ See: the wishful thinking of his 2012 campaign supporters. Ah, politics, where you can claim your losses are really victories.
- ↑ Mehta, Seema, "Ron Paul supporters walk out of GOP convention", LA Times 9.28.12.
- ↑ Goodman, Joseph, "Libertarians By the Numbers: A Demographic, Religious and Political Profile", Public Relations Research Institute. (Note: Basically they proved that they're just Republicans, always have been and always will be. Just watch that same 80% vote for Trump; maybe more if he promises to kick brown people out.)
- ↑ 60.0 60.1 Harkinson, Josh, "Ron Paul: DC Miser, Galveston Porkmeister", Mother Jones (7/22/11 6:00 AM EDT).
- ↑ Schneider, Bill, "Poll: Bloomberg could have Perot-like effect on 2008 race", CNN (6/26/07 8:05 a.m. EDT). Just 25 more years and he might get to 5%!
- ↑ Harkinson, Josh, "Ron Paul: DC Miser, Galveston Porkmeister", Mother Jones 7/22/11 5:00 AM EDT).
- ↑ The Atlantic Wire - Ron Paul is Feuding with His Fans
- ↑ Fitzpatrick, Alex, "Ron Paul Isn't Getting RonPaul.com", Mashable 5.24.13.
- ↑ Is It Time to Renounce the United Nations?, at LewRockwell.com
- ↑ Ron Paul Launching New Website After United Nations Dismisses His Domain, US News
- ↑ Here's an example of such drone like support
- ↑ RonPaul.com - WIPO Decides: RonPaul.com to Remain with Grassroots Supporters
- ↑ Millhiser, Ian, "Rand Paul Would Be The Worst President On Civil Rights Since Reconstruction", Think Progress (4/7/15 10:25 am).
- ↑ Rand Paul part of AAPS doctors group airing unusual views
- ↑ Twisted Undies At RonPaulForums
- ↑ Nuzzi, Olivia, "Ron Paul Dons 9/11 Truther Tin Foil", Daily Beast (08.31.14 2:45 AM ET).
- ↑ No, Rand Paul is NOT named after Ayn Rand
- ↑ Ron Paul, Congressional Baseball Legend
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| Topics: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election - Democratic Party - Debate:Religious beliefs and public office - Republican Party - Same-sex marriage - United States Electoral College
Candidates: Michele Bachmann - Herman Cain - Newt Gingrich - Rick Perry - Ron Paul - Mitt Romney - Rick Santorum
Running mates: Joe Biden - Paul Ryan
Winner: Barack Obama (incumbent)