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Paul’s Core Beliefs

During his political career, Paul believed in free markets and economic freedom. He was a strong advocate for low taxes, ardent in his advocacy for sound monetary policies. He was conservative in that he believed that you should only vote for measures which were specifically sanctioned by the Constitution. He believed that there should be free enterprise; that it was only ethical and honourable to have such; thus, the Constitution mandates it.

Paul remained a firm believer in human rights. He was against federal measures to restrict gun-ownership.  He was not for the regulation of the Internet.  He was steadfast in his stand against abortion, espousing clear pro-life and pro-family ideals.  He believed that the government should not meddle in the private affairs of its constituents.

Paul demonstrated constancy on the positions he took on issues.  In spite of the opposing views of most of his party-mates, he was against the Patriot Act. He also did not favour launching war against Iraq. He believed that the government should pay attention to the country’s own problems, rather than on other nations’ troubles. He rooted for a strong national defense and was against an interventionist foreign policy.

Paul showed strong interest in philosophy and economics.  He was well-read. It is said that his interest in politics was sparked by Friedrich Hayek’s “The Road to Serdom”  He was a supporter of the Austrian School economics, holding economists Friedrich Hayek, Hans Sennholz, and Murray Rothbard in high esteem. He considered the works of Ludwig Von Mises and Ayn Rand to be of great significance and import. He wrote several books, all espousing principles upheld by the said economists.

He was critical of most of the country’s banking/financial systems. Putting his political thoughts and theories on economics down on paper, he produced several books. The year 1981 saw the publication of his book Gold, Peace and Prosperity: The Birth of a New Currency.  The next year, 1982, he put out The Case for Gold: A Minority Report of the U.S. Gold Commission (1982). In 1983, his Abortion and Liberty articulated his pro-life opinions, as well as his anti-federal government sentiments.

Many other books were published in between 2007 and 2011 — A Foreign Policy of Freedom (2007), Pillars of Prosperity (2008), The Revolution: A Manifesto (2008), End the Fed (2009) and Liberty Defined (2011), among them. The American Ludwig von Mises Institute was usually Paul’s publisher.

Fighting for Popularity

Some of Paul’s ideals made him somewhat unpopular in political circles. It is said, though, that although some of his colleagues may have disagreed with the stances he took, they could not help but respect him for his convictions and courage. Colleagues spoke of his integrity with admiration. He is said to stand by and fight for his principles, not one to easily compromise.

Paul’s unique blend of traditionalist conservatism and libertarianism painted him out to be a very interesting and passionate politician.

Many people saw Paul as a highly idealistic individual, inspired more by his strong political beliefs and ideals rather than by a taste for power. He used his campaigns as venues to ventilate his views; many say that this explains why he ran for office in spite of the odds being against his winning.  This has also won for him the interest and admiration of many supporters.

During the 2012 election campaign, many people who listened to his speeches and examined his positions on critical issues were won over to his side.  To these people, he showed integrity and reliable, steadfast American values. He revealed his superior understanding of economic principles and why the country was in the situation it was. He was able to demonstrate unquestionable and unwavering support of the Constitution. His sincerity and consistency rang loud and clear in the same things he stood for in the past 3 or 4 decades.

Paul retired from the House of Representatives during the beginning of 2013.  His son, Rep. Rand Paul, seems to have inherited the support of the people who admired the elder Mr. Paul while he was in office.  Although the son is clearly out to establish his own political identity, to set up his own political niche, he remains a feasible standard-bearer for most of his father’s convictions.

At present, the elder Paul –Ron, still energetically advocates reducing the size of federal government, as well as returning to constitutional principles. He and his wife Carol carry on with their lives, still espousing their causes but with more time on their hands now to enjoy their five children and seventeen grandchildren.