Today, I read a great piece, “Ron Paul, the Real Republican?“
When you read about a vote in Congress that goes something like 412-1, odds are pretty good that the sole “nay” came from Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas. He so consistently votes against widely popular bills, in fact, that the Washington Post recently gave him the moniker “Congressman ‘No.’”
Paul isn’t a reflexive contrarian–he doesn’t oppose just to oppose. Rather, he has a core set of principles that guide him. They happen to be the same principles envisioned by the framers of the U.S. : limited government, federalism, free trade and commerce — with a premium on peace.
When most members of Congress see a bill for the first time, they immediately judge the bill on its merits, or if you’re more cynical, they determine what the political interests that support them will think of it, or how it might benefit their constituents.
For Paul, the vast majority of bills don’t get that far. He first asks, “Does the Constitution authorize Congress to pass this law?” Most of the time, the answer to that question is “no.” And so Paul votes accordingly.
Take a look at the rest.
I think Paul sounds great. I don’t see him running away with the nomination, but as the writer of the column suggests, I agree that he could bring discussion of some issues and positions that are long overdue for a discussion, especially within the Republican Party.