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Ron Paul Leaves Congress as One of the Most Conservative Members Since 1976
Poltic365 ^ | 12/29/2012 | Christopher Goins

Posted on 12/29/2012 12:40:59 PM PST by mangonc2

Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), libertarian hero and constitutionalist congressman, will end the last term of his political career as the number two conservative in the House of Representatives behind Jeff Flake (R-AZ), according to a ranking system of all members of congress created by two political science professors.

The "DW-Nominate" ranking system, created by University of Georgia political science professor Keith Poole and New York University professor Howard Rosenthal, ranks all 636 legislators in the House and the Senate and is available on Voteview.com.

According to the rankings, Paul held the number one spot for multiple years, despite being behind Flake in recent ones.

When he first won a special election in 1976 to the 94th Congress, Congressman Paul immediately became the most conservative member in the House, according to the ranking system.

While Paul lost re-election to the House in the next Congress, by the 96th Congress Paul won his House seat back and was ranked the number one conservative for three consecutive congresses, which lasted from January 3, 1979 to January 3, 1985.

No later than 1987, Paul, at odds with the Reagan administration's and the Republican Party's profligate spending ways, wrote a letter of resignation to the then-RNC Chair Frank Fahrenkopf expressing his reasons for leaving the Grand Old Party, before going on to join the Libertarian Party and eventually becoming its nominee for president in 1988.

The letter displayed his commitment to conservative, limited government ideals, even at the expense of leaving the Republican Party to advance them.

In the letter, he began by expressing his high hopes for the Reagan administration-but then sharply criticized Reagan. He told a story of how Republicans, far from critiquing Ronald Reagan for his un-conservative spending ways, actually began in some ways to defend big government.

"In 1976 I was impressed with Ronald Reagan's program and was one of the four members of Congress who endorsed his candidacy," he wrote.

"Since 1981, however, I have gradually and steadily grown weary of the Republican Party's efforts to reduce the size of the federal government," he continued.

"Since then Ronald Reagan and the Republican Party have given us skyrocketing deficits, and astoundingly a doubled national debt. How is it that the party of balanced budgets, with control of the White House and Senate, accumulated red ink greater than all previous administrations put together? Tip O'Neill, although part of the problem, cannot alone be blamed," Paul wrote.

Paul said of Republicans at the time that although they "rightly chastised Carter for his $38 billion deficit...they ignore or even defend deficits of $220 billion, as government spending has grown 10.4 percent per year since Reagan took office."

In the letter, Paul did not call Reagan's economic plan "conservative," as Reagan is claimed to be and is remembered as, but instead called "Reaganomics" "warmed-over Keynesianism," referring to the economic philosophy inspired by the 20th century economist John Maynard Keynes which basically maintains that budget deficits and publicly-directed spending are the way to economic recovery, and that it's the government's job to smooth out the business cycle.

He blasted Reagan's famous 1986 tax reform as giving more power to the IRS, and called Reagan out for raising taxes. He ended the letter by saying that Republicans have expanded the "worst aspects" of the "Democratic agenda" and called them their own, and suggested that the Republican party had zero credibility "as a force to reduce the size of government."

By the late 1990s, Paul re-entered politics as a Republican after his first presidential run for the Libertarian Party and has been in Congress ever since.

Just as he entered politics as the number one conservative (according to the ranking system), he re-entered politics as the most conservative politician in the House of Representatives and maintained that position from the 105th Congress (beginning January 1997) to the 106th Congress (ending on January 3, 2001).

From the 107th Congress onward, Paul ranked as the second most conservative House member, according to the list, behind Jeff Flake.

His son, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a possible entrant into the 2016 presidential races, is currently ranked as the most conservative politician in the United States Senate.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: antireagan; antisemite; fff; fraudpaul; iranianpayroll

1 posted on 12/29/2012 12:41:12 PM PST by mangonc2
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To: mangonc2
ranks all 636 legislators in the House and the Senate

So, all 57 states now have Senators and Reps?

2 posted on 12/29/2012 12:45:21 PM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: mangonc2

Conservative?

Depends on your defininition of conservative

In reality He is a libertarian. And he blames the US for 9/11.

No thanks. I won’t support either Paul.


3 posted on 12/29/2012 12:47:17 PM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: mangonc2

As a US Representative, what did he accomplish in congress?


4 posted on 12/29/2012 12:49:17 PM PST by Alaska Wolf (Carry a Gun, It's a Lighter Burden Than Regret)
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To: mangonc2

Ron Paul Leaves Congress as One of the Most Conservative Members Since 1976

Conservative???


5 posted on 12/29/2012 12:50:05 PM PST by COBOL2Java (kak-is-toc-ra-cy: Government by the least qualified or most unprincipled citizens. See: GOP-e)
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To: mangonc2

“conservative” only in the sense of consistently being and voting in favor of limited, constitutional government, and being pro-life, and in favor of securing our borders. Apart from that, he’s a total leftist.


6 posted on 12/29/2012 12:59:17 PM PST by cdcdawg
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To: mangonc2
I looked for John Boehner’s name in the 112th Congress.

Not there!

Great database.

Omits the Speaker of the House!

7 posted on 12/29/2012 1:00:16 PM PST by zeestephen
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To: zeestephen

Good for him. I wish Ron Paul a long and happy life


8 posted on 12/29/2012 1:03:40 PM PST by be-baw (still seeking)
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To: cdcdawg

“...consistently being and voting in favor of limited, constitutional government, and being pro-life, and in favor of securing our borders”: That’s enough for me! I wish we had more like him!


9 posted on 12/29/2012 1:04:00 PM PST by mangonc2
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To: mangonc2

Nice how two liberal professors tell us who is Conservative.

On the other hand, the American Conservative Union ranks Paul as one of the least Conservative congressmen. He is also one of the least accomplished congressmen only having 4 bills pass including a bill on commemorative coins, giving a congressional medal to a baseball player in his district, and his only real accomplishment, the audit bill. He is also one of the bigger porkers, constantly earmarking tens of millions.


10 posted on 12/29/2012 1:05:16 PM PST by mnehring
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To: Alaska Wolf

If only we had a few hundred more like him, they could really accomplish something!


11 posted on 12/29/2012 1:07:05 PM PST by mangonc2
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To: cdcdawg
“conservative” only in the sense of consistently being and voting in favor of limited, constitutional government, and being pro-life, and in favor of securing our borders. Apart from that, he’s a total leftist.

LOL, you are kidding right. Pro life in that he doesn't think the federal government has the role of protecting life so he votes against pro-life bills. Securing borders in the sense that he compared the border fence to the Berlin Wall and voted against using military assets on the border. Constitutional in the way that he picks and chooses what he likes and proclaims himself some sort of Constitutional hero when he is nothing but a joke.

12 posted on 12/29/2012 1:07:47 PM PST by mnehring
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To: mangonc2
NOT CONSERVATIVE!!!!

Blamed America, conspiracy truther loon, drug pusher, racist, isolationist, wants to close ALL US foreign military bases, teamed up with RINO Romney to attack the conservatives running. To call that nutcase a conservative is an insult to conservatism.

Good riddance nutjob Paul.

13 posted on 12/29/2012 1:09:20 PM PST by Proud2BeRight
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To: mangonc2
If only we had a few hundred more like him, they could really accomplish something!

100 x 0 is still ZERO.

14 posted on 12/29/2012 1:10:38 PM PST by Alaska Wolf (Carry a Gun, It's a Lighter Burden Than Regret)
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To: cdcdawg
consistently being and voting in favor of limited, constitutional government,

You can stop right there. Rand Paul is exactly what we need right now. The people who are against him generally want more federal involvement in their pet areas (while proclaiming to be against government expansion).

From his website: I believe that the primary Constitutional function of the federal government is national defense, bar none. I believe that when we must go to war, we must have a Congressional declaration of war as the Constitution mandates, and we fight to win. And we must fight only under US Command and not the UN.

15 posted on 12/29/2012 1:11:48 PM PST by palmer (Obama = Carter + affirmative action)
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To: palmer

Rand is not Ron. From most indications, Rand is not an insane Liberaltarian like his father.


16 posted on 12/29/2012 1:12:53 PM PST by mnehring
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To: Alaska Wolf
As a US Representative, what did he accomplish in congress?

Umm.

He co-sponsored H.R. 645 in the 108th Congress to amend United States Code Title 36, to designate the square dance as the national folk dance.

Because as all Constitutionalists know: Square Dance = Commerce Clause.

17 posted on 12/29/2012 1:13:19 PM PST by Scoutmaster (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it)
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To: mangonc2; humblegunner
Correction: One of the most likely to be CIRCUS ringmaster ....


Source: humblegunner

18 posted on 12/29/2012 1:14:47 PM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Scoutmaster

That is the one I keep forgetting.

Paul’s four successful bills.

Square dancing
Commemorative coins
Congressional medal to a baseball player
Audit the fed


19 posted on 12/29/2012 1:14:51 PM PST by mnehring
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To: Alaska Wolf

Well hey, ZERO would be far better than the monumental damage Congress has been doing to us every year! How about ZERO Obamacare, ZERO TSA, ZERO income taxes, etc.?


20 posted on 12/29/2012 1:15:42 PM PST by mangonc2
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To: Proud2BeRight
isolationist

You say that like it's a bad thing, but we haven't had isolationism since WWI. Is it better that we install Muslim governments in Balkans and a Caliphate in the Middle East?

21 posted on 12/29/2012 1:17:38 PM PST by palmer (Obama = Carter + affirmative action)
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To: mangonc2

Libertarian maybe... but he is in no way a Conservative.

LLS


22 posted on 12/29/2012 1:23:08 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: mangonc2
Thanks for the post, mangonc2.

I LOVE reading Ron Paul threads!

23 posted on 12/29/2012 1:24:34 PM PST by zeestephen
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To: Servant of the Cross

I’ve never been able to figure out why Michael Jackson is looking daggers at Jar-jar Binks.


24 posted on 12/29/2012 1:24:38 PM PST by humblegunner
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To: Vaquero

Good riddance to this traitor


25 posted on 12/29/2012 1:24:53 PM PST by italianquaker
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To: humblegunner
I’ve never been able to figure out why Michael Jackson is looking daggers at Jar-jar Binks.

...this one time at band camp...

26 posted on 12/29/2012 1:27:16 PM PST by mnehring
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To: mnehring
I believe Ron Paul was only the co-sponsor of those bills.

As a legislator, he authored approximately 620 pieces of legislation, but only one was passed, the sale of the old U.S. customs house to the Galveston Historical Foundation.

Let's not even get into the method he used to put millions of dollars of pork into every spending bill.

27 posted on 12/29/2012 1:30:44 PM PST by Scoutmaster (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it)
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To: mangonc2
If only we had a few hundred more like him, they could really accomplish something!

A little taste of the LRon circus ...

LRon Paul Wants Kucinich in his Cabinet

Nader, who has recently called this progressive-liberaltarian coalition "the most exciting new political dynamic" in the US today …….. "I believe in coalitions," Rep. Paul echoed.

maher would vote for Lron

Paul will give his seal of approval to four candidates: Green Party nominee Cynthia McKinney, Libertarian Party nominee Bob Barr, independent candidate Ralph Nader and Constitution Party candidate Chuck Baldwin.

Ron Paul booed during Tea Party debate after Osama bin Laden answer

In the space of 24 hours, Rep. Ron Paul (R., Texas) has voted for tax hikes, against censure for Charlie Rangel, and defended Julian Assange.

Ron Paul votes to homosexualize the US Military

Ron Paul hearts Debra Medina

Ron Paul: Ground Zero Mosque Opponents are “Islamophobes.”

Ron Paul wouldn't have approved Osama bin Laden operation

28 posted on 12/29/2012 1:33:17 PM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: All

Even more idiotic is that these two liberals ranked Jeff Flake #1. Flake was pushing Illegal Alien Amnesty with liberal Democrat Luis Guitteriez...and Flake is also pro open borders....that is not conservative


29 posted on 12/29/2012 1:41:08 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (Fiscal Conservatives are Neither)
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To: mangonc2

Ron Paul is 100% correct on the Federal Reserve and a few other things. His foreign policy is fantasy and surrender


30 posted on 12/29/2012 1:47:30 PM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: mangonc2
ZERO would be far better than the monumental damage Congress has been doing to us every year!

I don't disagree, but Rep. Paul had decades to persuade the US Congress and the voters of the US to make the necessary changes, didn't he?

31 posted on 12/29/2012 1:48:23 PM PST by Alaska Wolf (Carry a Gun, It's a Lighter Burden Than Regret)
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To: mangonc2

Ron Paul, Conservative? Fiscally, yes. On foreign policy though, he doesn’t understand Islam.


32 posted on 12/29/2012 1:49:04 PM PST by wastedyears (My life mostly completely turned around in a few weeks. Now to leave NY...)
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To: palmer

I believe that when we must go to war, we must have a Congressional declaration of war as the Constitution mandates,

It’s amazing how few in the federal government actually support the US Constitution.


33 posted on 12/29/2012 1:49:14 PM PST by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: mnehring

Audit the fed

That would be the most important bill passed in my lifetime if it would actually be done.


34 posted on 12/29/2012 1:51:09 PM PST by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: mangonc2

this has to be some kind of joke article.


35 posted on 12/29/2012 1:51:53 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: freedomfiter2
I believe that when we must go to war, we must have a Congressional declaration of war as the Constitution mandates

The Constitution gives three methods for going to war. Formal declaration (and it doesn't say how it has to be worded), punishing 'piracy and offenses against the laws of nations', and putting down rebellions. We did have Congressional authorization for both Iraq and Afghanistan. Funny thing is Paul says that Iraq wasn't legal because the 'authorization for the use of force' in his mind isn't a declaration of war but he voted for a similarly worded authorization for Afghanistan.

36 posted on 12/29/2012 1:52:07 PM PST by mnehring
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To: freedomfiter2

Like most things Paul writes, it was written without any teeth or enforcement methods.


37 posted on 12/29/2012 1:54:22 PM PST by mnehring
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To: mangonc2

But, then there’s his voting record and floor speeches. And the meaning of is becomes the meaning of was.


38 posted on 12/29/2012 1:56:19 PM PST by Steamburg (The contents of your wallet is the only language Politicians understand.)
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To: mnehring

Didn’t Congress give authority to Bush to declare war? It seems to me that such an act would have to be done by an amendment to the Constitution to be legal.


39 posted on 12/29/2012 1:57:58 PM PST by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: zeestephen
By convention the Speaker of the House usually doesn't vote.

This actually came up in the Lincoln movie. There was a very close vote on the amendment that outlawed slavery so the Speaker cast a vote.

Except in ties or exceptionally important matters the speaker usually doesn't register a vote.

40 posted on 12/29/2012 2:00:10 PM PST by x
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To: cdcdawg
“conservative” only in the sense of consistently being and voting in favor of limited, constitutional government, and being pro-life, and in favor of securing our borders. Apart from that, he’s a total leftist.

LOL! As you point out, Ron Paul understands what conservatives are supposed to be conserving. As a result, Paul is an eminent conservative...just not a very good Republican. :)

41 posted on 12/29/2012 2:21:45 PM PST by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: mnehring

Do you want the government to have the power to legislate on moral issues? Think same-sex marriage.


42 posted on 12/29/2012 2:37:44 PM PST by wastedyears (My life mostly completely turned around in a few weeks. Now to leave NY...)
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To: x

Thanks, x.

Not sure I ever knew that.


43 posted on 12/29/2012 4:55:14 PM PST by zeestephen
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To: Izzy Dunne

Yeah....I wondered about that too....surely there has been greater turnover than 201 legislators in 36 years?

Maybe those with say less than x years are not counted, maybe x = 6?


44 posted on 12/29/2012 5:55:59 PM PST by scrabblehack
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To: Izzy Dunne

Yeah....I wondered about that too....surely there has been greater turnover than 101 legislators in 36 years?

Maybe those with say less than x years are not counted, maybe x = 6?


45 posted on 12/29/2012 5:56:14 PM PST by scrabblehack
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To: mangonc2

No.


46 posted on 12/29/2012 6:08:17 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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