June 30, 2013

Ron Paul to Retire from Congress and Focus on Presidential Race

“Veteran Congressman Ron Paul announced Tuesday that he will not be running for re-election to Congress next year, instead focussing his attention on his run for President.

Rep. Paul, who won the Republican Straw Poll in New Orleans last month, is receiving growing support for his Presidential run, but he has said he will serve out his current term which ends in December 2012, regardless of the outcome of his bid to become President.

“”I think that you have more credibility if you run for only one office at a time,”" said Paul, who has been criticized in the past for running for both President and Congress at the same time. “”I felt it was better that I concentrate on one election,”" he said. “”It’s about that time when I should change tactics.”"

A former obstetrician, Paul has been a Congressman for 24 years, serving 12 terms for a Southeast Texas district. His unorthodox mix of Republican and libertarian politics has earned him the name “”the intellectual godfather”" of the tea party movement.

“”Ron has served Texans in Congress with distinction for nearly 24 years as a fierce advocate for a more limited government. His steadfast devotion to his core beliefs has earned him the respect and loyalty from Texans and Americans of all walks of life,”" said Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas.

Paul is opposed to US military overseas involvement, is in favor of legalizing marijuana, and is strongly opposed to the Internal Revenue Service and Federal Reserve, going as far as introducing legislation to abolish them.

Paul’s run for presidency has delighted the Texas Democratic Party, especially with the possibility of another Texas Republican, Governor Rick Perry, entering the race.

Texas Democratic Party spokesperson Kristen commented “”Ron Paul has long been an unorthodox politician, someone who’s defied GOP politicians as well as Democrats. He’s likely to carry that quality into the GOP presidential field, where he could cause problems for Rick Perry and other Republicans by calling them out for the hypocrisy and inconsistency within their party.”"

In June, Paul became the first 2012 Republican Presidential candidate to sign the Cut, Cap, and Balance Pledge, which calls for changes in the debt limit, taxation and spending cuts. It also supports a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution.”

Resource link:

Associated Press

Ron Paul 2010 Presidential Campaign Commitee

Ron Paul Congressional Site

Ron Paul – Wikipedia

Ron Paul – Unofficial Election Site

Marijuana Legalization Proposed in Congress

On June 23rd 2011, House of Representatives Democrat Barney Frank and Republican Ron Paul introduced a joint legislation, Bill HR 2306, that would limit the federal governments involvement in the prosecution of marijuana. It would also remove the criminal penalties associated with marijuana in the Controlled Substance Act. In essence, the government would only get involved if the case involved inter-state or cross border smuggling. This rare bi-partisan legislation is being introduced just weeks after an international panel declared the war on drugs a failure and recommended the United States legalize marijuana.

“Criminally prosecuting adults for making the choice to smoke marijuana is a waste of law enforcement resources and an intrusion on personal freedom.” Representative Franks voiced in a statement later that day.

He also insists that this bill is not advocating the legalization of marijuana but instead is focused on clarifying the current conflicts between state and federal laws regarding marijuana. As of 2011 there are 16 states, in addition to Washington DC, that allow the use of medicinal marijuana, an allowance that is in direct contradiction of federal law. If this bill passes it would free up the federal government to focus on more pressing crimes and allow states to decide what is best for their citizens. Rep. Ron Paul said in a statement, likens the marijuana prohibition to the alcohol prohibition of years past.

“I would say marijuana, as far as causing highway problems, is minuscule compared to alcohol,” Paul said. “Yet we know the prohibition of alcohol was very bad. This is just getting back to a sensible position on how we handle difficult problems.”

However, the bill has strong opponents, including Republican Representative Lamar Smith of Texas, who is the chair of the House Judiciary Committee that the bill must pass through.

“Marijuana use and distribution is prohibited under federal law because it has a high potential for abuse. The Food and Drug Administration has not approved smoked marijuana for any condition or disease.” Smith told the Associated Press and continued to say that the Judiciary Committee would turn down the bill.

Regardless of the heated debate on both sides of the aisle this is just another step in an attempt to solve the criminal drug problem in the United States and this legislation has made history as the first bill to be introduced to ease the prohibition of marijuana.”