Someone is running for President. He's already a member of Congress, but he might not be a member of the party you typically vote for. However, his party doesn't like him very much... they've supported candidates opposing him in the past, hoping to get rid of him. Anyhoo, here are some facts about him. 96.8% of his campaign contributions came from individuals in his last congressional bid. Only 2.1% came from Political Action Committees/Businesses/Unions etc... He's such an outsider that in two previous terms in office, he was countered not only by the opposing party, but also his own. Surrendering to the fact that the party cannot get rid of him, they've agreed that he votes with the party on procedural matters and remains a nominal party member in exchange for the committee assignments normally due according to his seniority. He was the first congressman to propose term limits. He is such a dissenter, often being the only "no" vote in otherwise unanimous votes, he's been dubbed "Dr. No." He voted against the Iraq War Resolution. He voted against the PATRIOT act... both times. He charges the "war on terror" is simply an excuse to remove freedoms. He opposes the income tax. He supports a return to the "gold standard." He's not only FOR medical marijuana, he was a co-sponsor of the bill. Never voted to raise taxes during his service in Congress. Refused to accept the plush pension that Congressmen give themselves. Has worked to cut foreign-aid giveaways and stop our tax dollars from going to illegal aliens. Co-sponsor of legislation that successfully repealed the earnings limitation on Social Security. Seniors now continue working after retirement without being penalized. Defender of law-abiding citizens' Second Amendment right to own firearms. According to the National Taxpayers Union, he is one of only seven members who did not vote to spend even one penny of Social Security benefits on other programs. He introduced a bill to remove Industrial Hemp from the list of controlled substances. Was a flight surgeon in the United States Air Force. While he's technically pro-life, he does not believe the Federal Government has the authority to legalize or ban abortion. He feels it's an issue for the states... Congressional Quarterly named him one of the 50 most effective members of congress. I disagree with him on some issues like: I post this because I am genuinely excited. I certainly do not agree with this individual on many issues (like abortion,) but I have never heard him parrot his party's nonsense. We're often lamenting the lack of "outsiders" in Washington... tiring of career politicians who seem to be willing to say & do anything to get elected. This fella is an outsider if there ever was one. Where you may disagree with him, you will have no trouble finding his explanations for his positions. He is what many of us call a "Classical Liberal..." not to be confused with the quasi-socialist PC liberalism of today. Look at the first little factoid I posted... 96.8% of his funding comes from individuals. Not Citi-bank or Haliburton... not GreenPeace or Move-on. From individuals... I truly believe it's worth your time to research the man, learn as much as you can about him & seriously consider lending him your support. His name is Ron Paul... a reluctant Republican out of Texas. Had he been living in New York, I'm sure he'd be a reluctant Democrat!