Is Ron Paul a true conservative Republican?

Ron Paul is a conservative Republican in the mold of Robert Taft, Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan.  Ron Paul in not a neoconservative Republican in the mold of George W. Bush, John McCain or Irving Kristol.  It is important to look at history to understand the difference between a  conservative and a neoconservative.

Conservatives:

Robert Taft was a Republican Senator from Ohio from 1939 until his death in 1953.  Taft was one of the most important Republican Party congressional leaders of the twentieth century as was known by the nickname of Mr. Republican.  Taft was the acknowledged national leader of the Republican party’s conservative faction and was the chief ideologue and spokesperson for conservatism during the 1940s and 1950s. 

Barry Goldwater was a Republican Senator from Arizona from 1953 until he stepped down from the Senate in 1964 for his presidential campaign.  Goldwater returned to the Senate in 1969 and continued to serve there until he retired in 1987.  Goldwater was known by the nickname of Mr. Conservative  was the epitome of a conservative Republican during his five terms in the Senate.

Ronald Reagan was a two term Republican Governor of California from 1967 until 1975.  In 1976 Reagan lost his run for the Republican Presidential nomination, but did win the nomination and Presidency in 1980 and 1984.  Reagan was known for his conservative speech “A Time for Choosing” in support of Goldwater’s 1964 Presidential campaign and as the conservative Republican choice for President in 1976, 1980 and 1984.

Ron Paul was elected as a three term Republican Representative in Texas from 1979 to 1985 after which time he returned to his medical practice in Texas.  Ron Paul returned to the House of Representatives in 1997 and has been re-elected seven consecutive times as a Republican.  Ron Paul is known by the nickname of Dr. No because he never votes for legislation unless the proposed measure is expressly authorized by the Constitution.

  • Robert Taft was a conservative Republican
  • Barry Goldwater was a conservative Republican
  • Ronald Reagan was a conservative Republican
  • Ron Paul is a conservative Republican.

Neoconservatives:

Irving Kristol was the godfather of neoconservatism.  Irving Kristol was not a follower of conservatives such as Taft, Goldwater or Reagan.  Irving Kristol was a follower of Leon Trotsky.  Leon Trotsky was a Russian Marxist revolutionary, a Soviet politician and the founder of the Red Army.  Trotskyism is a theory of Marxism.  Karl Marx was a German philosopher and revolutionary socialist who developed the socio-political theory of Marxism.  Marx published various books during his lifetime, with the most notable being The Communist Manifesto.

The neoconservative persuasion emerged during the early 1970s among Democrats that were pro-war in Vietnam and disagreed with their party’s opposition to the war.  These former liberals advocated the assertive promotion of democracy and United States national interest in international affairs including through military means.  Neoconservatives began to reject LBJ’s Great Society programs and moved away from the Democratic Party and into the Republican Party during the 1970s. 

Henry Jackson was a Democratic Senator from Washington from 1953 until his death in 1983.  Jackson lost his run for the Democratic Presidential nomination in 1972 and 1976.  Jackson was the inspiration for neoconservative foreign policy in 1970s.  Democratic aides to Jackson such as Paul Wolfowitz, Elliott Abrams, Charles Horner, Douglas Feith and Richard Perle were the first generation of neoconservatives.

  • Irving Kristol was a Trotskyist and the godfather of neoconservatism
  • Leon Trotsky was a Marxist
  • Henry Jackson was a Democrat and the godfather of neoconservative foreign policy
  • Neoconservatives favor an expensive interventionist foreign policy based on deficit spending
  • Deficit spending is not conservative and is not fiscally responsible
  • An interventionist foreign policy is not conservative as it expands the government and the national debt

Being conservative is not supporting Marxist positions such as neoconservatives do. Neoconservatives took over the Republican party from men such as Taft, Goldwater and Reagan and brought in their Trotskyite ideas thanks to Irving Kristol.  Paul Wolfowitz, Doug Feith, and Richard Perle are neoconservatives.  George W. Bush is a neoconservative.  Neoconservatives are highly in favor of deficit spending and a foreign policy of unlimited government intervention. 

Is Ron Paul a true conservative Republican? Yes, Ron Paul is a conservative Republican and is dedicated to fiscal responsibility and limited government.  Ron Paul in not a neoconservative Republican and rejects deficit spending and expanding the government.

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