Ron Paul Supporters Claim He Opposes The NDAA, So Why Didn’t He Vote On It?

Author: January 6, 2012 9:37 am

There is a whole lot of anger regarding the National Defense Authorization Act that President Obama signed into law last week. Civil libertarians in particular have been livid over the content of the law which they think allows the indefinite detention of Americans, even though the indefinite detention provision was changed, before President Obama signed the bill into law.

Not too long after the President signed the bill, rabid Ron Paul supporters vigorously claimed that Paul opposed the bill. There’s just one problem with that. If he indeed opposed it so much, why didn’t he attend a House session to cast his vote against it?


Ron Paul took an oath to execute his duties as a member of the House of Representatives, yet he failed to show up to vote against the NDAA, a bill he supposedly opposes. He didn’t bother to take a few hours out of his day to vote against something he considers dangerous to American rights and freedom. Instead, he decided to ignore his congressional responsibilities in order to remain on the campaign trail. You’d think a self-proclaimed libertarian would do his job when bills as important as the NDAA come up.

The fact is, a sitting Congressman cannot say they oppose a piece of legislation and not vote against it when it comes up for a vote. It’s just irresponsible, which is contrary to Paul’s constant calls for Americans to be responsible. Looks like he doesn’t practice what he preaches, which begs the question: Why do people still support Ron Paul?

See who voted for the bill, who voted against it, and who else besides Ron Paul didn’t vote on it at all; http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2011/roll932.xml

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  • Rev Deborah Lipsitz

    When I first read the text of the final version of NDAA 2012 that was signed into law, I swore I would never vote for anyone who voted for this. This will include President Obama, who backed off his threatened veto, and replaced it with a meaningless “signing statement.”

    I had assumed, at the time, that Ron Paul had voted against NDAA 2012, due to his vocal opposition. I was going to reward that by voting for Ron Paul, who appeared to have a firmer grasp on the US Constitution than the Constitutional Law Professor currently working out of the Oval Office.

    Imagine my surprise, when I saw that Ron Paul didn’t even bother to vote one way or the other on NDAA 2012.

    I, too, would like to know why Ron Paul did not vote on this crucial bill. I didn’t buy the excuse that a “Did Not Vote” is the same as a “Nay” vote when then candidate and US Senator for Illinois Barack Obama tried it, why on earth would I accept that explanation from Ron Paul? I would very much like to know why Ron Paul did not vote on NDAA 2012. I can accept reasons such as illness, family emergency, and the various other, but seriously limited number of, reasons that any one of us would consider a valid reason to miss work on a critical day.

    But, I will not accept excuses, which are to me the very thin skin of a reason filled with a lie. If he didn’t do his job because he decided it didn’t matter, then he should be fired from his job, and not eligible for re-employment in any other position, just like what would happen to the rest of us. Nor will I accept the excuse that he was “too busy campaigning.” If he was too busy trying to get a promotion to a top position to do the job he already has, then I have to assume he will treat the new job he is applying for with the same level of disregard. Any one of us would be fired from our jobs, for cause, if we tried such an excuse, I see no reason why Ron Paul should be any exception to the rules the rest of us must live by.

    NDAA 2012 was too important to not make a stand against it. Those in the House and Senate who did take a stand with their “Nay” votes are to be commended. Those who voted for NDAA 2012 should be condemned, and removed from office by any legal means available.

    Those who did not vote either way, who do not have a damned good reason for missing the vote, should be ashamed of themselves and resign from public office immediately, and seek life in the private sector or retire.

    I seriously hope Ron Paul has a very good explanation for not doing his job at such a critical time.

  • He was sick at the time (my guess). His interviews on the 15th showed him brushing his nose often with a very horse tone. I guess “reasonable” explanations are beyond you. If you look at his history, you know that Paul does everything in his power to make every vote.

    There is a video on youtube that reminds me of this article: a monkey puts his finger up his butt then smells it and falls out of the tree.

  • “Civil libertarians in particular have been livid over the content of the law which they think allows the indefinite detention of Americans, even though President Obama has repeatedly shown that is not correct.”

    This is a flat out lie. Obama acknowledged the fact the bill allows for indefinite military detention of American citizens in his own signing statement. I’m less concerned about why Ron Paul didn’t vote for it than why Obama “reluctantly” codified martial law when he signed it.

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