He was the sole House member of either party to vote against the Financial Antiterrorism Act (final tally: 412-1). In 1999, he was the only naysayer in a 424-1 vote in favor of casting a medal to honor Rosa Parks. Nothing against Rosa Parks: Paul voted against similar medals for Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II. He routinely opposes resolutions that presume to advise foreign governments how to run their affairs: He has refused to condemn Robert Mugabe’s violence against Zimbabwean citizens (421-1), to call on Vietnam to release political prisoners (425-1) or to ask the League of Arab States to help stop the killing in Darfur (425-1).Wow. I remember staring at a poster in high school during class that exhorted the viewer to "Stand up for what is right, even if you're standing alone." Instead of a pastel silhouette of an androgynous human engulfed in rainbow swirls, Paul's face should've been the graphical feature.
Despite the libertarian moniker, he's a solid supporter of US sovereignty (ABI gives him a 'B+' for his recent votes on immigration legislation). The Congressman excoriated the Senate for the recent amnesty it tried three times to surreptitiously slip past a public that overwhelmingly opposed it.
He's an interesting character, an anomaly of the contemporary political world. The in-depth NYT Magazine article excerpted above makes for an edifying read.