I had the privilege of interviewing Dr. Paul for my GodArchy podcast last week.

I have to confess, it’s the first time I’ve been nervous about interviewing somebody. Dr. Paul has done so much for the liberty movement.

Sometimes I feel like I’m the only person in the “liberty movement” who didn’t get involved through Ron Paul’s presidential campaigns. I was a little late to the party. I first became aware of Ron Paul during the 2008 campaign. I heard snippets on the news about him and heard Rush Limbaugh mention him a few times. But I was still firmly entrenched in the establishment. I immediately adopted the standard conservative mantra, “I like that Ron Paul, except for his foreign policy.”

But I do remember one incident that made an impression. I was living in St. Petersburg, Florida at the time and the city hosted a presidential debate. I remember walking out of my apartment and seeing a plane that was lit up wing-tip to wing-tip with the words “Google Ron Paul.” Of course, I didn’t do it because I already knew I didn’t like his foreign policy. But I do recall thinking that this guy must have made a pretty profound impact on people if somebody was willing to pay for a plane to fly over the city.

I eventually embraced liberty – including Ron Paul’s foreign policy – through my work at the Tenth Amendment Center. So, I can’t share any kind of come to liberty moment thanks to Ron Paul. But he still indirectly had a big impact on my journey because he was a huge influence on a lot of the people that led me down the path.

The thing that really stands out about Dr. Paul is his integrity. He took unpopular positions and stuck by them. He didn’t stick his finger in the air and parrot some lame talking points. He said what he believed – over and over and over again. I’ve been told that Dr. Paul never changed his speech. Whether he was talking to Republicans, or Democrats, or moderates, his message was the same. End the wars. End the Fed.

He even earned the nickname “Dr. No” when he was in Congress because he refused to vote for unconstitutional bills — and that was most of them.

There aren’t many people in politics that I can honestly say I respect. Ron Paul is one of the few.  He exemplifies the kind of integrity I want to have in my work and in my life.

Mike Maharrey

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