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Ron Paul Votes Against Arnold Palmer's Congressional Gold Medal


Some good golf news out of Washington of late, as the U.S. House of Representatives voted 422 to 1 to award Arnold Palmer the Congressional Gold Medal. It's one of America's highest civilian honors, a recognition of Palmer's lifetime of --
... hey, hold on a second. The vote was 422 to 1? Who the heck would vote againstArnold Palmer receiving an award? Everybody loves Arnie! Everybody except terrorists, of course ... The offending party actually turned out to be none other than erstwhile presidential candidate Ron Paul (R-Texas). But why wouldn't he vote for Palmer? Paul must hate golf, that's it. Or maybe he's always been a Nicklaus fan. Or maybe he's just an old curmudgeon. That's got to be it, right?

Opinions in Washington flutter like the cherry blossoms in the spring, completely devoid of any real attachment to facts or reality, and this could have easily been another case where Paul got hammered without ever getting a chance to explain himself. But Riverside Press-Enterprise reporter Ben Goadactually went out and figured out the real story. (Hat tip to Geoff Shackelford for the find.) Seems that Paul votes against any and all Congressional Gold Medals, no matter who's up for the award. He voted against Rosa Parks, for heaven's sake. And he's actually got a reasonable explanation for doing so.

According to his spokeswoman, Rachel Mills:
"It is certainly nothing personal against Mr. Palmer. In fact, Congressman Paul admires him greatly. Dr. Paul opposes using public monies for any and all of these gold medals given to private citizens, just on principle. Not to mention, it is unconstitutional to use taxpayer dollars in this way. He even suggested on the House Floor before he voted against Rosa Parks's medal that if it meant so much to the Members of Congress, why not fund the award out of their own pockets? He pulled $100 out of his own wallet, but had no other takers. At a time like this when all budgets are stretched so thin, it seems especially inappropriate to lavish gifts like this on private citizens, as much as he may admire the individual."
Wow. A congressman standing on principle like that, and not for some underhanded back-door political gain? That's actually fairly impressive -- and fairly depressing that the bar for congressional honesty is set so low that a simple "no" vote is an act of freakin' political courage.

But here's what he was voting against. The Congressional Gold Medal is one of the nation's highest honors, along with the Congressional Medal of Freedom. Originally intended for war heroes, it's been broadened to include a wide range of individuals who have performed a notable public service to the country. Recent recipients include Jackie Robinson, the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa and Dr. Michael DeBakey, who perfected the heart transplant. You could quibble over whether a golfer deserves to be in such august company, but if Charles Schulz and Frank Sinatra could get it -- and they have -- then surely Arnie belongs as well.

So, bravo to both gentlemen -- Arnie for receiving the award, and Paul for not compromising his principles. Still, when Arnie is making his list of congressmen he'll be inviting to join him on the course, I've got a feeling we can go ahead and slot Rep. Paul at No. 423.

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  • Garen BGaren B Posts: 977
    I think that's absolutely hilarious that Ron Paul voted against Rosa Parks getting a medal based on his principles, but it is nice to actually see someone stick to their guns for once. No votes for everybody!!
  • phobicsquirrelphobicsquirrel Posts: 7,347 ✭✭✭
    Garen B:
    I think that's absolutely hilarious that Ron Paul voted against Rosa Parks getting a medal based on his principles, but it is nice to actually see someone stick to their guns for once. No votes for everybody!!
  • zoom6zoomzoom6zoom Posts: 1,214
    Our tax dollars at waste. Then again, the more time they waste on trivial crap like this, the less time they have to do stuff that really screws us up. Might be a bargain, at that.
  • VulchorVulchor Posts: 4,848 ✭✭✭✭
    I agree with Ron Paul 100%. This is our money being used to give a rich man a gold medal. Sure he has done a lot, sure Rosa Parks is an icon for what she did for civil rights-----But get a pat on the back and move on. Everyone does things special and heroic everyday and shouldnt need the govt. to recognize it and spend money on it. Take up a collection...have a 50/50 raffle...maybe even a bake sale...........but please keep my money going to more just and noble things like this well planned and orschestrated war in Iraq:)
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