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Ron Paul Republican

compounding; noun
Someone who considers him/herself a Republican while having ideologies exemplified by Ron Paul (R-TX) such as significantly less foreign intervention, laissez-faire economic principles, and more social freedoms.
 
This compound seems long, but the alliteration of R's makes it more natural to say. In function, it serves a very useful purpose in distinguishing between political ideologies. A 'Ron Paul Republican' follows the political thought of what is now known as the 'Old Right' from the early 1900's, or traced farther back, the liberals of the 1800's, now known as 'classical liberals.' When a speaker uses this word, it is in contrast to the modern mainstream Republican who favors government action in domestic economic and social affairs and foreign interventionism. A 'Ron Paul Republican' is probably in favor of reforming the Republican party rather than joining a third party such as the Libertarian Party.
Etymology : A compound of the name 'Ron Paul' and the word 'Republican' first used in reference to the Republican Party in 1854 but coming from the French 'république,' from Latin 'respublica.'
Source : "I've watched a Ron Paul Republican debate over economic issues and just destroy the opposition." Conversation with friend (11/08).
Last modified: 4 December 2008


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