Spearheading Liberty; Thoughts on Ron Paul

I’m partial to this article for one particular reason, but lots of other good ones as well.  Matthew’s thoughts say a lot about Ron Paul’s campaign.
This article is from a young adult who is paying attention to what happens in and to our country.  Maybe we should pay attention back.  ~S

Listening to Ron Paul was like listening to Honesty strangle itself.
His thoughts came out in short, frenetic bursts that seemed more akin to a Ritalin junkie than a presidential elect. He was not a public speaker but what he spoke, at least, rang true, in the figurative sense. He, let it be said, also did not look Presidential. A strange, diminutive man who was more accustomed to delivering babies than mandates.

What Ron Paul did have, however, was respect. Maybe not from slimy media pundits, or even from his equally slimy Republican opponents, and not retained from a PR firm… but from the American public that gave it freely, albeit in small doses.

This respect stemmed from a lifelong promise to uphold the Constitution, one he did actually keep. That meant small government, no wars unless they’re declared, and above all the belief that people can take care of themselves. It’s for these unshakable beliefs Paul was outted by mainstream media, and it’s for these beliefs Paul had such a loyal following.

The question that always came to my mind at these debates, when Paul was skipped over, or ridiculed by other candidates, was why? He was the only candidate up there with a 100% clean record, and that has never changed positions (parties is another matter). He was different.
I thought about this for a long time and came to this conclusion. In a world of naivety, hypocrisy, and contradiction, what would rationality look like? Wouldn’t it look strange or different? Un-accustomed to the social norms of thumb-waving and plastered smiles? Maybe the fault is with the system around us, not little grey men.

It also strikes me with a great amount of irony that the only man who ever made sense in Washington was the man who wanted to fire half of Washington. Ron Paul would have done just that, first with the IRS.
And second with the social programs, like Welfare and Social Security.
All this in an attempt to return integrity to the American people, who he believed could look after themselves better than any Department.

For these reasons Ron Paul’s defeat was inevitable. However, there may still be a victory, one attained in the attempt rather than the accomplishment. Paul’s run showed that there are people out there who still believe in small government, and that’s nice… kind of like how it’s nice to know there are people out there who don’t own guillotines.

His popularity is best represented by the 12 million dollars he raised in a single day from donations on his website, no other candidate could boast of such a performance. Also the estimated 200 billion Ron Paul stickers stuck across the United States is no small production either. The man was quite popular for being such an unknown.

And while those pieces of flare may just be litter now and the money gone to waste, it speaks to a resiliency in the American people that gives me hope in 2012, because while Ron Paul probably won’t run then, there is a certain amount of relief in that his voters are out there, spearheading liberty, one adhesive at a time.

© 2008 Matthew Ruckman


Spearheading Liberty; Thoughts on Ron Paul — 15 Comments

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  2. Thanks for sharing, Susan. After the fiasco I witnessed in Ohio yesterday, it was a refreshing read.


  3. Didn’t go well in the Cleveland area, aye? Sorry to hear that, Mary. I heard on c-span from some ohio official-ette, that all was well with the primary. They had run out of ballots here and there, but permission was given to run some more off since they were hard copy and could be hand counted.

    There were several questions about Cuyahoga (sp?) County. That was Cleveland, wasn’t it?

  4. FreedomFest 2008 – Ron Paul has just been confirmed as a speaker and will join our 100 plus speakers and 1,000 plus attendees in Las Vegas on July 10 -12 at Freedomfest 2008. We must continue the campaign to promote the Ron Paul Revolution of liberty, a return to limited constitutional government and free markets to the American public.
    See http://www.freedomfest.com
    Ron Holland, Wolf Laurel, NC

  5. Thank you for sharing this article. It’s very well written and thought provoking.

    The one idea that my husband and his Obama-voting brother finally agreed on was that the individual has more interest in handling their finances than any department in Washington. I still don’t understand why his brother wants to give more money to the state, but, at least, the idea was planted. Hope it grows.

  6. Thanks, Susan, for sharing the article. It was refreshing and reminded me that anything worth having will take time and work to get.

    Yes Ron Paul is a “funny little man” and yet what he said got my attention, and made me think, really think, about politics for the first time in about seven years. I had just gotten so tired of it all. The ideologues and the machine people, bull-dozing over us, telling us that we need what they have to sell.

    I don’t think so.

  7. I can see why your brother in law isn’t voting for a Clinton then, Renae. I’ll never forget Prez Clinton saying this in NY about tax money:We could give it all back to you and hope you spend it right.

    I’m afraid I don’t see Obama spending any less of ‘their’ money. Plus he just hasn’t been much of a senator for Illinois. Which might not be a bad thing if they all just got busy running for president instead.

  8. I am tired of it, too, Elisheva. Ron Paul’s ideas are refreshing and deep and no, he doesn’t do good sound bites.
    That’s ok and it’s absolutely ridiculous that the ‘bulldozers’ say it’s not.

  9. “I’ll never forget Prez Clinton saying this in NY about tax money:We could give it all back to you and hope you spend it right.”

    There’s nothing that infuriates me more than when a politician refers to taxation as the “ending of tax breaks”, or whatever euphemism he/she employs, as if the money was never ours and they were doing/giving us a favor/break in allowing us to retain our own property. Locke would be rolling over in his grave at this kind of Eminent Domain on paper.
    Being in Miami, I’m partial to Dave Berry quotes, here’s one of his good ones “See, when the GOVERNMENT spends money, it creates jobs; whereas when the money is left in the hands of TAXPAYERS, God only knows what they do with it. Bake it into pies, probably. Anything to avoid creating jobs.”
    Course, students aren’t exactly in the highest tax bracket(or any at all), so my complaints, to date, are completely without basis.

  10. The twins and I have been studying the Constitution along with Blackstone, Locke and Montesquieu, Matt. I thought Blackstone was a magician before :-), so you’ve surpassed me in your studies already.
    When the government spends our money, they’re usually creating government jobs. That’s the bizarre part of all of this.
    I saw Ron Paul bowed out of the race, sort of:
    We’ll see what happens from here. The politicians can’t control everything…..yet.
    Revolutions are long term projects

  11. Thanks for the note, Helen. I plan on blogging some links today. Information about your CA situation is hitting our IL freedom watch list, so it’s being talked throughout the hs community.

  12. I liked it when Ron Paul was polling above Giuliani but the mainstream media refused to acknowledge that he was even in the race. And I didn’t even really like Ron Paul, I just remember wanting to jump through the screen at Tim Russert when was hacking at him. We need a good revolution, it’s been more than 20 years, we are due.

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