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NPR 5/16/2011: Ron Paul: Why The Young Flock To An Old Idealist

Ron Paul: Why The Young Flock To An Old Idealist
by Robert Smith | May 16, 2011

Go to any Ron Paul event and it strikes you immediately. What's up with all the young people?

The 75-year-old Texas congressman packs halls on college campuses. His campaign volunteers often look too young to shave. And even at a recent New York City book signing, it was surprising to see how many teenagers and 20-somethings line up for an autograph clutching Paul's new book, Liberty Defined.

Sixteen-year-old Rob Gray says the age of the crowd doesn't seem odd to him.

It's "the old canard of the young being more open minded than the old," he says.

Paul, the world's most unlikely teen idol, is running again for president.

Read more here: http://www.npr.org/2011/05/16/135990053/ron-paul-why-the-you...

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Thanksgiving

In November, at Thanksgiving, we "young people" need to start some dinner-table discussions about the future of our country. If Ron Paul has the support of one generation, they can spread it to the others on holidays.

Since 2008 I think I've won over the Republicans in my family, including some in their 80's (including my Dad). (I'm not offended to be called "young.")

Libertarianism is where young, old, liberal, conservative all come together and agree to disagree, instead of forcing the others to comply.

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They can smell it a mile away

Ron Paul is not an idealist. He seems like an idealist because America has lost its way. People have stopped taking responsibility for their own behavior and decisions. The young people that have woken up can smell bulls***, pandering, and posturing a mile away by the insiders of Washington. They flock to Ron Paul because he's not corrupt. The lobbyists in Washington don't even bother going by his office.

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No compromising with individual Liberty or the Constitution.

That is reason why the young and old like Ron Paul.

Apparently, young votes

Apparently, young votes aren't as valuable?

"The economy's not a class you can master in college. To think otherwise is the pretense of knowledge."

:)

Luckily, they'll outlast the older (more valuable votes).

Why...

would they flock to the NPR or the MSM? They have nothing to offer but pain, misery, and hopelessness. :)

p.s. NPR should be abolished immediately.

donvino

closing the gold window

i always wondered how ron paul reacted to the closing of the gold window.

i always thought that when paul heard the news he must have thought "OMG! hyperinflation is just around the corner."

This article is right on.

My children like Ron Paul too. Probably because I've educated them properly.
grant (47 years old)

I wish the campaign could put

I wish the campaign could put together some stats including the number of not so young people who support RP. The constant noise about all the young people is good but nobody ever mentions what I think is a good number of mature people.

Trust in God, but tie your camel tight.

"Socialism needs two legs on which to stand; a right and a left. While appearing to be in complete opposition to one another,they both march in the same direction." - Paul Proctor

Yes, however I think there is

Yes, however I think there is a message to constantly underscoring the young here - first, it shows that the next generation are awake and taking the reigns. Even if they don't get what they want now, they are positioned to get it later so they should not be ignored. Second, revolutions are always fought and change occurs by young single people who are unencumbered by all the responsibilities that older people have. The establishment needs to take note if there is a groundswell from young people or they just might get run over and ran out.

especially considering 2/3rd

especially considering 2/3rd of voters are over the age of 30

I can live with the ending quote:

"Gray, the teenager, says Paul gives him hope — "that not everyone is a sellout; not everyone is controlled by special interests. There are people who still stick to their principles."

And in that idealistic way, you can say that Paul never grew up."

But what does that say about what NPR considers to be normal, adult behavior?

Integrity means having to say things that people don't want to hear & especially to say things that the regime doesnt want to hear -RonPaul

Sell your soul? I wish I were

Sell your soul? I wish I were a kid like RP ;-)

I take offense

to the part in the article about why college students are attracted to Dr. Paul. The article states college students "don't want anyone, not their parents, not the government, telling them what to do." That may be true in part, but it fails to show what I believe is the primary attraction. College students and dare I say all Ron Paul's fans are smart enough to know that Ron Paul is correct when it comes to a strict interpretation of the Constitution and the results that would occur for the nation and individuals if all in the district of corruption followed suit.

I agree, they want to make it

I agree, they want to make it look like only nieve young children rebelling is teh reason for such support. Never giving credit to the information these young kids have.

In the interview they did with me I mention austrian economics, Rothbard, and Mises several time and yet they failed to mention the fact that many of us have read much about the austrian school of thought and wish to properly let the free market rule.

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Exactly. If they can't make the smears stick,

they'll scoff at the naivete of the young idealists. and since the status quo partisans are allergic to principles and challenging ideas, they will continue the shallow reportage.

We are the educational movement of America, and it is heartening to see how open-minded people, young and old, and attracted to real, true self-education.

Very nice!

:-)

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That quote from Kenneth

That quote from Kenneth Christensen is me!! I gave a whole interview. Awesome!

Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto. - T. Jefferson rЭVO˩ution

"Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget that the state wants to live at the expense of everyone.” - BASTIAT

bump

good article -- Thanks for posting.

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What a great thing to hear

...on the way to work.

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Great article

but we need a lot of help in the comments section. Go educate some stunted minds there.

New Hampshire and Ecuador.

Ideas of liberty

It's all about the ideas not the messenger. Paul's ideas of liberty are reinvigurating to us young people!

It only seems unusual because

It only seems unusual because our society is run by old fools. Young folks don't have an aversion to the elderly, they have an aversion to the stupid... assuming they're not stupid themselves.

Age is no guarantee of wisdom.

I personally know some very stupid, foolish older people (60-something) who think and act like they are still in junior high.

Ann in Florida

You've met Congress?

You've met Congress?

Do you remember

a line in one of Ayn Rands(?) articles, "Old me who nod wisely and speak stupidly"?

As well it has been this way

As well it has been this way for a very long time.