Ron Paul's "Broken Clock" Problem is No ProblemSubmitted by pjkeag on Sat, 10/15/2011 - 16:52
It's really refreshing to see so much support for Dr. Paul. Many of us who have supported Ron Paul since 2007 (or earlier) actually view him as our president. What I find most appealing about Dr. Paul is that he makes me want to know more about government, philosophy, economics, and history. He makes me want to know what I'm talking about rather than relying on the media or professors to tell me what's going on.
Of course, this is something that should have happened long ago, but I was satisfied with the indoctrination I received in public schools. I don't blame my teachers; most of them tried their very hardest to teach the most they could within the confines of a centrally planned curriculum designed to appeal to the "lowest common denominator" and create young "patriotic" Americans who were satisfied with food, shelter, water, and entertainment. And, unfortunately, cause those same students to rally behind the flag, go overseas, and fight the Axis of Evil. I was such a young man. I left for the United States Army two days after graduating high school. It was peaceful, then, but that all changed on September 11, 2001, as you all know. Soon, plans were being made for Afghanistan, then Iraq, and, in 2003, my unit and I deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. I remember sitting in my office, thousands of miles away from my new bride, and thinking about what a waste of time the war in Iraq was. But, I also remember having nothing but contempt in my heart for those who protested the war because they weren't there! Truthfully, I wasn't even "there" because Kuwait quit being a combat zone one week after the initial invasion.
The point I'm making, if there is one to be made, is that it wasn't until 2007 when I saw something about Dr. Paul on the internet that I began to wake up and realize that everything I assumed I had been "fighting" for was wrong. The words of Dr. Paul made me realize that the United States of America is NOT its government or its president or its corporations, but its people and not the select few who believed in my same God, shared my same skin color, or agreed with me on the same controversial issues, but all of them. It wasn't until I realized what the message of freedom and the meaning of the rule of law meant that I was able to reject many of the prejudices I had and let go of the hatred in my heart I had for political opponents. It was no longer about left or right; black or white. It was about right and wrong and we, as Americans, have been traveling down the wrong path for so long! It's absolutely discouraging, yet our people are still satisfied if they're fed, watered, sheltered, clothed, and entertained. They're still being led to slaughter and won't realize it until it's too late.
I often wonder how different our nation would be right now had Dr. Paul been placed in the White House in 1988 or if his congressional colleagues had followed his lead and consulted the Constitution in matters relating to the economy, foreign policy, and personal liberties. The more of his statements I read, the more videos I watch, and the more I dig into Dr. Paul's past, the more I'm convinced that he has been right all along. Many from the left and the right will use cliched statements about his predictions over the years saying, "Broken clocks are right twice a day" or something along those lines, but even if he was only right twice a day, that's a whole lot of rightness since he embraced public life in 1971 and, I would argue, he's been right about the most important issues we face today.
He's predicted blowback time and time again. He takes to the House floor warning his colleagues about putting troops here or imposing sanctions there and, then, Americans are shocked that an embassy, ship, building, or base was bombed. He's predicted our financial problems his entire career! What are Americans worried about? The economy and terrorism. Shouldn't we listen to the one man who has consistently understood the problems before the problems were even evident?
It makes me sick to see my friends and family members continue to play the party games, the color games, all games they play based on fear, hate, and irresponsibility. To support puppet candidates, corporate interests, and an approach to government that will surely lead to us all falling "united" and finding ourselves digging out of a hole that the United States of America should have never been in.
This is my first time to post on the forum and will probably be my last. But, I am encouraged to see so many people waking up to Dr. Paul's message as well. I just hope that we'll take Ron Paul's example and use it to learn more about the world around us. I hope that we'll be able to stand for our principles with principle and that our knowledge and ability to engage in PEACEFUL, CIVIC discourse will wake more and more Americans up to the potential we all could reach if we accepted the responsibilities that accompany free societies. Thank you for reading and continuing to support liberty, freedom, and our future.