How my 85 year-old Grandfather helped win his precinct caucus for Ron PaulSubmitted by anon1972 on Thu, 02/09/2012 - 12:52
Let me start with a bit of background. Leading up to Minnesota’s Tuesday night caucus, my grandfather and I talked a lot of politics, as we usually do. I would frequently steer the conversation to Ron Paul. We talked about Dr. Paul’s distaste for the Federal Reserve, unmitigated support for individual liberty, and strict adherence to the Constitution. Fortunately, my grandfather can use e-mail – at least enough to watch the YouTube videos and read the articles I would send to him. He became an ardent supporter of Ron Paul.
Now, my grandfather is nobody’s fool. A product of the Great Depression and born in 1926, he, his two brothers, and his parents lived in a 16’ x 24’ shack. They had no running water and no electricity; the bathroom was an out-house (which is less than comfortable on those cold winter nights in Minnesota). His family survived the Great Depression by growing food on an adjacent 1-acre plot of land, along with the family’s chickens and eggs. As a child he walked the railroad tracks to find coal that had dropped from a passing steam train. In the winter, his family would burn the scavenged coal for heat.
Having lived through tough times provides a perspective that I think most Americans frankly lack. And, possibly more than anyone in his precinct, he knows the circumstances our country is facing.
So, back to Tuesday night’s caucus, my grandfather hobbled to his local precinct location, now barely able to walk. After the caucus got under way, a couple middle-aged folks got up to speak about their love for Rick Santorum. After three back-to-back Santorum speeches, no one seemed to speak up for Dr. Paul. So, he concluded the duty was his.
He stood up slowly to address the attendees. His diatribe went something like this:
“You folks know just as well as me that there’s only one man running that can save this country. You’ve placed him at the bottom of the list, just like you always place him at the end of the line. Now, I’m too old to be a delegate, but let me tell you, we are out of options. All the other candidates are basically the same. They talk out of both sides of their mouths and the represent the status quo. You know exactly what I’m talking about and it’s about damn time you did something to fix it.”
Immediately after he sat down, a host of Generation Y-ers stood up and gave speech after speech about Ron Paul. His precinct then took their vote. After the votes were tallied, Ron Paul won the precinct by a significant margin. Paul received a good number of delegates, too.
Afterward, one of the Gen Y-ers thanked my grandfather for standing up and voicing his support for Ron Paul. The Gen Y-er said it gave him the confidence he needed to speak.
I have a couple of reasons for sharing this story. The first reason is that I’m really proud of the old man. The second reason is that one man can make a difference. If my 85 year-old grandfather can walk to caucus (by himself), and give a respectful but meaningful speech, SO CAN YOU.