Why do we love Ron Paul?Submitted by hectorinmiami on Wed, 06/27/2012 - 10:38
Why do we love Ron Paul?
Ron Paul is possibly the greatest statesman this country has ever produced. He’s been the ultimate underdog, the quintessential lone prophet railing against a culture of guns and butter politics bankrupting this country both financially and morally. Is he perfect? No. He speaks with a lisp, wears ill-fitted suits, is not particularly well-spoken and he’s really, really old. There is nothing about him that is charismatic except for one thing… He is sincerely honest and passionate about advocating for liberty.
His character and motivation are above reproach. No one can make Ron Paul change his mind. But we have learned that he can be slowed down and his efforts can even be tamed by those around him, those who are in his confidence. Rand Paul, Ron’s son and the junior Senator of the state of Kentucky, listened to the voices of political expedience and made the ideologically impure mistake of endorsing Mitt Romney for political gain. It will take a few months to determine whether this endorsement will lead to any meaningful legislation in Congress or lead to greater inclusion of the Ron Paul campaign in the Republican National Convention. If nothing positive for the cause happens then it’ll be the confirmation that Rand is the sellout that many claim he is.
However, whether you agree or not with how things with the Ron Paul campaign are turning out, it is up to you to decide what happens next.
Some Ron Paul supporters are still fighting to get Ron Paul the nomination by suing the Republican National Convention in Federal court that unbinds all the delegates and blocks any attempt at intimidating delegates to support the establishment candidate. These Ron Paul supporters want to be able to make one last appeal to the delegates choosing the Republican presidential candidate in August that they should think about selecting a politically-stronger, more ideologically-suited candidate rather than Mitt Romney.
Other supporters are putting together demonstrations, festivals and other networking events before and during the week of the RNC convention in August.
Yet other supporters are looking long term and are building political coalitions both inside and outside the Republican Party to push for the reforms we have been complaining about which until Ron Paul came and woke us we had little idea how to deal with and felt powerless to try.
Now it’s your turn to decide what to do: Will you bring Ron Paul’s message of liberty, the same one that inspired you, home to your friends and family? Will you continue to participate in the process however best you see fit to?
A word of advice: Don’t wait for someone to tell you what to do. Think for yourself.
And a word of warning: Don’t waste your time criticizing Ron Paul. In over 30 years of activism, he has never compromised fundamental principles to advance himself. None of us have paid the price he has to have earned the right to criticize him. We know exactly what he’s going to do now and that is NOT endorse Romney or play nice with the Republican establishment on foreign or economic policy discussions.
In fact, don’t waste your time criticizing anyone. The window of opportunity to make a difference for the cause of liberty is now. You have to be alert and engaged to take advantage of this moment in the political calendar. Criticism is best left for others who have chosen to do nothing constructive with their time. I hope you choose to make the most of your time and of the opportunity that Ron Paul’s message has awaken us to and cause a lasting effect wherever you are and in whomever you are with.
Remember, the message of liberty is an idea that speaks for itself: People are born free and through free association build wealth and cause civilization to prosper. Liberty is just the legal description of our freedom birthright. Morality is the result of personal behavior founded on the respect and preservation of property rights. The regression and fall of civilization comes when people are no longer allowed to freely associate because of government edict which restricts the opportunities of people and marginalizes whole populations into poverty. This process of de-civilization causes people to focus on immediate survival rather than community building and ultimately hurts the cause of morality (and property rights) which relies on the principle of delayed satisfaction.
You can take this basic idea and from it develop your own arguments for liberty and your own arguments against destructive government policies.
We, who are still passionately involved, wish to turn the tide of our culture and history to the direction of expanding liberty. We reach out to you, who know the truth, to get involved. It is our turn to remove our consent from our government and replace it with new guardians to protect our liberty. We have a simple plan to do this through the political process – with your help this goal can be achieved sooner rather than later. We can’t wait for someone else to do this for us.
Here’s what you do: Use whatever you’re good at, with whatever time you have available and start doing something you like for the cause. It can be write a blog, run for office, join a coalition to reform the Republican Party or work at educating people outside of it. You can even dedicate yourself to networking with the business contacts you make within the movement (someone has to make money to fund the movement after all). In Miami, we have our own projects going on that you are welcome to participate. Just ask how you can help.