Love and Politics: Why I Am Writing in Ron Paul on Election DaySubmitted by livefree2 on Sun, 11/04/2012 - 13:24
Politics is admittedly a depressing affair these days. I can hardly think of any normal people who are enthusiastically supporting either Barack Obama or Mitt Romney. The misguided progressives who plan to vote for Obama on Tuesday do so primarily out of party loyalty and a fear of crazy Republicans.
Curiously, the last time I saw heartfelt passion in politics was at the Republican National Convention in August. One literally could not walk 20 feet in the convention center without spotting a Ron Paul button — on delegates, guests, even media. Strangers would break into grins and bear hug one another to the astonishment of wide-eyed neoconservatives, taken aback at how every other young person in attendance seemed to be a supporter of a 77-year old obstetrician from Lake Jackson, Texas.
During the roll call of the states, cheers broke out throughout the hall when Ron Paul’s delegate wins were announced. Although the party did everything in their power to prevent Paul’s name from being mentioned on the floor, it inevitably was, and no less than 26 times — one for each state where the campaign won delegates.
“You have to give Ron Paul credit for bringing all these young people into the party,” one Romney delegate told me. “It’s a shame the party hasn’t been more welcoming.”
The Maine delegation, unseated at the last minute since it contained too many Ron Paul supporters, led a walkout off the floor and marched on Level 3. As the march grew louder, chanting, “As goes Maine, so goes the nation,” it struck me: the vitality and passion I saw in the Ron Paul movement was unlike anything I had ever seen in modern politics. This was the difference between a spontaneous grassroots movement and an artificial establishment-choreographed sideshow.
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