A Thank You To Ron Paul.Submitted by Shahe_B on Thu, 01/03/2013 - 14:11
Thanks for trying to chip away at the system from the inside. You've had to spend the majority of the last 30 years cooped up with the scum of the scum. Thankfully, rubbing elbows with disease riddled vermin has left you unplagued by their illness for more power, more money, more control, more, more, more.
Yet you've remained steadfast and vigilant. Widespread freedom has trumped concentrated power, at least in your mind. You've been the bullhorn of liberty, even when the screams of oppression drowned out your song, you remained hopeful, cheerful and, most importantly, confident.
If there's one thing we can all learn from your example, it's principles. Many times over you've had the chance to bend, to twist your own rules under the guise of "playing the game of politics", yet you remained strong, dug down and braced yourself for the darkside of politics. Even when the darkness became so over bearing that it dwindled the light of liberty down to a single lit wick, you remained the guardian of that flame, knowing that more believers would eventually return. If it wasn't for your unwavering character, the liberty movement might have died a 1,000 deaths in my lifetime alone.
Liberty exists outside of your existence or mine. As you've said many times, you're just the torch bearer. If you disappeared tomorrow, liberty would still exist. You didn't introduce me to liberty or freedom or even to the principles of being a libertarian, but you showed me it's potential. You've walked the path that's worth praise, something I rarely dole to any individual. I don't believe in idols but I do believe in the ideal, and you sir fulfilled that role better than most.
I can't personally thank you, but I can continue in your footsteps, not afraid to speak up, not embarrassed to do the right thing, not to proud to admit when I am wrong and never to shy to promote liberty and freedom for all, regardless of race, age, color, physical or mental stature. We shall all do our best to spread the message of liberty and to help fan the flames of liberty, even if only within ourselves, which you re-sparked.
"I have no idols. I admire work, dedication and competence." - Ayrton Senna
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