Meet the Writer of "Meet Ron Paul!"Submitted by Marc Clair on Tue, 04/16/2013 - 22:05
This past weekend I had the opportunity to interview Mathew Blankenship, the writer of the Ron Paul biography for youth, “Meet Ron Paul”
Mathew, why don’t you start off by talking about what inspired you to undertake this project. Why a Ron Paul biography aimed at kids?
The idea came about in two parts actually. One day I was with my daughter at a bookstore browsing through the kid’s history section. The amount of Obama biographies they had in this section really caught my attention. They did have the other presidents one would expect…Bush, Clinton, Reagan, Washington, and Lincoln. They had other noteworthy Americans like Ben Franklin, Martin Luther King, and Rosa Parks. When I looked for more modern historical people I could only find Justin Bieber, a few boy bands, and some athletes. The hollow examples of modern day heroes was very obvious. In the back of my head I thought if there was a Ron Paul biography for youth it could really help put a face to the Liberty Movement. Kids respond to role models and there is no better patriot and statesman to emulate than Ron Paul.The second event that got me thinking about this project was a conversation I had with my nephew who is in the 4th grade. We were in my truck and he was asking about the ugly yellow Tea Party signs that were placed at every intersection in central Virginia. We had a short talk about what the signs were saying and he mentioned he would like to go to a Tea Party meeting. It got me thinking about that section in the bookstore and how the ideals of Ron Paul are something that kids should have the opportunity to learn about. After all, they will be voters one day. Many of us have taken the journey of pledging allegiance to a political party that disappoints and have searched for better solutions. A biography of Ron Paul for kids could help some skip that step.
Ron Paul first caught my eye during the 2007-2008 campaign. I understand the historical impact that he has had in recent years bringing libertarianism to the mainstream. One of my favorite quotes from Dr. Paul is “We, as a group, now have a greater moral responsibility to act than those who live in ignorance. Once you become knowledgeable, you have an obligation to do something about it.” I had knee surgery last summer so during some of my idle time I did what any modern day patriot would do…I put on my tricorn hat and began typing. I guess this was just my way of doing something about it.
That’s great, Mathew. Ron Paul certainly inspired a lot of us to take that next step from becoming knowledgeable to take some sort of action to help others become knowledgeable.
What about yourself? What type of exposure did you have to politics as a child, as a teenager, and in your early adulthood?