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Meet the Writer of "Meet Ron Paul!"

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?

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Thanks again

For the interview - this is such a fantastic idea and it's similar to my idea to create children's books explaining the ideas of liberty with illustration...could do a Ron Paul "liberty defined" series A-Z (leaving out some of the weightier topics)..or teaching Austrian economics...the possibilities are endless.

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Thanks!

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If only

95% of teachers weren't super liberal, this would have a chance! Hate to be fatalist, but the odds of this making its way into libraries in elementary/middle schools is small. Pretty awesome book though.

My best guess

Is that there are some liberals who would try to keep it out of their school. I have not been made aware that that has happend so far. I do think it will be more effective in the long run if we skip the history lesson when presenting the book to the school administrator. A good tip is to get a student to donate the book or donate other random books with it. A last resort could be the "I am a taxpayer and I want kids in this area to have this information available to them should they want to read it" argument. Although, I think it may be better to just donate it somewhere else than do damage to the reputation of the movement by causing a stink. I do agree that "red states" may be more receptive.

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Matt

this is a phenomenal idea. Thank you for taking the time to write this book.

Thank you for your support!

Keep up the good work!

Get your Ron Paul biography for kids here... http://lionsofliberty.com/meetronpaul/