Ron Paul is a constant force of good in the universe because he is tirelessly consistent with his message and his principles. He lives them everyday and today was just another astounding example of it.
He was visibly nervous standing at the microphone. His voice was a little more shaky than normal. He knew what he did that day -- voting "NO" -- could become a wedge, driven between the pro-war culture and the pro-peace.
He knew the message he was about to give might fall on deaf ears, which would mean the war propaganda would roll forward. But he also knew that if his 5-minute speech was heard far and wide, it would drastically set him apart in the eyes of the world. Especially from those leaders who are either standing idly by, too timid to speak, or apart from the sharks and the hawks, beating the drums of war.
I am amazed by his courage and his patience and his cool-headed wisdom in the face of adversity. It's not always easy to stand against the crowd, against your peers, in defense of integrity and truth. But he does it anyway.
In 1841, Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote an essay titled: "Self-Reliance". My mother took an excerpt from the 9th paragraph and using her calligraphy skill, scripted these words on parchment and put them in a frame and gave them to my father on his birthday:
"... but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude."
I must have read that phrase three thousand times when I was a kid, growing up, seeing it hanging in our living room. It was burned into my memory.
But until just now, I never realized what the author truly meant.