Comment: I'm Sheldon, and I'm an Australian

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I'm Sheldon, and I'm an Australian

How old are you?
21 years old.

Where are you from?
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

What do you do?
Studying Network Engineering.

What’s your political history?
Before I turned voting age, all I saw was "Red vs. Blue". I picked the side that seemed most popular: Labor Party, or the Socialist/Left.

Growing up, I began to be more aware of the Left-Right dichotomy and the importance of voting for what they stood for. When I turned voting age, I voted for the Liberal Party (Centre-Right, with "Liberal" meaning "Liberal Conservative"), both because they were closer to what I believed in (balanced spending, family values) and because the Labor Party was crumbling (Kevin Rudd was back-stabbed by Julia Gillard.

But something was still amiss... no matter what I voted for, I still felt uneasy about the whole system. The Labor Party was re-elected with the help of the Greens, and the PM is desperately clinging to power.Polictics became a circus. I looked back at the John Howard era, where the economic situation was healthy... but Australia became involved in the War on Terror. If not for that...

If not for 9/11... what would the world be like today?

Flash back to 9/11. I was 10 when I saw the twin towers collapse, on screen that day. I was 10 when I saw the crumbling wall of the pentagon, of the scorched field in Pennsylvania... of the wise President Bush takign the podium and announcing to the world what had happened. I became awakened to the world: there was a place across the pacific called America, and they, being Australia's friends, are under attack. ALL of us were being targetted! We must take the fight to Osama Bin Laden - to their turf - in order to survive.

So we took the fight over to Afghanistan, and Iraq... and we won! Osama now hides, the evil organisation is defeated, we are saved, the heores have won! All can be peaceful now... all can be peaceful...

October 2011. Gaddafi is dead.

I read on the news screen in the city. The dictatorship of Libya is fallen: the rebels have won. Tyranny is over. Only Syria is left, nd Iran, and the rest of the Middle East. Even peace to the Gaza Strip is possible. The Arab Spring is on the way to changing the world.

But why am I not celebrating? Why am I uneasy? Why am I sad? Why am I... empty? Many people died for this, many people fought...

Something is not right here. Gaddafi was a trant, a madman... but Gaddafi is not supposed to be possible.

And now... Al qaeda elements in the rebels... they're supposed be gone by now. Osama was assassinated.

And now I see a photo of Gaddafi and his grandaughter... playing happily together. Something stirred within me, just as much as it did when I watched Osama speak on video for the first time since 9/11. America killed millions of Afghan civilians, stationed in Saudi Arabia, and Osama's greatest revenge was a war of great attrition against the US.

Al Qaeda... Muhajideen... Soviet Union... America... 9/11... Arab Spring...

I can't think... no money, no job, no education, a cold house...

Flash back again. 11th Grade. I stumbled across a worksheet... talking about a planet where tree leaves were declared money, resulting in poverty and hyperinflation. Later, I was talking to a friend about my distate for money.... that something about it was false, but I did not know what.

There's something wrong. The pieces are there. But I have no time or energy to put it together.

What brought you to Ron Paul?

Wikipedia: January 2012.

I was curious about the US elections. Obama was a big disappointment. The Democrats were a bunch of non-conservatives. Hope and change... yeah right!

But the Republicans did not really take my fancy. 2008 saw the rise of the neocons, determined to go to MORE war and BIG spending. Well, I was hopeful someone good was around for 2012.

And so I saw the lineup... Four remain standing. Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and Ron Paul. The others were... well, a few familiar neocon faces, but they've dropped.

Who do I research first? I link to Mitt Romney. Not too bad... but not impressive. I gloss over Newt and Santorum. None of them resonated with me.

I link to Ron Paul... And slowly, I'm re-reading what I just read. Am I seeing things? A politician who advocates sound money, personal liberty, non-interventionism... being who we choose to be? Wait, I don't quite get these things, and Wikipedia is just a window.

So I Google. Then I go to Youtube. Then I see the 2007 presidential debate, where I hear, "They attack us because we're over there!" and "We live way beyond our means"... And the more I read and watched, the more I understood. How I am not free, how I am deprived of wealth, how I am living on borrowed time... how I have nothing. In Australia, no less! And how all of this is linked to the U.S. deficit, to money that should not be. Why war is perpetual is also link to that. And the pieces clicked, and clicked, and clicked into place...

One of the biggest revelations was EndorseLiberty's video, Dedicated to Our Troops. Why 9/11 came to be. Why our world is becoming less free. Blowback. The Middle East... spending. The spiral of debt and despair.

But the greatest revelation... was the movement behind Ron Paul. "There is a movement in the making: the world is awakening!" I said to myself. People were working to fight against this system of debt, enslavement and war. And I am now one of them.

Ron Paul gave me hope. A hope in a better future: a hope in a better world!

I believe in the freedom to be what we choose to be.