FROM HOPELESS TO HOPEFUL
I write this in my support of Ron Paul. To begin, I have to go back to my college years where my passion for history taught me the importance of political awareness. I was growing tired of the confined, two party political system and started looking for other options which led me to a round of Ralph Nader rallies. Enthusiastic, robust supporters filled these rallies and speakers such as Michael Moore would preach their opinion on how the two-party system has failed this country time and time again. At the time, I found myself cheering loudly with the crowd on how there needs to be a political figure who actually listens to the people.
Little did I realize that my understanding of government and free markets was off base. Unwittingly I was about to vote for someone who believes that the free markets have failed us and that the solution to the problem is more government intervention. Many times I would say to others, “Look at the disparity between the rich and the poor. This can not be the way this country was designed. We need the government to come in and fix this situation.”
Near the end of my college education I started up my own business, which is a dangerous thing when one doesn’t believe that free markets work. Over the course of my business life I realized that the consumer is king and government just interferes with the consumer getting the choices they deserve on both pricing and quality. I was intrigued by my growing sense of discontent.
Through some associates in the business world I started reading about the Founding Fathers and the history of this great country. Throughout this reading I realized that the way America is now is not the way America was designed to be. I started reading more and more books regarding the Republican point of view and ended up changing my allegiances to the Republican philosophy.
There was only one minor problem with this. I would listen to Republicans speak and it was as if they didn’t know their own party platform. They were talking about how we need to decrease taxes but they wouldn’t cut any programs that would take away from the budget. I was confused and alas turned into what I would call a hopeless Republican.
What is a hopeless Republican you ask? A hopeless Republican is someone who loves the ideal of being a true Republican but doesn’t hear any of the ideals coming out of today’s Republicans’ speeches. Someone who is tired of voting for a politician who is motivated and influenced by his own special interests. A hopeless Republican wants government off their backs but has no choice but to vote for the “lesser of two evils” who both want more government in every way, just in slightly different ways.
Through reading more, I fell across Robert Kiyosaki (whether you agree with his books or philosophy is not the question) who wrote about the Federal Reserve and why gold and silver is the only real money. I realized at this point that the Federal Reserve is the core issue of all problems. After that I started looking up some videos on Youtube and stumbled upon Ron Paul. To get a deeper understanding of Ron Paul I decided to embark on seeing how deep the rabbit hole went and bought his book The Revolution: A Manifesto. The lady at the book store was more than anxious to sell me the book saying; she had already read it and loved it.
When I opened the pages of the book and started reading, it felt like water to a camel in the middle of a desert. Other than Dr. Paul’s stances on monetary issues, I started realizing that there was very little disagreement between the doctor and I. Dr. Paul’s understanding of free enterprise was inspiring. He had broken down free markets to simple terms that anyone can understand, instead of spending 4 months taking an economics class at a university and still walking out confused.
There are too many points to go into that I agree with but after reading The Revolution I realized that Dr. Paul was the only candidate who offered real change, not spare change. I understand that the election is over and that Barack Obama has already won, so my goal in this post is to make you aware that the Revolution has begun.
There is something you must do, and that is to first become an informed citizen and then prepare yourself for the next elections. It is your right, it is your duty to chose and alter the government you desire. Republics only work with informed citizens and sadly more people voted for American Idol than for the next leader of our country. I believe this is due to the hopelessness that they feel, that neither candidate would have made the situation any better. The burden rests on the shoulders of the revolutionaries who want a better America for their children and their children’s children.
The only message I have is if you have felt like I have felt, understand that there are no hopeless situations, just people who have grown hopeless about them. People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.
Long live the Revolution,