Ron Paul: In Praise of Private Charity

by Ron Paul

One of the great fallacies of our time is that if government doesn’t do something, no one will. Its corollary is that if you are opposed to the government doing something, that you are opposed to anyone performing that function at all. These disastrous fallacies color much of our national debate concerning heath care, education, poverty, housing, and disaster relief, and other issues.

This Easter season, I would like to applaud an organization that proves just how much private charity can accomplish without government mandates or intrusion. Convoy of Hope, based in Springfield, Missouri is equal parts grocer, clothier, heath care provider, first responder, educator, and logistics expert. It works with communities across America and around the world, bringing together other local charities, businesses, churches, and government agencies to alleviate poverty and help people in the wake of disasters. The tremendous scope of its activities serves as a reminder that government is neither the sole, nor the best, provider of goods and services to people in need.

I recently had the privilege of touring Convoy of Hope’s headquarters and distribution center. It was a humbling but encouraging experience. Frankly, I’ve never seen an organization so focused, efficient, and poised to do so much good for so many people.

Convoy of Hope was founded by Hal and David Donaldson in 1994, who, as young boys suffered the death of their father and subsequent poverty. Both men were struck by the outpouring of support their family received during that time from local churches and the community. As a result, the two brothers developed a deep sense of responsibility to helping others in need. Convoy of Hope has since helped more than 50 million individuals in more than 100 countries– giving away nearly $300 million worth of food and supplies in the process.

They typically spend only about 10% of their budget on overhead while employing a small staff of approximately 85 people. Watchdog group Charity Navigator consistently gives Convoy of Hope high marks for both its financial acumen and transparency.

Convoy of Hope also stretches its resources by developing strategic partnerships with private sector corporations, including Coca Cola, Nestle, Procter & Gamble, Georgia Pacific, Cargill, Del Monte, and FedEx. These corporate donors donate everything from building supplies to bottled water to toiletries. Its massive distribution center and headquarters are centrally located in Missouri, where its fleet of trucks can dispatch quickly to any location in America. It also operates six international distribution centers for logistical efficiency.

The next step for Convoy of Hope is an audacious one: a 50 state tour beginning in May designed to address poverty across the United States. The “Convoy of Hope Tour” will provide an average of $1 million in goods and services to a community in a single day. Convoy of Hope’s fleet of 18 wheel trucks will roll through every state, providing a wide variety of goods and practical services to those in need, including groceries, job counseling, clothing, dental care, breast cancer screenings, haircuts, family portraits, children’s activities, as well as prayer and connections with local churches.

Convoy of Hope is doing tremendous work on behalf of mankind. I wish everyone at Convoy of Hope great success with their upcoming tour. It’s hard to imagine a government agency operating as efficiently, as nimbly, or as cheerfully as Convoy of Hope. I truly believe it should serve as a model for private, voluntary, nongovernmental solutions to poverty and disaster relief in our communities.


  • They already control China, and unless the Chinese deport the Jews, the Jews will ruin them, just as they have done to Europe, the U.S.A., and others in the past.

  • I’d like to see these bastards try the same thing with the Asians, “multiculturalism” isn’t exactly something that will fly there, and the Red Dragon isn’t particularly a mellow beast, I think they’d give the Zionists a run for their money.

  • Besides, it was never my goal to try to impress, or convert anyone into liking Ron Paul, or to make them think that if you support Liberty, cuss words are a no-no… My goal was to simply speak my mind, and say what I wanted to say.. You have a problem with that, then I’m not sure how much of an actual Ron Paul supporter you really are anyways.. If you don’t like what I say, then don’t read it! Your rude, insulting replies trying to show how “mature” you are is sooo fake, cuss words or not.

  • oh… My apologies… calling someone snarling animals cast a great image! Good thing you didn’t say “fucking snarling animals” or that would have sounded really bad! lol I wasn’t trying to embarrass you anymore than you were me.. I just returned the favor and told you how you come across, since you like to voluntarily tell others how you think they do. You insult people, and call them names b/c of certain words they say, and then tell other people they should show a little tact…yeah, ok dude.

  • LOL the ron paul supporters are turning on each other now

  • dude you’re scary…lol ron paul supporters are very scary…what do you mean begun? mind and spirit? what are you a ghost whisperer?! LMAO

  • Our countries are controlled by Jews, listen to Jew Benjamin Freedman’s 1961 speech if you don’t believe they control our governments, this why our governments don’t work for our people (limitless immigration, needless wars, etc.). They have also monopolized our media (tv., newspapers, Hollywood, etc.) so they control everything we get to see and hear and don’t see and hear, they have also filled our media with filth and anti white propaganda. They have also monopolized our banking.

  • “While inflaming the Negro minority against the whites, we will endeavor to instill in the whites a guilt complex for their exploitation of the Negros. We will aid the Negroes to rise in prominence in every walk of life, in the professions and in the world of sports and entertainment. With this prestige, the Negro will be able to intermarry with the whites and begin a process which will deliver America to our cause.”


    Also in the Congressional Record, Vol. 103, p. 8559, June 7, 1957

  • “We intend to keep bashing the dead white males, and the live ones, and the females too, until the social construct known as the white race is destroyed. Not deconstructed, but destroyed.”

    Jewish Harvard professor, Washington Times, September 4, 2002

  • Evolution is a theory of our physical origins, but it does nothing to explain the origins of mind and spirit. We’ve only just begun to understand life…so any arguments that pretend to be fact, are childish….and I think somebody needs their diaper changed.

  • I’m a 24 year old student. And yes, telling someone to “f— off” casts that image to people. There’s no need for it. You know why you’re now trying to embarrass me out of an argument by saying I sound like a 70 year old southern baptist instead of just accepting that you should show a little tact? It’s because you don’t want to admit that people like you give Ron Paul a negative image. I mean, now you even resort to some slight name-calling. Arguing without swear words must be hard for you.

  • The US has a long history of being charitable- but in the past it was free citizens who willingly gave to charities of their own choice. Then came forcing people to pay to charities and organizations represented by lobbies to milk the tax payers for poorly managed funds and executed programs. Bureaucrats do not have to force us to be the most giving country in the world- history proves we do it all by ourselves and it works better that way.

  • ya know you sound like a 70 year old southern baptist, who thinks cuss words make people sound like “snarling animals”… not too sure how many people you think are going to flock to Ron Paul b/c of your rhetoric either… We will just have to disagree on this one… Bottom line, and most important, is that we agree that Ron Paul should be our next president.

  • And because he truly believes in his message, he never stumbles over his words or changes them to tailor them to what he thinks people want to hear like the other candidates do. His message has been consistent over the past 30 years as well and his voting record is proven to be 100% constitutional. And in a day and age when the president takes an oath to defend the constitution, 100% dedication to that document is the very least we should have from any president.

  • Glad I’m not the only one that thinks he’s too nice. Its frustrating to see his good manners get trampled on.

  • Ron Paul is not anti semitic .his only not warmonger

  • You fearand resent liberty. It’s as simple as that. You want government taking care of you. You want government deciding what kids learn instead of you. This is an era of irresponsibility and apathy. The government is the nanny. Everyone wants to pay the nanny to do everything for them. You people don’t want Ron Paul because he’ll bring back personal responsibility. Then, you’ll have to EARN your way through life. Why else would you people reject such a constitutional message?

  • Who are you? What is your purpose in life? You’re 47 years old, you live in the United Stated, and you make it this mission of yours to be a troll against Ron Paul, someone who genuinely adheres to our CONSTITUTION. That should be the most important thing to you as an American. What is your reason behind this? I hope it isn’t because you’re bored, because the way you approach discourse is pathetic. I’m about exactly half your age and look at you. Go back in your cave man.

  • Bsexpose….loser of the 2007-2008, 2011-2013 AWARDS biggest ron paul losing supporter

  • So you want Ron Paul to be president so he can write a law to do this? he will cut so much in furthering society. so happy he won’t be president