Who Are You Ron Paulbots?

December 27, 2007

Isn’t that the question on everybody’s mind? Who are these Ron Paul fans? Where did they come from? When I was in Tennessee this past weekend, I was taken by surprise to see so many Ron Paul signs. On the highway, on the roadside, in people’s yards. The most astonishing was on the hood of a car. So astonished by this, I had to take a picture of the guy’s car. Even more important, was this guy just another nut case which has managed to plague the Ron Paul Revolution?

I had to talk to him, to find out why he was a Ron Paul supporter, but no, he was just a normal guy, just like you and me. We disagreed on several issues, perhaps 50% of issues, yet we could agree that we’ve gone to far away from the Constitution and that Ron Paul was the best guy either of us could find to bring us back to a constitutional government.

Since talking to him, it has really dawned on my how little support I’ve seen for any of the candidates, anywhere. In Louisiana, I get the feeling that Fred Thompson is going to win, maybe Mike Huckabee, but beyond that? And even though they seem to have the most grassroots support, I haven’t seen any yard signs, street signs, billboards for any of the other Republican candidates, but I have seen them for Ron Paul. Come to think of it, neither did I see any on the Democrat side.

So what gives? Are these Ron Paul supporters, myself included, just a bunch of kooks? Or is it something else? Is there something that the majority of Republicans and Democrats, in fact the people in general can agree on? That we’ve lost too much freedom in this country? Take a look at the Democrat side, where all the candidates are clamoring to have the government purchase the rights to your body through health care. Make no mistake about it, the sooner as we socialize our health care system, the sooner we turn our health care choices over to the government. What you eat, what you smoke, what you drink can and will be dictated by the government. Laugh now, cry later.

And on the Republican side? We’ve got Bloomberg who wants to make us safe from terrorist, and he’ll be effective. He’s made New York so safe that the people of New York City are apparently too incompetent to ride a bicycle without a license. Giuliani? Well, he’s a good moderate Republican, but do I really want another moderate Republican?

John McCain? I appreciate that he served the United States during Vietnam, I really do. But do we owe somebody the Presidency just because they served? If so, shouldn’t we also have a constitutional amendment making it a requirement to have served? My problem with John McCain is simply this, if your going to run, stand on some convictions, not on whatever issue you think will get you elected.

Mike Huckabee? I liked this guy, in fact I still do, but he seems to have gained his traction with the Christian conservatives. Not that I have a problem with that, in fact, I think it’s good. Where I do have a problem with Huckabee is that he seems to be fraternalizing Christianity, that is to say Huckabee seems to have decided that he’s going to accept Christians and everybody else is out in the cold. That’s not an accurate portrayal of my Christianity. I like Huckabee, I’ll vote for him, but I’m becoming hesitant to do so.

Mitt Romney? Fred Thompson? Yes, I can vote for them, no problem, except there’s just one problem – None of the candidates seems to know that the United States constitution even exists. Think about this, when was the last time you heard any of the candidates talking about the U.S. Constitution?

Talk about the Constitution? What’s that? That’s that little piece of paper, that outdated thing that’s been trampled on far too long, by too many government officials, both elected and unelected, that may lead just to Ron Paul’s election. Those nut cases, people like myself, have the audacity to believe that people can still live in a free society. Even if he doesn’t win, a national conversation about the Constitution long overdue. It’s healthy for the nation, and it secures our freedom.

But if you ask me what I think is nuts, I’ll tell you nuts is continuously growing the government and complaining about the results. It’s nuts to think that, despite the thousands of times throughout history that Governments have came to the people with compassion in hand and totalitarianism as an end result, that this time it will be different.

I’m closing this out with the words from a time when the Constitution hadn’t even been in existence yet.

“Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace– but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”– Patrick Henry

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