In the darkest days of the assault on Liberty, there is occasionally a glimmer of hope. A ray of sunshine, peeking through the cold winter sky, with promise of a renewed spring for the Republic. Today was such a day for me.
There are four candidates for the nomination of the Republican Party for President. Of the four, three have serious and possibly fatal faults. Mitt Romney can correctly be buried for his part in “Romneycare”, as well as his legacy of liberalism from his term as governor of Massachusetts. This is not to disparage his successes, which are many and documented, but to point out he fails to inspire the bulk of conservatives. He is not “our” guy. Newt Gingrich, as I pointed out in my previous post, is fatally flawed in both character and perspective (can you say Progressive?). Rick Santorum not only does not have the infrastructure or support to run a national campaign, he has serious issues with big-government Republicanism. This leaves the man the media loves to ignore, Congressman Ron Paul.
It is rare for someone who has had a passion for politics, such as myself, to analyze a candidate for office and not come away at least a little bit disappointed. There is usually some aspect of said candidate that falls short: it could be ethics, or voting history, or that one position that is just somehow wrong, but the rest of them seems ok. We spend our time supporting the least worst, or lesser of two evils, or evil of two lessors if you prefer. Once in a generation a candidate emerges that is truly unique. I believe that candidate for my generation is Ron Paul.
This is a big claim to make. A transcendent candidate that moves the country in a different direction is truly rare. The last to do so was Ronald Reagan. It turns out that only four Congressmen endorsed Reagan in 1976 for President – one of which was Dr. Paul. There is a truly remarkable record behind this man, of consistency in standing for the Constitution, Liberty and the Rule of Law. He is frequently alone, fighting against the entirety of Congress. I will not go into his record at this time, since you can find that information anywhere. I will insert a short list of reasons to vote for him from his website:
He has never voted to raise taxes.
He has never voted for an unbalanced budget.
He has never voted for a federal restriction on gun ownership.
He has never voted to raise congressional pay.
He has never taken a government-paid junket.
He has never voted to increase the power of the executive branch.
He voted against the Patriot Act.
He voted against regulating the Internet.
He voted against the Iraq war.
The above should make him the consensus candidate for all Republicans, but those same facts threaten the powers that rule. He believes the people should rule – and so do I.
Here we come to the reason for my Moment today. Today was a warm winter day, with light winds and bright pale sunshine. It was a great day to go to the park, or the mall, or do any number of things. It was not the kind of day people like to waste – and most people consider politics a waste. I journeyed an hour south of where I live, to Norman (BOOMER SOONER) Oklahoma and the HQ of Ron Paul in my state. There was to be a meeting about how to participate in the precinct and delegate process. Very dry stuff. I expected 10-15 people. Of the people there, about 6 had been to a precinct meeting before. I’m guessing those same ones had been to County, District and State conventions as well.
Over 50 people showed up, and more came in when I stopped counting. Stunning.
These people have never been active before. They have not volunteered, nor contributed, nor attended meetings. They come from all walks of life, and are all ages. They love Freedom. They love Liberty. They are willing to stand for Ron Paul and be counted. They inspire – and they will change the world.
The fire of Liberty has been lit again!