An Open Letter to Students

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Students across
America are excited about politics.

Wait a minute,
politics?  Politics!?  Where did the youth apathy
suddenly go?

A sense of
optimism floats today across our nation’s college campuses. 
Dr. Ron Paul, a 10-term Congressman from Texas, is running for President. 
And, unlike most candidates, he’s responding to the concerns
of young Americans.

Social Security

We, the members
of Generation Y, have a variety of concerns.  It is in my experience,
for example, that we tend to be a very skeptical bunch when it comes
to Social Security.  Many of us see ourselves paying into a
broken system with no expectation of ever seeing a dime in return.

Paul sees the
need for reform, and is offering something to young Americans that
no other leading candidates offer: the opportunity to opt-out, once
and for good, from Social Security!  If Paul succeeds, we will
finally be set free to control our own retirements, rather than
relying on a broken system.

Moreover, his
proposal presents no threat to the elderly.  Paul advocates
eliminating excessive government spending; money saved from Paul’s
significant spending reduction will go toward keeping the government’s
promise to our seniors.

Best of all,
Paul has no kooky neoconservative plan to socialize the stock market.

Civil Liberties

Civil liberties
have become a grave concern for many young people in our post-9/11
world.  Laws such as the so-called USA PATRIOT Act and the
REAL ID Act have been foisted upon us over the last few years, while
neither Congress nor the president have any apparent sympathy for
Habeas Corpus.  In short, Big Government getting bigger,
and bigger, and bigger—and with no guarantee of safety.

Are we just
frogs doomed to someday live under a police state as the heat under
the frying pan of society slowly rises?

It’s
not hard to recognize that the problem is with centralized government
power, or that Dr. Paul is the only leading candidate committed
to smaller, less intrusive government.

Iraq War

Finally, American
students are, by and large, fed up with the continuation of the
Iraq war.  Unlike leading Democrats, Paul actually opposes
the war in Iraq, and in fact voted against it from the beginning.
 Conversely, Clinton, Obama, and Edwards won’t even commit
to having all our troops out by 2013.

Paul acknowledges
what no other candidate has the guts to: that our current foreign
policy inspires anti-Americanism, and is a liability to all
Americans.  He would return America’s foreign policy
to the standard set by libertarians and old-school conservatives:
free trade with all, entangling alliances with none.

In summation,
a Ron Paul presidency would help to end failed government schemes,
protect our rights from the prying fingers of bureaucrats and busy-body
politicians, and keep America safe from war.  All things considered,
I’m really not surprised there is so much enthusiasm surrounding
Dr. Paul’s campaign among students after all.

December
14, 2007

Alex
Peak [send him mail],
a senior, is former President of the College
Libertarians of Towson
and the founder of Towson Students for
Ron Paul, at Towson University, Maryland. See his
website
.

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