The Hope of Ron Paul
by Sandra Hamilton
by Sandra Hamilton
When I was
a child I had a great deal of hope in my life. My living conditions
were not that great; I wonít go into details but letís just say
I was much happier when I was alone. But no matter what I had a
great deal of hope. Life was filled with wonder and excitement and
I knew, just knew that when I grew up things would all be better.
I kept hearing that life isnít fair when I believed deep in my heart
that it should be. I was pretty sure that as soon as got out into
the world on my own, I would find that life that was fair.
Then I grew
up and things were not all I expected. I became jaded and disillusioned.
The basic truths of human existence Ė donít steal, be nice to each
other, etc. I found broken on a regular basis by the government
Ė an entity I was taught I was supposed to admire. I read about
wars that had no meaning, I saw people being attacked by the men
in uniforms that were supposed to be our protectors. I witnessed
laws made that had no reason for being, laws against things that
hurt no one and seemed to only be there because someone didnít like
something. It made no sense.
Where was this
world I was expecting? Where was the dream land of equality and
fairness and common decency? I was so sure that world existed and
I was crushed when I found out that it didnít.
Life went on.
I adjusted. A subtle discord crept into my being. I internalized
the meaning of malaise and sadly accepted that there was nothing
I could do about it. Oh, I do not mean to say that I walked around
weeping all of the time, but there was a "grayness" I
felt that I donít really know how to put into words. The worst part
of it all was the feeling of complete helplessness. I felt that
the dream I had hoped for had no chance of existing and I had no
way to affect that fact.
Then I started
reading things written by Ron Paul. He gave me hope that I am not
alone in my dreams. Here was a man that seemed to share those dreams.
I began to feel that the world does have one ray of sunshine in
it. He made me think that my desires are attainable and that believing
in liberty and freedom is not a hopeless cause. He gave me
justification for every argument I had ever had on the subject.
I can once again state with supreme confidence that life should
be fair or at least that we should strive for fairness and not just
abandon the attempt before we get started.
Ron Paul says
things that are deeply planted in my heart. I do not know where
they came from, but he brings an explanation for these things. Ron
Paul explains why believing in liberty is not just for dreamers,
but it is a gift for all mankind. Dr. Paul shows that freedom needs
protecting, but it is worth protecting and yes, he will protect
it! To me, Ron Paul is a sort of defender of the soul. Maybe he
needs an action figure made in his image? The great Ron Paul with
his cape flying, running to rescue the Constitution as it takes
blow after blow! Tune in next week when we see Ron Paul save a civil
liberty from crashing to the ground below!
I think that
is why I have become so enamored of his campaign. Oh, he may not
win, but maybe he is planting a seed somewhere. Or, he could
win and that would really be amazing. Either way, he has brought
sunshine to that grayness I used to feel. I once again feel hope.
I feel that a world of which I had only dreamed is possible.
I think I know how the founding fathers must have felt. I finally
understand a cause worth dying for. I have everlasting gratitude
for the men who fought the revolutionary war. Once again we are
fighting the same revolution.
Here are the
kinds of things that Ron Paul wants to do that I am so grateful
to hear: he wants to abolish the IRS. Well, I think that if you
work for your money you ought to keep it. Nothing seems less fair
than having to give so much of my money away to pay for things that
Ron Paul wants
to end the war in Iraq. I believe deep in my soul that people should
not kill each other except in defense. It is a part of me. It always
has been. I have never wanted a war of aggression. I want to help
our soldiers. I believe they have been lied to about the length
of their tours of duty and that they are doing their best, but they
were never meant to be over there that long. I believe they are
trapped. I think that is awful. I believe Ron Paul wants to save
them and again I feel hope.
Ron Paul wants
to bring an end to the war on drugs. I have seen what this "war"
is doing to the lives of so many people in this country. I see a
"war" that is not waged on people equally. I see a "war"
that has torn apart whole neighborhoods. I see people thrown in
jail unequally in terms of race. That hurts my soul. I see people
thrown in jail for doing almost nothing. I cannot understand how
alcohol and caffeine are legal and other substances are not. I cannot
understand how one person can go to a doctor for a prescription
for a substance, but if another person takes that same substance
without the prescription they can go to jail for life (if they have
done it for a third time). How does that make any sense?
I see whole
families ripped apart over and over as men are rotting in prison
while women try to raise the children alone and all over a non-violent
crime where no one got hurt. I see rapists and murderers get less
time than a person who does crack. I cannot understand that and
again, my soul aches. I believe Ron Paul wants to help these people
and end this awful "war" and again, I have hope.
Over and over
Ron Paul does things to restore my liberty and my freedoms. I feel
the hope that the chains will drop and I will be free. I long for
the day that I do not have to feel afraid when I make a comment
on a telephone in jest. I yearn for the time when I get to keep
the fruits of my labor. I hope that someday I will once again be
able to see a way to save for the future. Right now, it seems silly
to put any money away as it loses its value day after day. I work
harder, put in more hours and still I have less buying power than
I did twenty years ago. I am swimming as fast as I can only to find
I have not moved an inch. Ron Paul wants to end the things that
create monetary inflation and again, I am filled with hope. I can
only dream what it would be like to actually get ahead.
Ron Paul is
my hope. He has shown me that my dreams can happen. He has taught
me that I donít have to give up, there is one person out there working
for me. For me. Imagine that? I am not a big corporation, I am not
rich, and here is a politician who wants to become President to
make my life freer, to make other peopleís lives freer, to end some
of the dreadful suffering so many are facing. Here is a man that
does not believe we should accept the byline that "life isnít
fair." He seems to think life should be fair and he will work
towards that end.
not Ron Paul wins, I feel that hope is not gone in this country.
The great land of America is still here. It just may be buried a
little right now.
I never understood
campaigning for a candidate before. I have never donated money to
a campaign before. I barely ever spoke of politics and certainly
couldnít have cared less before. Now, I finally have a man to vote
FOR. Whether I get to pull a lever or have to write his name on
a card, nothing will feel sweeter than voting for Ron Paul.
Hamilton [send her mail]
is a retired attorney.
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