• Ron Paul, Right About the Economy, Right About Freedom

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    Last year at this time, a presidential campaign captured the interest
    of many in the nation. Tens, perhaps hundreds of thousands of voters
    like me supported the candidacy of Dr. Ron Paul, a long-time Republican
    congressman from Texas. Those of us who are interested in liberty
    and personal independence put quite a bit of our hope for a better
    tomorrow into his candidacy, and in my opinion, rightfully so. Dr.
    Paul has a long-standing record of voting in a pro-liberty manner
    on many of the important issues of our day. Many may have been disappointed
    by the events that took place, but perhaps they should not be surprised.
    Even though Dr. Paul did not become president, or even the Republican
    presidential nominee, his campaign has opened the eyes of a great
    many people and his message continues to reverberate in the American
    consciousness, and indeed around the world. The freedom message
    is powerful and popular worldwide, not just in America.

    It became evident quite early on in Ron Paul´s campaign that
    the establishment was not going to give in to him easily, no matter
    his popularity. The establishment media did their best to marginalize
    him and his supporters and minimize the impact he had on the political
    discourse. They did their jobs well, as far as that went, and managed
    to prevent huge numbers of common folk from discovering the only
    candidate that could really be trusted to make a difference. But
    since Ron Paul was a Republican, they couldn´t keep him out
    of the debates like they do so many other worthy candidates with
    a freedom message. Unfortunately, it may have been too little, too
    late against an establishment that was simply too powerful.

    Still, Ron Paul managed to awaken a multitude who may have otherwise
    remained apathetic and feeling helpless against the rising tide
    of political disenfranchisement that continues to pervade not just
    the United States of America, but the entire world. Despite the
    fact that he was given less time than other candidates at the debates,
    despite the fact that he was asked more insignificant questions
    having nothing to do with the main issues of the day than the other
    candidates, despite the media´s efforts to make him and his
    supporters look crazy and/or radical, he managed to deliver a liberty
    message that resonated in the fibers of the American people. He
    managed to deliver a message of smaller, more transparent government
    that most freedom-loving individuals can agree with. Ron Paul´s
    candidacy was a success in so many ways simply because the establishment
    and their media cronies did not want the common folk exposed to
    such ideas and they could do nothing to stop it. The idea of freedom
    has always been dangerous to those in power.

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    April
    13, 2009

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