The war on freedom (and why I like Ron Paul)
Like many of my friends, I don’t waste much time following what’s going on in Washington. I’m disenchanted with the whole political system in the US and prefer to speed my attention on things I can actually change. It was only recently that I discovered a candidate who makes sense to me and that’s Ron Paul. Ron Paul tells it like it is. He’s intellectually consistent and fights for ideas I believe in like freedom and personal liberty. He’s the only candidate with a serious plan to balance the budget. He wants to bring our troops home, while everyone else seems impatient to start dropping bombs on Iran. As if, all we need is another war!! Ron Paul recognizes that our national debt is the biggest threat to our way of life and printing money isn’t the solution. I’ve never really identified with either the Republican or Democratic parties. Other than petty fights over contraception, both parties seem to have the same plan — more government at the expense of personal freedom. Over the last couple years I’ve noticed a frightening trend. Our personal liberties are being systematically undermined and taken away from us. We’ve wandered a long way from the freedoms laid out in our Bill of Rights. Let’s look at a few examples in this ongoing war on freedom.
Today, you can donate money online to the Ku Klux Klan, but not Wikileaks. Regardless of your feelings for Julian Assange or Wikileaks, our Bill of Rights is pretty clear regarding freedom of the press. The financial blockade against Wikileaks is unprecedented and a worrying sign of how things work.
When I go to the airport, I have two choices — pose in the nudie photo maker or subject myself to a grope-down. Whatever happened to “probable cause”? Never mind the fact that the whole experience is nothing more than security theater. Our liberties are slowly being taken away and we’re adjusting to it like frogs being slowly cooked to death.
SOPA and PIPA got a lot of attention, but even without those laws websites are being seized all the time without due process (compliments of Homeland Security’s ICE department). Bradley Manning was stuck in solitary confinement for months without being so much as charged with a crime or being tried in front a jury. Oh, and case you missed it, Obama signed the NDAA bill allowing Americans to be detained indefinitely without trial.
So, why Ron Paul? Look at his voting record. He’s served 12-terms in congress and has been preaching the same message of liberty and fiscal responsibility the whole time. Listening to the media, you’d think he’s a fringe candidate with no chance of being elected. But then I happened to notice a few maps on Meetup.com. Remember how the media raved about Obama’s organization and ground support? Let’s compare how Ron Paul and Barack Obama compare as far as meetups go (click the images to see the results for yourself).
Wow, pretty remarkable. I would have never guessed that from listening to CNN or any other traditional media. How about the other GOP candidates? How do they stack up?
Both Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich were surging for a while. They have lots of crazy ideas, but not a lot of support from the American people of meetup.com. It’s turn out, not many people care about advancing the careers of more corrupt politicians. Mitt Romney might have lots of money, but he doesn’t inspire a lot of passion from his supporters.
Ron Paul actually stands for something. He inspires people. And he’s gaining momentum as people are fed up with the lies, the pointless wars and the endless spending. The media may ignore him, but people are waking up. The cool thing for me is that supporting Ron Paul isn’t about propping up another politician. I still don’t care for politics. I care about the principles at stake. I care about the defense of liberty. Ron Paul is bringing attention to values I really care about and for that I am grateful. As Ronald Reagan said:
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.