Everybody who votes has their reasons for believing in one political candidate or another. Maybe you like their stance on ending wars or extending wars. Maybe it’s their religious beliefs over somebody else’s. Or maybe their campaign song was the catchiest. Either way, people believe what they believe.
I was in favor of Ron Paul who was running for the Republican nomination.
To be honest, the only reason I put “As a Black Guy” in the title was to get you to click on the link. Even though there are many issues facing the Black community, most of them are problems found in other communities as well, and an injustice anywhere is an injustice everywhere. However, I will try to use Black perspectives because I promised it. In fact, here is a video featuring Ron Paul talking about three major Black issues. Some of the content will be repeated later in different segments.
Truth is – I’m just a guy.
A guy who is inspired by liberty and intelligence, and one who is not easily swayed by bells and whistles. A young man who dreams about living in a liberated society and fantasizes about $1000 dress shoes. A guy with an affinity for donuts.
If you don’t really know who Ron Paul is, you’ll probably notice his bumper sticker on people’s cars after reading this. He has some seemingly radical views on certain things, but they aren’t so radical after giving them some objective thought. He thinks with the same ideology as the founders of this country, and he has the Constitution as a guide. Radical ideas like these:
Drugs should be legalized. Wait, what? All drugs? But drugs are bad! “So?”
The original design of government wasn’t for it to impose on the liberties of the people. In fact, it should be the opposite. Here is a quick video of Paul talking about drugs, and how the War on Drugs unjustly targets Blacks –
Why is it legal to smoke pointless cigarettes, drink alcohol, or to grossly overeat at buffet restaurants, but not legal to smoke natural marijuana? Marijuana can actually be used as medication to help cancer patients. The only thing cigarettes do is cause cancer… If STATES want to allow the legalization of drugs, then they should be able to.
A pardon for non-violent drug offenders. How much money would that save the government?
End the ‘War’ in the Middle East. One of the biggest selling points in President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign was his plan to end the unconstitutional war in the Middle East within 16 months. In fact, he said that the war in Iraq was over back in 2011 and that all the troops would be home by the end of the year. However, August, 2012 was the first month since 2003 where an American soldier wasn’t killed overseas.
I guess the check bounced…
What would Paul do? Bring our troops home as fast as the ships/planes could get them here. I’m down for it. A lot of people like to call him an ‘isolationist’ because of his ‘don’t go in and bomb people without a declaration of war from congress’ philosophy. Truth is, it’s not his philosophy. It’s the law of the land… Not to mention, ending the war would shave about a trillion dollars off of the national debt.
End the Income Tax/IRS. Want an instant raise on your next check? I thought so.
Education. In a New York Times interview in 2008 regarding the Department of Education:
***”First, the Constitution does not authorize the Department of Education, and the founders never envisioned the federal government dictating those education policies. Second, it is a huge bureaucracy that squanders our money. We send billions of dollars to Washington and get back less than we sent. The money would be much better off left in states and local communities rather than being squandered in Washington.
Finally, I think that the smallest level of government possible best performs education. Teachers, parents, and local community leaders should be making decisions about exactly how our children should be taught, not Washington bureaucrats.
The Department of Education has given us No Child Left Behind, massive unfunded mandates, indoctrination, and in some cases, forced medication of our children with psychotropic drugs. We should get rid of all of that and get those choices back in the hands of the people.”***
Does that mean that he doesn’t want ‘education for all?’ NO. He’s saying that the way it is being run is quite inefficient, and needs to be fixed.
- He’s a Doctor and a Veteran
- He predicted that an attack like 9/11 might happen – in 1998.
- He predicted the recession/housing bust – in 2003
- Over 20 years of Constitutional voting as a Senator, not wavering once.
- He has received more donations from active military personnel than any other candidate, including the current President. Nobody knows more about what’s going on overseas than those fighting, except maybe those who sent them…
- Happily married for over 50 years, and produced a son who is a Senator from Kentucky.
- While he doesn’t believe in abortion, (how could he after delivering so many babies) he defends each individual state’s right to decide for themselves if it should be legal or not.
- He believes in real money backed by something, not a ‘promise note’ from the Federal Reserve.
- While he doesn’t believe in gay marriage either, he understands that marriage is a religious ceremony that should be handled by religious powers, not the Federal Government.
- Has NEVER voted to raise taxes.
- Has NEVER been bought out by lobbyist or public interest.
- The only stance he has changed on throughout his career has been regarding the death penalty. Why? Blacks and poor people were being unjustly targeted and rich people could buy their way out of it, therefore it should be abolished.
- He fights for the rights of parents and home schooling. Think about it – is the Government going to teach you to be critical of the Government through Government schools?
- Has never voted to raise Congressional pay.
Here is a video of him making major predictions for about 5 minutes straight –
Scary, isn’t it?
One thing that I like about Ron Paul that I can’t really explain is his fearlessness. I’m not only talking about the way he stands up for his positions and stances, but some of the stances themselves. I believe that his anti-spending, anti-war, anti-Fed stances could put him in hot water with the ‘powers that be.’ The last president who was assassinated was ironically the last president to challenge the Fed. If you get a minute, look into Kennedy’s Executive Order HR 11110. Paul’s ideas could make him a target for assassination, and I’m sure he knows that. The fact that he continues to push on in the face of tyranny is inspiring. The only problem is – not enough people care about those things to vote him in.
One criticism that I heard often – very often – is the fact that he is ‘un-electable.’ ¿Que? If you like somebody – vote for them. The whole purpose of an election is to find out who the people want. A vote for somebody because they’re the ‘lesser of two evils’ or because you don’t want another person to win only cheapens the election process and allows for a corrupt two-party division machine. Do your part to raise awareness about your candidate, and maybe they’ll gain popularity…
This isn’t necessarily and anti-Obama or an anti-Romney post. In fact, I will probably be casting my vote this year for Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson, and I haven’t talked about him at all during this post. However, upon re-examination of the Constitution and the role of the Executive branch of government, Ron Paul was/is the closest thing to Thomas Jefferson that we’ve probably seen in the last 100 years.