In a land far away there are politicians who tell the truth! They say what they mean, and they keep their promises. They don’t even sleep with people in bathrooms. Where is this magical land, you ask? It doesn’t exist, but one presidential candidate in 2008 tried his best to make it happen. Ron Paul. No he’s not the “Maverick” he doesn’t have a catch phrase “Yes we can” he doesn’t have hair that looks like it could be on a Just For Men commercial. What he does have though are ideas. Not only does he have ideas now, he has had the same ideas throughout his tenure as a politician. In 2007 he decided to put those ideas into action, and enter into the presidential race. What came next was something no one expected, not even Ron Paul himself.
He entered the race as a Republican believing strongly that the Republican party has lost it’s way. Saying there is too much spending now, and the Republican party used to be conservative. He wanted to abolish the IRS, bring the troops home, and get rid of all of the other useless programs that do more harm than they do good. By saying that Ron Paul knew he would be setting himself up as an easy target for the other Candidates. In debates all they would have to say was “He thinks we should get rid of the Department Of Education” the crowd would laugh, and boo. There was however a small group of people who listened to him that first debate. They didn’t let the attack on him by the other Candidates skew their way of thinking. Realizing what he said was the truth. It was the ugly truth, but true nonetheless.
This small group of people became the first roots in the grassroots campaign Ron Paul led. They became religious followers of his, telling everyone they knew about him. Most would tell them they were crazy, but a few listened. Those few did the same thing, and soon the small group of people became the “Paulites” and the Paulites raised over $6 million dollars in one day, referring to it as “The Money bomb” not $6 million from a few dozen rich powerful people. $6 million from tens of thousands of regular people. A lot of those happened to be from people in the military.
The few roots of grass turned into something way bigger than anyone imagined. Still he could not manage to gain the respect of the other Candidates, or the Media. During debates not only would the Candidates mock him, but often the moderators would as well. Even though his small group got a lot bigger, it was still nothing compared to the amount of followers the other Candidates had. Which led to him dropping out of the race on June 12th, 2008. The truth is most people weren’t ready for the truth, and the world of politics shut the door quick on the idea that if a politician told the truth he’d win the bid, and respect of the Media. However that door was once locked before he came around. The door is not locked anymore, and one day that door will be opened. Not now, and maybe not even in the next decade, but Ron Paul has unlocked the door. He’s inspired tens of thousands of people to knock down that door. Get involved in their local campaigns, and eventually who knows where it’ll take them.
With Barack Obama turning out to be just another Politician, and with promises not being fulfilled once again. The door will no doubt continue to open. All thanks to Ron Paul.
He continues to lead his Paulites here: www.campaignforliberty.com/