So what do you think of Ron Paul? The more I hear and read about each of the candidates the more I find myself saying, “this guy has got it figured out and he knows what needs to be done!” He’s talking about “real problems” and offering logical solutions. So many people I’ve talked to feel the same way but then they chuckle and say, it’s too bad he can’t win. And, I find myself drawing the same conclusion but not understanding why.
I have given it a lot of thought. Is it his age? Are his ideas too far “outside the box?” Is it the fact that you cannot label him as a liberal or conservative? Is it a lack of money or a media bias? None of these explanations were good enough.
But I believe I have finally found the answer. When he talks about our foreign policy over the past 50 years we feel ashamed that we have started wars based on lies, and have killed or maimed millions who were no threat to this country. We also don’t want to acknowledge that we shed the blood of our own in these wars. It is unacceptable to our sense of who we are as a nation and our basic sense of morality.
When he talks about personal freedom, we fear we do not have the collective discipline to avoid what we know is wrong, and therefore, we need to pass legislation to keep us pure or at least to tell us where the boundaries are. We like it when the law tells us what is right or wrong because then we can ignore our own conscience. Personal freedom requires us to accept personal responsibility and that would require us all to examine our behavior.
Our government is supposed to be “by the people” and “for the people.” Ron Paul’s message is that we need to take back the responsibilities granted to us by the Founding Fathers. But we have become apathetic and unwilling to assume those responsibilities. Our country is not ready for Ron Paul. He is forcing us to look at ourselves in the mirror and we don’t like what we see.
The other candidates, including our president, tell us what we want to hear—and we don’t want to hear that it is our fault. They place the blame on their opponents rather than us, the voters and non-voters, who are not paying attention to the real problems facing our nation.
But just like the overweight person who waits to have their first stroke before changing their lifestyle, I fear we will wait until we are on the brink of self-destruction before we get off the couch of life and use our vote to regain control of our nation’s destiny.