When I tell people I voted for Ron Paul, people often laugh… until they realize I’m serious.
I’ve heard it all:
Ron Paul isn’t a great speaker.
Ron Paul is too old to be President.
Ron Paul doesn’t look like a President.
Ron Paul’s ideas are too idealistic. (Personally, I love how idealism is somehow supposed to be viewed as negative.)
Ron Paul won’t be able to work with a polarized congress.
Ron Paul is a crazy person.
There’s really not much you can tell me about the guy that I haven’t heard before.
But here’s what people don’t understand: I don’t support Ron Paul because of his oratory skills, his age, his religion, his sense of humor, or even his amazing eyebrows. I vote for Ron Paul because of what he represents.
Ron Paul knows he’s not going to win the Republican nomination (especially after tonight’s crushing defeat in Florida). I know that ideally (there’s that ‘ideal’ word again) he’s in it to win it… but even if he doesn’t win, the opportunity to stand and educate the nation on the message of liberty, and following the constitution makes it worthwhile for him to stay in the race as long as possible.
While other candidates are busy perfecting their hair and their sound-bytes, or making excuses for their infidelity or their inconsistent voting records – while they’re making false promises through fake smiles about bringing troops home and building colonies on the moon, Ron Paul stands alone in his oversized suit and educates our country in 30 second increments about how we got into the mess we’re in, the drastic measures we must take to fix things, and the perils that lay before us if we don’t.
My loyalty does not lie with Ron Paul. My loyalty lies with the principles that the Constitution was created to protect — life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. In a day where the government grows in size and controls more of my life, it’s imperative that we return to those principles..
Were Ron Paul’s stance to change from where they are today, so would my allegiance.
It’s important to remember as citizens, and as voters, that our votes do not support the guy (or girl) with the best hair, or the best speech, or the most money. Our votes support the ideas and ideals that these people uphold.
I pledge allegiance to the principles found within the Constitution… the document that required compromise, teamwork, courage, and sacrifice to complete. (Ironically, these are the very virtues so many of our public servants lack today.)
We do not pledge allegiance to a man. Because a people that pledged allegiance to a man is exactly the type of country that the men who founded this amazing nation were escaping from.