Just What Kind of People Support Ron Paul?

By Doug Newman
Special thanks to Lew Rockwell for running this on February 2, 2012 on Lew Rockwell’s Political Theatre. Far and away the biggest day ever on www.foodforthethinkers.com with 1489 views. February 3, 2012 was the second best with 877 views. Until now, the biggest day had been September 11, 2011 with 463 views. _____________________________________________________
BillyDKidd wrote this on a blog in 2008.

“After watching Tucker (Carlson) last night it dawned on me what has been obvious all along – nobody in the media understands the Ron Paul movement at all – not even Tucker whom I would have thought would know better. In Tucker’s mind the only people who could possibly support Ron Paul are the relative handful of people in this country like him who “really understand” what Ron Paul is about, leftists who hate the war and tin foil hat wearing, ex-hippie conspiracy theorists. Well yes, we are all of those things, but we are also doctors and lawyers and soldiers and scientists.

“And we are civil libertarians and conservatives and liberals and democrats and republicans and libertarians and constitutionalists. We are shelf stockers at Walmart and high powered executives and self-employed small business owners and internet gurus. We are policemen and firemen and ditch diggers and even people on public assistance. We are black and white and asian and hispanic and some mixture of all of these things. We are people whose ancestors came over on the Mayflower and whose ancestors met those people when they arrived. We are people who became Americans six months ago.

“We are young, pot-smoking college freshmen and guys who fought in Vietnam. We are people of virtually every possible stripe and persuasion who all have one single thing in common — we love this country and want to see the promise of what America was intended to be fulfilled, so that we can leave our children the American we grew up believing in — free and prosperous nation with justice and opportunity for all where any person who wants it and is willing to put in the effort has a reasonable chance of being whatever he or she wants to be and can make a better life for their children than they had. We want an America which is the land of liberty and where the idea of the pursuit of happiness means something.

“A place where courage and gumption and effort and creativity count for something — where the deck is not pre-stacked so that those on top can not lose no matter what they do and those on the bottom have little hope of winning no matter how hard they try. And where our leaders are people we can be proud of and who represent the best of what America is and not America at its basest and most venal. As for myself, I am proud to be associated with all of these types of Ron Paul supporters — even the wackiest among us. I happily welcome all the tin foil hat wearers and the hippies as well as the veterans and the old right conservatives and even the lefty liberals. When I start hearing stuff about needing to keep the movement “pure” then I know I’m talking to somebody who doesn’t understand the movement at all.”
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About Food for the Thinkers

My name is Doug Newman. I live in Aurora, Colorado, just outside Denver. Food for the Thinkers is mostly about the connection between Christianity and libertarianism. Most Christians do not understand libertarianism. And most libertarians do not understand Christianity. Hopefully, this blog helps clear up those misunderstanding. Check out my old page at www.thefot.us And remember: When you let people do whatever they want, you get Woodstock. But when you let governments do whatever they want, you get Auschwitz.
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9 Responses to Just What Kind of People Support Ron Paul?

  1. Mike says:

    The people you describe support Ron Paul!

    The people who currently run this country are described in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MZCHjGkTPg&feature=related

  2. Thanks for reprinting that, Doug. And to BillyDKidd, whoever you are, wherever you are, thank you especially for those beautiful, inspiring words.

  3. HarryBrowne says:

    Absolutely wonderful! and so moving! I am a Boomer and have not felt this passionate and excited about a candidate since George McGovern in 1972 (anti-war!). I loved Harry Browne too but he never as far along in the process as Ron Paul is now. Thank you for this inspirational piece! Ron Paul 2012!

  4. Art says:

    Very well said Doug

  5. DWCarkuff (BillyDKid) says:

    Hey guys and Doug, I’m Billydkid, or at least I am on some forums. It means a lot to me that you guys appreciate what I wrote. My name is actually Doug Carkuff and I live in Ohio now. Lew has posted a few things from me over the years and one actual piece. This is something I’m very proud of. Lew and Ron and all the contributors to LRC are major heroes to me. By best, doug

  6. brian says:

    defiantly Favorited, and i’m going to make sure i spread that quote at the end to the people in my school. i think Ohio will have a good chance of getting Ron Paul… but a lot of people here are still stuck on Obama. I guess it’s my mission to sway the votes, and show them who Ron Paul is. I know for sure the media wont!

  7. steve says:

    “….But when you let governments do whatever they want, you get Auschwitz. Relocation Camps.”

    What about for the sake of fairness check out our back yard, during 2nd world war, and say:
    – But when you let governments do whatever they want, you get Relocation Camps.-
    In which case later on in 1988 legislation, signed by President Ronald Reagan, said that …government actions were based on “race prejudice, war hysteria, and a failure of political leadership”.

    PLUS a $1.6 billion in reparations to Japanese Americans.

  8. olja says:

    Hi, can I use your post on my website with a linkback?

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