Thursday, August 7, 2008

Ron Paul - The Real Presidental Candidate For Change

When I first heard that Barack Obama received the democratic nomination, I was surprised and thrilled that an African American would have a chance at the presidency. I began thinking of a world of Jack Bauer and David Palmer, both characters on Fox's show 24. As a matter of fact, Newsweek's Joshua Alston has published an article discussing how pop culture has opened the minds of many Americans of having a black president. He states:

"The effect Haysbert's performance has had on our impression of Obama might be even more dramatic, since Obama shares so much with President Palmer. Palmer was suave and soigné, polite to a fault, blessed with a gift for rhetoric and a buttery baritone with which to present it. "As far as the public is concerned [the character] did open up their minds and their hearts a little bit to the notion that if the right man came along … that a black man could be president of the United States," says Haysbert, an active Obama supporter. And Palmer's campaign and presidency were conspicuously race-free, a tone Obama has strived for, if not always achieved. The only time Palmer's race is addressed on "24," it's a red herring, where it is revealed that the assassination attempts he thought were racially motivated were actually retribution for a botched military operation he authorized. ..."

Although Obama's presence in the White House will be a significant improvement compared to our current leadership and definitely is a positive progression toward racial equality in the United States, the changes to our individual life as American citizens will probably be minimal. Obama's entire campaign has been based on the concept of change. As much as it hurts me to admit this, he has been less than clear on what he is actually going to change.

Earlier this week I was hanging out with my "wealthier" group of friends who schooled me to the OTHER Republican candidate who has received about zero press and TV time but apparently has a huge Internet following. His name is Ron Paul (who happens to be a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas's 14th district). What does he stand for? A complete restructure of government. In a nutshell, he believes that the government should protect the rights and liberties of individuals and uphold the right to privacy. He believes that the government should not play such a large role in individuals life and should not meddle in other countries affairs. "This guys republican?" I ignorantly asked. Although he will never have a fighting chance to take the White House, I am quite impressed with what I have seen from him so far. I do suspect that sacrifices will need to be made on either side of the spectrum you happen to support. After all, is freedom actually free? I do applaud his effort to place the blame of all the problems we have today on our own government instead of foreign governments. The constitution is just like the Bible, meaning it can be interpreted in many different ways and is frequently used to solidify the points of assholes. Let's face it, a lot of the problems we have today are indeed our own fault and the system is long overdue for a overhaul. The freedoms we have lost in the past seven years alone is really quite frighting. I am curious to see what effect Ron Paul will have on this election and the future. Check out the video clip below.

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Anny said...

Interesting post; I hadn't heard much about him.