Ron Paul almost certainly won’t get the GOP presidential nomination, and Mitt Romney probably will. Alas, Romney won’t have anywhere near the passionate support that Paul brings to the race.
The difference between Paul and the rest is his message. Paul defends the individual and promotes freedom. It’s irresistible to men and women who would rather die, or live poor, than lose the right to live as they please. At Tuesday’s speech in Colorado Springs, Colo., Paul explained that he would rather have freedom than money. He believes in people, not in government programs that create dependence.
“The government should not be there to run the welfare state or to police the world,” Paul said. “Our government should be there, in a very limited fashion, to defend our liberties.”
Paul envisions a future devoid of war, in which the United States stops policing the world at the expense of irreplaceable young lives and prosperity. He believes taxes should never be raised, and budgets should always be balanced. As a member of Congress, he votes no on most legislation because most isn’t authorized in the Constitution — a document written to forbid the type of runaway government we have. Paul rejects participation in the congressional pension plan, seeing it as something that elevates the political class above the people who pay politicians to serve them.
But his message isn’t all about the letter of the Constitution and the limits we should impose upon government. He also speaks of American values and personal responsibility. He explained that government takes over when people fail to lead virtuous lives.
“We were warned at the time of the founding of our country that if we are not a virtuous people and we do not live up to these principles, that we will lose it,” Paul said. “The Constitution is good, but it isn’t the Constitution that holds us together. It’s the people’s attitude and their willingness to accept responsibility for what a free society is all about.”
Then he spoke about the Ron Paul Revolution.
“The very good news is that there is a revolution going on,” Paul said Tuesday, pausing for a long round of applause. “There’s a political revolution. It has engaged many, many young people. It’s spreading through the college campuses. It’s spreading around the country because so many who have been disenfranchised in the past all of the sudden know that there are people talking about liberty and not talking about politics as usual ... Let’s send a message from that we believe in liberty and that’s what we want.”
It is little wonder why so many young adults and teenagers like Ron Paul. The young will pay for retirements and entitlements, obligations foist upon them by older Americans, that they will never have the opportunity to enjoy if things don’t change. Paul would like to give them a fighting chance.
Other candidates talk about government, and how they would steer it and allocate resources. Paul talks about freedom, which was bestowed by a creator. Our freedom is bigger than life. That’s why Paul gets a rock star’s reception.