I heard not to long ago that this campaign has been running for almost 20 months (I may be wrong, but still...its been going on way too long
When I got my absentee ballot from Kansas, I had no problem writing in Ron Paul. Why?
Because in the 20 months of this election, he is the only person to strike me as a genuine American. Oh sure I disagree with him on a few things, but
compared to the rest of the jerks that ran (yes Hillary too), Paul was the only person to actually get me fired up, if only for a short while until
he backed out.
Something else that struck me when I was looking at the ballot. What happened to the other guys (and gal) after they lost their party nomination?
Hillary started helping Obama (after licking her wounds), but other than that, zip. Paul, on the other hand, is still fighting, not to get elected,
but to spread the word on injustice.
That, my friends, deserves my respect. A man who keeps fighting despite having lost and knowing even still that the odds are against him. And at
such an age! He is 73 ( a year older than McCain even!) and despite having lost is still on the front lines. I get emails from him now and then (I
was on his campaign listing and never got off), and he recently tried to garner support for a state race for someone who supported many of the same
views as him. What did Gore do in 2000? I don't know. Kerry in 2004? I never heard anything. It always seems that the loser is supposed to shut
up and support the winner, no matter what.
But that is wrong, we have the choice and responsibility to choose not because the choices are set before us, but by what we feel and know to be right
and true. For some the matters come down to issues such as gun rights and abortion. For others, it comes down to knowing that if you choose what is
before you you will be wrong before God and man.
I saw a quote early on from a British poster (I'm guessing) about how if you don't make dinner, you can't complain. That isn't entirely accurate.
Even if you don't make the dinner you are served, you still have the right to say no and starve yourself. You can sit at the table and watch the
others dine away at the choices set before them, but you can refuse, and make a stand.
Before I even got my ballot I had resolved to do just this. Sure you may think it is me throwing away my vote. But here is the thing: I voted for
who I wanted, not for the "lesser of two evils" not for "the guy other than him", etc.
So Ron Paul doesn't win, at least I won't let my vote be fumbled over by the goons that are undeserving of my respect.