Originally posted by Erongaricuaro
reply to post by petrus4
Your earliest statements indicate you have more of a dislike for Paul's supporters than what your reply to me suggests about your feelings for
Paul's stand on these issues. In a way that is quite understandable as many of the supporters may not be as sophisticated as Dr. Paul is himself. A
great many people are taking to his message as it addresses issues close to their own heart. Your video suggests you as well consider liberty and
independence as worthy ideals.
My issue is not with specific candidates. My issue is with the idea of people expecting the Executive branch (irrespective of the candidate
inhabiting it) or government more generally, to do things for the people, which they potentially can do for themselves.
I think Americans have reached a point where they are used to thinking that they can't do anything on their own; that they need governmental
involvement and support for literally anything that they might undertake. You are correct that my grievance is not with Dr. Paul himself; he seems
like a genuinely good man, although experience has still taught me that it is wise to hold politicians in general in grave suspicion.
I feel that it will be of great benefit to Americans, if they can regain their faith in their ability to accomplish things without having to always
rely on official or governmental channels. As Ungrip mentions, most of us these days have become extremely servile; we're used to other people doing
things for us and taking responsibility for us, and we've slowly got used to the idea that we can't do anything much for ourselves.
I was reading this
blog some time ago, where the author
mentions that in the past, residents of each household produced most of the items that they needed to survive on a daily basis, themselves. So it
isn't about me disliking any particular candidate, as it is having a general belief that Americans should not wait for anyone else
save them from their current situation. They are going to have to do it for themselves. Governments generally aren't interested in helping people
all that much anywayz; they are usually a bunch of rich people whose primary interest is retaining and increasing their income.
If Americans are willing to become more independent on an individual basis, then Ron Paul (or someone like him) could be a fantastic President for
them to have, because he could (via the Congress) safeguard their political ability to continue to be independent, and stop police harassment or
organic dairies, etc. To me, however, that is the government's job; making sure that people are able to be independent, free of external
interference. It is not
the government's rightful job, on the other hand, to do everything for the people that they should be doing for
themselves; and my concern is that that is what many of Dr Paul's supporters seem to want him to do for them.
They seem to want a father figure; and that never works.
edit on 18-3-2012 by petrus4 because: (no reason given)