I trust our youth. I also I find Ron Paul the youngest thinking of all the candidates. Young people don’t carry the baggage of years of careless decision making. Many of us didn’t like Romney’s rise to power and prestige on the backs of workers, all the time further disenfranchising the powerless, the underdog. Nor are we happy with Obama who saved his skin at the expense of the entire middle class by not standing firm and tough against the avaricious gamblers in our financial markets. Would that have been too big a maneuver to correct? Would something worse have happened? It’s still not right.
I like Ron Paul because he changes my mind about things, makes me think in ways I haven’t before. I confess he’s even able to change my long-ago made-up mind about abortion. Now that’s moving a mountain. He shows me there’s perhaps a better way to think about the unthinkable.
Even though Ron Paul is from Texas and I have sworn, in print, to never ever vote for a Texan for president, I could change my mind. The last two Texans, Johnson and Bush nearly destroyed this country. Let’s think carefully. Where is the better female side of intelligence in all this? Men need to grow up or get out of office, change their minds before they lead us off a cliff.
Another issue for me – Ron Paul is a Republican. Both parties sicken the daylights out of most of us. But I could tolerate a man who has such a refreshing sense of right and wrong, rule of law.
The wars are killing us. “Terrorism is a tactic; there shouldn’t be a war on terrorism.” Paul says, “Otherwise it undermines our liberty.” Such attitudes have impoverished this country, especially the airline industry. I cringe to get on a plane these days. Paul: “The TSA mauls us and we don’t care.” Liberty, what liberty? The airports overhead speakers drone in our ears to rat on our neighbors. This sense of personal criminality enshrouds even the most casual travel plans.
Is Ron Paul right on foreign policy? “Weapons are for defense.” He says. These wars have emptied our treasury, accelerated the financial disaster. We’ve been on speed. For instance, are we aware that in the wake of the U.S. invasion, over one million Iraqis died-- a 220-fold greater toll than the 4,500 American deaths? What an insane price tag for 'democracy'. Duh! The eternally lovely Diane Sawyer and all the networks are embedded in the war industry. Wrong message, wrong profiteering! Oh well, whatever....meanwhile our people are madder than hell.
As an individual voter it is hard to sift through the daily noise and political chatter, but I dare to say at this point Ron Paul makes more sense than the rest. I say, trust your feelings, even if you haven’t found the words or things aren't clear yet.