Sunday, January 20, 2008

Principles, Not Promises

Ron Paul is the perfect candidate for unschoolers. Why? Because unschooling is based on living life according to your principles and his entire campaign is based on sound principles, not the business as usual promises of the rest of the pack, no matter which party. You may not agree with everything he believes in -I don't- but you can't deny that he is a man of principle. He does not have to give you a bunch of pretty sounding promises to get your support because you can predict how he will handle things if you understand the principles that guide him. For example, C had some questions about his stand on bringing the military home from the war in Iraq. I KNEW his answer even before I asked him on Tuesday this week at the rally, all because I already understood his principles. What are those principles? Personal liberty, non-intervention, freedom, sound money, Truth, and the Pursuit of Happiness, to name a few. Sounds an awful lot like the principles of Unschooling to me.

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." Mahatma Ghandi

The mainstream media is ignoring Dr. Paul, or outright putting him down as a radical long shot. I read somewhere today that 90% of the people have not even heard of him, but that 80% support him once they do learn about him. All I know is that I am proud to finally have a presidential candidate that I can stomach. And not just stomach, but wholeheartedly support all the way to the end, even if I have to write him in in November. A vote for Ron Paul is a vote FOR someone you can believe in. Not just a vote for the lesser of two evils. All you end up with is evil if you do that. I had a guy at the caucus tell me that Ron Paul can't win because he tells us the Truth. I almost said -but didn't- so, what, you want to vote for a liar, just because he is "electable"? I did tell him I thought the American people were ready to grow up and be able to handle the truth!

I have never voted in a primary election before. I have never donated money to a candidate before. I have never registered to vote under a party affiliation before. And, I have certainly never donated time and effort to support a candidate before. I have done all these things for Ron Paul. I am proud to say that I have done all these things and done them with my children, too.

Putting our sign up in the yard, against HOA rules, mind you!
The girls helped me prepare and distribute materials to pass out to our precinct the day before the caucus. I only wish I had done it sooner and talked to more people!

The girls sitting in a high school classroom during our caucus. Can you guess who they would vote for, if the law allowed them to?

There is a lot of misinformation going around about Ron Paul's platform. This link is to an excellent video that clears up some of the concepts very well. I highly recommend it.

"In the beginning of a change, the Patriot is a scarce man, brave, hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, however, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a Patriot." Mark Twain

Are you going to be remembered as one of the brave, or one of the timid?


Tara said...

I love that Twain quote! Great pics by the way! Go Ron Paul!!

Jessica said...

THis was very interesting to read. I have gone and looked at Ron Paul's platform as so many unschoolers support him. I have been feeling very partial toward third party and outsider candidates, and I find this swell encouraging re: our political process. I am not yet a Ron Paul supporter, but I am still very undecided so who knows.