I am in the throes of a head cold, and it feels terrible and you certainly do not want to blog. It is a pained effort.
But it is indeed former Texas Congressman Ron Paul’s 80th birthday.
Where were you when you first heard the news? In early 2007 – when Paul first announced that he was going to set up an exploratory committee to run for the White House, I mean. I was working from home and had just sent my resume to Jim Gilmore (Yes, really) to offer to help him with his campaign. Then I saw it: On the ticker screen – probably Fox News – it said: Paul was thinking about running for President.
Now I had researched Paul before 2007 and he was a good solid representative with positions I agreed with (Paul had briefly beat back a pernicious idea called “Know Your Customer” in which the banks in effect were spying on their depositors. After 9/11, Know Your Customer was brought in for good.)
I immediately switched to the Texas congressman! I did not see live the famous scene between Paul and Giuliani about the origins of 9/11. And to be fair, I am not completely comfortable with some of his foreign policy positions. But it was refreshing to hear such an iconoclast on the stage, zestfully going after some of the most sacred cows in the GOP playbook. Sometimes I have to see some of those great debate scenes in 2007-8 and 2011-12. I remember watching the first November 5 money bomb raise $4.3 million and then the December 16 Tea Party one raise even more. Ron Paul was Tea Party before Tea Party was Tea Party. Limited government, respecting the Constitution, personal liberty. Ron Paul gave me back the rich history of the American Revolution – I respect what happened so much more now – Patrick Henry, Paul Revere’s ride, Bunker Hill, Yorktown, George Washington, the fervency of those who organized the various means of resistance to the Crown.
I think that Paul has profoundly influenced the political debate and gave liberty a place at the table. I wish he was running again frankly. Yes I admire and respect his son, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul. He has some useful ideas, especially in the field of corrections. But it is not the same. We need to have more persons in politics like Cong. Paul.
Have a blessed birthday, Congressman Paul.
Article written by: Elwood "Sandy" Sanders