Our Generation Should Believe in Ron Paul
by Kevin Sullivan | Georgetown University
“The University in Ruins,” written by Professor Alan Bloom, is one of the harshest indictments of the modern American university student. Perhaps the most powerful of Prof. Bloom’s claims is that the university student no longer believes in anything. Unlike our grandparents, the “greatest generation that ever lived,” who sacrificed their lives and prosperity to fight fascism. Unlike our parents, who sympathized with or fought for the civil rights movement and created one of the most rebellious generations of all time.
I think that Alan Bloom is largely right. Our generation does not question anymore. It does not ask “Why is it that way?” It is largely too complacent, too willing to accept what our grandparents and parents created for us. We see little bits of our youthful spirit resurge every once in a while. The Obama campaign, the death of Osama Bin Laden, the earthquake in Haiti. But these are only temporary.
After simply reading one book, though- Ron Paul’s “End the Fed,” I stopped for a second, and thought. Then I stopped for a minute, and questioned. And now a few months later, I believe. Ron Paul has miraculously transcended over 50 years in age difference, and turned thousands of individuals from our generation into revolutionaries. Revolutionaries who will not rest until the status quo has been overturned, will not support a candidate that is not grounded in the ideology of liberty and America’s founding.
I am a registered Republican and considered well-off thanks to the hard work of my family before me- how could I support such a radical “libertarian”? I am an economics major- how could I support someone who would fail Macroeconomics 101? I am a student in the Georgetown School of Foreign Service- how could I support someone with such an unthinkable foreign policy?
I am sure that many of my peers that support Ron Paul (and I promise you they are as fervent as I am) get asked very similar questions. And the reason that these questions do not bother us is because we know the status quo is broken. So many of our peers, from our own generation, support Ron Paul because he represents the antithesis of the immense mess that is modern America. For over 30 years, Ron Paul has sat in Congress – completely alone. And as Dr. Paul ends many of his speeches: “the ideology of liberty has no age, no race, no gender, and no specific time.”
Ever heard of the Austrian School of Economics? Well look it up. This is the political-economic school of thought that myself and Dr. Paul ascribe to. A strong rule of law, extensive property rights, no central planning, and faith in the individual consumer. And most importantly, anti-central bank.
There is a reason that you may have heard Dr. Paul talking about the legendary political economists F.A. Hayek and Ludwig von Mises. It is because their school of economic thought has been right in predicting economic disasters time and time again. The implosion of the Bretton-Woods financial system that caused the deflation of the 1970s. The impending collapse of the Eurozone and the worldwide youth riots.
Oh, and I can’t forget the Great Recession. On the floor of the House in 2002, Ron Paul explained to a probably sleeping Congress that the Federal Reserve and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would lead to a housing bubble and financial collapse. The man who can best lead us back to economic prosperity and fiscal saneness is the man who predicted the recession and its causes in the first place.
Remember how President Obama ran on anti-war platform? Ironically, the candidate of peace in this election is a Republican. A President Paul would truly end the War in Iraq (there are thousands of American contractors still there), stop the ignorant attempt to occupy Afghanistan, and restore the foreign policy of our founding fathers and the Constitution.
Hold on, aren’t those the values of the GOP? Not the establishment GOP at least. Ron Paul will end our entangling alliances, our insulting attempt to dictate policy to nations thousands of miles away, and our even more ridiculous effort to spend as much money that we don’t have as fast as possible in return for more enemies. A foreign policy of freedom and liberty would truly echo the words of the founding fathers. Peace, commerce, and diplomacy.
Finally, Ron Paul recognizes that our nation’s greatest enemy is our own government. He will end the two most racist wars in America’s history – the “War on Terror” and the “War on Drugs.” He will fight the Republican (and now Democratic with the NDAA) obsession with invading American privacy and using fear to motivate suspicion towards our own neighbors.
At The Least, Ask Questions
Clearly, I cannot explain the implications of the ideology of liberty applied to the entire political universe. But I can simply urge you to think about Professor Bloom’s indictment. Do we still believe in something? Do we care enough about our future to risk the dismissal of the status quo, those who continue to dig the hole we are staring down into? Ron Paul is my candidate until the end of the 2012 election, and I hope that you will join me, or at least give him a second look. His honesty and consistency at least deserves that. But most importantly, do not let others dictate our future to us. Ask why, and maybe our generation will be remembered for something different as well.
“It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.” – Samuel AdamsKevin Sullivan is a NGJ 'News and Politics' Editor and a rising Junior at Georgetown University, where he is majoring in International Political Economy.