On Being “Patriotic”

27 12 2007

I’ve never really considered myself a patriotic American. I always assumed that the system would be self sustaining with or without my vote. I did vote, mind you, I always felt that was important, but I did only do it in a half-ass manner by only voting for Presidential Elections. But, over the last seven years, many things have changed in my life to warrant me to pay more attention to what is going on in the country and the world. It is my desire that my children grow up in a better world than the one in which I grew up.

The most important things to me these days are my children. I’m sure yours rank high up in your book as well. I do what I can to make sure they have a great childhood and to keep them safe. These tasks will get more difficult as time passes and they are exposed to more of the bad things the world has to offer. But, then again, I was a kid once too, and I made it through a pretty pad neighborhood (because I was a nerd). Regardless, there are still things that can be done to make the world as a whole a better place; and not only for my kids, but for me as well.

So, as it was, I was just poking around the Internet several months ago, and I noticed some pages on Digg that were about Ron Paul. I took a look at what he had to say, thinking “I haven’t heard this guy speak, I should give him a chance”. I was immediately drawn in to what he was saying, because he was saying the things I’ve been thinking for my entire voting life. Questions like “why do we have to pay taxes?”, “Why do we need more government”, “Why can’t I stop paying into Social Security when I don’t even WANT the so-called benefits”? “Why do we still have a base in North/South Korea?”. These are tough questions that have gone unanswered for many elections, and someone in power why finally asking them. Better yet, he was gaining popularity on the Internet, so apparently, I wasn’t the only one who wanted to truly belong to my country, but had no real reason to care.

Now, I feel that there is someone to stand behind who will actually listen to the people, rather than the corporations. Someone who hasn’t sold his soul in order to take office and start needless wars or overthrow governments who aren’t operating “in America’s best interests”. Someone who believes in less government rather than more. Someone who thinks the status quo should be stopped.

I encourage everyone to watch the following videos:

There are also great videos on the Ron Paul Channel on You Tube on how the monetary policy of the United States works.

I have already donated to both Ron Paul money bombs with modest donations of $100. And I will more than likely donate more as our finances permit. I also plan on joining fellow Ron Paul Meetup Groups to see what else I can do to help.

I hate to bring up such topics around the holidays (because the things discussed in the videos are a bit disturbing), but I feel that this is necessary in order to save the world for our children. The 2008 election is going to be a huge turning point in American history. It will change the direction of where our nation is heading; hopefully back in the right direction from a fascist government back to a democratic republic.

So, for the sake of your children, and mine, and for the country, please look at Ron Paul’s campaign and vote for Dr. Paul. Be “patriotic” and return control of the country to the people.