Earth to Ron Paul Supporters, Come in Ron Paul Supporters

After his father falls ill to dysentery, Little Tim takes his father's place to pan for gold, which is perfectly legal since President Ron Paul eliminated child labor laws.
After his father falls ill to dysentery, Little Tim takes his father's place to pan for gold, which is perfectly legal since President Ron Paul eliminated child labor laws. | Source

I don’t know who I love (to hate) more—Ron Paul or Ron Paul’s supporters.

Ron Paul entertains most of us because of his outrageous ideas and his unreal vision for (or version of) America.

Branded a constitutionalist, Ron Paul wants to abolish regulations like minimum wage and eliminate paper currency, both of which are logical, practical solutions to America’s problems, of course. Perhaps Ron Paul misses the glory days of the Gold Rush, panning for gold and playing “finders-keepers” when someone is unfortunate enough to contract dysentery.

One thing is certain, however, and that is Ron Paul has handfuls of loyal supporters all around the country who are providing us with just as much entertainment as Ron Paul.

Ron Paul supporters are everywhere. Pull up a YouTube video and you’re bound to read dozens of comments from supporters getting Paul’s message out. Find any article criticizing Ron Paul, and you will find pages and pages of comments written by supporters attempting to debunk it, even if it’s entirely true.

This means that you will often read, “VOTE FOR FREEDOM AND LIBERTY!” underneath an article about Ron Paul’s belief that heroin and prostitution should be legalized, which brings me to the average age bracket of Ron Paul supporters.

According to some independent internet polls, the majority of Ron Paul supporters are between 18 and 25 years old. One such poll has the 18 to 25-year-old age group at 42.86% (out of 14 die-hard supporters). One supporter correctly points out that the poll concludes a variety of age groups do, in fact, support Ron Paul, because there were a few respondents in the most senior bracket—the “over 40” age bracket.

Some Ron Paul supporters believe if you're over 40, you're an old fart.
Some Ron Paul supporters believe if you're over 40, you're an old fart. | Source

Although the above may seem like an unreliable poll, and even I have to admit there isn’t much data, consensus in the online world is that the majority of Ron Paul’s supporters fall into the youngest age bracket and may even be first-time voters.

This makes perfect sense and explains why Paul’s stance on limited government is so popular with this age group. They simply lack the understanding that everything they have was fought for by their grandparents….the well-over 40 group. Yes, the old fogies. The ones who don’t necessarily need to read a U.S. History book, because they either lived in it or spoke to a relative who lived in it.

Touching Lightly on U.S. History

It isn’t unreasonable to surmise that Paul’s younger supporters, and even their parents, have no understanding of life prior to the Civil Rights Act—when black America was forcefully segregated and when women were not allowed to initiate divorce. Even after the Civil Rights Act was passed, it was perfectly acceptable for employers to advertise: men need only apply.

I would also take a good guess that a vast majority of Ron Paul supporters have no idea what the acronym NOW stands for.

And while Ron Paul speaks at town hall meetings reminiscing about the good ole days of 1962 when he charged patients $5 to be seen, both Paul and his supporters seem to have no idea that Medicare passed in 1965 because seniors were working themselves to death in order to afford the $5 office visits that seems like pocket change today.

Young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 have misconceptions about how the world currently works and how the world they live in came to be. They seem to be under the impression that a lunch hour was bestowed upon workers out of courtesy. Wrong. People had to fight a long, hard battle in order to obtain the right to eat when they worked an 8-hour day.

Younger adults who support Ron Paul may not have a surviving grandmother who told tales of working 12-hour days in a factory and not receiving pay at the end of the day simply because they failed to package the last three cartons of eggs when the quitting-time bell rang.

It is unlikely that Paul supporters know someone who lost their hearing because employers didn’t provide ear plugs. It is unlikely that Paul supporters have a family member who fell off a tall building and died because a harness wasn’t required. It is unlikely that Paul supporters can define black lung disease. It is unlikely that Paul supporters have a surviving relative who was “boarded out” (as my great-grandmother had called it) at 8 years old.

Government corrected all of these problems by passing legislation and by forming government agencies, and these are the same laws and agencies that Ron Paul and his supporters find intrusive.

The KKK has nothing on Ron Paul

And last, but not least, is the reappearance of the Ron Paul newsletter scandal. Ron Paul can do no wrong in the eyes of his supporters, and this makes the Paul loyalists appear as if they belong to a religious cult instead of a political party.

So what if Ron Paul signed his name to a newsletter that informed people how to dispose of a gun after shooting a “youth” who attempts to hijack a (white) person’s car? So what if Ron Paul believes that gay men want to contract AIDS because they like the attention? So what if Ron Paul believes that Martin Luther King was a pedophile? And what’s the big deal about the phrase “welfare riots”?

VOTE FOR FREEDOM AND LIBERTY!

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pmccray 4 years ago from Utah

I applaud this hub. Not knowing history you're doomed to repeat it. Our young generation born after 1965 are sorely lacking in this knowledge. Most are bored with anything they feel is old or outdated, but do not realize as adults their "not knowing" can repeat the mistakes of the past. Thank you for this hub. Voted up, marked useful and interesting.


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Deni Edwards 4 years ago from california Author

Thank you so much for the great comment!


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Charles James 4 years ago from Yorkshire, UK

Why did you stop? You were just getting into first gear!

Ron Paul is at least prepared to accept the consequences of his ideas - unpalatable as they may seem to you and me.

Rated up.


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Deni Edwards 4 years ago from california Author

Thanks, Charles, and trust me, I could have gone on for pages and pages...Ron Paul makes it so darn easy!


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michiganman567 4 years ago from Michigan

They are easy pickings that is for sure. I am surprised that you don't have them on here calling you a CIA agent and telling you about the dangers of toothpaste.


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steveamy 4 years ago from Florida

One of the many problems with the Libertarian point of view is that is is very vague about how the problems that arise after government have been shrunk will be addressed. They usually invoke markets, volunteerism and charity....but what if that does not work..


Disagreement. 4 years ago

So, you hate Ron Paul. Alright. Do you support Rick Perry? Bauchmann? Gringrich? Probably Romney or Obama, if I may venture a guess. If you support Obama, then I agree with you on that point- I think Obama is a great president. But I support both Obama and Ron Paul, because Ron Paul does stand for civil liberties. He supports gay marriage and it doesn't matter at all what his attitude to gay people are as long as he gives them their rights. He supports giving every American their rights that they are entitled. And if people don't like what he does, if he becomes president, then we the people, as a popular sovereignty, can vote it down. And I just so happen to have a Masters Degree in Politics. So no, I am not uneducated about this subject.


mathboy 4 years ago

"A majority, or 42.X% of Ron Paul supporters are between 18-25..."

Um, no. A plurality of his supporters are between 18-25 (if you split it up as you have.). The Majority of his supporters are over the age of 25, as your very own numbers indicate.

I'm not the world's biggest Paul fan, but I love when idiots like you say how stupid Paul supporters are because of X, and then you get X completely wrong.

You're a credit to your bank...I would have to think.


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Deni Edwards 4 years ago from california Author

What part of the graph do you not understand? What part of the age group do you not understand? According to this very scientific study, young voters between the ages of 18-25 make up the majority of his supporters--broken down by age!

Let me say it this way:

If the scientific study lumped all of the other age groups into one category, then you would be very correct.

Go make a deposit.


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Richard Fernandez 4 years ago from Detroit, MI

Scientific? I followed the link, correct me if I'm wrong but it seemed there was a total of 14 voters. 6/14=42.86. I do believe you are misinformed. This article is not objective nor does it have any real credible sources. I do not know how old you are but I doubt you are as old as Dr. Paul, 76. He lived through WWII, medicare, medicaid, and the Industrial Military Complex. He does not agree with any of it. So your whole "old people know best" kind of goes out the window.

Please consider the moral and economic arguments that Dr. Paul endorses. Don't take people's money and give it to other people. If you, or I, or anyone else wants to help out people who need health care, we should get some money together and start a non profit. Under a "Free and Liberal" society, people would get their help from other people, not the government, or they could just get (or create) a job.

Speaking of jobs, there seems to be this certain idea that employers owe something to their employees. You watch Occupiers hold up signs "give us jobs" and I think that is the least American thing in the world. America was founded on individualism, and if someone gets fired, and that person has no trades or skills, then why would someone hire them? Do They owe it to that person? I don't think so. They provide a service, and receive money. 1-1=0. Companies owe employees nothing but the wages they promise in a contract.

If an employee gets laid off, or is unhappy with their compensation, they should Start their own business, and create jobs. I mean you go as far as to say that employers are responsible for making their employees go deft. If you worked in a loud manufacturing plant, and your ears hurt everyday, would you not spend the $3.25 and by the ear plugs? I would.

In regards to newsletter: At MOST Ron Paul is guilty of negligence, which he has admitted himself.

You make a lot of assumptions, I can't begin to start with. Ex. medicare formation: can you support any of that with evidence? And remember the official reason we went into Iraq was to repossess WMDs from Saddam Hussein.

I would also have to disagree that somehow younger voters are not as "good" as other voters. I think the main difference between young and old voters is that we younger people regularly access the internet, some religiously.

When you have such access to begin to find facts. Things like Romney supported government funded bailouts, which if you a republican, you should not endorse. Its finding out Newt Gingrich made millions off of Fanny Mae and Freddy Mac. Its that Santorum voted for wars, debt ceiling increases, and increased spending. And then there is Ron Paul, who predicted the housing bubble 5 years in advance, has been preaching the same thing for 30 years. A man who is NOT racist, a man who wants to end drug wars and capital punishment, a man who has no special interest groups knocking on his door. Ron Paul is a modern day Thomas Jefferson.

I think us younger people are that educated minority that Henry David Thoreau wrote about. Time will ultimately tell, but if anyone thinks the economy is going to get better if Obama or a generic GOP wins, they are severely mistaken. And as the moral future of the country, under a Ron Paul, people could do what they want as long as they do not hurt other people. You don't believe in abortion? Don't have one. You believe in Gay Marriage? Don't force someone else to get married to a same sex person. See where I'm going with that? We each would have freedom to choose what we wish, as long as we do not impose those views on anyone else.


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Deni Edwards 4 years ago from california Author

I'm sorry, but please don't bash on the scientific study that was performed by the 18-25 year-old voters. It is very in-depth and oh-so telling.

And, yeah, old folks don't know what the heck Google is, do they? I mean, read an actual book instead of Wikipedia, which is so reliable.

You rock!


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Tom Koecke 4 years ago from Tacoma, Washington

This was a fun read, Deni. I am an old fogie who has voted for Dr. Paul to be president twice - mostly because he had no chance of winning.

I consider myself libertarian, which is different than Libertarian. Do what you want to do as long as it does not negatively affect your neighbors or the environment, and I'll keep my nose in my own business.

I am astounded by the number and tenacity of youthful Constitutionalists and economists who don't seem to give much thought to history. I was engaged in a debate with one who would not, or could not, accept that secession was not intended by the founders of this nation despite providing quotes from them about the topic.

The economics is even more disturbing. They do not seem to understand that in order to have a system of totally free capitalism, we would have to resort to the same tactics as those who sponsored total communism (i.e. not allowing free thought, disposing of those who speak against it, and eliminating contrarian choices in elections). They do not expand their minds by learning about the philosophies of Marx or Keynes, choosing instead to toss out the babies of their thoughts with the bathwater of their flaws.

I do, however, have to disagree with you on one point. 42% is, indeed, a plurality and not a majority. A plurality means there are more in that category than in others. A majority means more than half are in that category. I apologize for stomping on that point when you obviously have shown much thought in the rest of your hub.


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Deni Edwards 4 years ago from california Author

Thank you, Tom, for your very thoughtful comments.

Okay, I've learned the word plurality today, but I'm not going to change the hub--the words are sort of similar, and I like my spin on it, don't you?


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Tom Koecke 4 years ago from Tacoma, Washington

I told you I was a libertarian. If you are fine with it, it's okay with me.


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MaoZedong 4 years ago from Europe

I don't believe what i wrote when you stated Obama was great president, lets take the invasion of Libya, Gitmo, the NDAA which can detain you without no warrant- infinitely, and not schocking has he fired more missiles than all other nobel price receivers combined.

Yet you say Ron Paul is entertaining, if there are any candidate able to get the US out of its economic misery, it is certainly Ron Paul, not Romney, not Obama.


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Doodlehead 4 years ago from Northern California

I think the crux of it is Ron Paul is an economic scholar. History repeats itself.

The fact that you do not understand Ron Paul and make fun of him is very sad. His so-called strange opinions are not opinions at all, but are based upon historical facts.

Minimum wage laws actually suppress employment. If you cannot figure out why, please read some Austrian economics.

If you think Ron Paul is a joke, then you do not support the constitution. You should go and live in a communist country because that is where we are headed. You will see what government controls do to an economy.

The reason we are headed toward communism has to do with history. History repeats itself. Americans born and raised in the US have not experienced communism. Witness Obama...he thinks it is wonderful.

There are many like Obama who think controlling the economy is the answer, It is mind-numbing to think this guy has a Harvard degree and he is as dumb as he is about economics and business. Stunning.


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Deni Edwards 4 years ago from california Author

You may be right about minimum wage laws suppressing employment. Imagine just how many jobs would be created if employers didn't have to pay employees a somewhat livable wage. Sure! There would be a countless number of jobs available! And we would all be in the poor house, or rather, no house.

That is just nonsense.


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Doodlehead 4 years ago from Northern California

It may be nonsense Deni if you have a job.

Don't get on me for this; it's a fact. I am not responsible for it's being a fact.


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Tom Koecke 4 years ago from Tacoma, Washington

One of the big advantages supporters of Austrian economics enjoy is the ability to claim that it has not been tried, so it has never failed.

As such, they can contend that minimal regulations and laws would work because there would be recourse. For example, if an entraupeneur made a great deal on tainted meat and sold it to unsuspecting customers who died as a result of eating it, those dead people could sue the seller. Therefore, we don't need regulations on food sales.

They don't particularly like to take into account the unintended consequences that might result from things so theoretically obscure like human nature and survival instincts. I've also noticed that the writers promoting the theory don't necessarily want it to extend to things like copyrights and intellectual property. That, of course, would negatively affect them.

The plan works perfectly if those who cannot earn simply go off and starve to death, and those who are eligible to vote do not rock the boat for things like roads, police departments, schools, libraries, militaries, or other socialistic programs.


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Nathan Orf 4 years ago from Virginia

Good Hub, and all too relevant. It would be funny if the implications were not so serious.

You are right, supporters of Ron Paul have no sense or grasp of the history of Unions, or of the fact that government already does control some parts of the economy. Government control is necessary, to a certain degree, in order to insure that some bad economic decisions don't end up wrecking the entire economy.

The Unions are in decline, now, and the era in which they contributed to the greatest wealth the nation has ever seen is declining with it. It would not do for the most extreme forms of Libertarianism to set the country back further.

Thank you for a (mostly) well informed and entertaining Hub. I agree entirely with your analysis.


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wmarais 4 years ago

I trust the vision of the younger generation a lot more lately than the old folks. The old folks have years and years of brain washing behind them so it's understandable that they vote the way they vote.


Tammy 4 years ago

Wow. I really think YOU should do your research better. Ron Paul= Do not take money from people that earn it and then give it to people who don't earn ANYTHING. If we had a president like Paul we would be in much better shape. I am sick and tired of paying for welfare babies. He doesn't agree in abortion...he believes in natural consequences and fairness. If you want something, go and figure out how to get it. Use YOUR BRAIN. Most in this country don't have one. Also, I am a 35 year old female. So I guess I don't fit the age bracket. Survival of the fittest...go out and learn something softy. NO to people getting a free ride and thinking they are entitled. Life is hard knocks...go out and get your lumps, then come back and whine to me.

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