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Earth to Ron Paul Supporters, Come in Ron Paul Supporters
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.
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!