We are told “Put not your trust in princes”, which is pretty sound advice. Indeed, Raimondo’s latest column at Antiwar.com hit the point hard.
But it should be pointed out the people who say this are older and thus wiser by their experiences. But I myself am still fairly young (not quite 40) and thus I still have enough youthful and foolish idealism left for one more fling with a presidential campaign, that being Ron Paul’s in 2012.
In what form this takes I do not know but I don’t expect it will be standing on a street corner during a parade handing out flyers. I hope its something worthwhile and even if it isn’t I really don’t care. I’m happy to see Ron Paul get back in the ring for one last serious try before I grow old and completely cynical as one naturally does. I’m sure there are many who have done the same before they finally grow up, one last attempt at glory.
The 2007-08 Ron Paul campaign experience was a lot fun and a wonderful experience, even if we didn’t win anything. This would be true even if it was in vain, but it wasn’t. I believe and evidence backs me up the campaign accomplished a lot in changing politics, even if for the long haul as Raimondo says.
We are told not to put our trust in princes and yet most people at least one prince they admire strongly or feel they’ve been influenced by or whose lives they’ve been impacted by. For some it’s Ronald Reagan, others John F. Kennedy, still others Franklin Roosevelt, Barry Goldwater, Robert Taft or Paul Wellstone etc. Myself and many others feel the same way about Ron Paul, otherwise I wouldn’t be writing this.
So here we are again, four years later on the cusp of another campaign. If I lose my youthful idealism in the process, I’ll happily fling it away dreaming than have kept it to myself for nothing. Sometimes you need a big, successful campaign to show those in it for the “long haul” they can be rewarded for their work someday. With this, hopefully I’ll see you all in Ames once again.