July 3, 2007
After an airport rally in Arizona recently, a tall black man in an
Obama shirt came up to shake my hand. He said he had stopped to listen,
stayed to learn, and now wanted a Ron Paul shirt. And sure enough, when
I saw him again, he was wearing one.
Diversity is much talked about these days, for purposes of government
enhancement, but its reality is rare. However, I've seen it --
everyday, in our campaign.
Young people, middle-aged people, seniors, whites, blacks, Hispanics,
new citizens, old-line families, Republicans in suits and ties, hippies,
home-schoolers, high-schoolers, homemakers, small business people,
workers and capitalists, all united in their love for country and
As my great mentor Ludwig von Mises showed, government meddling in the
economy creates conflict, as special-interest groups seek to rip us off
through big government. The voluntarism of the free market, on the
other hand, brings social cooperation and peace. That's why this
campaign is a showcase for the real unity-in-diversity that is freedom.
Of course, the number of young people continues to thrill me. When I
ask them how they got interested, they usually mention the Constitution.
Old-style permissive parenting held that kids should do as they
wanted, but kids want and need rules, and they know that government needs
them too. Thus our Constitution -- the few, good rules for a society of
liberty, and for the social and international peace that we all want.
Two other notes: conservative talkshow host Michael Smerconish told me
he has changed his mind on the war, and now agrees with us. And a
Republican county chairman in South Carolina said I am unwelcome in his
county because of my position on the war. He will help all other
candidates, but not me.
But just as the Iowa exclusion didn't work -- we had more people, and
far more enthusiastic people, than the official event -- so this man
will not be successful.
You can help make sure of that, with your generous donation
(https://www.ronpaul2008.com/donate/) to this campaign. We run on a
comparative shoestring, and that has its advantages against the lumbering
dinosaur operations of our opponents. We can be nimble and quick. But
not without your help. I'd be so grateful for your contribution.