By Doug Wead
May 17th 2011
Well, I made it. Today, May 17, I am 65 years old.
I love being old. At least I think I do. I have lost my short-term memory or my long-term memory. (I can't remember which one. ) Sometimes I think I have my short-term memory or else I wouldn't know that I had lost it.
When I was a young man I had a great memory but I didn't know anything. So I ask you. What's so great about remembering nothing? At least now I have lots of things that I have forgotten.
I like George Smiley, the old spy in the John LeCarre trilogy. He had to be called back to save the situation. That's kinda how I see Congressman Ron Paul. If there was someone younger who was right on the issues we wouldn't need to bother him, but sorry, Ron, you are needed once again. Come back and save your country.
People who say that Ron Paul is too old to be president, that old people are forgetful, need to consider this.
He remembered his wedding vows. Not many presidential candidates can claim that. He's been married to the same woman for 51 years. Politicians try to convince us that private promises don't matter. A person's personal life is not relevant to their public duty. But if they lie to their wife and children what makes you so sure they are telling YOU the truth?
Ron Paul has always remembered to pay his taxes. It seems a good portion of President Barack Obama's Cabinet, including his own secretary of the Treasury can't claim that. Oh they say that they will make it all good now but what if they hadn't been named to the Cabinet? You mean there are thousands of people out there who just ignore the rules and get away with it? Only suckers like me pay taxes?
Ron Paul points out some very obvious, common-sense things that you can't get out of your head. For example, according to the Constitution, the U. S. Congress is supposed to write the legislation and debate it and spend the money, but the Federal Reserve actually spends more money than the U. S. Congress. Huh?
Nobody elects them or even audits them and their board meetings are closed. I wonder if any of them pay their taxes?
Until Obama appoints them to something that requires Senate confirmation we will never know. Not that it matters. They not only have "insider" information, they are the "insiders." Ha.
When they are thinking, they are getting insider information. And they can literally make money. I'm not bitter about that. Just troubled by the corruption of the American Constitution and troubled for the nation.
Ron Paul may be the oldest candidate but he seems to care more about the youth of this country than any of them. He is the only one who seems to remember that the young people will have to pay for the money we are now borrowing.
He is the only one who would stop the endless wars and bring our boys home. That 1 percent who are dying for the rest of us and seeing their marriages break up and their children bitter and their suicide rates spike.
He is the only one who points out the absurdities of our foreign policy. We give $ 3 billion to Israel and $12 billion to her avowed enemies.
We invade Afghanistan because they are harboring Osama bin Laden. Our war results in the death of thousands of civilians and coalition soldiers. But when bin Laden crosses the border into Pakistan we give that country close to $12 billion in aid. I guess that was to pay for the food for bin Laden and his three wives. Not to mention, his cable bill, all the extra thumb drives and his porno movie downloads.
Even now, only Ron Paul is calling for us to stop this nonsense. As of today, we are still giving money to Pakistan. Ron Paul seems to be the only person in public life who remembers what our mother's taught us about the playground. If you have to pay money to your friends, then they aren't your friends.
Most of all, Ron Paul still remembers the U.S. Constitution and he knows it by heart. And believes in it. You can't say that about Barack Obama or any of the other Republican candidates. There are the candidates and then there is Ron Paul. He stands alone.