3 1/2 years ago during the run up to the 2008 Presidential election, I wrote that Ron Paul should hire Britney Spears so he could get some media attention. Every media outlet was ignoring him then and subsequently the Republican Party decided to promote a candidate, John McCain, who knew absolutely nothing about economics as their choice to battle Barack Obama for the 2008 Presidential election. So it is today, that I take a different approach with those who may not know Ron Paul with an article to get the Justin Bieber youth to think about the issues and let them be the ones who begin to take control of their future.
Ron Paul in 2012 has earned respect by being right about the economy during his debates in the 2008 Presidential election and even prior to that time with continual warnings about the economy. Yet today he is still dissed by the media in favor of Gingrich and Romney. Even over the weekend, after coming in second in an Iowa poll of Republican voters (his second time in as many weeks), the headlines read “Gingrich wins Iowa Poll, Romney drops to 3rd.” Ron Paul doesn’t get the headlines because mainstream media doesn’t want him elected. This is obvious to anyone with an awareness of the candidates. But one must still disseminate what they hear from those who are adamantly against Ron Paul. Most of those however, you must be warned, are war loving neo-conservatives who represent the minority of Americans, and the majority of big business that profits from war.
Who Should You Vote For?
Should the youth of today vote in Ron Paul over Gingrich, Romney or even Barack Obama? Lets look at each candidates views on some of the most important issues to the youth today, the War on Terror (you might be drafted), the War on Drugs (a war we’re not winning), and Social Security (paying into a system that may not be there for them in the future) and see who exactly is in their best interest. I include references to each candidates own words and provide video where I could. To get a full understanding on where each candidate is on each issue, please consider going to the website; “On The Issues.”
Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Barack Obama On the Issues Affecting the Youth Today In the Areas of; the War on Terror, Social Security and the War on Drugs
War On Terror (Obama administration calls it the “Overseas Contingency”)
Says to bring our troops home – same thing he said last election
On the Draft; No reinstatement of the Draft (only because of our world dominance with troops in 130 different countries results in a possible troop shortage)
Military Service; Active duty flight surgeon from 1963-65; Air National Guard from 1965-68
Wants to end the Patriot Act restoring liberty in America.
Wants to attack Iran “Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said as president he’d order covert operations to stop the Iranian regime from building nuclear weapons, with options including “taking out their scientists” and “breaking the regime and bringing it down.”And he added, “all of it (is) deniable,” that is, he as president would deny that the United States was behind the operations.”
On the Draft; “I propose that we take the World War II model of the selective service program,” Gingrich said, according to Yahoo News. “In World War II, local community citizens judged who ought to be drafted and who shouldn’t . . . . It requires trusting citizens rather than bureaucrats. It’s a jury system for local communities,” Gingrich said.
Military Service; Did Not Serve – some say dodged the draft
Wants to strengthen the Patriot Act and take away more liberty (all hail the government saviors)
His Campaign promise to end the war in Iraq being the first thing he would do has still not been accomplished and he has sent in about 40,000 more troops into Afghanistan and bombing Pakistan via drones. He says that going after Al Qaeda in Pakistan is not Bush-style invasion. Now 170 million Pakistanis hate us because of the hundreds of drone strikes that 140 innocent civilians for 1 CIA-alleged terrorist killed. No blowback there.
Military Service; Did Not Serve
Talking points; The draft was used for the Korean War and the Vietnam War and the youth didn’t have a choice to fight or not fight. They had to fight these undeclared (Per Article 8 Section 1 of the Constitution) wars. We have no declared wars today and a voluntary service. Yet the youth still must sign up for Selective Service so the government can track you. As this Overseas Contingency progresses, and our leaders take us into Iran and God knows where else, you can bet a draft is coming your way. You can speak up now with your vote or try protesting later. Better to speak up now while you have a chance to do so.
Talks about health care reform needing to be done soon, but has done nothing in 3 1/2 years and nothing about opting out for younger people
Talking Points; It is said that Social Security will never run out of money. I do believe this to be the case as we can always print more money. But what will that money be worth in purchasing power? Take some self responsibility for your future and start investing at a young age. Learn the markets and pay close attention to companies that pay dividends (a sign of profitability). Buy some gold and silver too as this is the insurance you’ll need to guarantee some sort of wealth in the future should our monetary system implode from Congressional and Federal Reserve economic madness.
War on Drugs
“War on drugs is out of control; revert control to states”
Marijuana – should be illegal and will lead to other drugs
Marijuana - should be illegal
Marijuana – not in favor of legalization
Talking Points; The prison population would be reduced by 500,000. The need for police to tackle the war on drugs would dwindle. Even former law enforcement are for legalization. The borders would no longer lure the criminal type to “make it big” in the U.S. Gangs wouldn’t be shedding blood over turf. The taxes collected by the government can go to help those with addictions, as well as pay many other bills that are due. While it is a personal choice, the drug user must also determine what the use of drugs gets them in life. You don’t see too many older folks doing drugs. Maturity and responsibility can be managed and choices have to be made, just like with the drug alcohol.
The Bottom Line For Young Voters
I remember years ago watching a movie where the youth were so fed up with what their government was doing to them that they managed to get the Supreme Court high on LSD and get them to lower the voting age down to 12. The movie ended with the 8 year old kids complaining about the policies of the 12 year old kids. It never ends, but you do have a vote today and if used wisely, it can make a difference for you tomorrow.
What you can clearly see by the above stances taken by the 2012 Presidential candidates is that one clear voice is in the youth of today’s best interest. That candidate is Ron Paul. Ron Paul deserves the youth vote today. And if it takes Ron Paul wearing the Justin Bieber look to get the youth vote, which naturally he wouldn’t do out of respect for the office of President, the youth of today just might get a voice for their future, a voice that cares about them. But please don’t make him do that. He’s looks Presidential the way he is…