I took a, semi-involuntary, several month-long hiatus from Ron Paul and, more generally, a several month-long hiatus from politics in general. I went through a pretty rough breakup which shook-up the rest of my life. However, I found “myself” once again and was ready to re-enter the world of politics. When I decided to get back into the game, I followed Gary Johnson for a time, then followed Fred Karger for a time.
As you may recall, I took issue with Ron Paul’s stance on The “Defense of Marriage Act.” This served as, what I would perceive as, the final blow to my support for Ron Paul. However, the only other candidates had terminal issues themselves. They both support Israeli supremacy in the Middle East, a continuation of the Welfare-Warfare State to include the continuation of operations at Guantanamo Bay Detention Center.
These were issues that I simply couldn’t reconcile with my support of Liberty.
In the end, I realized that Ron Paul’s questionably hypocritical views on Gay Rights were something I could look past. It took watching several debates and reading up on him to realize this. I had also discovered that I am not the only person that has issues with his ideas on Gay Rights.
I have always been more liberal when it comes to certain social views (pro-choice, anti-drug war, full LGBT protections at the workplace, pro-gun, etc,.) I consider being pro-gun as being socially liberal. I do believe there is room for interpretation when it comes to the term “liberal.”
The specifics aside, I have found myself back in the unofficial employ of the Ron Paul movement. I was “bit by the liberty bug”, you could say, once again.
What have a learned in my journey through the forest? What I have learned by taking the road less traveled by? Well, I’m the type of person that needs to learn things by myself. I have trouble just believing something is true because someone says so. In this, I have learned that there will be no candidate that will represent me, save myself.
Because of this, I can say I’m fully supporting Ron Paul for President of the United States in 2012. Even though I staunchly disagree with some of his views, I still support him because I know in the end he will do such good for this country. If I have to hit pause on LGBT rights in order to have a sound monetary policy and a sound foreign policy, then I am willing to hit that button.
After months of being gone, I have come back with vengeance and a hop in my step. I am proud to announce that I am the Perry County branch of the 10.10.11 Ron Paul Sign Bomb and am pledging more personal involvement in the Ron Paul 2012 movement.