Ron Paul is a statesman. Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum are mere politicians. Americans are sick and tired of political hacks, and they want honest leaders to represent the people.
The Tea Party and Occupy movements demonstrate that Americans are finally ready for real change. An examination of the principles and grievances of the two movements show that Paul is the only candidate capable of bringing politically active Americans together.
The modern Tea Party movement was started by Paul’s grassroots supporters on Dec. 16, 2007, a full year and a half before Glenn Beck, Fox News and Republican Party leadership rallied around the April 15, 2009, tax day protests.
A simple YouTube search for “Tea Party ’07,” elicits thousands of videos documenting the hundreds of pro-Paul marches and protests across the country, the rally at Boston’s Faneuil Hall and the “moneybomb” event, in which supporters raised $6.2 million for Paul in a single day. Paul thought of similar ideas as those from Freedomworks, Tea Party Express, and the Tea Party Patriots, but nearly two years earlier.
According to the Tea Party Patriots’ mission statement, their core values are fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government and free markets. Paul adheres to these values more than the other candidates. His fiscal plan is the only responsible one put forth thus far — cutting $1 trillion his first year in office and balancing the budget before the expiration of his first term.
Paul has championed constitutionally limited government for more than 30 years, long before it became fashionable to do so. He is willing to stand up for civil rights no matter which party is in control — not only does Paul criticize President Obama for flushing the Constitution down the toilet, but he also spoke out when Bush treated the document like a roll of toilet paper. In regard to free market principles, Paul spoke out against the Troubled Asset Relief Program banker bailout. This is in contrast to Gingrich, Perry and Romney, who supported Bush and Obama as they shoved TARP down the throats of the American people.
In addition to Tea Partiers, Occupiers can rally behind Paul as well. Paul is a fellow member of the 99 percent, whereas, according to the New York Times, Obama, Romney and Gingrich are members of the 1 percent. No Political Action Committee and big banker money flows into Paul’s campaign. The same cannot be said about Obama — according to OpenSecrets.org, his top contributors include Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase and Citigroup. The “Declaration of the Occupation of New York City,” from OccupyWallStreet.org, clearly shows that Occupiers are aligned with the Paul campaign.
The Declaration states, among other things, that occupiers are against the taxpayer-funded bailouts of Wall Street banks; infringements on the privacy of the American people; colonialism at home and abroad, and the torture of and murder of innocent civilians overseas. The first grievance should be a no-brainer for Occupiers — Paul was very vocal in speaking out against the TARP banker bailout, while Obama suspended his 2008 campaign to help get it passed.