“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein
Leadership and heroism comes in many forms. From the Pat Tillman’s of the world who willingly give up money and career to serve in the military after a terrorist attack, even though it would cost him his life, to the men and women who were first responders at the World Trade Center on 9/11 simply doing their jobs, but in a capacity far beyond their normal job descriptions, heroism is defined as the willingness to do what other will not, or cannot, and without regard for the consequences that may come from those actions.
So to specify a politician as a hero may be seen by many as a ludicrous and insulting proposal, but the reality of the matter is, some men and women who aspire to government service do in fact create heroic acts that affect millions of lives in our nation over time. John F. Kennedy accomplished two heroic acts during his short time in the White House, first by standing tough against the Soviet Union during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and then again when he delivered the dream of a man on the moon that held the nation as one until that vision was accomplished in 1969. These legacies carry on today in our future, and by that alone his willingness to go against the system, and those who said it couldn’t be done, sets him apart as a hero who did what was right, no matter the consequences.
America has one of those types of man and politicians today in the form of Congressman Ron Paul. For nearly 40 years, Dr. Paul has been the lone politician who has not only seen America’s economy and financial system crumble from the greatest in history to the precipice of a failing empire, he has been one of the very few who has been outspoken on our course as we changed from capitalism into a kleptocratic form of government.
However, speaking out on the floor of Congress, and offering up thousands of bills to change the status quo does not in itself constitute heroism. It requires leadership of people, and the capacity to do what others cannot or will not in the fact of scrutiny and danger. This is why Ron Paul’s heroism does not come from legislation or using government platforms to provoke change, instead, Ron Paul is a hero to millions of people because he inspired them to think.
The Ron Paul Revolution is a grass roots movement that was created and inspired not by Ron Paul himself, but by the millions of Americans who finally realized the dream of a free society based on economic and social liberties, which our nation had moved far against.
In 2007, Time Magazine wrote an article on just how the Ron Paul Revolution started, and how it formed from a systematic change that even the Congressman himself could not foresee.
It sometimes seems as if someone is playing a cruel practical joke on Ron Paul. He goes to a college and delivers the same speech he’s given for the past 30 years of his political career, the one espousing the Austrian school of economics. Only now the audience is packed with hundreds of kids in RON PAUL REVOLUTION T-shirts who go nuts — giving standing ovations when he drones on about getting rid of the Federal Reserve and returning to the gold standard. – Time Magazine
The revolution, that began simply with groups of college students who were ready for his message, has quickly evolved to encompass millions of Americans, and skyrocketed Dr. Paul into the national scene where he has a strong chance to be nominated for President, and currently sits second or third in most Republican polls.
So how did a message that Congressman Paul spoke over and over for 30 years finally resonate with millions of people, who deep down knew there was something inherently wrong with the economic and social systems? It is the second necessary component required to be considered as a hero… right time, right place. To be a hero, not only do you have to be willing to do what others will not, or cannot, you have to be in the right place, with the right message or action when an immediate crisis comes to bear.
And for Congressman Ron Paul, that event came in 2008 with the bank liquidity and debt crisis. All of a sudden, the words and concepts he had espoused to Americans for 30 years became very clear to the American people, and Dr. Paul was one of only a handful who not only provided them an answer to what was taking place, but had available to them a solution as well.
In 2008, Ron Paul ran for President of the United States with the backing of a newly formed grass roots movement. He did decently well for an unknown candidate in the primaries, but the coming financial crisis scared off people who had endured eight years of a Republican President and a war going on into its 8th year. But the loss in the primaries did not stop Congressman Paul from trying again in the elections of 2012, and during that interlude, the movement and revolution had grown into the millions, and has even acquired Democrats who see the loss of liberty in American more vital than their ties to a political party.
Like the founding fathers of our nation, and later with Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War, turning points in American history bring to bear men of true leadership who carry both an idea and a vision that is far greater than they are, and it transforms them from mere celebrities and into heroes. Ron Paul began as a simple family Doctor who fought the system even during his days as an obstetrician, not accepting government insurance but still providing the same care to patients whether they could afford to our not. Then after President Nixon removed America’s currency from the gold standard, Dr. Paul felt the need to run for Congress and fight the changes in our monetary policy, and the tyrannical Federal Reserve which controlled that system.
The heroism of Ron Paul is that a lone man with a vision, fighting a Don Quixote struggle by himself against a system that controls men, nations, as well as governments, where conspiratorial deaths have occurred for anyone who dared question or take on that system (JF Kennedy and Congressman Larry MacDonald), speaks so much to a humble man who people are naturally attracted to, who speaks on, and does the things in Washington they wish they could do themselves, but are unable to.
The Ron Paul Revolution is one about thought and liberty. A new campaign slogan for those who follow Dr. Paul can be distilled into two words, Legalize Freedom. It is the vision and goal of all Americans, and to the millions who have found these words to be the essence of their own desires and dreams, enough so they created a grass roots movement around it. Their visionary, hero, and leader is a simple man named Ron Paul, who speaks that message of freedom, and fights those battles for them in the halls of power where they cannot.