What is going on? Why can't I stop studying, his past, his present and his hope for his future? What is it about him that has caused me to tell my 42-year-old husband that I love a 76-year-old man?
I think I found the answer in the video embedded above, "What is it about Ron Paul?" The video was actually put together based on the words from an article written by Rafi Farber titled, "From Israel: Vote Ron Paul and Let my People Go!"
When I saw the video and read Rafi's article, I thought, "That's it! It's the message of liberty, the message of freedom--it is a person telling the truth that resonates with my soul." When I got it, when I understood, tears dripped from my eyes because I realized Ron Paul is truly one of the greats, one of the unique, one of the few that only show up on the scene every once in awhile.
I often fall in love with my teachers because of the gratitude in my spirit when my intellectual world is opened, because of that internal joy that consumes my soul when something new has been revealed that brings growth in me. That's what Ron Paul has done. It's not a romantic love but rather an honor, a respect, an "I look up to you as my role model, you inspire me" type of love.
It is the difference between a person with a title and a person who is a true leader. Ron Paul is a leader like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Lincoln--like Jesus Christ. Those unique individuals who stepped out and said and did what their heart was driving them to do regardless of the persecution all around them. Those leaders who gave their all for peace, truth and freedom. Those are truly heroes.
According to Wikipedia, "Leadership has been described as the “process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task."
Isn't that what Ron Paul has done? He doesn't have to manipulate people to get them to help him with the cause of liberty--he just teaches and opens people's eyes and once they see clearer, they will never be the same.
A r3VOLution for freedom started years ago when Ron Paul began speaking out in the 1970s, when he studied economics and realized it was time to step away from the medical field into the arena.
An uprising took place when the Texas congressman flipped the tables over on the Federal Reserve. His popularity steadily increased when Americans began understanding his message of minimum government, maximum freedom. When he said, "I take the oath of office to follow the Constitution seriously," people took notice.
I am not the same because of the lives and work of Jesus Christ, Martin Luther King Jr., and Abraham Lincoln. I am not the same because of the tireless work of a 76-year-old who acts so much younger and has a sharper mind than many with an age chronologically lower than his.
On April 23, 1910, Theodore Roosevelt delivered a speech with the title, "Citizenship In A Republic," with an excerpt known as "The Man in the Arena." It reminds me of Ron Paul's life story:
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
Theodore Roosevelt, The Man in the Arena
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