Joy fills my heart with pride to know I voted for the best candidate for president of the United States in the 2012 election. It truly was a difficult decision when news broke that votes in Washington State for write-ins may not be counted. I voted for the one who promised to bring home the troops, decrease excess government spending and champion back our rights through "We the People."
I totally understood when many of those in the liberty movement changed their mind and decided to vote for Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson. But in the end, I had to write in.
I had to vote in a way that gave me peace. I had to personally know I chose the right person for the job, not use “rational voter calculus." Regardless of all the people on Twitter who replied to my tweets, "You are wasting your vote," I had to do what felt right to me, mind, body, and spirit.
I learned more this year about American money, government, and foreign policy by reading, researching, and learning from a man who will certainly go down in history as the one who began a rEVOLution.
A man who was mocked, scoffed and blacked-out by the mainstream media. A man who was cheated in Tampa, but with dignity walked away knowing he did the best he could amid the fraud.
I wrote an article one time with the headline: "Why I'm in love with a 76-year-old." I always have such gratitude for excellent teachers, and Ron Paul has been one of the greatest.
I will never forget how less than a year ago I proclaimed to my co-writers on Allvoices that "I will never write political articles." But then my son introduced me to Ron Paul. When my second article about him surpassed 10,000 hits in 24 hours, I knew something was up.
I couldn't stop researching his past speeches on YouTube videos, Ron Paul forums, and his books. I became everything I said I never would be: A political writer. But it was different, he was different. He wasn't the dishonest, slick, slimy politician we are accustomed to. He was consistent, honest, and did not care that he was the only one that stood up to the establishment of big government.
I actually quit writing about Ron Paul just before Tampa, during, and right after the convention. I was so depressed. Unfairness, cheating had been so rampant as the Republican National Convention (RNC) approached, it was if I already knew it would be painful.
Before the RNC, I had been a Ron Paul delegate in my precinct, participated in the county convention, and saw the "stomp on anyone to get to the top" from the Romney people who had setup unity slates with all the other candidates except Paul. Romney camp's whole strategy was to get Paul out of the race. It was more than I needed to know; I was better off blind to the cheating. It has been a grievous year, to say the least.
Nevertheless, even as tears stream down my face, I am proud to be one of the few who went against the masses. I voted with my conscience, with an educated mind, and with peace that passes understanding. You better believe I wrote in Ron Paul! With his consistent voting record over the years, I knew he could and would be the only one who would keep his promises if he got into the White House.
All honor and respect to an amazing teacher. Thank you, Dr. Ron Paul. I will never be the same.
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