Ron Paul Visits Colby
Ron Paul at Colby photo courtesy of Chris Kasprak.
So, I’ve just returned from Ron Paul’s talk at Colby. Despite the fact that the long-shot Republican is from a long time ago, and likely from a galaxy far, far away, he has special appeal to NESCAC students. He’s the most seductive candidate.
Although, his politics are more like this guy.
It’s hard not to agree with Ron Paul on at least one of his talking points, which he made abundantly clear through so much repetition and circling through time I thought I was reading 100 Years of Solitude. He’s also exceptionally educated and principled. His belief system is consistent and elegant.
At Colby, he got big cheers for his anti-war comments, and a lot of dumbfounded looks for his talk of stopping the currency printing presses. We as ‘Cac students should glean what we can from Ron Paul. He has good ideas. He has bad ideas. Like any politician. Yet, his willingness and audacity in stepping outside politics as framed by the media and the two-party system is admirable. We should be demanding more Ron Pauls. While he is an alternative, he should not be accepted as the alternative.
It was a bit upsetting to see the fanaticism that surrounds his campaign. Students and local citizens in attendance were more excited about snapping a picture with the septuagenarian than listening to his speech, which on the whole was disorganized and uninspiring. All the same, it was a great privilege having him at Colby. It is a rare, and valuable, opportunity to hear a politician speak in full without having to play telephone with your media outlet of choice.
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