When you think of the Republican Party -- and the Democratic Party, for that matter -- what comes to mind? Strong-willed, common-sensical, patriotic citizens who seek the highest office in the land to represent their fellow brethren? Or rather, "politicians" who put on a smile to please the masses in order to attempt to get elected and represent the ideological beliefs of their respective party and those who financed their campaign. For me, the latter. But there is one candidate who sticks out like a sore thumb from the rest…
Yes, I am talking of course about Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas). Ron Paul wants to legalize drugs and prostitution, end all American involvement in wars abroad, and put the US dollar back on the gold standard -- among other things. His ideological principles don't exactly seem to line up with his party affiliation. Yet, he gets to debate and play along in the campaigning with the other Republicans. Why would the GOP actually let a man that represented the people and principles of democracy run for office?
The answer, in my opinion, is simple. Ron Paul is there to give angsty teenagers peace of mind. I mean, if the debate stage was filled with bullshitting politicians like Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, the public would eventually notice that no candidate is really there to represent the people. So, the GOP allows Ron Paul to fill that void. Nobody pisses and complains about corrupt politicians because, hey -- Ron Paul is a good guy and he is seeking the nomination! Sorry folks, as Donald Trump put it, "I like him. Ron Paul is an extraordinary guy, but unfortunately he has absolutely zero chance of being elected." The fact of the matter is, he's there for show. He's there to counter the bought-and-paid-for politicians by representing a glimmer of hope for actual democratic representation. And as for why Ron Paul plays along…well, like I said, he does have a glimmer of hope. The Republicans sure as hell won't nominate him, but, if for some ungodly reason he actually won some primaries, then…well maybe he would stand a chance. But at the end of the day it looks like American citizens are playing the lottery for an actual, honest, responsible politician.
It's one-in-a-million, and his name is Ronald Ernest Paul.