Take a look at Ron Paul
I remember the day I told my grandmother I was moving to South Carolina. She was thrilled. Her own mother was originally from Greenville, and Grandmother believed that South Carolinians were a group of independent thinkers who made their decisions based on personal principles rather than popular opinion.
If my grandmother was "on the money," then my husband is a South Carolinian by heart if not by birth, and the ideal presidential candidate for South Carolina might very well be Ron Paul.
I probably would not know of Ron Paul if my husband had not taken the time to educate himself on the Internet concerning the candidates in both parties. With three children under 5 years of age, I'm ashamed to say that I, like so many others, am so busy that I only know what I hear on mainstream media.
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First, a few intriguing questions. Of all the candidates, who has broken the all-time record for raising the most campaign money in a 24-hour period? Who is the only medical doctor running for president? Who raised more money than any other GOP candidate in the fourth quarter? Who is a devout Christian but adheres to the biblical admonition to "pray in secret," taking extreme care not to use faith for political gain? Who is the only GOP candidate who has stood by his principles throughout his political career, even when he voted alone to maintain his adherence to the principles of our Constitution? Who has received more support from our military families than any other candidate, including John McCain? Who has won 55 percent of all straw polls and has been a top-three finisher in 85 percent of straw polls?
Here is my response to naysayers. If you say, "I like him, but I don't think he can win," whatever happened to voting according to principle, just as Ron Paul has done over and over for years and years? Do we make our own choices according to popular opinion, or do we make a stand for what we believe is truth? If you think he's with the wrong party, why not suspend party politics for a few minutes, listen without prejudice, and finally decide for yourself if Ron Paul speaks truth? An important point to mention is that Ron Paul is mocked among some in his own party, while he continues to gain a strong following among Democrats and independents.
Ron Paul endorsers are an impressive group, including chairmen of economics departments at several prestigous universities, respected business pioneers such as Peter Thiel, co-founder and former CEO of PayPal, and hundreds of veterans.
If you are curious about Ron Paul, I urge you to discover more for yourself at www.ronpaul2008.com. I also welcome you to come to an informational gathering about Ron Paul to be held at the Market Building, 116 Columbia St., Chester, today, at 7 p.m.
I hope my grandmother was right. I hope that South Carolinians will exhibit the courage of our founding fathers and that of Ron Paul. I hope they will vote on the principles in our Constitution.