One only needs to perform a simple search on YouTube.com in order to discover that Ron Paul has been preaching the same message since the '70's. It has been quite amazing to watch as one minute he is the champion of Conservatism and the next he is the champion of Liberalism. The very next week he can also become the villain to both philosophies. However, what distinguishes Dr. Ron Paul from nearly every other politician is his consistency. He adheres to the basic Truth upon which our nation was founded and he cares not for party affiliation, personal agendas, sentiment or personal gain. That truth is that all men are endowed with inalienable rights to life, liberty, property and the right to pursue personal fulfillment. Anyone or anything that exalts itself above this natural law steps in between man and the higher laws of Truth and Justice.
This was seen recently in the argument over whether or not a mosque should be built near the former site of the twin towers in New York. On both sides of the political aisle, "sensitivity" was used as an excuse to appease the sentiments of folks who harbor resentment against Muslim extremists for the destruction and loss of life on September 11, 2001. Even Ron Paul's son, Rand, who is engaged in his own political campaign in Kentucky, called for consideration for the victims of the tragedy. The senior Paul, as he has done on countless previous occasions, once again stood his ground.
Dr. Paul's principled stand is enough to shame anyone who recognizes Truth and Wisdom. Both those who claim to be Humanitarians and those who vow to defend Justice can learn from this humble statesman. Liberty is not the privilege of a particular religion, race or elite group. It is an inalienable right. While it may be restricted by those with greater power, those who assert themselves over it will answer to a higher authority at some point, a fact to which Caesars, Czars and other demagogues of history can readily attest.
To call for "sensitivity" in regard to the building of a religious structure is to affirm that in some fashion, the adherents of this religion are responsible for the act that took place on September 11. Even if one were to assume that all of the people responsible for this tragedy were members of this religion, it does not follow that the religion itself condones this type of behavior. Of course, it is convenient to have a group to target and pin the ire of one's grief upon, but that does not make it Just. History has shown that today's citizen can easily become tomorrow's villain.
Liberty and Justice do not concern themselves with what is "fair" or what "seems right". The fear of appearing weak or giving ground to an enemy does not exist within the Truth. As long as no law is made enforcing or denying personal freedom, all is well. However, when "fairness" is introduced things become complicated. What is fair for one is surely not fair for another. Unlike Justice, fairness does not consider the unique circumstances of individuals. Fairness attempts to place everyone under the same rules. While this may work well in baseball, it does not translate into real life. Yes, all are created equal and are endowed with the same inalienable rights; however, every individual has a unique set of circumstances under which he must operate in order to find personal fulfillment.
It is for this reason that government must be "by The People". A true Statesman understands this delicate balance. A Politician does not. Government imposed regulation attempts to treat everyone the same which is impossible. As a result, loopholes and exceptions arise which quickly become exploited. Justice takes into consideration an individual's motives and circumstances. However, it also recognizes that the same laws apply to both rich and poor alike. It is for this reason that laws must be kept broad and deal exclusively with violations of natural rights. Laws which become invasive and attempt to micromanage human behavior as well as personal freedom are an affront to Liberty.
Both Democrats and Republicans want to use government to further their agendas. They both wish to enforce laws restricting human behavior. This is precisely the reason both of these political parties shun Ron Paul on different occasions. Unfortunately, the main stream media outlets are bought and paid for by these political groups which is why Dr. Paul is portrayed as "flaky" and odd. However, if it is considered "flaky" to stand up for Truth and Justice then government should be breakfast cereal. Instead what we have is a government that wants to write blanket policies with intrusive laws which afford loopholes to those with the proper connections.
America needs Statesmen. Not someone who is a "man of the state", rather one who "who exercises political leadership wisely and without narrow partisanship". Someone whose agenda is putting government where it belongs and power back in the hands of the people. Someone like Ron Paul.