By guest author: Paul Hamby, Maysville Missouri (Note: This message is not an ad for Ron Paul.)
Every once in a while, a leader comes along who stands out from the crowd. When he speaks, you feel like you did the day Reagan went to Germany and said; “General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!’” Reagan’s closest advisors told him not to give that speech. His speech writer begged Mr. Reagan to let her re-write it. ‘It was too strong and could cause unrest in the world’. Reagan did not choose a safe path, he was on a mission to change the world.
Reagan’s first national speech was in support of Barry Goldwater for President at the GOP convention in 1964 – which can be heard here: Reagan’s first national speech
A few months before, another American leader known by the name of Martin Luther King, was on a different mission to change the world; “I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.” I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character…And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”
Clearly Martin Luther King changed the world.
Most politicians intentionally choose a narrow safe path so they do not antagonize donors and voters. They have safe elections and will be footnotes to history at best. Occasionally one comes along who has a different agenda. it’s a simple difference but the outcome is a paradigm shift.
These rare individuals have one goal in common;
They are trying to change the course of history.
In 2007, a Republican Congressman from Texas ran for President. He lost the primary in 2008, but he started an amazing movement that grew well beyond him and sowed the seeds of today’s tea party movement. A few weeks ago he was asked why he continued to campaign so hard when all the media declares that he can’t win. He replied I’m Trying to Change the Course of History. You see winning is secondary. Fixing what is wrong with American economic & monetary policy is his first goal. All of the 2012 Republican Prez candidates platforms are based on issues that Ron Paul brought to the national stage in 2007 and 2008. Back then his ideas were scoffed at. Today they copy his talking points. Clearly he has changed history.
The 2012 elections present a rare opportunity for brave leaders to step up and change history. Choose your candidates carefully. Do you want a safe candidate? or one who will make history in Missouri? We all have a limited amount of time and money to invest in political campaigns. I challenge you to choose candidates who can change history.
“An Idea Whose Time Has Come, Cannot Be Stopped By Any Army Or Any Government” – Ron Paul