THE EXAMINER | Peter Steeves | April 5, 2012
At the UCLA event, participants had waited as long as nine hours, standing in line, wearing t-shirts, holding signs, chanting, and encouraging political discourse with each other. Of course, they had much to agree with each other, as Paul's supporter's are typically enthralled with his long-standing record of one-message, without changing points of view very often.
Even as this article goes to print, as Paul set a new attendance record (estimates have ranged form seven to ten thousand), the only mention of Paul on the Fox news site is "Paul Increasingly Absent From Campaign." This continuously frustrates his supporters, who turn out in significantly larger numbers than any other candidate in the race. Most complain that Paul is not given fair representation in the major news media, and this seems compellingly shown true tonight again.
Ron Paul is known for having a core message that doesn't change. His address at UCLA certainly kept that image in tact. January 1, 2012 saw the passage of forty thousand new federal laws in America; Paul says, "I want to be the first president to repeal forty thousand laws."
"If people want to put something that's harmful in their bodies, without being dangerous to anyone else, they ought to be able to do that." Later, when speaking about the difficulties farmers face, "and if they want to go into the rope business, I'll let them make hemp rope." Paul added, "The 'war on drugs' has caused more harm than the drugs themselves."
Paul referred to "The Golden Rule" and got a standing ovation from the record setting crowd of various ages. "That's certainly different from the reaction I got from metioning the Golden Rule in a debate a few months ago."
Finally, he addressed a few larger issues facing American freedom in this "We have to repeal the NDAA and change the attitude of the TSA" was greeted by a similar applause to his mention of reducing dependancy on government welfare: When you give all care over to the govt and they're doing a terrible disservice to people, how can you say they're the humanitarians?
His closing message offered uplifting potential: "Seek virtue and excellence."