As it was told to me by my friend Pierce Watson and featured in The Fordham Gazette.
Upon my arrival at Fordham University, I was a donkey-riding, government-loving liberal. I’m a laid back person, and I could never align myself with the uptight old timers of the Republican Party. I thought the answer was government: welfare, social security, taxes, and regulations sounded right to me. I’m not socially conservative, so overall I was lost. I felt like I had no place in the political arena.
By the will of some higher power, I ended up having Doug for a roommate and he showed me that all of this was terribly wrong. Through Doug, I was introduced to libertarianism. I knew Ron Paul was a libertarian, but I didn’t know much about it aside from that. For years, I had actually been yelling “Vote Ron Paul!” out of the window at people from my car, as an inside joke, but now it was being given meaning.
Libertarianism is freedom. Freedom is the pinnacle of human existence. If I am not affecting anyone else, I am able to do whatever I please. There is no better, more peaceful way to live. The Constitution of the United States was not written by a bunch of outdated fools—their rhetoric is still just as sharp and on point as it was in 1788.
And as far as money goes, I never had too much faith in the Dems. They’re irresponsible with it, and they don’t understand it…like me. But the “conservative” Republicans didn’t seem to get it either. On top of it, the US government has been running “Occupy the World” for too long now. There’s no need to have troops in 130 countries, and we do not need to meddle anymore than we already have in the Middle East. Back out, cut spending, stack paper, and get our country back on track.
This is a lot of what I heard in those two years living with Doug. And Look at me now. I’m in the middle of Roy A. Childs’ Liberty Against Power, I check the Cato Institute frequently, and I might be the biggest Ron Paul fan known to man.
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