In my junior year of high school, we had 21% interest rates, gas lines and a general sense that the government and our big American corporations were choking under federal regulations. Carter was saying he had a plan and Reagan was saying that the government was not the solution but the problem. That line went through my skull like a lightning bolt.
27 years later, with much cynicism washed under the bridge, I have the same feeling of excitement that I did in 1980. Had I actually looked at Reagan's record, I would have noticed some baggage. Like the Assault Weapons ban that he signed as Governor of California.
Ron Paul has no baggage. Not a blemish on his 20 year congressional record. Not a stain on his principles. Not an acceptance of cash from a donor dedicated to anti-libertarian causes.
It is his record which is the foundation for his success. Whereas, his competitors in the Republican and Democrat parties are allied with whomever has the highest bid, Ron Paul cannot be bought. I saw somebody comment that Ron Paul was the best thing to happen to the Congress in 20 years. I thought "twenty years ago" that was true. Twenty years ago and more was when he was first elected to Congress. He was way ahead of his time. He certainly has been long overdue.
What constitutes the proof in my mind that Ron will win is the broad, fanatic support Dr. Paul has garnered from every imaginable demographic. We tend to think that the internet phenomenon includes the white-collar crowd. Nope. This is an anecdotal example, but I've seen enough evidence of the same here in Austin as that of the Lawrence, Kansas painting contractor pictured above. He's excited, motivated and he initiated a clever ad campaign for Ron Paul. And there's lots of others like him. You can find new uploaded videos every day on youtube with similar themes. Ron Paul not only has a chance, he's going to win. And he's going to win in a landslide.
The sleeping giant is waking up and it won't take anything less than "Dr. No" for an answer.