Liquor and Ron Paul in Paris
Making my final liquor run of the year (note to readers: if alcohol is one of your favorite food groups, check out the local laws on sale of same before moving to a new residence even if it is very cheap) takes me to a town called Paris. Paris Tennessee that is. Seat of Henry County, which y'all have most likely never heard of either, for excellent reason.
At any rate I come into town and at the light (second of three) on the main drag I see people waving signs. This is the FIRST such demonstration I have ever seen in TN, although I have read about others.
Group of about 8 people. Young, mostly 20s-30s range as best I could tell; maybe 5 males to 3 females; all white. The signs are high quality professionally done productions of various sizes.
Promoting Ron Paul.
Mind you this is not an area where people generally get involved in politics. The subject is not something you hear discussed at the gas station, in line at the grocery or at the bank. Bring it up and people smile pleasantly and offer a vague pleasantry of the "Isn't that interesting?" sort.
And yet this group of people were standing out on a heavily-traveled (again, by local standards) streetcorner on Solstice Day dammit, temp in the low 50s at best and a stiff wind in progress. Not a horrible day for mid-December but not a spring walk in the park either.
For Ron Paul.
Prince Namor has been telling me for months to watch out for this guy and i have been scoffing. He's barely into single digits in polls, I sez. Yeah he gives decent interview, pushes buttons people like to hear--End the War, mostly, but Abolish the IRS appeals to the selfish child in all of us, and Legalize Pot has always had way more appeal in a broader range of the public than any regular candidate is brave enough to tap.
But a so-called Libertarian who wants to free people from excessive control by government but at the same time wants to take away the right to make the most basic choice there is? Feh, I sez. The anti-choice, anti-woman voters are gonna go fur Huckleberry and the Free the Weed people mostly don't vote.
Yeah, I argued, he's got a hell of a net operation; I expect this thread to be flooded with Paulbots (interestingly these seem to be a fairly consistent 30 percent or so anti-Paul faction to this phenomena) in short order.
I have racheted down the scoff by a good margin. Eight people on a streetcorner in Paris Tennessee is, Josh should pardon the expression, a tectonic event.
No I do not expect Ron Paul to be elected president. I do not even expect him to get the Republican nomination. I think he's a cross between Howard Dean and Ralph Nader in terms of political impact. But the goof is attracting money, and it could be very very interesting if he decides to make an independent run for it.
For a political junkie this is the election of a lifetime. :)