Ron Paul gets my vote

Katie Stegall
Senior, Chester High School


Now that the Republican candidates are down two people, Jon Huntsman and Rick Perry, the stakes are even higher.

Among the four remaining candidates, the question buzzing about is what excites college age youth to support Texas Congressman Ron Paul?

When asked this question at the Myrtle Beach debate by Fox News political correspondent Bret Baier, Paul smiled and said, “I’m an old man with young ideas.”

Is this true? In my opinion, of all the candidates running in the primaries, Congressman Paul definitely has gained the voice of the younger voters.

I believe one of the biggest reasons for this support is his idea on getting the government out of our school systems. Paul says the responsibility for schools and academic achievement should be returned to the state level where the focus can return to quality education and not test scores.

Congressman Paul also believes that individual liberties are key essentials to running this nation correctly. His plan to restore America consists of lowering federal government spending and tax reform. His goals of lowering the corporate tax rate to 15 percent and ending taxes on personal savings appeal to young people who are just starting out in life.

Since I am a young person who will be living on my own soon, some of Congressman Paul’s reform ideas do sound desirable.

I believe Ron Paul has some very great ideas to get America back to the thriving country it once was.

His ideas inspire me and many other young adults to follow him in his campaign because independence is what every young person strives for whether it be from parents, from school or other restraints in our lives.

Congressman Paul strongly believes in restoring the independence and personal liberties guaranteed by the United States Constitution to every aspect of our lives.

The dictionary defines personal liberty as the liberty of an individual to do his or her will freely except for those restraints imposed by law to safeguard the physical, moral, political and economic welfare of others.

That Congressman Paul wants to lift those excessive restraints placed on Americans by the government is what makes young adults very interested in his platform.

In a speech to the House of Representatives Congressman Paul said, “We have depended on government for so much for so long that we as people have become less vigilant of our liberties.”

The youth of America are very interested in what their liberties are and how they can use them. Congressman Paul has based his entire platform on personal liberties and this is what captures the attention of young audiences.

I think Congressman Paul has some great points on how to get America out of the recession that it has fallen into, while preserving independence and personal liberties.

He holds true to the ideals on which our founding fathers based the Constitution. While the centuries old document may seem out-of-date to many, it is an inspiration to the youth of our time.


Stegall has been working with the Chester Progressive for her senior

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