Ron Paul Brings “Revolution” to Ritchie

March 30, 2012 at 12:15 am 4 comments

Article and Multimedia by Jenny Hottle and Kelsey Hughes

For a candidate that more than 60 percent of Americans believe should drop out of the Republican primary race, presidential hopeful Ron Paul arrived at Ritchie Coliseum to a welcoming crowd of nearly 2,000 with even more supporters waiting outside.

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul addresses an audience of 2,000 at a speech in Ritchie Coliseum Wednesday night. Photo by Jenny Hottle

By 6 p.m. Wednesday, a line of people sporting Ron Paul 2012 t-shirts and carrying homemade signs with phrases such as “The Doctor is in” and “Welfare + Warfare = Bankruptcy” snaked from the entrance of Ritchie to halfway around the perimeter of the Fraternity Row fields.

Local residents and college students from this university and other area schools packed the venue, and some were turned away at the doors as the arena reached capacity.

Paul was greeted by chants of “Ron Paul revolution! Give us back our Constitution!” and “End the Fed!” as he stepped onstage.

“Sounds to me like freedom is popular here in Maryland,” Paul said as the crowd quieted down. “Sounds like the new revolution has arrived.”

The audience applauded and cheered enthusiastically as Paul discussed his trademark points — ending the Federal Reserve, shrinking the government and reducing spending — issues some people, such as senior economics major Christopher Brown, find extremely relevant to college students.

“He appeals to college students because he addresses future issues that we’ll have to pay for,” Brown said. “He’s representing us.”

Martina Beshai, a senior government and politics major, cited several other reasons why college students might agree with Paul’s views.

“He touches on things I consider personal, the American Constitution, going back to our original values and the true meaning of freedom and democracy,” Beshai said. “He really knows how college kids feel.”

In addition to those who came out to support Paul, others, like Beshai, came simply to learn more about him as a candidate.

“As an American citizen, to make an informed decision, you need to learn as much as possible about candidates,” Beshai said.

Journalism major Blanca Bejarano came for the same reason.

“I want to hear where he’s coming from and his background,” she said, “What he wants to do for us.”

Students from nearby universities like Towson attended the event and brought signs declaring the key points of Paul's platform. Photo by Jenny Hottle

Not all students who came to Wednesday’s event supported Paul’s platform, but many agreed that he is a likeable candidate for one key characteristic: integrity.

“I don’t agree with pretty much all of his platform, but I have a lot of respect for him as a candidate,” sophomore linguistics major Aaron Revere said. “I think he has a lot of integrity.”

Brown agreed, adding, “Even if you didn’t agree with any of his positions, you have to admit that the guy has more integrity than any other candidate out there.”

As for the people who think the last-place candidate should drop out of the race, Paul encouraged voters to remain positive, saying that the revolution was far from over.

“They haven’t counted all of the votes yet,” Paul said.

Hottle and Hughes are freshman journalism majors. They are also students in the Digital Cultures and Creativity Honors Program. To contact either reporter, click here.

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  • 1. Christopher Brown  |  March 30, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Great work!

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  • 2. ar  |  March 31, 2012 at 12:42 am

    Just thought I’d point out a few problems here:

    1) Not even Ron Paul believes Ron Paul will ever be in the White House. He himself has admitted this. He claims that he wants to wield influence, not power. I would imagine that an article on his presidential “run” would reflect his true intentions. It’s also kind of funny, because he currently has no hope of wielding influence or power. Because he is a fringe candidate with ideas that date back to the early 20th century. But I’ll get to that soon enough.

    2) “‘He touches on things I consider personal, the American Constitution, going back to our original values and the true meaning of freedom and democracy,’ Beshai said. ‘He really knows how college kids feel.’”

    Oh, really? College kids are concerned with what the Founders originally envisioned when they authored the Constitution? They’re not concerned with what their idiot boomer parents did during the 80′s? That is, rewarding themselves with temporary gains to completely screw over their children a generation later? Thanks, Mr. Reagan. Supply side economics? If Mr. Paul had his way, we’d be set back about 100 years, let alone what our 40th president did to us.

    Also, although I don’t think it was mentioned in this article but it’s relevant when discussing Ron Paul: the gold standard? Are you serious, Mr. Paul? How many times will it take? How many different economists will be required to convince you that despite the fact that you are older than gold itself, the gold standard is NOT a GOOD idea? In the words of John Maynard Keynes (the first economist to have any idea what he was talking about) “We are all dead in the long run.” Sure, the gold standard might mean stable inflation, or no inflation, in the long run, but WHO CARES about the long run? It’s the SHORT RUN that matters. Fluctuations. The business cycle. That’s what matters. If the government is given no tools in the short run (here’s a hint, you Texan buffoon: that’s what the Fed is here for. To help, not to hurt), then we are sterilized in the short run.

    Ok, that may have been a little rambling. It’s almost 2am and I’m rather drunk. But I’m angry, so who cares.

    As I was saying, college students don’t care about what this article, and that pretentious quote, implies they care about. We care about what effects us. Restoring the Constitution? Give me a break. The Constitution is a set of guidelines. Anyone who argues otherwise has completely forgotten about Article 1. Section 8, Clause 11. Congress does not declare war anymore. It was decided by the executive branch that that simply didn’t work, so it was abandoned. Because we are a pragmatic country. Deal with it.

    So as I argued in the previous paragraph, college students don’t care about “going back to our original values.” You know what college students care about? Things they “consider personal.” Like having health care until they are 26 years old. Thank you, President Obama. That’s something highly personal to college students, but supporters of Ron Paul seem perfectly willing to disregard because they have decided that their ideologies are at odds with pragmatism. They’ll grow up some day.

    3) End the Fed, huh? Do any of you a****es chanting this moronic slogan even have any idea what the Federal Reserve does? Or is it just a cool, edgy thing to chant? Do you know why we just came out of the “Great Recession” and not the “Great Depression Part II?” Two words: Ben Bernanke. Without his ingenuity, we would have been screwed. Interest rates near zero, a stimulus package that was desperately needed and expertly managed, thank God we wound up where we did. To Ron Paul idiots who claim that “too big to fail shouldn’t exist,” I have something to say to you.

    I agree with you.

    Unfortunately, it does. Or rather, it did. So the Fed had to do what was necessary to save our economy. And thank God it did, and now we have regulations to guarantee that “too big to fail” will never exist again.

    Ok, that’s all I have. Or at least, I have no typed so much that scrolling up is not worth it in my current state. My I’ll try again another time. Good night.

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    • 3. Christopher Brown  |  April 1, 2012 at 8:23 pm

      As much as I’ve tried to resist the urge to respond to what seems to be a drunken rant, I thought to myself “I’m bored, why not?” so here goes.

      1) Anyone who meets the minimum requirements to be president can run in a general election, period. It does not matter how likely one is to win or how earnestly one hopes to win, only whether one has sufficient support to RUN, that’s all! If you’re logic were to be followed, there would be no third parties candidates (no green party, independents, reform party, socialists, etc.) in American Politics. Furthermore, whether you support Ron Paul or not, to suggest that he has no influence is flatly wrong. In 2007, he was unknown; In 2012, he draws crowds greater than the president and get’s more support from the military than all the other candidates (including the president) put together. If a man’s reputation is so strong that his own son can win a senator seat, that’s influence. When a frontrunner presidential candidate refuses to attack this so call “fringe” candidate for fear of backlash from his supporters, that’s influence you can’t buy.

      2) Ron has said in a debate (at the REAGAN LIBRARY, no less) that Reaganomics were not good for the exact same reasons you are citing, short-term consumption, long-term deficits (look it up, it’s called the Reagan Library Debate Sept. 7th 2011).

      In reference to you’re gold standard argument, I don’t know where to start. Keynes was the first economist to know what he was talking about, you say? Really? I guess Adam Smith was a busboy to you, huh? Even Ben Bernanke has admitted that the gold standard kept prices stable over the long-run, but I admit, it did restrain the Fed from implementing monetary policy. I’m surprised thought that you support Keynesian economics considering what you’ve said because Keynesian economics is to the demand side what Reaganomics is to the supply side. Both require government spending in the form of either direct spending or tax cuts in the short run, both of which result in either higher taxes or higher deficits in the long run. You just completely contradicted your own argument about screwing over future generations, but not to worry, for “in the long run, where all dead.”

      3) “End the Fed” is not a slogan invented by Ron Paul or his supporters, contrary to what your suggesting. Probably the greatest economists of all times, Milton Friedman was one of the first to say that the Federal Reserve is unnecessary, that if inflation grows at a rate of X per year, just increase the money supply by X as well. Wages keep up with prices, problem solved. One of the Federal Reserves mandates is PRICE STABILITY, and since it’s founding prices have gone up exponentially. Second, The Great Recession happened on the Fed’s watch and so did the Great Depression of the 1930s (FYI, The Fed was created in 1913, you’re wrong again) and a series of recessions since. But I’m not trying suggesting that we’d be better off if the fed never existed as you are trying to argue that we’re better off with it; it’s an unarguable (and, therefore, irrefutable) point, nobody will ever know for sure.

      Now, on your constitutional stance. You say that the U.S. Constitution is merely a guideline, and that anyone who doesn’t recognize this has forgotten the War Powers clause? I know you said your drunk, are you high also? If you think the constitution is just a guideline you obviously forgot Article 6, Clause 2; The U.S. Constitution is the SUPREME LAW OF THE LAND. Furthermore, how does arguing the impracticality of the War Powers clause (a one-line clause that could have been amended and not ignored) make the entire constitution merely a guideline and not the law? If anything you have said here proves that you are clearly out of your depth (perhaps out of your mind), this is it right here. People have a right to bring up these issues so long as these laws are still on the books and there is nothing pragmatic about a public servant who swears an oath to uphold the law to soon thereafter ignore the law. I find that deeply disturbing.

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