by Jim
on Aug 20th, 2007

If you had $50 to spare.

I just donated $50 to Ron Paul 2008. I, however, don’t know who I will support in the 2008 election. This $50 was paid by me on behalf of a colleague and friend who cannot submit a donation as he’s not a US citizen (thereby making it against FEC rules).

I find this support pretty impressive. It not only reinforces to me the importance of the US worldwide and the attention paid to it, but it also is indicative of the immense frustration that has built up during the current administration. But aside from just supporting a candidate, this $50 is also a vote of confidence in the US system and ideals. (I know because I was told so.) While I’m not yet a Ron Paul supporter, I can see why he might look attractive for those wanting to get back to basics:

Brief Overview of Congressman Paul’s Record:

He has never voted to raise taxes.
He has never voted for an unbalanced budget.
He has never voted for a federal restriction on gun ownership.
He has never voted to raise congressional pay.
He has never taken a government-paid junket.
He has never voted to increase the power of the executive branch.

He voted against the Patriot Act.
He voted against regulating the Internet.
He voted against the Iraq war.

He does not participate in the lucrative congressional pension program.
He returns a portion of his annual congressional office budget to the U.S. treasury every year.

That’s the end of the free support for now. I figured if a foreigner will put money behind a long-shot candidate that he can’t even vote for, I could at least plug the guy too. Now I can only hope the US populace is as interested and participative in this election as my colleague is.

2 Responses to “If you had $50 to spare.”

  1. Christianon 23 Aug 2007 at 2:38 pm

    “… confidence in the US system and ideals”
    Mmm, that’s actually nice to hear. I am afraid, I’m a lot more cynical towards the political system. It’s seems it’s all about left, right, you’re wrong and I’m right no matter what. But it makes for good entertainment, call it politainment 🙂

  2. DMTon 31 Aug 2007 at 9:00 pm

    Please don’t construe my donation as an endorsement of the way the US system currently operates. It is a vote of confidence in the original ideals on which your country was founded: limited government and personal freedom.

    The US should act as an example of the efficacy of civil liberty and free market values.

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