Op-Ed: Ron Paul the Don Quixote of US politics sees the achievable dream

Posted Nov 20, 2011 by John Louie S. Ramos
Usually dubbed as the "crazy old man" by the so-called mainstream media, the 76-year old native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is now gaining momentum and might just pull off the unexpected. How does President Ron Paul sounds?
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Let me first borrow some lines I coined from an old article of mine published at Bleacher Report.
"Don Quixote of La Mancha lives in a make-believe world wherein chivalric romance and knightly ventures come side by side with cruel deception and cold-hearted truth"
"The gentleman from La Mancha dreamt on pursuing courageous yet impossible deeds. He engages against unbeatable foes as a result of little food and lack of sleep."
"With his humble being he ventured a noble mission. He tilted at windmills."
Dr. Ron Paul, for all his ambitious plans and all his bold assessments, can be compared to a modern-day Don Quixote of La Mancha.
From an outsider to US politics, learning and understanding the points of view of Paul is a very daunting challenge. He's painfully honest and speaks the painful truth – not the kind of politics most people particularly the masses want to hear.
It's his windmills and his tilting at them since the 1980s to no avail.
Don Ron Paul of the live free or die state is crazily tilting at his windmills, constantly pursuing knightly ventures and engaging with unbeatable foes. He battles the Federal Reserve, the mandatory universal healthcare and mankind's biggest instinct – the instinct to overspend for immediate gratification.
Don Paul is now on his third attempt at the US presidency and this time it's quite different. You see, Don Paul's Quixotic mission seems achievable as ever.
Despite little coverage from the mainstream media, the Quixotic mission, which is of course, the Ron Paul Revolution seems to be gaining momentum.
Don Paul has won several straw polls, the most recent of which is his surprising double victory in Illinois and Iowa. Don Paul, despite his little air time in televised GOP debates, has continuously awed us. He certainly has the dream and plan to restore America – execution however is a different story.
Don Paul is a once-in-a-lifetime politician who can simply take our collective breaths away courtesy of his ambitious plans and bold assessments. The gentleman from Texas has the power to captivate our imagination and make the irrational rational.
Because in the grand scheme of things, skepticism is good, it allows us to see things differently. However, optimism is better, it allows us to see things positively.
Because craziness is defined not by tilting at windmills but by the failure of defeating the windmills. Most say Ron Paul is crazy but craziness is a flip-flopper ala-Mitt that changes its definition depending on the endeavor's success or failure.
Because political image isn't everything and isn't defined by what one does but rather what the lamestream media wants. Beauty is apparently in the eye of the beholder. On the other hand, righteousness is in the heart of the believer.
Because Chuck Walsh, a 42-year old volunteer and veteran of the Persian Gulf War says it best, “People tell me, ‘You’re throwing away your vote.’ I said to myself: ‘Chuck, you wore the uniform, you fought for the right to vote. If you’re voting with your heart, I don’t think you’re throwing away your vote.’ “