Monday, March 10, 2008

Why Ron Paul Is Good For Black People

Why This Black Man is Supporting Ron Paul
A perspective on why Ron Paul is good for Black people and all people in America, and deserves your vote in 2008.
by Adeeb Shabazz

I get the question all the time: "are you supporting Hillary or Obama?" Of course this question comes from people that don't really know this Black Libertarian who has never voted Democratic in his life. When I answer "neither" they usually look puzzled and then ask in wonderment, "well who are you going to vote for then?" When "Ron Paul" is my response, I get varied responses, but the most common is a blank stare, a "Ron Who?" response, or the big question: "Why?".

The American people are VERY uninformed about Congressman Ron Paul, and Black people in America are then quadruply uninformed I am sad to say. We are trained to look to the government for all of our answers and assistance, particularly the Federal Government, not knowing nor realizing that it is not the Federal Government's job to provide such assistance and that attempts over the past few decades by the Federal Government to do so have done more harm than good.
The Federal Government, particularly the Office of the Presidency, has the job of protecting National Security and securing us against all enemies, foreign and domestic. It is not the President's job to create jobs or to start a new assistance program. For those of us who work for a living, which is most of us, what happens is that taxes are raised and taken out of our paychecks, taken from us at the supermarkets and retail stores, taken from us at the gas pump, taken from us in our phone and utility bills, and then taken from us again in the prices that had to be inflated so that all the above could afford to pay THEIR taxes. Well over half of your hard-earned money goes to taxes right now. That's right, I said HALF! If you and your spouse/significant other make only $40,000 a year combined, that's $20,000. What could you do with an extra $20,000. Do we want to pay more taxes, or do something about it?