By: Emma Shinn
In a survey given earlier this year by the Viking Press staff, a number of students said that one thing they wanted to see in our newspaper was more national news and politics. As someone who is rabidly interested in both of those topics, I decided to write about them in my senior column.
As a warning to any readers, let me say the following: quite a bit of my interest in politics is based on how sarcastic and/or funny I can be while discussing them. Anything I say in my column should always be taken with a grain of salt. You could find me writing my true opinions, exaggerated, or you could find me being completely sarcastic from start to finish. Either way, I’m hoping to accomplish two things: information and entertainment. I want you to learn, but I also want you to laugh.
With that said, I’m not sure how many of you are aware of this, but there happens to be a presidential race going on at the moment. With 15 different candidates vying for the Republican nomination, it has been difficult for a lot of Republican and conservative Independent voters to choose a candidate they really support. Watch any Republican debate, and the first thing you’ll notice is that most of the candidates seem to have roughly the same ideas and positions, just phrased different ways. Some people call that “party unity”; I just call it boring.
So where is that candidate who’s going to spice things up? Where is that person who’s going to stand up and say, “Hey! I’m different from those other guys (and girls)! Elect me!” I’ll tell you where he is. In Congress, co-sponsoring a bipartisan bill with Democrat Barney Frank that would legalize marijuana. He’s also in Texas, the state he represents, opposing the death penalty and advocating the revision of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Most “mainstream” Republicans have completely opposing views on all of those issues, so how’s that for being different?
The question now becomes, who is this innovator of the Republican Party? Who is this person so willing to stand out and stand alone on the issues that he truly believes in? The answer, of course, is Congressman Ronald Ernest “Ron” Paul, a veteran of both the United States Air Force and National Guard, and a licensed medical doctor.
Now, I’m not saying that Paul is the best candidate for President, but I’m also not saying he’s the worst. All I’m saying is that he certainly isn’t like the others, and whether you find that an exciting change of pace or a horrible detraction, you now know that it’s true.