I can tell you the moment I "grew up". It was the moment I learned how to take hard advice, and internalize it. Most people actually never learn to do this, it actually took military school for me. Fortunately, now I surround myself with a lot of people much smarter and wiser than myself. This gives me the opportunity to take the bitter pill almost daily, and come out ahead in the long run.
When first looking at candidates, I was kind of a fan of Herman Cain. That came and went, and then I was left wondering who I stood for. I liked about 90% of Ron Paul's stuff, but couldn't reconcile with about 10% of it. It just seemed...crazy. America was wrong in it's military actions? We helped bring about 9/11? Pure madness, it's not our fault...its all those damned muslims fault right? WRONG.
Case study: not understanding Sunni / Shiite relationships at a cultural level. The Sunni (Saddam) leaders in Iraq are suppressing the Shiite (The people who populate the majority of extreme factions of Islam culture). What a horrible human rights issue that we need to get involved in! Free the people who want to kill us, and kill the person who is stabilizing that volatile pot. Not such a good idea.. The unfortunate reality is that we are attempting to assert ourselves into situations we often don't understand and don't have a defined end-goal. Situations like this need to stop. I know the 10% of Ron Paul's stuff is irreconcilable to most people, but I would bid you to give it a second look. It hurts and is uncomfortable, as many truths often are...but world reality's do not exist on all-sunshine-and-flowers.
This is a bitter pill to swallow. I could go on, but I will close with my point. I learned this from Ron Paul, as I have many other things...when I started listening. The things you learn from him are not sugar coated, and will often be uncomfortable...but this is part of growing up. When most young people voted for Obama several years back, I was terrified for my generation (Im 23). It is refreshing to see how many people are growing up, and learning to swallow the bitter pill and think about what is right. The truth is that democrats and republicans both have been power sharing in Washington for too long, and it is people like Ron Paul who are out there to expose the truth of the corruption and nepotism that is occuring at our expense. The response of my generation to Ron's libertarian platform truely gives me hope for America's future.
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