Rep. Ron Paul graces our humble little hamlet with trip to Grand Junction |

Rep. Ron Paul graces our humble little hamlet with trip to Grand Junction

Sitting, from left: Sunny Perry, Sarah Lombardi and Sarah's son, Ryan Serba, 7. Back row, from left: Sunny's daughter Kaila, 9, and son Talon, 5.
Photos by Tracy Dvorak / | Free Press

Former Congressman Ron Paul, a 2012 presidential candidate, came to town Sept. 24 for a speech at Colorado Mesa University. More than a 1,000 supporters crowded the University Center ballroom to hang on his every utterance of liberty and tyranny.

We can thank longtime local businessman Dean Van Gundy for footing the bill for Paul’s appearance — $50,000, reported the Daily Sentinel. (There must be plenty more where that came from for Van Gundy to have been so generous. Just sayin’.)

Ron Paul is different — different in his politics, different in his opinions and views, an enigma in the political scene; an outsider, if you will, yet a success nevertheless.

If you’re one to favor nonaggression in handling world conflicts, he’s your man.

If you’re one to advocate for “sound currency,” he’s your man.

If you stand aghast at all the NSA snooping, he’s your man.

If you loathe the IRS, he’s your man. “Get rid of it,” he says.

If you’re staunchly against the usurpation of federal authority over the Constitution, he’s your man. During his time in elected office, Paul claims to never have voted for legislation that went against the Constitution. He sticks to his principles, even to his political detriment, and that’s refreshing to many Americans, especially the younger generation.

However, unless there’s a political paradigm shift in our country, our two-party system of politics will overshadow “revolutionaries” like Mr. Paul. Until then, the 78-year-old will keep chugging along on the speaker’s circuit, spreading his message … for $50,000 a pop.

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