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My name is Gérard Hoeberigs. I’m a 25-year old historian, born and raised in the Netherlands. I have no specific ties with the USA, but I have a general interest in politics, economics and of course history. I’m currently occupied writing a thesis to complete my Master Degree in International Relations.
In the Netherlands there aren’t any libertarian politicians and since I support small and local government, I was very happy to find out that there is one politician who does share most of my ideas.
In the field of the International Relations, I usually clash with professors and students regarding sovereignty and interventions. I don’t believe that ‘peace-enforcing missions’, in which states force their system of government (democracy) upon other states, are effective. Just look at Vietnam; the USA were unable to force capitalism on Vietnam, but what couldn’t be done by coercion, did happen without American interference: decades later, Vietnam turned itself to a more capitalistic economy.
I’m also concerned about the ever-growing governments. From a historical point of view, it’s easy to notice that states have always been trying to enlarge themselves. Since the beginning of the 19th century there has been an exponential growth of state-power, taxes and civil servants. Big government is often counterproductive, but nobody is going to downscale it, because which civil servant likes to fire himself or his colleagues?
Except for that, I’m concerned about the devaluation of the dollar due to the trade deficit combined with inflation; the patriot act which undermines the rule of law (trials/lawyers aren’t necessary anymore to be put into custody) and the impopularity of the United States around the world. Not only in muslim countries, but also in Europe the USA have reached an all-time low in popularity.
When I tell my friends in Europe I support a presidential candidate most people immediately ask whether it’s a democrat or a republican. When I answer it’s a republican, people tell me I’m crazy. Yes; all over the world people have a tendency to judge on their prejudices rather than actually investigating the other point of view.
The thing is; even today most people don’t know Ron Paul. I honestly believe that if Ron Paul ends up as the next president, he will not only ensure peace, prosperity and freedom, but on top of that he will restore the popularity of the USA around the world like when JFK was president. Ron Paul being the president will not only be good for the USA, it will be in the best interest of the rest of the world as well.
That’s why I support Ron Paul.
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A foreigner has more undderstanding of what “the American Experiment as a Republic” means that most graduates of gooferment skools.
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