Most people that I am acquainted with know that I am not a political person. In fact, they are well aware that I absolutely abhor politics in this country. I feel, for the most part, that voting on the Federal level is useless…our votes don’t mean a whole lot (look at the election of 2000, and recall who won the POPULAR vote), and usually your choices consist of Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. In other words, there isn’t a whole lot of difference between candidate A and candidate B (and of course there is never a VIABLE candidate C, D, and so on because our 2 party system doesn’t allow for that…at least at the Presidential level). Because of this, I have found it incredibly difficult to actually vote. I refuse to look at the whole “lesser of two evils” aspect, because there really isn’t a lesser. How can you find the lesser of the two evils when each candidate is just as evil as the other one, albeit in differing ways? Sorry…I just can’t bring myself to do it when presidential elections come around….at least until now. I have finally found a candidate that I actually feel I can morally, ethically and confidently vote for, and that candidate is Ron Paul (yes, that is clickable, and I urge anyone who is tired of the same old, same old to click it and find out what Ron Paul is all about…I promise you won’t be sorry you did). Yes, he is against the war in Iraq (an issue that I agree with him on wholeheartedly), and that is his primary issue right now, with good cause. Here is a quote from his website on his views concerning this very important issue:

The war in Iraq was sold to us with false information. The area is more dangerous now than when we entered it. We destroyed a regime hated by our direct enemies, the jihadists, and created thousands of new recruits for them. This war has cost more than 3,000 American lives, thousands of seriously wounded, and hundreds of billions of dollars. We must have new leadership in the White House to ensure this never happens again.

Both Jefferson and Washington warned us about entangling ourselves in the affairs of other nations. Today, we have troops in 130 countries. We are spread so thin that we have too few troops defending America. And now, there are new calls for a draft of our young men and women.

We can continue to fund and fight no-win police actions around the globe, or we can refocus on securing America and bring the troops home. No war should ever be fought without a declaration of war voted upon by the Congress, as required by the Constitution.

Under no circumstances should the U.S. again go to war as the result of a resolution that comes from an unelected, foreign body, such as the United Nations.

Too often we give foreign aid and intervene on behalf of governments that are despised. Then, we become despised. Too often we have supported those who turn on us, like the Kosovars who aid Islamic terrorists, or the Afghan jihadists themselves, and their friend Osama bin Laden. We armed and trained them, and now we’re paying the price.

At the same time, we must not isolate ourselves. The generosity of the American people has been felt around the globe. Many have thanked God for it, in many languages. Let us have a strong America, conducting open trade, travel, communication, and diplomacy with other nations.

But this issue, while essential, is not the only issue that he believes in. He is also very pro-homeschooling (an issue that I am obviously very concerned with as well):

My commitment to ensuring home schooling remains a practical alternative for American families is unmatched by any Presidential candidate.

Returning control of education to parents is the centerpiece of my education agenda. As President I will advance tax credits through the Family Education Freedom Act, which reduces taxes to make it easier for parents to home school by allowing them to devote more of their own funds to their children’s education.

I am committed to guaranteeing parity for home school diplomas and advancing equal scholarship consideration for students entering college from a home school environment.

We must have permanency in the Department of Defense Home School Tier 1 Pilot Program, providing recruitment status parity for home school graduates. I will use my authority to prevent the Department of Education from regulating home school activities.

I will veto any legislation that creates national standards or national testing for home school parents or students. I also believe that, as long as No Child Left Behind remains law, it must include the protections for home schoolers included in sec. 9506 (enshrining home schoolers’ rights) and 9527 (guaranteeing no national curriculum).

Federal monies must never be used to undermine the rights of homeschooling parents. I will use the bully pulpit of the Presidency to encourage a culture of educational freedom throughout the nation.

as well as Debt and Taxes:

Working Americans like lower taxes. So do I. Lower taxes benefit all of us, creating jobs and allowing us to make more decisions for ourselves about our lives.

Whether a tax cut reduces a single mother’s payroll taxes by $40 a month or allows a business owner to save thousands in capital gains taxes and hire more employees, that tax cut is a good thing. Lower taxes allow more spending, saving, and investing which helps the economy — that means all of us.

Real conservatives have always supported low taxes and low spending.

But today, too many politicians and lobbyists are spending America into ruin. We are nine trillion dollars in debt as a nation. Our mounting government debt endangers the financial future of our children and grandchildren. If we don’t cut spending now, higher taxes and economic disaster will be in their future — and yours.

In addition, the Federal Reserve, our central bank, fosters runaway debt by increasing the money supply — making each dollar in your pocket worth less. The Fed is a private bank run by unelected officials who are not required to be open or accountable to “we the people.”

Worse, our economy and our very independence as a nation is increasingly in the hands of foreign governments such as China and Saudi Arabia, because their central banks also finance our runaway spending.

We cannot continue to allow private banks, wasteful agencies, lobbyists, corporations on welfare, and governments collecting foreign aid to dictate the size of our ballooning budget. We need a new method to prioritize our spending. It’s called the Constitution of the United States.

Of course, this isn’t all…there is so much more to his campaign that I feel would benefit this country far more than the past few administrations have. And I am not the only one who feels this way. On November 5th (remember, remember….), supporters of Ron Paul raised a record breaking $4.3 million in a 24 hour period. And this was from real people…not corporations, or lobbyists, or interest groups. His supporters are comprised of people, like you and me, who are sick of the status quo and really want to affect change in our government. You can go here to see what people are saying. This country needs a change, and I believe…with every ounce of my anti-political heart…that Ron Paul is the guy who can, and more importantly WILL, do it.

So why the topic of my post? What’s the deal with this Tea Party? Here’s where you all, my readers, come in. I am asking you to visit Ron Paul’s website, and find out more about the candidate that is making headlines with his grass roots support….read REAL PEOPLE support. Then I urge you to make a real difference…on November 5th, as I stated above, Ron Paul supporters made history with their grass roots support of a candidate they knew they could believe in. On December 16th, we are asking for your support again…we are asking you to help us make history again. On December 16th 1773, the Colonists protested an oppressive tax by dumping vast amounts of tea into Boston Harbor. This December 16th, American citizens will dump millions of dollars into the Ron Paul presidential campaign to protest the oppressive and unconstitutional inflation tax – which has enabled a flawed foreign policy, a costly war and the sacrificing of our liberties here at home. It is only with help from people like you and me that Dr. Paul will be able to make it happen. We did it once, and we can make history again. And maybe, just maybe, help a candidate that actually wants to affect good change in this country win the primaries and go on to win the White House. It’s a long shot, but by working together we can do it, and in the process make this country far better than it has been in quite some time. I urge you to go here: Tea Party ’07 and on December 16th help in any way you can. Please…it’s time for change. It’s time to get rid of the status quo. It’s time to start a Revolution.