Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Frodo Lives!

Bob Wenzel wonders: "Will America's young people put Ron Paul in the White House?"

He quotes a note I wrote him about the age breakdown in two new state-wide polls of Montana and Oregon. Ron Paul got a solid 10% in both polls, a standing that seems to hold true across the entire country. Last week, a Dick Morris poll placed Paul at 12% nationwide. After I wrote to Bob suggesting he inspect the fascinating age breakdown in both polls, he posted the numbers, which I reprint here:
Oregon breakdown:
18 to 29: 20%
30 to 45: 15%
46 to 65: 11%
Older than 65: 3%

Montana breakdown:
18 to 29: none polled
30 to 45: 15%
46 to 65: 8%
Older than 65: 10%
Strangely, the Montana poll failed to include any voters in the 18-29 age group, but he scores double his statewide numbers among those 18-29 polled in Oregon. What do these numbers mean? Considering Paul also has notably higher poll numbers he gets even among those 30-45, it seems safe to call him the candidate of American youth. Young people overwhelmingly support Ron Paul for president.

Clearly many of these young people are realizing the danger of centralized power. The Lord of the Rings movies, surely the only exposure many in this digital age have had to Tolkien's brilliantly anti-socialist tome, did a good job illustrating the value of decentralization. I believe it has dawned on many young people today that it's best not to give the ring of power to a single all-powerful king.

Not surprisingly, those on the dole support Sauron's centralized state. It is notable that the only place where Paul's numbers are significantly lacking is among those receiving Medicare (for which one must be 65) and those on Social Security (which begins at 62). What this tells us is that if we want to get him elected, then those who will inherit this country absolutely must turn out to vote him in far greater numbers than those who gave us this country's problems.

I said as much to Lew Rockwell, who also posted about the polls. In response, he wrote: "Yes, but young people do not, on balance, vote." Perhaps, Lew, perhaps. What do you think, America's youth? Will you fail to hand the White to President Paul?

The good news is that Frodo lives! Ron Paul is trudging towards Mount Doom to destroy the ring of power for our sake. He'll return power to the Congress and, even more importantly, return power to the states. Middle-Earth may have been allied, but Gondor, Rohan and the Shire were all sovereign states.

It was Sauron, after all, who sought to absorb the diverse people groups of Middle-Earth into the uniformly drab national culture of Mordor. He did this by trying to unite the land into an empire governed by a strong centralized power and policed by orcs and trolls intent on telling everyone what they couldn't do.