Here’s the Nonsense: Ron Paul came in a strong second place in both Iowa and New Hampshire. He is waking up more and more voters and there’s a good chance he can win against Obama.
Here’s the Horse Sense: There’s a scary similarity to the support Ron Paul is getting and the support Barack Obama got in the 2008 election. These people who chose Obama in 2008 have shown their inability to make a good decision, so why would we follow them in our decision for president in 2012?
Recent polling shows that 48% of the supporters of Ron Paul are between ages 17-29. In the 2008 election Barack Obama had a similar support level from young people.
While I will probably alienate young people with this post, I have to say that maturity does not come very quickly in life. Good judgment, good decision-making ability comes with time and experience. And yet the large numbers of these young people who voted in 2008 were one of the main forces that thrust Obama into office. Now we have a similar age demographic of people choosing Ron Paul that chose Barack Obama. Do we really think they have the maturity to make the good decisions that people who’ve got more life experience can make? The fact is that they probably don’t. And yet people are saying that the wave of support for Ron Paul is a sign that Americans are beginning to embrace his positions.
Instead of being impressed by the support he’s getting, maybe we need to examine his positions on the issues and seriously examine both whether they really are the answers for America and also examine whether his positions will really be ones that will beat Obama in the general election.
I certainly support young people being involved in the political process. But when I am looking for advice or wisdom I want to find people who’ve faced those types of situations many times in life and have learned lessons from it. In my latest book, Many Are Called But Few Can Manage, I talked about a lesson my father preached at me from the time I was young and have learned over the years is very true. He said that a smart man learns from his mistakes but a wise man learns from the mistakes of others. We need to do more learning from the mistakes of others so we don’t repeat those mistakes in the future. Young people made a terrible mistake in their 2008 choice. We should learn from that and not follow that same immature logic in 2012.