Ron Paul Is Respected Around the World
by Bohemian Travelers: 10
Things You May Notice About America When Travelling Abroad
every day that you can have an intelligent discussion about American
politics with an Australian, a Canadian, and an Austrian.
We find ourselves
in a quaint guesthouse in Penang, Malaysia four months in to our
world travels. Although the area is home to many expat travelers
and tourists alike with high-rise condotels, beach resorts and even
a Hard Rock café, its certainly not the type of place
youd expect to find people who care about U.S. politics.
The lone traveler
that is sharing the guesthouse with us is a retired backpacker from
Austria. Upon first meeting him, I asked if he spoke English. He
responded a little bit, which is the typical response
from fellow travelers whose first language is clearly not English.
Yet after a minute or two of discussion, its obvious they
all speak much more than just a little bit. In fact,
most of them should be labeled fluent even though their confidence
small talk, we moved on to larger subjects like the state of the
world, the wars, the euro situation and, finally, the United States.
He revealed that he was a big country music fan and has visited
the States a half-a-dozen times to go to festivals. His handlebar
mustache suddenly made more sense.
So he wasnt
completely unfamiliar with America. Upon reflecting on the challenges
facing America, he asked if I thought any of the current presidential
candidates could make a difference. I told him theres only
one guy whos even discussing the real issues like the monetary
system, restoring freedom and privacy, and ending the aggressive
wars. And before I could mention his name, he blurted out Ron
same night, I joined two fellow family travel bloggers for some
beers at a local pub. One is a website developer from Australia
and the other is an economist from Canada. Both have been keeping
a home base in Malaysia for many months and work remotely. Again,
after talking of world events, the topic turned to American politics.
Each of my drinking companions displayed a surprising level of understanding
of how our system works; the two political parties, the Federal
Reserve, and so much more.
As some of
the problems facing America became agreed upon, they leveled their
focus on me to see if I thought some of the presidential candidates
would make a difference, if any. Yet again, I said theres
only one guy speaking of the issues we just discussed and before
I could name him, the Canadian chimed in with Ron Paul?
And the Australian said who, the Libertarian?
of recognition not just of U.S. politics in general, but of Ron
Paul was nothing short of stunning to me. Especially when earlier
in the night, when I first met the Canadian, I asked what part he
was from and he said Ottawa.
inquired is that on the Eastern side? And he chuckled
a bit and said No, its sort of in the middle and is
actually the capital of Canada.
To which, in
self-deprecating fashion, I replied, You know us stupid Americans
dont know our own geography in North America.
perhaps why I was surprised by their level of knowledge about America,
because of my ignorance of a country that bordered where I grew
up and which I even visited on two occasions.
centric view of themselves may not be completely without reason.
In fact, after my gratifying conversations with these travelers,
I realized that America is still the big elephant in the room that
everybody notices when it moves.
They may not
know all of the small details about local legislation or political
bickering but they notice the big moves that send ripple effects
across the globe like the wars and the fact that oil trades in U.S.
And that seems
to be why they know who Ron Paul is, because hes the only
one talking about bringing about peace by ending the U.S. involvement
in foreign wars and the only one who seems to understand how devaluing
the dollar affects every economy in the world. One thing is for
certain, Ron Paul has not just gained recognition by foreigners
but respect as well.
with permission from Bohemian
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