Three-time presidential candidate and former Congressman Ron Paul spoke at DePauw University Tuesday evening.
His lecture was titled “Our Lives, Your Liberty and America’s Future” and the main topics of the discussion were impediment of civil liberties and the overlook of basic constitutional rights. Paul said the current generation is ready to take on the challenge of fixing these issues in Washington.
“A lot of young people are very interested and they become very much involved in the freedom movement,” said Paul. “They are very concerned about the country and they’d like to see some big changes made and that’s what’s necessary because the status quo in Washington—they’re not doing so well.”
Paul thinks politicians have a complete disregard for the Constitution and that Americans need to remember the Constitution was written to regulate the government, not to monitor and control the public.
Because of this disregard, Paul said the libertarian message has the opportunity to create change because of the apparent failure of big government. He claims the break in the systems is a result of a break in the basic philosophy of democracy.
“So the burden now falls on the next generation,” says Paul. “And those individuals who are coming of age who will be making the decisions for the county. Because this will not continue; it is impossible to continue. The handwriting is on the wall.”
Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) student Emily Hess is a supporter of Paul’s. She agrees with the fact that the current administration seems to have a disregard for the general public and that her generation especially should not be overlooked.
“They don’t ever actually have the time to sit down and talk with the people of the United States,” says Hess. “And not just people of the United States, but young people who are going to create the jobs, make the money, be the professors, be the students and actually run this country in the next ten or 15 years.”
While Paul feels the future of the Nation is unclear, he encourages the country to seek the “liberty that made America great.”