FIRST PERSON | COLUMBIA, S.C. — As a Ron Paul supporter, I was excited to see that the Texas Congressman and presidential candidate was returning to South Carolina to speak at a fundraiser for State Senator Tom Davis of Beaufort. I made the 90 minute drive up I-26 from Summerville to the rally on Whaley St. in the state capital of Columbia on the afternoon of August 6.
The event resonated and encouraged me because it shows that the Libertarian movement is alive and well even though Ron Paul did not win the Republican nomination for president. The liberty movement needs candidates running for and winning lower level offices, including State Senate. Mr. Davis is running for re-election to the South Caroina Senate. However, It is speculated in FitsNews that Senator Davis has higher aspirations in 2014. This could be running against Lindsey Graham for US Senate or Nikki Haley when she runs for re-election as governor of South Carolina. Having a presidential candidate come to speak for a future Senator or governor got my attention in this State Senate race.
The only two speakers I came to see saw were Dr. Paul and Senator Davis. I thank SilenceDewGooder on YouTube for posting the speeches of both men. There were over 500 people as I estimate who attended; the room was packed full of Paul and Davis supporters. I saw Ron Paul for President stickers and T-shirts along with similar Davis for Senate paraphernalia. Many of the people near to me were hopeful that people like Davis can turn the country and state away from the financial cliff that we are reaching by deficit spending on entitlements and the long wars. People see Davis as a rising star in South Carolina and hope that he runs against the “liberal” Lindsey Graham for Senate in 2014.
The event made me feel energized about the future of the liberty movement started by Dr. Paul and now led by his son Rand Paul from the US Senate. Dr. Paul and Senator Davis talked about the liberty movement and how the Libertarians need to take over or at least heavily influence the Republican Party on important issues such as fiscal discipline, a sound monetary policy (auditing and ending the Federal Reserve), low taxes and a restrained foreign policy.
After voting for Ron Paul for President in January and watching him speak at the College of Charleston, I was thrilled to see him in person again. Dr. Paul is so principled and passionate in his remarks so that he never fails to inspire. His energy and positions on the issues are also held with Senator Davis.