Thanks to Ron Paul supporters across the country, Americans in need will be less hungry this holiday season. That’s because Paul’s supporters have come together in a nationwide grassroots effort to collect food this holiday season to help those in need during these times of economic distress while calling attention to Ron Paul’s philosophy of voluntary charity being better than government intervention. Nationwide, grassroots groups collected 12,244 pounds of food.
As Paul describes in his book The Revolution: A Manifesto, “Imagine the programs that constituted the federal “safety net” were all of the sudden abolished [...] How would you respond? Would you be more likely to volunteer at a food bank? [...] If you were a lawyer or physician, would you be more likely to offer pro bono services? We would all answer yes, wouldn’t we? We need to ask ourselves: why aren’t we doing these things already? And the answer is that we have bought into the soul-killing logic of the welfare state: somebody else is doing it for me. I don’t need to, since a few scribbles on a tax form fulfill my responsibility toward my fellow man. Do our responsibilities as human beings really extend no farther than this?”
“We are part of the grassroots movement,” says Ron Paul supporter and volunteer Danielle Davis, “and grassroots has done so much for Dr. Paul’s campaign, despite mainstream opposition. We would like to show people – just as Ron Paul believes – that grassroots efforts of voluntary charity are a much more efficient and direct way to help those less fortunate than ourselves; government isn’t the only option.”
Food was collected throughout December and distributed to foodbanks on Dec. 23rd. For more information on the event and info about the participating cities, please visit http://RonPaulFoodDrive.com.