Regardless of the rhetoric spewing from both the Republican and Democratic parties regarding this election, Ron Paul has been the one figure standing out as the candidate whose message has resonated and connected more with the youth, as well as with those who are not that young but are concerned about the future of America.
This is not an accident. In 2007-2008, even before Barack Obama and his talented political consultants mastered the use of social media to win over millennials, Ron Paul had already a budding online network of young supporters which -- by the time it was time to start campaigning for the 2012 election -- had reached epic proportions. The difference between Paul and Obama? Paul's online support is truly organic, and not generated in sleek and focus group-oriented political labs.
Maybe this is due to the fact that Paul's message of adhering to the Constitution and the founding principles of the United States of America is timeless. Like good records, Paul's gospel of liberty sounds just as good (and rings just as true) as it did two hundred years ago. These are the principles that have maintained freedom for this long, and Paul is keeping them fresh and sexy for the next generation.
And nowhere is this more evident than in the amazing slide show "Ron Paul and America's Youth" that The San Antonio Express put together with Associated Press images of Ron Paul interacting with kids on the campaign trail. It's a collection of 18 candid images with refreshingly hardly any text or analysis. I encourage everyone to check it out here. In the meantime, here are five of the most awesome ones: