Give Carl Fiser credit, from his 2007 article "Presidential Candidate Ron Paul Bears Empty Pot For Americans"

Thursday, August 18, 2011

(Smithtown, N.Y.)  Many contend that Ron Paul, although an honest, plain-talking man, comes to the 2008 presidential campaign podium without a lot of achievement.  While in office, he hasn’t steer-headed proposed legislation into law, or galvanized broad-based support for this national agenda or that, or even been on board with most post-911 bills and actions.  For almost twenty years, he’s been a dedicated representative for his Texas District and has not a potpourri of achievements about which to boast on the presidential campaign trail.  Is this exactly true?  How could someone serve for so long, and have so little to show for it?

At this time, I should share a story I heard from two entertainers at my son’s grade school.  The entertainers were turning books from different parts of the world into short, little plays, in order to spark the children’s interest in reading.  The following story took place centuries ago in the Far East.
The wise, old emperor was keenly aware that he was getting along in years, and he worried about finding a suitable replacement to lead the people.  One day, he solicited the young people of his kingdom to gather, and he shocked them by telling them that he would be stepping down and that he would choose one of them to be his successor.  “I am going to give each one of you a seed today, a very special seed.  I want you to plant the seed, water it and come back here one year from today with what you have grown from the seed.  I will then judge the plants that you bring, and the one I choose will be the next emperor!”

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