Kent Wayne Snyder, 1959-2008

Kent Wayne Snyder, 1959-2008

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Joe Becker's Memories

I met my best friend of nearly a quarter century exactly as I should have -- he was expounding the virtues of gold, silver, and platinum to prospective investors. The CFTC ultimately took issue with the innovative 'lay-away' plan by which our then-employer hoped to avoid futures regulation, but Kent's long-term friendship made that short term job most worthwhile.

Over the years, I never knew Kent to be short of ingenuity or the diligence necessary to assure its practical implementation. There seemingly was no end to Kent's energy as I watched him bravely succeed at what others had never even envisioned. In the business realm, these qualities served Kent exceptionally well. In the political sphere, his brilliance and integrity were as rare as they were (and continue to be) desperately needed.

While Kent's passion was the advancement of liberty, his compassion for humankind is what made him so effective in those efforts. No one doubted Kent's genuine goodness. He was the son that all parents dream of. His brother and sisters loved him for his character and devotion. Among his work associates, Kent deserved all the loyalty and productivity he engendered. And, based on my own experience, to his friends, Kent was a beacon of trust and reason. He was, quite simply, the finest person I have ever known.

It was Kent's passion for the advancement of liberty, and his entrepreneurial ability, that landed him a job with Ron Paul, a soft-spoken advocate of liberty and a U.S. Congressman. Initially serving as a top aide in Paul's quest for the presidency as the Libertarian Party nominee in 1988, Kent almost single-handedly persuaded the reluctant Texan to seek the presidency as a Republican in the current cycle. It was a campaign given little or no credence or legitimacy at the outset. Yet, under Kent's leadership, it was a campaign that surpassed all expectations and outlasted all the so-called 'front-runners' with the exception of the eventual nominee. Most importantly, though, as Chairman, Kent assembled and oversaw a team of fellow liberty enthusiasts that created an ongoing movement the likes of which has not been seen since Goldwater, or perhaps even Taft.

It is, of course, a real tragedy that Kent will not see the achievements certain to emanate from a freedom movement for which he was so responsible. Such, it seems, is often the case for a true hero and pioneer. Anyone fortunate enough to have known Kent knew him to be exactly that.

From an intensive care unit at a Virginia hospital, Kent fought bravely for his life for more than two months so that he might ultimately resume his career-long fight for liberty. In so doing, he amassed medical bills in excess of $400,000. The presidential campaign for which Kent worked so tirelessly provided no medical benefits to any of its employees, thus putting the entire burden of these expenses squarely on Kent and his family.

I have created this website with the hope and sincere belief that those who gave so generously of their time, effort, and money during the campaign will find it within their hearts to help his family in this time of extreme need.

Joseph Becker, long time friend and acting chair, Ron Paul 2008

PCCA memorial service for Kent Snyder is planned for 3 p.m., July 17th, 2008 at Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS

No comments: