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RSDavis
03-11-2008, 03:31 PM
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Ron Paul Roundup (03-11-08)
by: RS Davis
The Freedom Files (http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=194780914&blogID=365983739&Mytoken=B34B89C7-F8F5-4307-9845D9609B74CFB2127300413)


Hello Freedomphiles! Let's start today's Roundup with some post-mortems on the campaign. James Antle writes (http://commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/james_antle/2008/03/curbed_enthusiasm.html) on Guardian Unlimited:

It was always going to be an uphill battle. Even though George Bush had campaigned on a humble foreign policy and opposition to nation-building just eight years before, the war and the Bush Doctrine were now very popular among Republicans. But these stands made Paul very popular among an unlikely group of GOP primary voters.

Everywhere Paul went on the trail, he attracted big, young crowds. They stood excitedly to listen to Paul lecture on monetary policy from the perspective of the Austrian school of economics. Paul's supporters included young liberals who had been attracted to politics by Howard Dean, paleoconservatives who had admired Pat Buchanan, Libertarian party activists who hadn't supported a major-party candidate in years and people entering the fray for the first time because "Dr Paul cured my apathy."

Most of all, they excelled at fundraising. On November 5, 2007, Paul's self-organising grassroots coordinated a "money bomb" that raised $4.3m, shattering the previous single-day fundraising record. Then, on December 16, they broke that record by raising $6m in just 24 hours...

...Soon, however, the very qualities that made Paul and his supporters such interesting idealists became liabilities as well. It is difficult under the best of circumstances to corral nontraditional voters and turn them out at the polls. The Paul campaign wasn't organised under the best of circumstances. Many of those involved were inexperienced. They had no idea how to use the millions that were pouring into their coffers.

Paul himself was more comfortable as a teacher and lecturer than as someone who could generate political soundbites, leading to some fairly bizarre uses of his time in national debates. His supporters frequently wasted their time on antics that irritated other Republican voters instead of doing meaningful campaign legwork. The campaign was overly dependent on nontraditional caucus-goers in Iowa and lacked a ground game in New Hampshire, their two best opportunities for a third-place showing in an important contest.

In their print edition, reason's David Weigel talks (http://reason.com/news/show/124915.html) about the future of the rEVOLution:

Can the Paulites make lasting change? Eve Fairbanks of The New Republic described Paul's supporters as "the closest thing this race has to the Deaniacs of '04." Those Web-savvy, young, and excitable supporters of former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean may not have powered their man to the White House, but their influence remains a potent force in Democratic politics. Dean's Web team, including Matthew Stoller and Jerome Armstrong, became some of the loudest voices in the lefty blogosphere and go-to gurus for all Democratic Internet campaigns. Ex–Dean staffers populate the Courage Campaign, a liberal activist group in the MoveOn.org mold. And Dean himself has run the Democratic National Committee since 2005. If Paul's people wanted to copy a movement, they could do a lot worse.

I heard the idea of a Ron Paul RNC chairmanship tossed around by Paulites in New Hampshire, and I heard it afterward. They know it's a pipe dream, but they're starting to ask: How might an activist libertarian splinter movement influence a larger and more moribund Republican organization? "We're learning this stuff for the first time," said D.C.-area Paul supporter Brett Guidry during the week of the Michigan primary. "The petitions, the caucuses, the logistical stuff."

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One of the campaign's slogans, seen on signs in every primary state, is "Dr. Paul cured my apathy." Paradoxically, Paul's influence might be greater if the candidate plays a smaller role in what comes next. If the people who sniped at the campaign's strategy stay involved in politics, the tiny population of libertarian activists will be that much larger for years or even decades to come. But if it's electoral totals and political strategy that define the rEVOLution, the movement is as good as over.

I couldn't agree more, which is why I have been brainstorming so much lately on keeping the Roundups going, but with a larger focus. All Headline News reminds us (http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7010287441)that while there is no chance of the Republican nomination, the race is not over:

"Reports that Ron Paul has quit the Presidential Race remind me of Mark Twain's famous "Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated." The Ron Paul Presidential campaign continues, albeit at a different pace," Paul said, adding that he"will continue to contest the remaining primaries" and that his name "will be on all the remaining state ballots."

"The mainstream media interpreted recent video to mean that he's withdrawing," his campaign also said in a blog post. "How many times have they done this? Ron said that the campaign is winding down. That's true because there are few primaries left. But he's going to Minneapolis and you heard him say that he wants delegates! Period."

"If you're in a campaign for only gaining power, that's one thing. If you're in a campaign to influence ideas and the future of the country, the campaign is never over," he also said in a CNN interview on Monday.

Top-diamond libertarian George Dance writes (http://www.nolanchart.com/article3144.html) on The Nolan Chart a message from my heart:

Then what was it saying? To understand that, one has to understand that there actually have been two Ron Paul campaigns in play this year, and that Paul was saying different things about both of them. First, there's the official campaign, Hope for America (HFA): Paul, his paid staff, a national office, some TV and radio ads, an itinerary, and a webpage. Underneath that, and supporting it, is a vast grassroots campaign - a 'street team' - the Ron Paul REVOLution (RPR).

RPR is huge - in the video, Paul estimates its membership at 350,000 - and its election impact dwarfs that of HFA. RPR is what turned Ron Paul into an internet phenomenon - got and kept him in the GOP debates - raised over $10 million for him on line - and supplies the volunteers that have given him his caucus successes. Visualize RPR as a tsunami, with Ron Paul riding the crest on a tiny surfboard labelled "HFA."

HFA is coming to a close: it ends with the St. Paul Convention. It will continue until then, so long as the support is there. Ron Paul will visit the states yet to hold primaries - he mentioned Pennsylvania and North Carolina, while Rand Paul confirmed that events have been scheduled as far ahead as the Kentucky primary in May. As well, Paul is encouraging the caucus process that has involved so many REVOLutionaries in the delegate process. HFA's goal is the same as always: to take as many delegates as possible to the Convention.

Exactly! The race for president is effectively over, but there is an important message than still needs to be sent to the neocon establishment. That message needs to propel us into a long-term rEVOLution.

Top-diamond libertarian AF Vet Dan writes (http://www.nolanchart.com/article3134.html) a thank-you note to Ron Paul on The Nolan Chart:

As one who for two decades watched Ron Paul read into the Congressional Record his special orders at 11:00 pm after everyone but the Congressional Steno had long since gone beddy-bye, it often seemed like he was freedom's last voice on the Hill. Did that stop him? Undaunted, he continued his noble work in spite of the smirks and snickers from the whores and prostitutes who occupy our House. I cannot imagine how hard that must have been for him... knowing he was right but suffering so much for so long at the hands of those who are among our nation's biggest traitors.

As one who has previously run for Congress on a Constitutionist's platform, I could understand his initial reluctance to make this run at the presidency. To say the road is rough is an understatement. As his support grew... exploded, I thought how wonderful it must be for Ron to see so much support for that which he has held so near and dear to his heart for all these years. How great it is for him and Carol to see how many people appreciate the enormous sacrifices they made to do this for our country... for you... for me. And how great it is for him to see how many people truly love him for his integrity, his love and devotion to his country, and his honorable tenacity.

Along the way there were those who somehow expected everything to go perfectly. Never mind that the explosive growth of support forced the growth of the campaign from that of a small hot dog stand to one of a national chain in all 50 states - OVERNIGHT! No, every little bump in the road invoked a minority to claim incompetence and even intentional bungling. And now these fair-weather patriots feel the need to treat Ron Paul like a dog treats a fire plug. Well, Jesse has exercised his right to free speech and now so will I.

Thank you, Ron Paul. Thanks for the countless, selfless sacrifices you've made for our country over the decades. Thanks for having the backbone to, at 72 years of age, put yourself once more in the crosshairs of the Elite's propaganda gun. Thanks for waking up so many thousands of people to the truth about the usurpations of our Constitution and for showing them how this is destroying our country. Thanks for giving us "old patriots" a reason to hope once again. Thanks for fanning the embers of freedom and liberty that had all but expired. Thanks for inspiring a new batch of Constitutionist candidates who hopefully will soon join you on the Hill to fight your noble battle.

He finishes by announcing a running for a seat in Illinois' 14th District. I wish him the best of luck. Maybe he'll consent to an interview for the rEVOLution.

Right-libertarian Jake Morphonois writes (http://www.nolanchart.com/article3123.html) on The Nolan Chart of an interview with Ron Paul on CNN:

The interview, which has been replayed all morning on CNN and is making news all over the internet, provided Paul with the opportunity to clarify his true objectives for staying in the race. A popular part of the interview was this exchange between CNN and Ron Paul:

CNN: The flip side of that coin, you are the only Republican calling for a withdrawal from Iraq. If you're not going to become President and be in a position to affect that, would they be better off voting for the Democratic candidate?

Paul: I don't think so. I don't think they're very sincere. If you look at Obama's voting record, he's voted not to end the war. He's voted to finance the war. His rhetoric is playing to the people that come my way but he is every bit as much of an -- He wants to send more troops into Afghanistan. He wants to broaden the military. I think it's a fraud what he's talking about when he wants to really get out of Iraq. I think that's politics.

Paul might not have tossed mean-spirited one-liners, but, being the gentleman that he is, spoke with fact and exposed lies. He also said in the interview that he will not support John McCain for President.

Jake also writes (http://www.nolanchart.com/article3140.html) that the campaign website is humming again:

Ron Paul supporters are addicted to the internet. They flock to the web to get their daily fix of Ron Paul related news and information. A favorite site is http://www.ronpaul2008.com For weeks, however, the official web site of the Ron Paul campaign has been silent - leading many to wonder if he has wrapped up not only his campaign for President, but his involvement in the Revolution.

Today, after an uneasy hiatus, the web site has returned to life. The campaign HQ blog, the Daily Dose, has posted two updates, including news of Dr. Paul's upcoming appearance on the Tucker Carlson show.

Top-diamond libertarian Doug Eberhardt writes (http://www.nolanchart.com/article3131.html) on The Nolan Chart that Ron needs to run 3rd party:

So what does this have to do with Ron Paul? Everything. Ron Paul doesn't stand a chance of getting too many delegates come November now that he is out of the Republican race (not completeley out, but realistically out). Ross Perot, even though he garnered almost 20% of the popular vote in 1992, had zero delegates to his name. Knowing this outcome in advance means that Ron Paul needs to concentrate on getting his message out to those whom might not have heard it. He will be more successful doing this as a 3rd party candidate. It will also help this 3rd party garner national recognition and become a player in future elections.

This means he should take the Republican campaign donations he has left and concentrate on getting his "message" out to as many people as possible by radio and mail (the lowest cost way to reach the most people). Then he can start a new fundraiser under the party he elects. If he continues to run, people will find a way to give.

Finally, Ken LaRive writes (http://www.theadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080311/OPINION/803110302/1014) on The Daily Advertiser about Ron Paul, the movement, and momentum:

As I studied Ron Paul, I was amazed about what he proposed, and though he won't stand a chance this election, it seems he is causing something of a revolution in thought. His Libertarian points of view go back to our Founding Father Thomas Jefferson and the philosopher John Loche, who inspired him.

Interviewed by NEWSMAX Magazine, he was asked "What should government do?" Paul gave a very Libertarian answer: "Protect our freedoms. Have a strong national defense. Look at and take care of our borders. Have a sound currency. That's the responsibility of the federal government - not to run our lives and run everything in the economy."

Ron Paul takes from the left - anti-NAFTA, anti-war, anti-Patriot Act. From the Libertarian and conservative right, he espouses anti-big-government and intervention, anti-tax and pro-privatization.

Some contemporaries who have somewhat of an affinity with Paul are notables like Milton Friedman, Roy Innus, Charles and David Koch and Bob Barr. There are star proponents too, including Dave Barry, Drew Carey, Penn Jillette, Ted Nugent, Clint Eastwood and Kurt Russell.

The Libertarian Movement, though now considered grassroots, is a growing phenomenon popular with both young Republicans and Democrats alike, as it promises to finally bridge the gap between the two. Those who see the dangers of constitutional dismantlement, basic human rights, ultra-government intervention-control and sound international policies, may create a new face for America, where again "We, the people of the United States of America" might take back liberty and justice for all. In effect, it may finally bridge the ultra-idealistic gaps that so weaken us.

The news still seems to be coming, so that's good. I am dead-serious about interviewing candidates. I have a couple of things brewing right now with a couple of candidates and at least one grassroots activist movement. If you are interested in getting your Ron Paul candidacy or activist group some exposure, drop me a line, either at The Freedom Files (http://blog.myspace.com/freedomphiles)or on RonPaulForums.com.

Top blogs since the last Roundup:
But What if Your Name is A. Nonymous? (http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=194780914&blogID=365932211&Mytoken=B34B89C7-F8F5-4307-9845D9609B74CFB2127300413)
Rise of the Prosti-tots (http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=194780914&blogID=365927814&Mytoken=B34B89C7-F8F5-4307-9845D9609B74CFB2127300413)
Pope’s New Rules Clear as Mud (http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=194780914&blogID=365706080&Mytoken=B34B89C7-F8F5-4307-9845D9609B74CFB2127300413)


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molly_pitcher
03-11-2008, 04:56 PM
Just promise you will stick around until after the National Convention. I think the supporters will give you a great deal to round-up ^_^

RSDavis
03-12-2008, 07:24 AM
It's a deal!