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You’re a Ron Paul Supporter – What next?

February 4, 2008

My family donated more money than we could really afford to the Ron Paul campaign. We donated because he’s an honest, hardworking man who has some good ideas that will help to repair some of the damage that’s been done to America. On certain topics, he’s the only one making any sense.

That being said, I’m a huge proponent of always voting strategically. Take the information available and apply it in a rational way to do the most good for the issues I care about. For the Primary contests we registered Republican to vote for Ron Paul. We think a vote for Ron Paul in the Republican Primary says more than a vote anywhere else at this time. We know Ron Paul’s numbers will be smaller than the other candidates, so every vote helps give his ideas an air of respectability. The big question is about what happens after the Primaries. We have to work under the assumption that Dr. Paul won’t be the Republican nominee. The Republican party has drifted too far from its underlying, conservative ideals. They don’t want Ron Paul and hence, they won’t get him.

So what’s a Ron Paul supporter to do?

That really depends on what you want. I’m figuring that most Ron Paul supporters are passionate, motivated people. Whether they’re new to politics in America or old hands at it, they care about who our next President is. So, as Ron Paul supporters, you need to decide what’s going to happen in a situation where Dr. Paul runs as a third Party candidate and what happens if he doesn’t. Admittedly, the choice may not be that different in either case.

Assuming that the Republican nominee is John McCain, it feels like most Ron Paul supporters won’t be able to support him. So in a race where RP is running as a third party candidate, supporters need to make sure that if they’re spending their vote on Ron Paul that it makes a difference.

All I ask is that you think strategically about what your vote will mean, in practical terms. Cast it where the vote does the most good for the outcome you want. Regardless of what that outcome is.

For me, the classic example of votes being wasted is John Hagelin in Florida, 2000.

Here are the final counts for Bush, Gore and Hagelin:

George W Bush: 2,912,790.
Albert A Gore: 2,912,253
John Hagelin: 2,281

I’ve read about some of Hagelin’s positions, he seems like a good candidate. However, if I had voted for Hagelin in 2000, I’d be regretting it still. Not as much as if I’d voted for everyone’s favorite developmentally disabled President, but regretting it nonetheless. I’d be regretting it because I voted symbolically and not practically. I would have thought I was making some grandiose symbolic gesture and instead I allowed a retarded tyrant to win.

The point is basically that if your candidate cannot win, a vote for him has the potential to be a discarded vote.

By all means, campaign, donate and cheer lead for your guy. Right up until the point that you realize he has no hope, then cut him loose and choose the next best available candidate. The polling booth isn’t the place to make a statement. The polling booth is a place to exert your influence on who the next President is.

You’re always entitled to vote your heart, and there are many political situations where that’s the right thing to do. If you’re a Ron Paul supporter and he actually gets the Republican nomination, there’s no question, vote for him.

If, on the other hand, he doesn’t get the nomination, you need to re-prioritize and realize that a vote for the Democrat will end the war. A vote for the Democrat will put an end (at least for now) to nation building. A vote for the Democrat will start to rebuild some of our civil liberties. A vote for the Democrat will start to restore our international reputation.

So be smart, work hard, fight hard, just keep your goals in mind. Don’t damage them to make a gesture.

If you’re a Democrat who wants to end the Iraq war, you have one clear choice – Ron Paul

January 23, 2008

I realized something earlier today. I realized that, as someone who wants to end the war in Iraq, I should have registered Republican to vote for Ron Paul in the Primary.

Why? Simple. In a Ron Paul vs any Democrat contest, the troops come home.

For any Democrats out there who care about ending our illegal occupation of Iraq, suck it up and register Republican. It’s not like a tattoo, you can wash the stink off later. Vote for Ron Paul, keep his candidacy viable and maybe, just maybe you can help end this awful mess we’re in.

What a fair Ron Paul interview looks like

January 20, 2008

I’m stunned.

I really don’t know how to react.  I just saw a Ron Paul interview via YouTube.  I don’t know what to say other than it was good.

I kept expecting the interviewers to turn on him and start mocking him.  They didn’t.

I kept expecting them to mention all the departments he wants to close to make him sound foolish.  They didn’t.

I kept expecting them to criticize his stance on the war.  They didn’t.

In fact, and give me a second to collect myself here … I think … I think they were actually agreeing with many of his positions.

One of the hosts said “He makes a lot of sense.”

I think it’s a measure of the treatment he’s received so far that an ordinary interview where he’s treated with respect (they called him Dr. Paul) and where Paul performs produces such a strong reaction in me.

I can’t imagine what will happen if this treatment continues.  Actually, to be honest, I can’t imagine this treatment continuing.

Live Free or Die? Transcript of a Ron Paul Speech

January 8, 2008

Manchester, NH. Tuesday, January 8th, 2008.

Ladies and gentlemen, thank you … thank you very much … thank you …

Good people of New Hampshire, I stand before you today with two things: a simple message and a dire need.

The message is one that I’ve been delivering for nearly 40 years. It’s a message that I know is familiar to you, it’s your state motto: “Live Free or Die”. Yes, it’s a little strange for me to be delivering your own motto to you, but that’s where the dire need comes in, so bear with me. The people of New Hampshire are needed. The people of New Hampshire are desperately needed. America needs you to stand up and say that enough is enough. America needs you to live up to your reputation and put your votes where your mouths are. American needs you to exemplify the “Live Free or Die” philosophy. You’ve lived under the motto, now America needs you to live the motto.

We’ve reached a point, in this country, where small, incremental changes have chipped away at our personal freedoms. We’ve reached a point, in this country, where huge, sweeping mistakes have destroyed our international reputation. We’ve reached a point , in this country, where our economy is grinding to a halt, our currency is collapsing and our prosperity is disappearing.

America needs New Hampshire to say “Enough!” America needs New Hampshire to claim back our freedoms.

(Pause – applause)

The country’s need is strong enough that I’m going to be blunt with you here; you only have two choices in the Republican Party Primary. You can vote for me or you can continue to see your country’s future squandered. Now, I’ll admit I’m not much of a politician. I’m not smooth, polished or particularly inspiring speaker but I don’t need to be … because the message of freedom speaks for itself!

(Pause – cheering)

I am the only Republican candidate who voted against the war. (Pause – cheering)

I have never voted to provide more funding for the war. (Pause – cheering)

Most importantly, listen carefully to this, when I am elected I will bring our troops back home to their families. I will end this war! (Pause – pandemonium)

You want freedom? I support legalizing drugs and abolishing the IRS! (Pause – shouting, cheering)

You want prosperity? I will restore this country’s economic power with responsible fiscal policies. You know? Like a Republican is supposed to. (Pause – laughter)

You want honesty, integrity and commitment? I’ve been married to my lovely wife for 50 years and I’ve been a congressman for 40 of those years. I’ve voted according to the constitution without exception, for those 40 years because that’s what I was elected to do! (Pause – cheering)

The time has come, New Hampshire, for you to decide whether “Live Free or Die” is a motto or a way of life. The time has come, New Hampshire, for you to decide whether our future will be filled with freedom or fear, prosperity or war, truth and honesty or more of the same we’ve been getting for 8 years.

Enough is enough New Hampshire.

New Hampshire, there isn’t another candidate who supports freedom like I do. There isn’t another candidate who has a track recording of voting for freedom like I do. So I ask you today, New Hampshire, are you ready? Are you ready to stand up and be counted? Are you ready to lead our country out of this dark hour? Is it just a motto New Hampshire, or are you truly ready to Live Free or Die?

Thank you. Thank you. (etc)

(Mayhem ensues)