No Paul = No Vote in November
"I would also say of Ron Paul – he doesn't need to win. In his view he is winning already. This is an ideological point he is making. But here's why it's electorally significant – a lot of people, I mean 41 percent in Virginia, only two people on the ballot, still a lot of people voted for Ron Paul. A lot of those voters are portable. They're not Republican – they're not dedicated Republican voters." – Tucker Carlson, Editor, The Daily Caller
It is time for a groundswell of Ron Paul supporters to quietly, respectfully but firmly make their position clear to the mainstream media and the GOP establishment. Simply put, "No Paul on the ticket means no vote for the GOP in November."
The Ron Paul Campaign has the GOP establishment stuck between a rock and a hard place even though they have not won a single state in the primaries to date. Every Paul supporter knows the underhanded tactics used by the Republican leadership at the state and national level as well as the organized smear and news blackout campaign carried out by the mainstream media.
Making Nice For the November Election
As we move into the last months of the GOP presidential nomination campaign, most of the establishment media are now "making nice" with Ron Paul and his supporters. He actually gets questions during the debates, some press coverage and the other candidates seem friendly. The reason is simple. The Republican Party desperately needs the votes of Ron Paul supporters in order to win in November against Obama.
Obviously, Virginia Heffernan didn't get the memo in her typical anti-Paul elitist drivel titled Ron Paul's Pointless Internet Presidency posted on Yahoo earlier in the week but now this is the exception rather than standard procedure for the press. The word has gone out to be nice and respectful to Ron Paul so they can get our votes in November.
Too Little Too Late
The Republican establishment has obviously done its homework with focus groups, polling, etc. and here is their situation. Although they have successfully held back the Ron Paul campaign to date from threatening to win the GOP presidential nomination, in the dirty tricks process they have ostracized the substantial Paul voting constituency even more from the GOP than before.
Paul supporters are far more than portable as suggested by Tucker Carlson; rather they are toxic toward the GOP elites and very few will now support any of the establishment candidates after the abusive treatment given to Ron Paul as well as the crude attacks against Paul supporters.
I well understand these feelings of resentment, as I am a Ron Paul supporter. There is no way I will vote for either Romney, Santorum or Gingrich, although I certainly prefer their fake rhetoric to the Obama propaganda. If Ron Paul isn't the Republican nominee for president, then the establishment nominee desperately needs the votes of his supporters in order to beat Obama in the fall general election.
The establishment knows the Gingrich and Santorum voters in the GOP Presidential primary will eventually vote for Mitt Romney in November if he wins the Republican presidential nomination at the GOP convention beginning on August 27th, 2012. They also know and fear that most Ron Paul supporters will not vote for the nominee and will likely stay away from the polls in droves thus hurting the other Republican candidates for the House and Senate as well for state and local elections. Basically, 15% of the GOP primary voters will sit out the 2012 November election and this almost guarantees the re-election of Barack Obama.
Why Don't I Really Care If the Democrats or Republicans Win in November?
My answer is regardless of whether Romney or Obama wins the general election despite all the anti-Obama rhetoric by the Republican establishment, little will change on major issues. Romney's campaign promises are identical to all other presidential campaign promises, much to do about nothing. Neither Bush nor Obama kept their campaign promises and neither will Romney.
Course of Action
First, we redouble our efforts in voting and funding the Ron Paul Campaign up through the final primary and caucus.
Second, in editorials, articles or discussions with the press or GOP leadership always emphasize your plans to stay at home on election day if a Ron or Rand Paul is not on the ticket.
Third, at the Republican National Convention when the presidential nomination is handed to Romney, assuming he wins, we continue to stress "NO PAUL = NO VOTE IN NOVEMBER."
Finally, we then wait at the convention for the personal phone call from Mitt Romney following private preliminary discussions where Rand Paul is asked to be the Vice Presidential candidate on a Romney/Paul ticket after assurances Ron Paul will be nominated for an appropriate cabinet level appointment such as Secretary of the Treasury or Defense.
Ron Paul deserves some family time off following the years of campaigning and educating the American people about liberty. He has done more to advance the cause of limited government, peace, liberty and free markets than any American since the time of the American Revolution.
Mitt Romney has spent the last seven years running for President of the United States so obviously he really wants to win. Romney and his advisors must know that without the 15% plus of GOP voters supporting Ron Paul who, unlike Gingrich and Santorum supporters, will sit the election out, he cannot defeat Barack Obama without our support. His only option is to put a "Paul" on the ticket.
Although a Vice President Rand Paul is a great tactical victory, this is only a battle in a long war for the restoration of liberty and legitimate constitutional government to the United States.
When I was a young man in the military during the 1970s, I well remember the antiwar crowds shouting "Hell, no, we won't go!" in opposition to the Vietnam War. Today, 40-plus years later, I'm a grandfather and maybe older and wiser but still willing to a little more respectfully tell the same power elites running this country and both political parties, "Hell, no, I won't go." But this time it is to the polls in November unless there is a Paul on the ticket.
Will you join me?
Posted by montreauxg on 03/12/12 02:53 AM
I wish I could the world through rose-colored sunglasses. It's time that Ron Paul supporters look inside and ask themselves how much of their talk is pure rhetoric and if how much they're willing to act on their beliefs before prescribing them to others. Individual liberty sought through an appeal to a collective authority is a contradiction. Are you mice or are you men?
Posted by montreauxg on 03/12/12 02:48 AM
You don't get it. The RNC is the DNC. Voting for one or the other will lead to the exact same result. Moreover, it validates the range of discourse to an accepted spectrum within two increasingly narrowing limits. 15% on a third party ticket might raise some eyebrows, kind of like George Mason getting into the Final Four, but ultimately it can be dismissed, especially when Ron Paul retires and no one of his stature fills the vacuum. And anyone that's 4 more years of public school and mass media indoctrination to combat. If you have eyes to see this, quit funding a system that will imprison your brothers and sisters who take a stand against the lies and corruption.
Posted by Elias Alias on 03/12/12 02:13 AM
I am not the first to have said this, but will say it anyway -
If Ron Paul is not available, I will vote for Obama. It's either Ron Paul or Obama. The Republican Party can give me Ron Paul for whom to vote, or I shall vote Obama - to hasten the death of this system. I firmly think that one more time 'round with Obama will finally put an end to any remaining illusion presently held in the public mind, the empire shall crash down like a slain dragon writhing in death-throes which shall appear in the dark imagery of depression, economic upheaval, chaos, institutional disintegration, police-state slavery and the failure of western civilization. Are you listening, RNC? Give me Ron Paul or I'm voting Obama.
Posted by AjaiDittmar on 03/12/12 01:58 AM
I WILL write his name in no matter what! I am a delegate in Iowa and I am not giving up just yet!
Posted by leslymill on 03/12/12 12:59 AM
I will be voting and voting for Ron Paul... one way or another... each and every day I become more and more resolved... this election IS HIS.
Posted by clark on 03/11/12 11:37 PM
mikeck wrote, "I wear my seat-belt because I do not like the taste of steering wheels."
IMHO, a seatbelt is not required to keep one from tasting a steering wheel while driving in 25 MPH traffic.
Seatbelts certainly aren't the be all to end all, I've plenty of friends who died while wearing theirs.
There seems to be few laws that are more contrary to the definition of liberty than seatbelt laws. This is just the type of law most Republicans support and with the threat of jail or worse. Some liberty that.
mikeck wrote, "Just remember something I almost learned the hard way, you can't fight the tyrants or be free from inside a cage."
That is not true. See what Gandhi accomplished behind bars, and many many others.
Henry David Thoreau wrote, "The law will never make men free; it is men who have got to make the law free."
"Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves."
"Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison... the only house in a slave State in which a free man can abide with honor."
"I am as desirous of being a good neighbor as I am of being a bad subject."
Posted by Frank on 03/11/12 10:32 PM
No Paul = No Vote In November ???
Are you crazy? As a Ron Paul supporter I WILL VOTE, but I will probably not vote for the GOP nominee (especially if it's Romney). I might write in Ron Paul's name, or vote Constitution Party (because Gary Johnson is pro-abortion, I can't vote for him if he gets the Libertarian nomination). If all Ron Paul voters vote, but not for GOP nominee, I think that will send a much louder message to the big government GOP Establishment that if we all stay home & not vote. Then the GOP Establishment can add up all the non-GOP & non-Democratic votes and see how many voters their Unconstitutional, big government candidates have alienated. Soon, a viable third Party will emerge standing for small, Constitutional government. Too bad, I think the GOP will head the way of the Whigs.
Posted by asmith12342000 on 03/11/12 09:52 PM
I was an elected republican PCO at the time of the last election. I REFUSED to vote for the globalist slime that the GOP shoved under our noses last time. I voted for Baldwin. I will not compromise. Voting for the 'lessor' is what has put us in our current dire situation in this country.
Posted by asmith12342000 on 03/11/12 09:35 PM
You ask, "Will you join me"
Answer: Not in a million years. Absolutely NOT! When I first started to read this article of yours, I thought, great. Then I get to your punch line. Throw a bone out to the Ron Paul people and hope they'll bite. I don't think so, at least not this Ron Paul supporter.
Why would a Ron Paul supporter, suddenly support, a globalist that is no different than Obama, except for the color of hat he wears? You, obviously don't really know Ron Paul supporters. It's a matter of integrity. What you're proposing is just another slimey way of attempting to get Ron Paul supporters to compromise and go along with the GOP globalist pick of the day. Just another divide and conquer attempt.
What the Republican party, can't seem to get into their heads is that it's not about party politics for Ron Paul supporters. We really don't give a rip about the Republican Party. It's about the Constitution and a politician that WILL NOT be bought.
Bottom line, the Republican party, can not and will not win without us and they know it. No, RON PAUL, on the ticket as President equals no vote for the Republican party, PERIOD.
Ron Holland, I've got to say, this article of yours was thinly disguised and pretty loathsome. How stupid do you and the Republican party think Ron Paul supporters are to fall for this?
Posted by TimothyLeoErnestCrowe on 03/11/12 07:47 PM
A slaves response.
Posted by oldschoolpatriot on 03/11/12 07:47 PM
It's obvious the GOP doesn't realize the numbers of Paul supporters there are, I beleive there are more than what is indicated in this article... a lot more. In a straight popular vote Ron Paul would win by a landslide in November were he to win the Nominee in Tampa. I agree with Ron Holland, NO PAUL = NO VOTE IN NOVEMBER ,although I would prefer it if it was President Ron Paul in January. I suspect Rand Paul is good guy,(the apple don't fall far from the tree) and I'm sure he would keep Romney on his toes.So you crooked GOP Elite ,yes you, you better be payin close attention to these blogs because all of them I have been in, and thats quite a few,are 80-90% paulites. Ron Paul 2012!! NO PAUL = NO VOTE IN NOVEMBER!!!
Posted by TimothyLeoErnestCrowe on 03/11/12 07:34 PM
Ron Holland, You still don't get it. Placing Paul in a replaceable position is unacceptable. Ran Paul as vice president will remove him from a presidential position later. NO! Paul will be president. You have compromised to much. No Paul ] No vote. No Paul and we will begin proper "Jus ad bellum" discussions. Ron Holland, you have lost your youth. Take a brake, go and find it, then report to me when you are ready to be a free man.
Posted by AjaiDittmar on 03/11/12 05:16 PM
A group of us plan to write him in.
Posted by SilentSandy on 03/11/12 03:43 PM
We Nevadan's did our best to toss Harry out. He won re-election by chicanery, voter fraud, illegal immigrant voting fraud and collusion by state GOP leaders who have kept him in office for years. The same leaders to who proclaimed that Romney won in 2008 after shutting down the state convention when it became obvious that Paul won.
Yesteday, Paul supporters in Clark County (las vegas) took over the central committee, as we will do across the state in coming weeks. We will play by the rules that are violated by the RINO's running our state into the dumpster.
Now to get rid of the religious hypocrites who claim to be the only true '
conservatives.' Of the four candidates, only one refuses to wear his religion on his shirtsleeve, something that many of us who are not christians appreciate.
Posted by dandepriest on 03/11/12 03:04 PM
This is pseudo-intellectual polemic. Not all appeal to even human authority is a fallacy. There is a way to appeal to known authorities that informs well and that isn't the same as swallowing without chewing. But even if your broad sweeping pontification had merit, the notion that Christianity is to be rejected because appealing to authority is fallacious is insufficient logically to infer that it is untrue.
You are ascribing the unreliability of human "authority" to the God of Christianity as though that necessarily follows. If God exists, whoever that entity is, what does follow is that God's authority stands unchallengeable by puny man regardless of how much we agree with it or how reliable we measure it.
Posted by dandepriest on 03/11/12 02:29 PM
Romney may want to be the POTUS more than almost anything but he will never cross the Anglosphere that will not tolerate any Paul getting close to the executive branch. They're quite comfortable with things as they are. So it seems to me we're looking at four more years of Obama.
Posted by Bluebird on 03/11/12 01:42 PM
Seems many are saying "I will not vote and will not pay taxes." Seems also government has heard you. And I guess we will soon be seeing what they have all those fema camps for as well has the huge increase in hiring for fema. Good luck with that. If you think they can't arrest everyone in the USA, think again. After all, they don't really need our taxes, they can (and do) print as much "money" as they want.
Obama or Romney will be our next POTUS. You have a chance to add some guys to the pot who can make a change. Why not do it. As soon as elections are over, we will go to war with Iran. But with the Pauls in high office, they might booger the plan. I think it is worth the effort. Or will you walk away and see Ron Paul muzzled and go home defeated just to make a point?
Posted by jdgradler on 03/11/12 01:23 PM
If Ron Paul is not our next president it may as well be Obama
Posted by smithfix on 03/11/12 01:20 PM
Me I am voting for Obama if Ron Paul is not on a Presidential ticket. I am a Veteran and Patriot. I believe a Romney or Newt are more dangerous than this globalist lacky we have now. A "Republican" will put too many Americans back to sleep and let the cage be completed. Vote Obama-Vote Revolution!
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Posted by ShamanX on 03/11/12 01:19 PM
Thanks for a great message. Beyond Ron Paul I have absolutely no use for the GOP. Romney, Santorum, Gingerich and Obama are all in the same establishment basket from a Paul perspective. And, as you say the 'dirty tricks' of the Republican party elites and establishment media make me very unfriendly to the November voting booth without a Paul option. Indeed the bill will come due for all the foul play and shennanigans against Ron Paul this past year.
Ron Paul provided the Republicans a real chance to get right with themselves and turn away from their advocacy of collusion between big-government and big-business and banking and from their fear of real individual liberty. But the last four years have taught me clearly that there is no substantive difference between the Demcratic party and the Republican party when it comes to advancing the founding principles of this country.
I just can't see how Ron Paul could subordinate his message by taking a cabinet position for one of the other candidates. I just don't see it.
Short of some form of Ron Paul candidacy I would like nothing more than to see the two-party system implode and if that begins with the Republican party sucumbing to its own hypocricy and market-interventionist pandering then I'll stand up and cheer! Good Riddance!