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Sunday, 9 March 2008

Ron Paul 2008 Presidential Campaign, RIP (July 2007 — February 2008)

Filed under: Networking, Politics — Tags: , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 10:57 PM (22:57)

On 8 February 2008, I received the following email from the Ron Paul for President campaign —

Whoa! What a year this has been. And what achievements we have had. If I may quote Trotsky of all people, this Revolution is permanent. It will not end at the Republican convention. It will not end in November. It will not end until we have won the great battle on which we have embarked. Not because of me, but because of you. Millions of Americans — and friends in many other countries — have dedicated themselves to the principles of liberty: to free enterprise, limited government, sound money, no income tax, and peace. We will not falter so long as there is one restriction on our persons, our property, our civil liberties. How much I owe you. I can never possibly repay your generous donations, hard work, whole-hearted dedication and love of freedom. How blessed I am to be associated with you. Carol, of course, sends her love as well.

Let me tell you my thoughts. With Romney gone, the chances of a brokered convention are nearly zero. But that does not affect my determination to fight on, in every caucus and primary remaining, and at the convention for our ideas, with just as many delegates as I can get. But with so many primaries and caucuses now over, we do not now need so big a national campaign staff, and so I am making it leaner and tighter. Of course, I am committed to fighting for our ideas within the Republican party, so there will be no third party run. I do not denigrate third parties — just the opposite, and I have long worked to remove the ballot-access restrictions on them. But I am a Republican, and I will remain a Republican.

I also have another priority. I have constituents in my home district that I must serve. I cannot and will not let them down. And I have another battle I must face here as well. If I were to lose the primary for my congressional seat, all our opponents would react with glee, and pretend it was a rejection of our ideas. I cannot and will not let that happen.

Basically, what’s he saying is that he’s giving up on the Presidential campaign to focus on his Congressional campaign. From the strategic standpoint, this is a good plan. Still, many of the supporters of the presidential campaign were disillusioned about this (as I was). This decision of Dr. Paul’s was confirmed in an email from the presidential campaign dated 27 February 2008 —

Ron Paul has conceded that there is now little chance of a brokered convention, but has pledged to continue his campaign to bring his message of peace, freedom and prosperity to the Republican convention. The prize now is to have a significant influence in the future direction of the Republican party.

One of the things that you can do is run for State Legislature, and post the Ron Paul Revolution graphic on your website and your literature.

Here in New Mexico, it’s pitifully easy to get on the ballot as a candidate for State Legislature, even if you’re running as a “third-party” candidate, as I am (Libertarian for State Senate, District 26). It will only take me about 200 petition signatures to get myself listed on the ballot.

As for using a logo created to support a Republican candidate, well, it was originally created by long-time Libertarian activist Ernest Hancock for his 2006 campaign for Arizona Secretary of State —

If the Ron Paul Revolution is going to have an impact, it’s got to be about more than just Ron Paul, and Ron Paul admits this — he says that he’s just the current messenger. What needs to happen is that more people need to take up the role of messenger for Liberty.


NOTES

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