Many Ron Paul supporters are feeling discouraged, after what they just witnessed. I am not one of them. I didn’t really expect Paul to win any states on Super Tuesday.
I’ve been a supporter of Paul since 2007, so I understand exactly what it is we are fighting against. He was laughed at by other candidates for talking about money-printing being the cause of rising prices, and for suggesting that we need to understand the motives of our enemies. When debate moderators weren’t ignoring him, they were making sure everyone at home thought he was unelectable. Unelectable; the only candidate in 2008 that was bringing up the dollar crisis and the debt when these issues were just not part of the political discourse.
So, forgive me for not having gotten my hopes up; for thinking that there was no way that enough people would wake up to give Ron Paul a win. I mean, we have Republicans talking about going to war with Iran over a weapon that there is no evidence they are building. This is after the “Weapons of Mass Destruction” debacle. People who are not even a little bit skeptical about the war propaganda being fed to us now, after what happened in Iraq, are a lost cause, and that’s just putting it nicely.
However, there is a bigger picture here, one that I am very optimistic about. What Ron Paul started was never about winning a race, it was about changing minds. We live in a country where a woman who asks that taxpayers pay her so she can have safe sex, is given a platform on which to speak, by Congress. Think about what that means. Did you think this was going to be quick and easy? Look at the world in which we live.
The media is in complete control over the thoughts of the voters. The fact that they can convince them that the candidate with the best chance to win in the general election, is actually the candidate with the worst odds, is proof of this. They have gotten the voters to completely forget about the debt and the budget deficit. You would think this wouldn’t be an easy task. After all, the Tea Party movement was very loud about these issues. But today, they vote for candidates with no plans to cut spending. It turns out they didn’t really want change after all.
Ron Paul knows that unless we make the public understand why the constitution matters, and what the role of the government ought to be, it won’t matter who we elect as president. This isn’t a Get Free Quick scheme. It’s a Liberty movement. And look at what this liberty movement has been able to accomplish in just five years.
Rand Paul was elected Senator, and with his popularity among Republicans, has a tremendous opportunity to win the presidency in 2016.
Other liberty candidates, like Justin Amash, have been elected to Congress; candidates that really do stand for small government. People who never got involved in politics are getting elected at the local level.
We have people in the Republican party at least talking about getting rid of departments.
The constitution is being mentioned again. That’s nice.
The term “Keynesian Economics” is now being mentioned like never before. Austrian Economics has never been more popular.
You may think this is minor, but on every primary/caucus night, Ron Paul has been able to address the entire country without spending an extra dime. Think about the number of people that watched him speak after the New Hampshire primary, for example. That was almost twenty minutes of free advertising for the liberty movement. Think about all of the people that may have started to wake up on that day.
Young people have been flocking to the message of liberty. Those Republicans who claim to believe in small government yet did not vote for Paul…they have no idea they have Paul to thank for saving their party, for the young people that Ron Paul has brought into the party will become the party. Where would they have gone without the movement that Ron Paul started? They would have either remained apathetic or perhaps would have joined the Occupiers to call for more government involvement in every aspect of our lives.
Do you think Ron Paul is feeling down right now? Ron Paul has been fighting for these ideas for over thirty years. In 2007, his only hope was to have only a few people listen to him in a debate. He had no idea how that number would grow. Look at this from his point of view. Thirty years of being ignored; of being the lone voice of reason in Congress. His political career was almost over, and all that he accomplished up until 2007 was build a record of constitutional consistency in the hopes to set an example; in the hopes to show the American public that all hope is not lost; that there are still honest people left willing to fight for what is right regardless of the consequences; people willing to stand for the truth, even if they stand alone. Then came the first debate, and we all know what happened next.
Ron Paul should be ecstatic, as should we. He thought he was going to retire having not accomplished much. Instead, during these last five years, he started a movement. He handed the torch not just to his son, but to all the young people that can now really make a difference; that have the numbers to accomplish much more than one man in Congress could, in thirty years. Ron Paul has changed the world, it’s just not as obvious to most people yet.
By the way, in 2008 1.1 million people voted for Ron Paul. In 2012 there have already been 900,000 votes cast for Paul, with 27 states still remaining. There is no reason to feel down. We’re just getting started.
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