Why Ron Paul Still Matters Now and For the Future
by Luke Welch
I have my own strong opinions in this blog entry. I am not insinuating in any way that other people, other loyal Americans, or other Christians should necessarily agree with me. I do know that many people vote with MANY DIFFERENT conscientious reasons.
Some vote for Democrats because they feel that Democrats represent general opposition to the war and help for the poor.
Some vote for Republicans because they feel that Republicans represent opposition to abortion and support for good economic policies.
Some vote for independent thinkers, like Ron Paul, because they feel he represents the most preferable combination of policies and views.
This is my opinion, and each person’s feelings are often based on very real, very valid grounds. But my opinions put me in category three.
I hope I can say the things that I say so strongly below with the caveat that I want to rely on not judging and not being judged by those who disagree.
I want to write about two major reasons that I have found that people who don’t support Ron Paul don’t agree with what should happen at this point in the campaign:
1) Misinformation – There is still misinformation about the process, the delegates, and the reporting about Paul’s campaign that originated a long time ago. Yes, of course, this means that things are going much more poorly now than ever. I have no intention of denying that an uphill battle is what we face. BUT – it has been forced that way by the MSM’s refusal to give equal time and treatment to Paul, especially at times when he was doing as well or better than other candidates.
2) Philosophy – I am sure that people are saying “WHAT?” about my comment that it is an uphill battle – but WE AREN’T battling for the White House. While the presidency has been a hopeful goal of the “campaign,” the real fight – as stated early on by the campaign – has always been to change the political system in a way that past third party candidates have been unable to do.
This campaign HAS been different from other independent thinking or third party elections in the past.
* A ten term winning congressman, for whom Ronald Reagan campaigned
* raised LARGE amounts of cash that is perceived as ethical cash – no lobbies, basically small amounts from MANY supporters to gain
* victories as big as 19% of the vote in some states – 10% in others (NOT a nobody in the election)
* frequently beating out former favorites in the election
* even though his campaign positions are SO DIFFERENT from the other candidates.
But, it won’t happen. There won’t be a brokered convention. So were Ron’s supporters wrong to give, to volunteer themselves tirelessly, to dream, to hope, to believe that there was something better than they had ever experienced in politics?
That can only be determined by whether they feel that they failed morally. We know that one objective has failed. However, we ought not to judge our personal success in this fight by whether we fixed the world, but by whether we cared about the world.
Well, what about the future? Is all actually for naught?
Will Paul’s popularity amongst the contrarian youth population remain strong in the future? Will a Paul or a Paul-like campaign have the fuel in 4 years to receive anywhere close to the same numbers? Some of the energy in this election came from broad reaction against the Bush administration for damage that many are seeking to remedy. So, what about next time? Will the Paulunteers have a burning reason to push for change especially when current administration hasn’t been in office in 4 years? What if a Republican wins this time? Will Paul’s people be willing to create a campaign AGAINST an incumbent in 4 years? Will there be any of Paul’s people left over who are still willing to vote in the historically unelectable 3rd party place?
Why? Because it is an ideological battle. One which hopes, through increase of converts, to overwhelm the status quo. No matter how long it takes.
Is the classy thing to do “to bow out and pledge the rest of his money to the eventual nominee rather than simply waste it”?
If in the national election there were a Democrat with 80 percent popular support, and a Republican with 20 percent – should the Republicans bow out and pledge the rest of their money to the inevitable democratic winner rather than simply waste it?
Why would they give up? — Why wouldn’t they give up?
People who stay in the race are trying to say – I am still a voter. They are hoping to let people know that there is STILL at least 20% support in the future, with the hope that the support grows.
Many say right now, that Paul should throw his support to the Republican Nominee, so that the Democrats don’t win.
In some elections, this might seem like the only pragmatic action to take. IF one side seemed more righteous.
But Ron Paul and his supporters believe that there IS no Republican running except for Ron Paul. None of the other candidates support truly historical Republican values.
So both sides are equally intollerable. I am used to being sad about executive decisions. I will endure more of it. And I will vote with my conscience, in order to say – I am still a voter, and I will not be silent about wrongdoing!
Abortion is wrong. This bloodbath in an illegal war is wrong. The inaccurate and malfunctioning death penalty is wrong. The incessant borrowing of money from the elderly, without intention to pay them back, and the incessant printing of empty money to pay for unlawful projects, only to pass the consequences on to the public is wrong.
The ignoring of the constitution is wrong.
Ron Paul would NEVER pledge his money to any other candidate, because he doesn’t want any other Democrat OR Republican to win, because their ideologies are equally poor. He certainly won’t throw money at McCain to support more years of unlawful killing in Iraq. Or to Obama who will vote for unlawful killing of babies.
I won’t throw my vote to any of them either. And keeping my vote is not a waste – it is the only voice I have in the election.
If I didn’t think that there was anyone worth voting for, I wouldn’t vote. If I thought that one was clearly better than the other, even if they were both unpleasant, then I would chose a side. But I don’t feel like there is a good choice left.
But I DO feel like there is a good choice left.
No one is perfect. Not me, not my friends, not my candidates, not my church, not my heart or my mind. But until I have a reason to flee from my choice and recant – I feel pretty good about sticking where I’m stuck. I will go to this election in clean conscience and in exercise of a choice.
And it’s my goal to make sure that I continue to have a worthy choice by declaring that a worthy choice will always get my vote. If I call it quits when I know the election is over for my candidate, then I will create the self-fulfilling prophecy that a non-mainstream idea is not even worth working on, because even the non-mainstream voters won’t actually support you.
I know a lot of people who are not about to drop support or shut down or bow out. They stand with a cause. And I stand with them.
And we stand with Ron Paul.