RON PAUL'S WINNING STRATAGEM
Ron Paul’s campaign for President, as well as his tenure in office, has been marked by a love of country more than self so uncommon in modern politics. The typical politician is obsessed with him or herself, aiming incessantly at profiting personally off of public position, power, and resources. Not so with the extraordinary Ron Paul. Although most politicians who fail to win their party’s nomination return to their pre-campaign life and initiatives, Ron Paul has remained a vital force, marshaling his delegates and working with Republican convention leaders to influence the convention and party platform. As the Republican platform takes shape, the influences of Ron Paul will become apparent. He is pulling the party closer to his positions through a deliberate, long-term, and powerful strategy.
Ron Paul represents as much as ten percent of the electorate, a body of loyal and dedicated supporters who are an engine of reform. They are a powerful political force precisely because they are intelligent, vocal, and committed activists. Virtually everyone in the libertarian, Tea Party, and conservative movement knows of Ron Paul, likes him, and sides with him on one or more key issues. For decades the GOP as it embraced a big government agenda took Ron Paul for granted, but not anymore. He has earned his influential position, and he intends to use that influence not for personal gain but to save the United States. He will fight that battle even after he retires from Congress this December. He will remain a vital catalyst for revivification of the Founding principles.
We can already see the fruits of his labors from this campaign season. On August 20 at a town hall meeting, a person in the audience asked Governor Romney, “Isn’t it time to audit the Federal Reserve?” To which Romney responded without hesitation, “Very plain and simple, the answer is yes. The Federal Reserve should be accountable. We should see what they’re doing.” Paul’s delegates and allies have been pressing for the Republican platform to contain a provision endorsing a comprehensive audit of the Federal Reserve System, and it appears that Ron Paul will get that platform plank. Romney’s statement makes it highly likely that Republican Platform Committee Chairman Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell will include an audit the fed provision. Indeed, McDonnell has said as much, telling the Washington Times that he supports Paul’s audit the fed initiative. Paul is pressing for other concessions, including, among others, more specific and extensive deregulation, elimination of certain federal agencies and departments, and more significant cuts in federal spending. McDonnell has confirmed that he is looking at Ron Paul’s ideas. It is likely that Ron Paul will be given a speaking role at the convention.
Ron Paul’s view is long and selfless. He aims to build a coalition of Americans who will fight to save the republic from total destruction. Over the last two decades he has amassed an ever greater following, as more and more Americans come to realize that the nation is doomed unless it transforms itself from an unlimited bureaucratic oligarchy into the limited federal republic prescribed by the Constitution.
In short, Ron Paul ran for President not simply to win that office but to use it as a bully pulpit to return America to a Constitution of liberty, where the purpose of the state is to protect the rights of the governed to life, liberty, and property, free of federal molestation. His intellectual purity and consistency give him a commanding presence. He comes with none of the baggage of other politicians and with powerful ideas that spring from America’s founding principles. He stands for the original American republic that the Obama Administration seeks to bury once and for all. Although not speaking from the oval office, Ron Paul will continue to speak to his followers who will help constrain any moves away from reforms to restore the republic.
By his selection of Ryan, Romney dropped an anchor on the right, energizing conservatives. By expanding the party platform to embrace Audit the Fed and other key issues championed by Paul and by hammering away at the need for debt reduction, Romney is committing himself to ever more elements of an agenda that aims to reduce the size and scope of the federal government. Ron Paul is helping to turn the Republican platform into a contract that a Romney/Paul Administration must honor if he is to be re-elected. Unlike Obama, Romney must keep his conservative base satisfied over the next four years or significantly increase prospects of losing re-election. Untethered from re-election (as he presumptuously explained to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, “After my election, I have more flexibility”), Obama in a second term will achieve a complete government takeover to fulfill an objective he has desired since his Chicago days when he worshipped at the feet of Marxist Reverend Jeremiah Wright and when he spoke on behalf of the Democratic Socialists of America and Acorn’s far left New Party.
The choice this election is thus a very real one. Romney/Ryan call for a reinvigoration of limited government and individual liberty. Obama remains elusive about his precise plans for America, but his tenure as President and his sordid past reveal that he harbors no affinity for the Founding Fathers’ principles or for our Constitutional republic and remains enamored of a bureaucratic state in which government-industry partnerships dictate market direction and choose market winners and losers.
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If we are foolish enough to re-elect President Obama, we will watch as every effort is made to expand the reach and power of the federal government at the expense of the American people and as the national debt mushrooms, tax burdens on the productive rise, and the economy collapses underneath the weight of a government that knows no bounds. If we are wise enough to elect Romney and Ryan, we will not see a transformation of government akin to Ron Paul’s ideal but we will see initiatives that move the nation in that direction: toward greater fiscal restraint, toward entitlement reform, toward reduction in taxation, and toward deregulation. The moves may just be enough to avert economic disaster. Moreover, unlike in an Obama regime, in a Romney/Ryan one, Ron Paul’s voice and that of his minions will be heard and will serve as a powerful reminder to keep the Administration mindful of its campaign promises and of the political risks associated with abandoning those promises.
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