Ron Paul has a huge cadre of believers. His followers are all “small – l” libertarians, but many, like Dr. Paul, are members of the Republican Party.
Ron Paul wants to change the Republican Party from within.
Ron Paul's desire to change the party is noble. In my opinion, and many others, it is futile. Look how he was treated by his party. He was shunned by the “powers that be.” He is an outcast within his own party.
Why does he not re-join the Libertarian Party? (He ran as the LP presidential candidate in 1988).
Some suggest it is because Libertarians have zero chance of winning. Well, so did Ron Paul in the Republican Party campaign for President.
I'm not sure how far that argument goes in convincing anyone to stay in the Republican Party. In my opinion, it stands for the proposition that believers in liberty should leave the Republicans to the social conservatives and neo-cons and believers in big government like John McCain.
Believers in liberty are shunned by the Republicans. The Libertarian Party welcomes you.
If Ron Paul had run as a Libertarian, he would get a huge percentage of the vote in the upcoming Presidential race. (20%? More? Perhaps… but he would have made a huge difference.) As it is, he will get zero % of the vote.
Dr. Paul is on a mission beyond this election, I understand. I think all lovers of liberty and freedom are on that same mission. We have just chosen different ways of achieving those goals.
And if the Republicans return to the principles of Barry Goldwater, I'll join up.
I think that is about as likely as Tara Reid winning a Nobel Prize.
If all of Dr. Paul's supporters joined the LP, the LP would be formidable. It would wield power. It could change things. And success breeds success.
The most fertile ground for that success is in the LP. Dr. Paul is sowing the seeds of liberty on the asphalt of the Republican Party. Every time he plants a seed, the Republican elite say “kill it before it grows.”
What Dr. Paul has done is tremendous. But even Napoleon had his Waterloo. Staying in the Republican Party is Dr. Paul's biggest mistake in my oh-so-humble opinion.
I hope I'm wrong, because we all want the same thing: Freedom.
I see Dr. Paul and many of his followers as akin to those suffering from “battered wives syndrome.” They love the Republican Party they knew years ago, even though it has abandoned them, mocked them, cheated on them, treated them like dirt and belittled them. They know if they love their abuser enough, he will straighten up and it will be like old times.
It won't be.
Like Bobb Barr says, he did not leave the Republican Party. The Republican Party left him.
If any of you get tired of the abuse, you are welcome in the LP. I hope to see you all at an upcoming meeting.
If not, good luck. We are all on the same side.Tweet