To anyone out there who is still undecided on whom to vote for in the Republican Primary, I would like to offer a simple appeal. No, I’m not going to bombard you with entry after entry detailing every single insignificant endorsement that my candidate receives. My candidate is Congressman Ron Paul. And to my knowledge, he has not received any truly significant endorsements with which to bombard you. Nor do I expect him to. I don’t expect to see his name in any newspapers as the editorial board’s candidate of choice. Nor do I expect any prominent Congressmen or State Officials to jump ship yet again and support his long shot candidacy. And let’s be honest folks, his candidacy is, was and will continue to be a long shot. From the very beginning, Congressman Paul has been written off by the media, written off by the establishment, and written off by virtually every conservative publication in the land. He never had the celebrity of a John McCain or the money and telegenic appearance of Mitt Romney or the appeal of some lazy dudecalled “Reganesque”. Yet, despite being at a disadvantage from the beginning, he has managed to outlast and out perform the long-time frontrunner, and the “Reagan” who never was. Most of you probably don’t know that Ron Paul raised 20-million dollars this quarter or that he has placed 2nd in two minor states, Louisianaand Nevada. Most don’t know that he has set the single-day fundraising record for this campaign, twice.
The only things that people seem to “know” about Ron Paul are that he an “isolationist” who “hates Israel” or that he is a “racist” or that he thinks that “9/11 was an inside job” or that all of his supporters are folks who believe in “black helicopters” and wear tin-foil hats. None of these charges, by the way, merit any rational discussion. They are completely false. The truth is that Ron Paul did not return a campaign contribution from a known white-supremacist, a fact that irks many Paul supporters. But when you’re running a long shot campaign, the fact is that every bit of money you can accumulate is necessary. Moreover, Ron Paul has said on many occasions, if that particular contributor is hoping that Dr. Paul will use that money to further the agenda of white supremacy, then it was a waste of money. And to be honest, I would rather see that money in the hands of a constitutional conservative than a militant racist.
The “Ron Paul Newsletter” issue is another point of contention for most people. While Paul has taken full responsibility for what was written, he has vehemently denied being the author. Those closest to Paul have stated publicly that these were not views that Paul held. Paul admitted responsibility for not monitoring the content of the newsletters. This issue has come up before in his congressional elections, and the voters of his district continue to re-elect him with overwhelming support.
The debate about isolationism versus non-interventionalism, whether you agree with his point of view or not, is a debate we need to be having in this country. The discussion on monetary policy and inflation is long overdue, particularly when politicians would rather use vote-buying schemes rather than solid monetary policy to “stimulate” the economy. The discussion about national sovereignty is important to have. As is the discussion on the proper role of elected officials as enumerated in the United States Constitution. While other candidates have introduced “plans” of varying magnitudes which would “revive” our economy, Paul is the only candidate who firmly believes that the people, not the President, should manage the economy.
What has Paul earned by doing what we wish other elected officials would do? Discussion on Paul has been banned on RedState. He’s been marginalized in virtually every debate. And when he eventually receives a question, it’s rarely anything more than a “gotcha” question. When Ron Paul is left out of a discussion between Mitt Romney and John McCain on what “conservatism” is, something is wrong. Why are we left with Mitt Romney and John McCain to decide what it means to be a conservative? Romney and McCain are two big-government politicians whose only redeeming quality seems to be, “he’s better than Hillary and the other libruls[sic]”. In a general election, this is true. But this is a Republican Primary. I humbly ask any one calling for Paul to withdraw what good it does for Mitt Flop Romney and John McCain-Feingold to decide the future of conservatism?
Ron Paul will not be the next President. And although many have hopes that he might win Maine this Saturday, he’s never going to be anything other than a minor candidate. I know many of you have already decided to support McCain or Romney or Huckabee. Some of you have done it out of conviction. But for the vast majority of you, it was a decision made for you when Fred! or 9/11 or Duncan Hunter dropped out of the race. Many of you are still going to vote for Fred! or some other candidate who is no longer in the race out of protest. I will submit to you that protest voting is great! Why not direct your protest where it will have the most effect. The more votes and delegates than Ron Paul amasses, the more that our two big-government candidates are going to have to at least pay lip service to his views on the constitution, the size and scope of government, lower taxes, and free markets.
Support the only conservative candidate left in the race. As I’ve said many times before, I’ll have a tin-foil hat waiting for you.