An Appeal to Republican Primary Voters

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.

33 comments

  1. IndyInjun says:

    Yes.

    Not only that, but tin foil is holding its own in value, while your $US currency is losing it FAST.

    Dr. Paul has the cure for rotting currency, but then most here seem to like it as mulch.

  2. redsouther says:

    I happen to agree with a lot of Ron Paul’s positions, but I’m not about to vote for him. He would be a terrible representative as leader of this nation, and he’s dead wrong about foreign policy in general. He just comes across as a nutcase and someone who’ll believe any conspiracy theory that sounds viable.

    At least Fred knew when to call it quits, despite being a more viable candidate than Paul. Protest voting is a waste of time, and so is donating (even in record numbers) to a lost cause. I consider my time and money to be valuable, not worthy of effectively tossing in the garbage.

  3. IndyInjun says:

    Red,

    You have your opinion and I have mine. Mine is that the foreign policy of the US is a total disaster with a war for the right reasons, but against the wrong enemy, while showering the real enemy with foreign aid. Add to it the insanity of spending a huge % of our GDP – a tax on our exports – defending our competitors.

    Dr. Paul has warned against this lunacy repeatedly since 2002.

    Fred called it quits because he was $several million in the hole. Ron Paul has between $5 million and $10 million.

    Defending the Constitution by way of donating may seem to you to be silly, but then back during the Revolution the Tories thought the Patriots to be wasting their time and money, too.

    We won’t support the corrupt Republican Party and from the looks of the fund raising, no one else will either.

    Dr. Paul has more money right now than the entire Republican National Campaign Committee. WE won’t be wasting our money there.

  4. Jace Walden says:

    Red,

    A wasted vote can be considered anything that resembles a check mark next to the names of Romney, McCain, Huckabee, Clinton, Thompson, Giuliani, or Obama.

  5. joe says:

    Jace,

    The only problem with voting for Ron Paul is that he will not get a single delegate from Georgia. If I understand the rules correctly, Georgia delegates are awarded in a series of winner take all. Thirty-nine delegates are awarded to the winner of congressional districts. I live in the 13th, so whomever gets the most there gets those 3. Thirty delegates are awarded state wide winner take all. The other three delegates are party officers.

    I have minor problems with Paul and major problems with the other three, but I may still hold my nose and pick one of the three. Your argument hasn’t convinced me yet.

  6. Rick Day says:

    If anyone needs more Ron Paul Yard signs and slim-jims, I’ve still got about 15,000 hand outs and 5 yard signs.

    Hope to see many of you tomorrow.

    Official Ron Paul poll watching event Tuesday night 8-10
    Atlanta’s Original Spring4th Center
    728 Spring St, 30308
    @ 4th.

    BYOB.

  7. Jace Walden says:

    Pick Paul because he’s more in line with your beliefs than the other three. If one of the other three who you have “major problems” with is destined to win this anyway, what’s the harm in voting for Paul, who you have “minor problems” with.

  8. Rick Day says:

    PS: For those of you who call for Dr. Pual to drop out, I humbly suggest your minority candidate drop out as well.

    After all, there is no ‘clear’ frontrunner until next Wednesday. What else is ‘clear’ is that you status-quo apologists are split 30-30-30 for Mc-Huck-mney.

    Chew faster!

  9. Jace Walden says:

    Rick,

    Do you believe in one God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible?

    And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, Very God of Very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father by whom all things were made; who for us men, and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary, and was made man, and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried, and the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father? Do you believe he shall come again with glory to judge both the quick and the dead, whose kingdom shall have no end?

    Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life, who proceedeth from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets? Do you believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church? Do you acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins? Do you look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come?

  10. I respect your opinion, and you obviously have thought about this long and hard, but I completely disagree. I absolutely disagree with Ron Paul on foreign policy in general, I believe his isolationism is an anachronism that serves no purpose in today’s reality. I’m sure you disagree with me, but that’s my opinion. I voted for Mitt Romney, just for full disclosure.

  11. Carpe Forem says:

    The American Conservative endorses Paul

    Paul for President

    The presidential fields of both parties have narrowed, and the arguments about how we should move forward are now familiar. TAC believes that only one candidate has put forth a diagnosis of America’s current ills and has a vision to turn the country off its misguided course. That is Congressman Ron Paul, whom we endorse for the Republican nomination.

  12. John Konop says:

    I have a question for Ron Paul supporters.

    McCain and Hillary are the same on most issues and it will be 4 more years of Bush. If I vote for Romney he would be an improvement over McCain. I will say in general Ron Paul represents my views the most relative to all the candidates.

    Who should I vote for and why?

  13. Jace Walden says:

    John,

    You should vote for Ron Paul.

    Here’s why (and I’ll try to make this specifc to the fact you vote in Georgia):

    Romney will not be winning Georgia with or without your vote. This state is going to either Huckabee or McCain. Vote for Ron Paul out of protest.

    If you want your views heard at all in future GOP debates, it is essential that Ron Paul gets as many votes as possible. The more votes he gets, the more influence he can assert, thus the more McCain and Romney will have to at least pay lip service to those issues.

    Plus, he is the most aligned with your values. It’s the biggest no-brainer in the history of earth.

  14. Bull Moose says:

    In Savannah there are about 50 people out standing on the corner. I wish them well but even if Dr. Paul himself were to stand there it won’t matter much in their efforts…

  15. IndyInjun says:

    Bull:

    Ann Coulter pledges to vote for Hillary versus McCain.

    The 50 Paulites on the corner do not have a lock on futility. The GOP is in lock step with us by going with McCain.

  16. Burdell says:

    I voted for Dr. Paul earlier this week but with all due respect to everyone here I don’t see how it’s accurate to call his foreign policy “isolationist.”

    Dr. Paul has consistently expressed interest in international free trade, as well as any attempts to “manage” that trade.

    Further, it seems his view on immigration is basically that the welfare state is what leads to illegal immigration.

    If principled opposition to nation-building and undeclared wars is all it takes to make one an “isolationist” these days, then the word has really changed since I learned it in school.

  17. IndyInjun says:

    Burdell:

    It is not only branding of Ron Paul that is totally false. When they say he wants to eliminate the IRS they NEVER include his explanation that it cannot be done immediately or without changing the big government model. When they oversimplify that he would abandon the $US they NEVER say that he would go to competing currencies in a truly free market.

    Ron Paul believes in free markets, while the rest of the GOP believes in central planning, just like the failed USSR.

  18. IndyInjun says:

    Bill,

    Let’s hope not.

    That is one shrill woman there.

    There ain’t enough Cialis, Viagra, or Levetra on earth to overcome her ……..

  19. GOPeach says:

    I looked through Romney’s “Issues” links and have found them to have very

    little reference to what he has done (some on education and vetoes) and very

    heavily weighted on quotes from 2007 on what conservative things he wants to

    do. That is fine but when you look at his earlier years you would think you

    where looking at a different person. My concern is what he would say and do

    when he is trying to capture the “center vote” from Hillary or Obama. Will

    he make another transformation?

    Why are all the “conservative” experts saying that Huckabee is splitting

    the conservative vote when they just finished telling us that Huckabee

    wasn’t conservative? If they where to be believed the first time, Huckabee

    would be splitting the moderate vote.

    Right now polls (see: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/polls/ ) are

    showing Romney and Huckabee averaging 2.2% apart with the last (fox) poll 1%

    apart. Last month and early this month Huckabee was 1st or 2nd in the

    national polls. Did we hear calls about splitting the conservative vote at

    that time? No, we heard that Huckabee wasn’t a conservative.

    A couple nights ago Sean Hannity tried to press Newt Gingrich to tell

    Mike Huckabee to drop out of the race and twice Gingrich shot him down and

    said that “Mike Huckabee will be the power broker in this race.”

    Lastly, due to the way we choose delegates in California, a vote for

    Romney may be a vote for McCain. Very conservative areas like the 4th

    district may very well be looking at more of a Huckabee/McCain battle.

    Without doing a district specific poll, it would be hard to know.

  20. GOPeach says:

    An APPEAL to RON PAUL SUPPORTERS

    Please join me – a Ron Paul supporter and Vote for HUCKABEE. A vote for HUCKABEEE is a vote against BOTH McCain/Romney.

    The Rudy People joined McCain & Romney.

    NO RUDY people are with Huckabee … what does THAT TELL YOU????

    I love Ron Paul – BUT… Huckabee has a better chance . Please listen to me on this. Please.

  21. GOPeach says:

    RON PAUL & MIKE HUCKABEE BOTH want to do away with the I R S !!!

    Let’s agree on that and take down the Establishment.

    VOTE HUCKABEE!

    ( what if Huckabee made Ron Paul his VP)…

    ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.

  22. JC says:

    With what we have left what are the choices?

    Romney has NO track record of conservatism. I watched a video of him debating Kennedy when he ran for the Senate. He needs to get elected to congress as a conservative first to prove his conservatism with a voting record. He may not “change back” officially, but I am not convinced that he has any conservative fire burning in his bosom.

    McCain, who by no possible definition is a conservative. Think McCain-Feingold. He’s a hot-head who’s temper does not belong to a chief executive. War on terrorism? Perpetual war? Sounds like something out of 1984! We are going broke and cannot afford it. He doesn’t understand economics which is our most serious challenge. With a failed economy, what are we going to do? Call China for another cash advance. He is another Dole 1996 in the works.

    Huckabee, who is certainly not a fiscal conservative and has a record of weakness on immigration. He’s been endorsed by the NH NEA. If he doesn’t do well in the South on Tuesday, no more money and he’s finished.

    Paul, who has a 30 year track record which no one in their right mind can say that is not conservative. He sounds like Goldwater in 1964 and Reagan in 1964, 1986 and 1980. Even Matt Towery asserts that Reagan would vote for Paul. YouTube: Matt Towery’s Webcast for 12-26-07

    His opponents try to make him sound fringe and call him names, but I’ve read his position on foreign policy. He is not a damned isolationist, he’s not for stirring up hornets nest and sending your son and daughter into it. But you’ve got to read for it to make sense. At least read the reviews on Paul Sperry’s books Crude Politics and Infiltration: How Muslim Spies and Subversives Have Penetrated Washington. Or Former CIA Bin Laden Unit chief Michael Scheuer’s books. YouTube: Michael Scheuer on the Sept 2007 bin laden message

    He has always voted as a conservative. He doesn’t do politician BS. You always know exactly where he stands. He is also a real free-market proponent. He proposes trimming government back to the size which we can afford, saving social security for the old folks, giving youngsters a chance to save for their own retirement, real tax reform.. not just shifting it around, eliminating the IRS, and returning the bulk of government to the states and the people like the Constitution requires, so we can govern ourselves and experience unprecedented economic growth. You can bet the farm he will veto pork and insane spending. He will stand up to the Democrats. He wants to spend money here at home, not propping up dictators on the other side of the world. He won’t lie to you and he won’t steal from you. He won’t take bribes from special interests. He isn’t getting the answers whispered to him through hidden earphones. He knows that the only toward lasting economic prosperity for us is to get the dollar back on sound footing by stopping the Fed from printing money, the cause of higher prices.

    Get real people. What’s wrong with that?This guy is our ideal candidate. He is the only one who can stop the Hillobama express. He is getting the money exponentially. He will not stop as long as he has money. He is getting more support every day. Plus, if he doesn’t get the nomination, I cannot imagine with this much momentum that there will not be a strong conservative 3rd party backlash which will net at least enough votes to send a McCain/Romney ticket to the showers. And it won’t take many since the GOP base has shrunk drastically since 2000. We have got to change if we expect to survive politically. Stop listening to the pundits. Research and think for yourself. Check out Paul’s issue positions on his website. He is the only hope the party has for a victory in November. Otherwise get ready for President Hillobama.

    The future starts Tuesday.

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