Party rules state that you must support the “principles of the Republican Party and support its aims and purposes” to be a delegate to the mass meetings and subsequent conventions.
Nowhere however are the principles of the Republican Party formally outlined. I believe the Principles of the Republican Party are limited government, individual liberty and a belief in free markets.
Dr. Paul’s supporters have shown themselves to be organized, motivated, and dedicated. The Republican Party needs that kind of support. You managed to raise $5 million dollars for your candidate in one day. We need that kind of support. You managed to place signs and banners at hundreds of intersections and overpasses. We need that kind of support. You’ve walked door to door promoting your candidate. We need that kind of support.
I saw someone carrying a sign at the exit ramp for N120 Loop over in Cobb that said “Ron Paul made me care about politics again”. We need that kind of support.
Erick’s comments about anti-semites, truthers and nazis represent the vocal fringe of your movement. We DON’T need their support.
The 95% of you who just want smaller government, lower taxes and a government that actually obeys the Constitution and the laws that govern it are needed in this party. You are needed to counter act those who wish to use Government to promote their moral agendas. You are needed to counter those who wish to use public monies to enrich their friends and family. You are needed to counter those who believe America is great because of government not in spite of it.
The government of the country is setup to be a two party system. Third parties have never amounted to anything since the end of reconstruction. The only way to change government is to work within the framework of the two party system. That can be done.
However it will take people who are patient, willing to listen, willing to work with in the system, and willing to try and change hearts and minds through persuasion and not through confrontation.
Dr. Paul will not be the 2008 Presidential nominee. He will not be John McCain’s running mate. However there are changes that can be made in your cities, counties and state. The first step in that is getting active in your local Republican Party.
I’ll see you on Saturday.