It seems like once every four years the Ron Paul army organizes and tries to conquer the GOPs and squawk when they meet resistance from party regulars. I have no issue with people who believe in our cause and want to actively participate. The rub is when a minority (some places have faced a majority, but seems like a small, vocal minority) quadrennial folks come out of the woodwork to voice their displeasure with the establishment, try to assert their will upon the conventions, and then go away after the nomination process.
Some stay and some go, but it just seems like the Ron Paul supporters tend to only participate during the presidential election conventions. I’d offer the same advice that I offered the Tea Party folks: it’s easier to work from the grassroots. However, the caveat is that you should try to attend meetings, be involved with events, and generally get to know fellow Republicans. We (the party folks) are not your enemies. We may not agree on all things, but I believe we can work together if we see eye-to-eye on about 75% to 80% of issues. Things may get heated or awkward, but that’s life in politics. Heck, you might even make friends and find a way to get your ideas pushed forward.
We’re heading to the District and State Conventions over the next couple of months. I’ve heard reports that there’s a coordinated effort by Ron Paulers to complain to county GOP chairmen across the state where Ron Paul did not win a majority of delegates, and I’ve also heard rumors of Ron Paulers and the Tea Party making a concerted effort to take over one of the District GOP Conventions. Whether or not that rumor will become fact will be realized on April 14th.
My challenge to the Ron Paul supporters is this: stick with us. We need energy and drive. Most of you signed an oath saying that you believed in the principles of the Republican Party. I’ll take you at your word for that.