Why Support Ron Paul If He Can't Win?Submitted by the strangerr on Sat, 09/08/2007 - 14:40
Some will be offended by the title and may disagree with a few statements within. But this is an important, informed perspective and merits a larger audience; I think it is fitting for The Daily Paul. Before judging, a full read is recommended.
“…our real purpose in fighting a strategic battle (with losing odds) is to use the existing and ongoing crisis to help others see the evils of false conservative causes, and false leaders (wolves in sheep's clothing) and the hijacking of true principles for evil purposes.”
The article below is reprinted with permission, from the September 8 , 2007 edition Joel Skousen's World Affairs Brief.
Why Support Ron Paul If He Can’t Win?
This is the most common question I receive among the minority of subscribers who are reluctant to "waste time" on a Don Quixote political candidacy. Most of you know that I don't think we are going to win back our freedoms politically--though it is certain that even the PTB are still concerned enough about American's waking up to their "awful situation" that they continue to pour huge resources into manipulating public opinion.
I also harbor no hopeful illusions about controlling the corrupt Republican party which has been taken over by globalists (as have the Democrats). That is why I have been more inclined toward principled third parties like the Constitution Party or Libertarian Party. However, it is my experienced opinion that barely 2% of the nation is capable of coming to a fully principled understanding of the issues, under optimal conditions. That just the nature of soft good people who are too spread out or lack the intellectual vigor to really think through the issues. Any larger movement of good people has to be driven by a combination of feel-good sound bites and bandwagon patriotism--not substance.
Why then support the candidacy of Ron Paul? It's simply because Ron's candidacy is capable of building the liberty movement like no other person or organization presently can, and it will probably be his last effort due to increasing age. It may be our last big chance to boost the numbers of people who will form the core of those determined to someday say to the government and New World Order, "Don't Tread on Me."
You have to have numbers of people to make an effective stand against tyranny and right now Ron Paul is the most articulate and visible champion we have. Ron is gathering people from all across the political spectrum. I've been interviewed by radio stations on the Left who are fed up with the Democratic go-along party, and are talking about supporting Ron Paul. For the first time in history we have a person capable of uniting libertarians, constitutional conservatives and honest Liberal/leftists who oppose the New World Order. The political pundits have never before seen this kind of persistent "internet effect" despite repeated efforts to downplay Ron Paul's popularity.
We have never had this kind of opportunity before, and may not again, so it is worth supporting--for the movement's sake. True, he isn't going to win the nomination. The PTB would never let him win. If he ever gained the presidency they would eliminate him. But winning the nomination or even the presidency isn't really the main issue at this late stage in the battle, because we aren't going to win --and not just because of an evil conspiracy at the top. The majority of the electorate would probably not vote for Ron Paul even if they understood the issues because they have become corrupted by evils of democracy: welfare benefits, jobs, government subsides and the "benefits" of public schooling paid for at the expense of those of us who don't want it nor use it. Despite the evils of fiat money, most would NOT vote to dismantle the Federal Reserve bank because of fear of what would happen as the economy deflated back to reality--and they would be right (in the short-term). The results would be horrendous.
The only issue that would bring the common person to turn on the establishment is a widespread understanding of conspiracy isuues, and that isn't going to happen either. No other topic is so taboo in the media except conspiracy--unless you are in the business of debunking conspiracy. That is permitted and encouraged.
If you watched the New Hampshire debate on Wednesday you saw several examples of the clear and refreshing contrast between Ron Paul and the rest of the statists: The "top" candidates kept spouting the virtues of the Iraq intervention and were countered effectively by Paul.
"(AP) 'The surge is apparently working,' said Romney, referring to the increase in troops. That brought an instant rebuke from McCain, who said, 'The surge is working, sir, no, not apparently. It's working.' Alone among the contenders, Paul, a veteran Texas congressman with a libertarian streak, made the case for withdrawing troops. That drew a sharp challenge from Chris Wallace, one of the debate questioners, who asked whether the United States should take its marching orders from al-Qaida. 'No! We should take our marching orders from our Constitution,'' Paul shouted back, pointing his pen at Wallace for emphasis. ' We should not go to war without a declaration. We should not go to war when it's an aggressive war. This is an aggressive invasion. We've committed the invasion of this war. And it's illegal under international law. That's where I take my marching orders, not from any enemy.
"Occasionally interrupted by applause, Paul doggedly stuck to his point. 'We have lost over 5,000 Americans over there in Afghanistan, in Iraq and plus the civilians killed,' he said during his exchange with Huckabee [who claimed we can't leave Iraq till it is fixed]. 'We bought it because we broke it. We've got a responsibility to the honor of this country and to the honor of every man and woman who has served in Iraq and ever served in our military to not leave them with anything less than the honor that they deserve.
PAUL: 'The American people didn't go in. A few people advising this administration, a small number of people called the neoconservatives hijacked our foreign policy. They're responsible, not the American people. They're not responsible. We shouldn't punish them.'
HUCKABEE: 'Congressman, we are one nation. We can't be divided. We have to be one nation, under god. That means if we make a mistake, we make it as a single country: the United States of America, not the divided states of America.'
PAUL: No, when we make a mistake -- when we make a mistake, it is the obligation of the people, through their representatives, to correct the mistake, not to continue the mistake.... we've dug a hole for ourselves and we've dug a hole for our party. We're losing elections and we're going down next year if we don't change it, and it has all to do with foreign policy and we have to wake up to this fact. How long - what do we have to pay to save face? That's all we're doing, is saving face. It's time we came home,' Paul said.
Bravo. The distinction between Paul and rest of the establishment candidates was even more clear on the issue of liberty.
Mitt Romney has fallen into the mental trap of anything is justified in war: "Use the law to follow people who are teaching doctrines of terror and hate, and make sure that if they're doing that in a mosque, in a school, in a playground, wherever it's being done, we know what's going on. ... And if it means we have to go into a mosque to wiretap or a church, then that's exactly where we're going to go. Because we're going to do whatever it takes to protect the American people. And I hear from time to time people say, hey, wait a second. We have civil liberties we have to worry about. But don't forget, the most important civil liberty I expect from my government is my right to be kept alive, and that's what we're going to have to do."
Tom Tancredo, despite being great on the immigration issue, continues to scare me on the core fundamentals of liberty: "we have captured people who have information that could lead us to the next one that's going to go off and it's the big one. That was the question that I responded to, and I told you, yes, I would do -- certainly, waterboarding -- I don't believe that that is, quote, 'torture.'" I'd like to see him try it and see if he doesn't think it is torture.
Here's Ron's response: "But you know, just going for increasing presidential powers, as has been discussed, is rather disturbing to me. This whole idea that we're supposed to sacrifice liberty for security, we're advised against that. Don't we remember that when you sacrifice liberty for security, you lose both? That's what's happening in this country today. We have -- we have a national ID card on our doorsteps, it is being implemented right now. We have FISA courts. We have warrantless searches. We've lost habeas corpus. We've had secret prisons around the world and we have torture going on. That's un-American, and we need to use the power of the presidency to get it back in order, in order to take care of us and protect this country and our liberties."
Author Melinda Pillsbury-Foster writing in opednews.com summed it up well, reflecting the points I just made: "In the debate this evening in Durham, New Hampshire, Congressman Ron Paul again spoke the truth that all Americans, but especially Republicans, need to hear. No longer gasping at the single-hearted courage that propels Paul to speak truth despite the continued efforts of the NeoCon corporate field to maintain the myths promulgated by the Bush Administration, the corporate CFR candidates, lead by Huckabee, attacked the only real Republican on the stage. The audience applauded loudly [for the anti-Paul forces, which is telling]. Many of us cheered.
"The Ron Paul Campaign is reshaping politics in America by raising the inconvenient facts that underly the whole of American government. We have a Constitution; we need to return to it and to the original framing intended by the Founders. That means an end to the Federal government as we know it today. Left and right, Americans from all political viewpoints are beginning to see the propaganda campaign to which they have been subjected and to understand just how far from freedom the ugly alliance of government and corporations have taken us.
"When the debate ended Fox was left holding polling results that showed Paul the clear winner [Ron Paul 33%, Huckabee- 18%, Giuliani- 15%, McCain- 14%, Romney- 12%, Hunter- 2%, Tancredo- 2%, Brownback- 1%] Naturally, the media will ignore the results, claiming that Paul supporters 'spammed' the poll. But they know perfectly well that is not the case. If it were so the present technologies make proving that a simple matter. The IP addresses do not lie.
"Ron Paul is compelling the respect of ordinary Americans, the kind of people who had given up on politics. He is creating a movement more profound, deeper, and more expressive of the real spirit of America than we have ever seen."
The entrance (finally!) of Fred Thompson into the crowded Republican field reflects the establishment's nervousness about Giuliani's (the anointed one) ability to convince the core of mainstream Republicans that this cross-dresser is "one of them." He isn't, and if core Republicans don't go along with the manipulated polls showing Giuliani the perennial winner, then they have another phony conservative to take his place: Fred Thompson. They are also looking to Thompson's candidacy to derail Ron Paul's steady inroads he is making into the conservative Republican base.
In summary, we're all busy, but as we try to decide if supporting a political "lost cause" is worth it, consider that our real purpose in fighting a strategic battle (with losing odds) is to use the existing and ongoing crisis to help others see the evils of false conservative causes, and false leaders (wolves in sheep's clothing) and the hijacking of true principles for evil purposes. All of this helps us to prepare a "remmant" as Gary North calls them--people willing to see what's real and resist vigorously when the time is ripe. One of the first steps in converting good but partly blind people is to point them to something new and exciting that is happening in the truth movement. Right now that excitement is pointing to Ron Paul.
In comparison, all the other conservative movements, even the tried and true ones harkening back to "constitutional principles" appear old and stale in many people's minds. Only the Ron Paul movement has the capability of gaining large numbers of converts to the cause as Paul makes clear the contrast between real constitutional conservatism and Republicrat socialism. He's put a fresh face to old arguments and people are responding. That's why this is the best cause to support right now. We can and will revert to the old standards when we have to, but I do think this is a unique opportunity to double or triple the number of principled resisters to the globalist agenda. The more the media tries to distort Ron's popularity and evade his candidacy, the more it riles up his growing band of supporters. This is good. We haven't seen this kind of fervor in the movement for years. Keep it up.