I Hate To See You Go
I Hate To See You Go
Go. Build the third party route. Do it without Ron Paul’s blessing.
I will continue to follow the GOP route the way I think it can be best done, and I too will do it without Ron Paul’s blessing.
Ron Paul doesn’t give us much direction; it’s simply not his style. And nothing said by Ron Paul will make it matter one way or the other anyway. Leading our group is like herding cats and no one, not even the Honorable Ron Paul, would succeed in rounding us all up and organizing us systematically. Accordingly, with the exception of some paid campaign staff, Ron Paul doesn’t endorse the behavior of any of us on behalf of liberty. We are a decentralized movement.
Ultimately no amount of conversation on the Daily Paul will mean a thing on this topic. It will be our actions that matter.
I know in reality that a lot of the folks who comment on Daily Paul are cyber loudmouths who don’t contribute much to the political process. Some are great folks who talk boldly and act boldly, but my guess is that,
as is the nature of the internet, not all are, and I’m not certain what all the shouting and rude language about third parties on the Daily Paul is worth. Ultimately, it comes down to action – getting out there and building a path for a freedom-minded candidate, like Ron Paul, to take the Oval Office, no matter what party he runs in.
After Running for Congress
After a run for U.S. House in 2008, I came to recognize the difficulties that come with making a third party run into anything more than a protest vote. Tremendous effort will always be spent on ballot access, media recognition, and simply getting a voter to take you seriously. The two major parties have developed a system to make it precisely that way.
I come from a place where the system is especially biased against a third party candidate, but when I look around at the other states and see that the fifty governors are almost always exclusively Republicans or Democrats, I know that each state probably has some kind of system in place for making third parties unfeasible.
That, of course, is by design, and sometimes it’s better to roll with a punch than to fight every battle in front of you. If you yourself have not also run as a third party candidate, I would like to caution you against so quickly leaving the privileged position that we’ve earned ourselves in the GOP. If you have run third party, then I highly respect that your position, whatever it is, comes from a voice of experience.
I’m inclined to think that it is not a voice of experience that suggests a third party route is going to be some kind of magic solution to our woes in 2012, especially when there are few examples of third party success in partisan elections.
After Being Active Through the Ron Paul 2008 Election
I learned that true to Ron Paul’s word, centralizing government will bring a situation where just a handful of people can screw it up for everyone. A campaign is the same way. A few people making bad decisions screws it up for everyone. Instead of working to make Ron Paul the winner of their own social precinct, or making sure that Ron Paul gets $10,000 this month from their circle of friends, or activating every Ron Paul supporter they know, many Ron Paul supporters either write online about an idea or sit on an idea, as if waiting for someone to come along to tell them to step up and make a project happen. If there is an idea for how you can improve Ron Paul’s chance of success, please step up and make it happen. Do it now. Consider this your request, if a request is what you are waiting for.
There are awesome ideas in the liberty movement, we just need to get out of the mindset that Ron Paul is our leader. Ron Paul has good ideas, but when it comes down to it, he’s our puppet and he chooses to be our puppet. He willingly makes himself a politician and a politician’s job is to be a puppet. He won’t say anything we want or vote on anything we want, but he will, as long as we keep paying the bills – continue to travel the country campaigning on the message of liberty. He will surround himself with people he trusts to handle the basic work of the campaign. As long as we support him, he will allow us to place him in the Oval Office, which could very well be the last place he would want to find himself. Both he and we recognize that he’s the unique man for the job at this point in history.
But we, the grassroots, don’t need his permission, and shouldn’t even want his permission, to do a thing – including make him President. I mean, recognition is nice, but in the midst of a campaign, the candidate isn’t supposed to do anything but what his campaign manager tells him to do, which mostly means preparing to speak, speaking, meeting people, and raising money. In all likelihood that means Ron Paul isn’t going to give anyone’s pet project a special blessing to start it off on the right foot
Of course, what that means is that we should each be seeking to act – either to present our ideas to others and rally support for them or to fall in line behind someone else with a better idea. At all times we must each be followers and leaders, not wasting time, but acting as effectively as possible. What that means is that some people on the Daily Paul will be moving on from focusing on Ron Paul’s official campaign in order to help start third party campaigns for the Presidency. We’ll of course be meeting still on the Daily Paul and in other places, but we will simply be agreeing that it is time to work toward two different solutions for getting Ron Paul elected.
I hate to see you go, but I know others will replace you. There will be Santorum supporters and all kinds of folks that I would prefer not to be around all that much, but let’s face it, I didn’t get involved in politics to make friends. I got into politics to get enough people to agree with enough of what I believe for me to be allowed a modicum of freedom. Honestly, only a few percentage of Americans think Ron Paul’s the solution the way we do and not many more than that are able to understand why we think Ron Paul or any politician is the solution. Our cultish admiration does not compute for most others. That’s fine, because I don’t need a person to agree 100% with me to be on my team. It’s that point in the campaign where we build a coalition to ensure nomination.
When Ron Paul gets the nomination, some neo-conservatives in the GOP will get worked up and will look for a third party candidate to support, others will help Obama, some will stay home, but many activist Republicans will get to the work of electing their “anybody-but-Obama” candidate. They don’t really care what Ron Paul stands for, because at least he’s better than Obama and has an “R” behind his name. That’s what we get when we stay in the GOP – some percentage of sheep ready to follow a shepherd through thick and thin. The shepherd’s staff is the partisan standard and the shepherd the standard bearer. These aren’t the unruly cats that refuse to be herded. If a popular vote is the hurdle between freedom and tyranny then the influence of those sheep shouldn’t be underestimated. They are important. The fact that they must come into play in politics is one of the reasons I don’t like politics as much as I like writing.
You Take the High Road and I’ll Take the Low Road
Leaving a bogus party in the two party system feels like the high road. The LP, from my experience, is just a dog with different fleas. The hundreds of other third parties are probably the same. Any organization will have its flaws. The GOP is far from perfect. I don’t like to tie myself to any party honestly. I’m not much of a joiner. It just seems to me from being on the outside that there’s little that will stop us from taking control of the GOP – not over twenty years, as some have suggested, but this year, by the end of this summer, the majority of state Republican parties may not have chairs that are Ron Paul supporters, but they will for all practical purposes be run by Ron Paul supporters – as the most dedicated people in the party (which in many cases means that 10 or 20 Ron Paul supporters in each state who have their heads on straight and really care) get involved to retake our country.
There’s nothing sinister about “taking over” a party. It’s just the most active people rising through the ranks to replace those who have grown complacent. It’s a healthy process for a party. We want a better country and the GOP looks like the quickest path to that. In 2012, some regular Joe Plumber GOP types will be psyched up to knock Obama out of office. That’s respectable. Lots of people will pay attention to the election. In 2014, fewer people will care about the elections taking place, as is normal for mid-term elections, and by then Ron Paul supporters will have taken over every GOP in this country. Within two years there will be a big tent major party willing to accommodate anyone who cares about freedom.
The only reason to oppose that is if you 1. Don’t like freedom or 2. Are set in your ways about how a party should be run and what faces should be let in the door.
While I’m busy helping that process happen, you will be out there building the third party route. By me working on my project, I’ll be helping you and by you working on your project, you’ll be helping me – because we want the same thing – greater freedom. And one day, you and I will come together and meet back in the middle. But for now, I think I’m done discussing whether Ron Paul should run third party. I have work to do. I’ll be out there acting. I ask you to do the same. If you think the third party route is the way to go, then get out there and knock on some doors, don’t just write about it on the Daily Paul. If you think the two party route is the way to go, then go do the same. What we can surely agree on is that a politician like Ron Paul does not come around every four years and that this year is the year that this man must be elected.
As we temporarily part paths, I wish you luck my fellow patriot as you put yourself on the line and run Ron Paul for the Oval Office as a third party candidate. I hope you will wish me the same good wishes. Godspeed, my friend. May you be more successful than either of us can even imagine.
Allan Stevo is author of How to Win America for Ron Paul and the Cause of Freedom in 2012. The book can be downloaded by readers of the Daily Paul here free of charge.