If the Goal Is the Presidency, Then "Our" Revolution Needs to Select Another CandidateSubmitted by Maitski on Wed, 05/16/2012 - 10:27
Let's face it. The Ron Paul Revolution is about changing the system but there's a pretty clear divide between the grassroots and the leadership on how to do it.
The grassroots sees the presidency as a do or die scenario that must be won at any cost and by any method. In it to win it or go home.
Ron Paul wants to head a movement that will eventually change the system on a sustainable basis. He seems very willing to cede the chance at the presidency and instead is happy with gaining a little bit of influence.
It is very clear to me that Ron Paul does not want to be president. He is using his presidential campaign to help advance his movement. If we handed him the presidency on a silver platter I'm certain that he would turn it down.
This is where the frustration of the grassroots is coming from. The goal of the leader and the grassroots is different and thus the confusion and the frustration we see.
The grassroots as I see it has a choice to make. Continue to follow Ron Paul in his movement to change the system from the gound up and accept that the presidency is not part of his overall plan, at least not him personally being president.
Or the grassroots can work just as hard to gain as many delegates as possible and do what they can to deny Romney and force an open convention in Tampa. If it comes down to an open convention, be prepared for Ron Paul to turn down the potential to be president. You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink. You think you felt disappointment on Monday? Imagine seeing all of that success from all the hard work of the grassroots get flushed down the toilet. Ron Paul will justify some kind of deal and try to make it look like a win for us all.
Anticipating this turn of events, I suggest that "Our" Revolution have a serious back up plan for that scenario. We need to have a viable alternative to Ron Paul. Someone who actually will want to accept the role of president and lead the Revolution onto the next stage. I have no idea who that might be but I think it's important to start thinking about it now.
Just like any growing company eventually gets to the point where the founder needs to step aside and let someone with the right skill sets take over the reins, Ron Paul needs to do the same. He has always said that this is bigger than him. Everyone has a role to play. It's time to find the person to lead the movement on to the presidency.