Paul's followers, not his son, will be the undoing of the RevolutionSubmitted by The Conformist on Fri, 06/08/2012 - 17:14
I am continually amazed at how shallow-minded and stubborn Paul's followers can be, while at the same time promoting such an intelligent philosophy. Without a better understanding of history and how politics work in the U.S., I fear this movement will soon be dead in the water.
Political movements have come and gone throughout this nation's history, some failed miserably, while others left an indelible mark on national politics, transforming political parties and the hearts and minds of America's citizens. The question for Paul supporters is: which would we like the Ron Paul Revolution to become?
To answer that question, we need to accept a few realities:
1) There will always be only TWO political parties that a majority of American's are willing to support. Their names may change over time, but there will always only be two.
2) Even if by some miracle a third party candidate is elected to the Presidency, without allies in the other branches of government, they will not get much done and be percieved as a failure, hurting thier parties influence.
Therefore we should keep in mind that were Paul to have become President at this point in time, it would likely be a disaster. It's odd that our movement claims to want small government, but seems to expect as President, Paul will somehow be able (and should be able) to single-handedly "save the country".
3) No political party has ever been replaced by one radically different. New major political parties were formed out of relatively minor differences with the one they eventually replaced.
This is the most important thing to realize. This is why - since our movement is ideologically closer to the Republican Party - our charge is to reshape that Party. Not to overthrow it, or campaign for the Libertarian Party, which is currently too ideologically different from the two major parties to replace either at this time.
4) If we continue to work against the "establishment" of the Republican party, expect our influence to wane, not grow. Ron Paul is not owed very much on account of his delegates and being the last man standing - Romney has already secured the nomination. And the Republican party does not need Paul's supporters as much as we would like to believe.
I hope everyone in the movement begins to realize that we can't go on believing that if we make enough noise we will eventually be heard. Of course we have to keep trying to influence others and maintain our principles, but we also need to realize that most of the things we want must be gained through traditional political means. Therefore, we must make concessions in order to expect any in return.
If we work with the Republican Party, they will work with us.
Rand Paul knew there would be immense backlash by his father's supporters for endorsing Romney, he did it anyway because it's what needed to be done for the movement. And don't fool yourselves into believing it was without Ron's blessing. Ron can't endorse Romney because doing so would severly threaten the movement's credibility, and likely cause it to fall apart.
As a result of endorsing Romney, Rand will recieve concessions - the Revolution will recieve concessions from the Republican Party. Rand's endorsement will gain the movement legitimacy as part of the Republican base.
Remember that movements like the Christian Right, the Liberal left, etc did not gain recognition by (and at times control of) their respective parties by distancing themselves from the establishment - they did it by slowly influencing and working with them.
I understand the "Nobody but Paul" sentiment, but it's self-defeating. Ron Paul will not be President of the United States. Even if he gains 20% as a write-in candidate, he will end up little more than a minor curiosity in news-cycle the day after the election.
For those who believe we don't have enough time to transform the Republican Party through traditional means, you may be right. But there's no other way.
To summarize, here are four possible outcomes for the movement depending on whether or not we choose to join Rand in supporting Mitt Romney:
1) We support Romney, he wins, the Republican establishment grants the movement concessions for our support. The movement continues to grow.
2) We don't support Romney, he wins. The Republican party continues to ignore us, as our support had no bearing on his victory. The movement flounders.
3) We support Romney, he loses. The Republican establishment grants the movement concessions for our support. The movement continues to grow.
4) We don't support Romney, he loses. The Republican Party views his loss in part as a result of our lack of support, they continue to ignore us and our reputation is stained. We lose the chance at regaining influence in 2016, the movement flounders.
Clearly, win or lose, supporting Romney helps the Revolution.
I understand many of you believe there is not good in supporting him, in trying to influence the Republican Party, that the lesser of two evils is still evil, on and on. But I hope the majority of us see the value and promise of playing the long game.