A True BetrayalSubmitted by gail stang on Fri, 06/15/2012 - 13:27
Was Rand's Endorsement a Betrayal?
Gerald Ford was president in '76, after Nixon's resignation. The Reagan Revolution was as wild as ours is. The Republicans that fought it were the best people on the planet. There were, however, more informed Republicans that knew his record as California governor. He was a flip flopper, for sure, but there was no internet, so he was still not understood. Dr. Ron Paul led the TX delegation for Reagan. Rand's recent tea party book told about that convention. He was thirteen, at his dad's side. Can you imagine how he looked up to his dad, his hero and all the excitement?
My family lived through it as well. Our first son, Alan Jay Stang Jr., was one month old during that convention (and who, just this past weekend, was elected as a delegate for Ron Paul to Tampa!).
1976 was their 2008. The Reagan Revolution was building during the succeeding four years, leading up to the 1980 primary. Here is a TRUE betrayal.
Reagan vowed that he would never choose George H. W. Bush for his running mate. He exposed Bush as a globalist, a member of the Trilateral Commission, CFR, a liberal. There were top campaign people who privately kept pinning Reagan down on the Bush matter. I was honored to know one of them in the last year or so his life. This friend loved telling the story. He was an incredible man.
Reagan promised, cross his heart, hope to die, stick a thousand needles in his eye that he would not pick Bush. Well, you know what happened. Reagan stood before the 1980 Republican national delegates and announced that Bush would be his running mate. There was a gasp, a heart -broken gasp that was heard all over the convention arena. I guess the delegates discussed endlessly why Reagan did it. What should they do? Would they vote for him? "But wait, we have to stop Carter." And on and on.
So what is the contrast? Rand's endorsement of Romney will have no effect on the victory or loss for Romney over Obama. It only has an effect on us and how we deal with it. If that is what Rand has to do to become the leader in the Senate, then so be it. This gives senators the cover to work with him.
Reagan's was a true betrayal. His choice of Bush, catapulted him into the administration and changed history, 32 years of it. Rand is not putting Romney into the White House.
I believe that father and son know how devastating the end of this era could be. It has run its course. We've had sixty years of the right/left manipulation of the political process. I believe that they are trying to blunt the severity, turn things around, soften the landing. In Feb. 08, at an event, I passed by some of the Paul family speaking among themselves, privately. They were voicing their concern over what would happen if we didn't win. Yes, the same conversation all of us have had many times over.
Don't listen to sound bites. Watch what Dr. Rand Paul does in the Senate. Judge him there.
Ron Paul 2012