What is Next for the Ron Paul Movement?Submitted by Viperscale on Fri, 06/22/2012 - 15:01
Some in this movement may be thinking "who do I vote for if Ron Paul is not
the nominee". While others may argue that simply by discussing this our
movement is being damaged. I personally think that there is still hope for
Ron Paul to win the nomination, but I believe that we as a movement must
also realize that he could lose it as well. This post is going to be
written assuming that he won't win (which Ron Paul himself has admitted to).
We all have heard talk of how the Goldwater conservatives impacted the
Republican Party, followed by the evangelical movement and now we are
considered the third movement that will shape and influence it. All that to
say that this movement is extremely important and we are making history. I
believe that we must live up to this importance and therefore let our voice
be heard as much as possible in this 2012 presidential election.
I have been reading lately a lot about this lately and unfortunately see
our movement split in at least four ways. I hear many people say that
getting behind Gary Johnson would be our best option because he is at least
considered the leading third party candidate and lines up with Ron Paul on
many issues. There is the people in this movement who will live up to their
saying "no one but Paul", even if it means a right in on their states
ballots. There are also the people who believe that Virgil Goode is the
best candidate because he lines up the most Ron Pauls' beliefs, even though
his chances are very slim and his popularity is low. While others believe
that going for Obama because of his stance on wars or Romney with slightly
better views on taxes would be the most effective choice.
This proves that our movement is split. Each side can make a good
argument on their own views and why we should choose a particular candidate
over another. The only problem is that we need to have a voice in this
election. If each candidates' percentage goes up two percent, what voice do
we have? Our movement will be looked at as over and our influence will be
diminished. You may ask, "well what can we do about if everyone has their
The truth is that we cannot force everyone to vote for the same
candidate, but what we can do is have an open mind and be willing to get
behind the one candidate who lines up the most with our views and encourage
everyone in this movement to get behind him and make sure that we have the
strong voice that should accompany such a strong movement.
To all my fellow Patriots.