A Winning Strategy to Get a Libertarian Nominated in 2016 by the GOP!Submitted by xRegardsx on Sun, 08/26/2012 - 23:03
NOTE: I changed the name of this article from "Should We Write-in Dr. Paul? (Winning Strategy!)" to the current one because too many people didn't understand that it was a rhetorical question that I then fully answer and then they would skip the post and answer it missing the point completely.
DISCLAIMER: Please realize that this strategy works only because we have a 3rd party candidate. I personally like Gary Johnson, but in all honesty it doesn't matter who it is. A vote for 3rd party is for the sake of showing that we have all the power in the GOP next time around. Note though... my reasoning for GJ is that he's the only one on the ballot in all 50 states that will let this strategy work for us in winning 2016.
There seems to be mass confusion in what our strategy should be from here on out. By that, I mean, everyone has their minds set on doing one of several things. Here is the conclusion that a discussion with user The Granger in my last thread posted here has brought me to.
Throughout the Paul campaign I have noticed and quickly dismissed Gary Johnson and the few supporters he has trying to get the word out about him to Paul supporters. This being even when we thought the delegate strategy would give us a brokered convention if at least one other candidate stayed in the GOP race. Then, when I'm told directly by the Paul campaign that they don't think they can get the nomination, I decided that I would write in Ron Paul's name regardless. My main inspiration being the quote by John Quincy Adams:
"Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.”
But then I look at this objectively. When a write-in isn't counted... who does it serve?
It doesn't stand as a message: It's rarely counted at local levels and surely wouldn't be counted on the national stage.
It doesn't prove that I stood by my principles: My libertarian principles don't change whether I go and write on a piece of paper or scream "I Choose You Ron Paul!" from the mountain tops covered head to toe in Ron Paul merchandise.
All I could then figure was that it was serving me and me alone. How you may ask? It was to protect my ego from feeling hurt. From keeping myself from feeling like others, or myself, could and would judge me for jumping ship if I were to change my vote after spending possibly years pushing his name and the liberty message every single chance I got. The worst being the ridicule from your own family and friends that... just didn't get it... and probably never will. At least until they see a much different eye-opening outcome that changes everything they thought they knew about "politics" and "patriotism".
If your hero and mentor is the captain of a ship and it's sinking... do you honestly believe that they want you to go down with them... or get on the ship of someone that is going to the same destination?
Do people "occupy" major cities by sitting on their couches... or do they go out there or perform some kind of activism for a reason... to be heard?
I concluded that a write-in would be equivalent to writing "Ron Paul" on my shirt and never leaving the house. No one would see it, it wouldn't spread the message of liberty or let those that have fallen into or always have believed that "there's only two choices" every year.
Ron Paul's movement made a much louder noise this time around. Why? Because our numbers have doubled. Now imagine if a 3rd party candidate, who's votes were actually counted, ended up receiving twice the number of votes that any 3rd party candidate has ever received in modern history.
Now you might be saying, "Well we can't let Obama win, he's the worst!". Last time I checked, the vast majority of us hardcore Ron Paul supporters believed that both Romney and Obama were almost completely identical on the most serious, unconstitutional, and anti-libertarian positions.
Are you really trying to tell me that I should not only sacrifice the message I would help send with my 3rd party vote, but also my vote for a proven more capable and experienced candidate... my principle in choosing a "good" candidate rather than either of "two evils"? I look back on that J. Q. Adams quote.
Now some people would argue that that quote is justification for writing in Dr. Paul. I completely disagree. Ron Paul is no longer a candidate or choice and therefore couldn't actually receive any real "vote" in most states.
A write-in would be equivalent to someone offering me the choice of brussels sprouts or lima beans and me shouting "PIZZA!". My preference to a non-choice would be irrelevant to everyone but me and falls back to my reasoning to write-in in the first place... protecting my ego with nothing to show for it. Now if someone were to offer me brussels sprouts, lima beans, OR carrots... well... carrots aren't my favorite, they do taste pretty good... and I can still prefer pizza if it were available. I would choose carrots, because it wouldn't mean sacrificing my "food of choice" principles.
Gary Johnson is my carrot. He is no Ron Paul. He fully and humbly acknowledges that... Ron Paul being a hero of his own. And yes... he has some gray areas in how he perceives his libertarian views that you may not agree with... just like Paul does regarding the morning after pill and early abortion. Regardless, with him... it's not a question of which candidate sucks the least. To me it's the simple answer of choosing the only libertarian(-esque for you GJ haters out there) choice. Choosing the only good candidate. The clean sailboat that saved me from falling into the "sea of garbage" when riding on the clean yacht was no longer an option.
Now for the Gary Johnson haters out there... a question. Would you vote for Rand Paul if he was the 3rd party option? Many of you would say yes, all the while a whole new group of Ron Paul supporters would come out in protest about how he's "not a real libertarian".
Point being, we should be more understanding about why a self-proclaimed libertarian might choose something that doesn't seem libertarian at all. They perceive it as the libertarian choice in a gray area that to one half of the population is dead wrong no questions asked or morally right without question.
There are many libertarians that don't agree with Ron Paul on the morning after pill. That doesn't mean he's not a libertarian. People naturally don't observe or consider all of the details and easily tell themselves they have done both so they can be more assertive in their position. I bet a lot of close-minded people tell themselves they're open-minded too.
Yes, even here in the libertarian movement we have radical crazies that do more damage for the cause than help... just like the far left and right do... but that's another topic.
Now this was only the choice between whether to vote for a 3rd party or write-in. Until I had talked to The Granger in my last post, I hadn't even thought about what those that have already taken up positions within their local GOP were to do. Who is Ron Paul going to vote for?
I wouldn't be surprised if he privately voted for a 3rd party himself. (Listen to him on his position with running as 3rd party: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87PyTbuSUvg)
This is where I then came to the conclusion of what I think is a winning strategy for the future. For many and myself, "Obamney" isn't even an option. So what is the plan?
3 STEPS TO WIN IN 2016!
1. Continue "becoming the tent" that is the GOP
If you can't beat 'em, join 'em by replacing them. Turn a party lacking integrity and consistent principles into a party that exemplifies it.
2. Everyone vote for Gary Johnson
Even if you don't think he has a chance to win, it would not only document where all the votes went that Romney needed and send a message that the political spectrum changing with Ron Paul wasn't just a passing fluke, but who knows? He could even possibly get the 15% needed for the national debate. 15% is more threatening to the GOP than 8%, 5%, and 2% separated. This is human behavior's preference, inspired by the tactic "divide and conquer". Libertarian votes for Romney or Obama, write-ins, for other 3rd party candidates, and lost votes to those that stay home in protest and considered part of the "voter participation" numbers... all sabotage the accurate documentation of the votes the GOP lost and needed to win in 2012.
3. Next presidential election, we now have ALL of the cards
The cronies still left in the GOP establishment will no longer have the theories that allowed them to believe they didn't need us and that cheating and treating us the way they did came with no serious consequence.
Let them blame us for Romney's loss. We know better. We didn't choose Obama, we chose a better candidate and THEY failed to jump on board in both counts. We can't let our principles falter for the sake of a few minute differences between the two. Ron Paul never has... so why would he vote for a lesser of two evils when he's completely against it?
I believe that Romney, with how much he's shot himself in the foot and shown his lack of integrity that simply matches that of Obama's, would have lost even if Ron Paul didn't run.
"We are not afraid to lose if losing means our integrity and principles remain with us. Our numbers have tripled in this election and we have already won. We have spread the message of individual liberty far and wide. Ron Paul has inspired the liberty movement in Africa, in Europe, even in Korea. Only a third of American colonists believed that the Revolutionary War was necessary and they changed the course of history forever." -ABillyRock
If "anyone but Obama" was their reasoning... and sound logic showed that post-Tampa, Ron Paul would have the best chances to win when the independent, disenfranchised dem, and just recently apathetic votes were added to party loyalists' that were what won it for obama in 2008 (52-44% independent vote)... and they STILL chose Romney...
...how can we allow ourselves to go back to that losing and glass-half empty mentality?
So does this sound like a sound plan?
How could it backfire?
I know this was long and I know there will be plenty of Johnson haters who ignore most of what I've said and spam negative ratings all over the place, but I do thank those of you that read all of this. I hope this may have meant something to you.
Also, thank you for all of the posting you've all done before I even recently signed up. If you type "d" into any computer's browser, here or at work, DailyPaul is the first suggested site on every machine and has been for a very long time.
Ron Paul would have beat Obama if given the nomination in 2012. In 2016 the GOP and its remaining cronies will not be able to ignore us if this strategy is followed starting with this election. If they want to win, they will have to realize when our support doubles or more yet again, while their numbers dwindle, they not only can't pretend they don't need us, but they will KNOW we are the future of the party.
Here's some pics of my sweet ass ride here in CT for the hell of it :P