3rd Party Ron Paul is risky, short-sighted and selfish.Submitted by DevinDraven on Mon, 09/03/2012 - 20:08
I've been paying attention and actively informing my friends, family and others about the causes of liberty since late 2011. I'm very young — 17 years old. Here's my opinion on the subject of Ron Paul running on a 3rd party ticket:
It's extraordinarily risky, short-sighted and selfish.
For starters, Ron Paul was the person who woke me up to the causes of liberty, as I'm sure lots of others who visit this forum were affected by him too. Ron Paul has done his job; the movement is alive and well. Most importantly, too: the movement is not Ron Paul.
In pushing Ron Paul as a 3rd party candidate, we're putting 100% of our eggs in one basket and handing that basket to a fox: the establishment. The corruption transcends party lines and encompasses pretty much everything, including the media.
You can be sure that the media will frame the Liberty movement as blindly following a man, Ron Paul, instead of the ideas of liberty, and in turn disenfranchise the party-line voters who we're so desperate to enlighten. They would frame us as being sore losers and betraying the GOP, and we'd lose everything we've worked so hard to build in the GOP.
It's sad to say that we live in a two party system, but that reality exists right now. We need to be able to take over one of the parties — which we are, the GOP, and effect change through that.
To summarize: If Ron Paul were to get on the 3rd party ticket with the Libertarians, we'd spook a lot of people who are hardliner Republican voters who are open to our ideas right now, and are the people we need to bring on our side, not to mention all the candidates endorsed by Paul being portrayed as traitors because Paul chose a 3rd party.
People in the GOP are on our side for sure, because Ron Paul is and will be seen as a martyr for our movement, highlighting the rampant corruption and giving everyone a righteous indignation, because the grassroots of the Republican Party IS under threat from the Establishment. Everybody loves an underdog.
We need to send a message to the Republican Establishment, and by extension the Establishment as a whole. We need to send a message that we will not waver, we will not yield, we will not leave. We will stay in the Republican party, because WE ARE THE FUTURE, whether they accept it or not. You can NOT stop an idea whose time has come.
By staying in the Republican party, we're denying them what they want: us to walk away.
-----The point of this article is not to vote for Romney, by all means, vote for Gary Johnson, write Ron Paul's name or not vote at all, just don't force Ron Paul to do something that he does not want to do and in addition to that ruin our movement. Post comments here and read some of them, I respond to lots!-----