"It's Not Just A Race, It's A Marathon." Why Ron Paul Is Winning.Submitted by chris cudnoski on Wed, 09/05/2012 - 07:47
It's always bothered me, when I would see Ron Paul being interviewed by someone on tv, that they would invariably ask him about his 1988 run, as well as his 2008 run, and why, since he lost twice in the past, is he running again now?
The implication always seems to be that running in a presidential race and not coming in first is, somehow, something to be ashamed of.
Well, I don't think Ron Paul lost in 2008, in 1988, or even in 2012. I think he has already won and will continue winning. Because Ron Paul doesn't just run races. He runs marathons.
Imagine asking someone you know who likes to run marathons how many they have been in. Now, ask them how many they have 'won'. Chances are they will give you a blank stare before likely telling you they haven't won any. Now ask them why they bother to keep running in marathons when they have yet to win one.
Likely they will tell you that running in marathons isn't about beating everyone else to the finish line and scoring some trophy. Most runners are only competing with themselves. And you really can't 'lose' a marathon, as long as you finish the race.
Ron Paul won in 1988 by laying out a foundation of libertarian ideas that informed a generation. He won in 2008 by giving his first freshman class a purpose to rally behind. And he is winning now in 2012 as he educates a new generation of eager students, with all of those 25 years and more as evidence that,for these wisely skeptical youngsters, he is worth listening to. The ideas of liberty are worth listening to.
In conclusion, a runner of marathons will tell you that the victory doesn't come at the end of the race. It's in the journey and what happens along away. Dr. Paul said it best himself on the 9-4 Jay Leno interview:
"I'll keep plugging along."
Ron Paul can't lose, because all he knows how to do is win.