Don't blame us, folks, blame the GOPSubmitted by RonPaul2012Ohio on Wed, 11/07/2012 - 02:04
I am in one of the key "swing" states, which also happened to be a state where Ron Paul was not accepted as a write-in candidate. Therefore, I voted for Gary Johnson.
Already, there are people - among the closest people to me - who are beyond furious with me, and claim I jinxed it, I am "representative" of the margin who could have pushed Romney over the edge to win.
And this is what they have confused: it wasn't me, or us. It was the GOP.
The Republican Party refused to get behind the one Republican candidate who had a passionate following (and this goes back from the present to 2008, when they wouldn't even assist him to get into the FOX News debate). People couldn't get passionate about Romney, or McCain. There were yard signs here, but I saw no bumper stickers. From Romney supporters I got shrugged shoulders, and "it's better than Obama" ("it," not "he"). It was the tepid acceptance Romney has had here and across the country from the start: "Alright, you can stick that sign in my yard, but I wouldn't dream of going out of my way to buy a bumper sticker about it."
People were excited about Ron Paul. He had the highest attendance records at his appearances campaigning. He was the most favorable candidate when polled against Obama. He had more grassroots support groups across the country than any other candidate. He was polled as the most likeable candidate. He had the most active duty military support, and the most individual donations.
The GOP still refused to support Ron Paul. Even when we warned the GOP would not win without the Paul vote. Even when we promised Obama would be re-elected if we were ignored.
I made over 5,000 phone calls for Ron Paul during the primaries, went to sign wavings, applied to be a delegate, gave out brochures, and took time away from my job and my marriage. I emptied my bank account for every phone bomb until I couldn't officially give any more, and then I bought store merchandise instead. I gave Dr. Paul, a long time Republican in the Republican Party, more man hours and more heart than I've ever given someone who I've never met. We ALL did everything we could, and the Republican Party not only ignored our concerns, but orchestrated to have our delegates shut out, kicked out, arrested, tricked, and left in the dark. They sent fancy lawyers to our conventions to try and get the rules bent for Romney. They threw their (our) big money behind Mitt, and held hands with the media walking off into the Ron-Paul-doesn't-exist sunset mirage. We said again and again through word of mouth, social media, and every news outlet who would hear us for nearly two years that if these notions of liberty and freedom were ignored by our party, the consequence would be a second term for Obama. And there you have it. We were right, but we feel just as sick about it as anyone. Probably more sick.
Of course, those who have listened to Ron Paul are more inclined to believe that both of the two "main" candidates represent the same status quo anyhow, and for us it was a loss either way. We tried our best to get an honest candidate through one of the "main" parties, and were thwarted by the party itself. How then could they expect our votes?
Next time, Republicans ought to be more inclined to listen to us. Next time - after the support a good portion of our movement no doubt ended up throwing to third parties instead - the process will be more open to candidates, and people will begin to see the pitfalls of the current duopoly.
And if not, we are certainly not the ones to blame. We, who put more spirit and hard work into a campaign than anyone, are the ones with a right to be miffed, but I for one won't be angry at anyone, because I too was once fooled by the status quo. It will serve us best to stick to our principles, keep our heads high, and the truth on our tongues. Eventually and inevitably, it will prevail.