Post Election Tips: From an Iowa Liberty Candidates perspective.Submitted by Billiameo on Thu, 11/08/2012 - 17:48
Here's an interesting piece of info to know. The majority of Ron Paul's 2012 Iowa Caucus wins were in NorthEastern Iowa (old 1st C.D.), and the area where Democrats dominated in Iowa for the 2012 Nov. 6th election... you guessed it NE Iowa. The average for a Republican candidate was about 33%, all Democrats and Incumbents (one in the same here) won.
The moral of the story is the GOP has learned a tough lesson. You ostrisize new supporters, young people, and especially new ideas (technically old ideas) then you'll reap what you sow. One need look no further than the debacle known as the GOP National Convention of 2012 and how we were all treated (RP and Grass Roots Delegates) like so much cattle.
Many people have asked me over the last couple of years why my area of Iowa has done so well regarding Ron Paul Caucuses, political issues (Red Light Camera stop), and overall #of liberty candidates. I feel it is time to explain how this happened.
When I decided to run in 2010 for U.S. Congress 1st C.D. against Ben Lange in the Republican Primary I didn't make that decision because I was "going to win" or it was an "easy race". Quite the contrary. I was initially hesitant due to the likely outcome but was encouraged by other RP supporters here that debating the establishment candidate over the 5 months of primary time would have an impact on stalwart Republicans (those that pay attention to primaries). They were right.
Our 2010 campaign got about 6,000 votes in the primary which was half of the winners total. Mind you we didn't have GOP endorsements, funding, prestige, any of that. After the primary, Mr. Lange lost to Bruce Braley by almost the same amount of votes that I received during the primary. Though it was a small number, in close races it becomes the biggest factor. That was during the Tea Party surge in 2010 that swept many other GOP candidates into office. I, recieved Tea Party endorsements from the two major Tea Parties in the 1st C.D., Davenport, and Dubuque.
The point of all this information? Running in races that you might not win in, still has an effect. In the case of the Iowa Caucuses a very measurable one. Concerning issues the same deal, to my knowledge Dubuque is the first and only city to stop Red-Light Cameras in Iowa.
By simply having the increased platform of being on the ballot and in the debates allowed the ideas of Liberty to flourish in a way they never would have otherwise.
Just think of how many people never heard of Ron Paul in 1988 (when he ran as a Libertarian Candidate for President) vs. 20 years later in 2008 and 2012 when he was an official Republican Candidate. Did they minimize him? Of course. But the message still got out much more than it ever had.
We are at an important cross roads here in Iowa, and will have to start making choices while the iron is still hot. Those of us that step in now to fill leadership and other roles within the GOP while the establishment element is discouraged and much more willing to let us will have the opportunity to spread the message of freedom even further.
1. No race is a "lost" race if a message of principle is espoused and spread.
2. Yesterday's Statist could be tomorrow's freedom fighter.
3. Be an activist first and a statesman second.
4. If a person holds at least 1 principled stance they can be won over to liberty; if they hold none they cannot.
5. Most people are like water, they follow the path of least resistance.
-Make their path toward education in all things freedom a well traveled one with a deep groove by revisiting the information continuously. In time they will find liberty easier to understand than tyranny and freedom more desirable than chains.-
6. Be like a stone, when someone floating downstream wants to stop they will have you to hold onto. Enough stones can dam up a river and stem the flow of the masses.
The election results we have seen are an opportunity. Let us not squander this gift.
(Frmr Iowa State Senate