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Post Election Tips: From an Iowa Liberty Candidates perspective.

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.

In all,

The election results we have seen are an opportunity. Let us not squander this gift.

Will Johnson

(Frmr Iowa State Senate
Candidate R50)

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henry9's picture

Thank you.

It almost makes me want to run.

Or...run away- sorry to say.

You Will Go Far

People trust someone who sounds reasonable and principled.

Your list is why I am happy to be in the LP, where at least I can make sure to throw some stones into the stream!

What do you think? http://consequeries.com/


That list at the end is brilliant!

Andrew Napolitano for President 2016!

"Patriotism should come from loving thy neighbor, not from worshiping Graven images." - ironman77

Anyone know information about

Anyone know information about being involved with liberty candidates in Broward county, FL (Ft. Lauderdale)? It's heavily democratic and Florida is a notorious neo-con state and it may be an extremely uphill battle, but would like to at least give it a try.

Thanks Will...

... for sharing your wisdom born of experience.
Southwest Iowa (our end of the state) is almost a mirror image politically. All of the counties went for Romney and my county (Page) gave him the highest percentages.

The Virtual Conspiracy

Point #4

may be the linchpin...

Pandacentricism will be our downfall.

Our Wisconsin volunteers were there

I know because I was the coordinator for the supporters coming from Wisconsin. What was interesting is we had people in Alamakee, Winneshiek, Clayton, and Blackhawk County. Ron Paul won ALL of them. We skipped Fayette County (took 3rd there) to send a VERY good team to the more populated caucus location in Cedar Falls, Black Hawk County.

One trick the establishment figured out by the time the Minnesota Caucus came around was to limit it to ONE speaker per candidate. That way, they could keep the more passionate Ron Paul people in check. Get involved before the next one and try to stop that from happening again.

Southeast Iowa. . .

. . . is no slouch for the Liberty Movement either. My home precinct (Jefferson County) came out with 49% for Ron Paul in the Caucus. This was more than any other precinct in Iowa to my knowledge, and perhaps the nation where the full raft of original Repub candidates was on the ballot.

And yes.. Jefferson County is very Blue. There are many potential libertarians in the Democratic party or independents that saw real value in Ron Paul's message. Other Republican candidates absolutely fail to draw from this crossover block because their message is quite frankly repugnant and smacking of zealous social conservatism or neocon war mongering and corporate welfare.

Ron Paul's message would resonate with all the segments that Republicans fail to move. Women, Latinos, Blacks, Gay/Lesbians, and disaffected progressives.

“Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.” —Thomas Jefferson

If a person holds at least 1 principled stance

they can be won over to liberty. Bingo! It took a while to grasp the concepts but I will now delve into reading about Austrian Economics.

Thanks to all the Ron Paul individuals who vet the candidates and congressmen. I also want to thank all the creative and brilliant people who make all those informative, inspiring Youtube videos.

The Ron Paul people are the most informed, intelligent group of people on the planet.

"With enough of us, around the world, we’ll not just send a strong message opposing the privatization of knowledge — we’ll make it a thing of the past." ~ Aaron Swartz

Question for you, Will

First, great job! Being in those damn debates does seem to make a difference.

I have a question and someone who has been a real candidate for liberty is the person I need to ask.

I wrote a post on DP and wanted to see what your thoughts are. It has to do with focusing where the establishment party hacks are not.

Would really appreciate your feedback. What's right or wrong with the idea? What would be some ideas regarding strategy? Also note: could be multiple states, not just one.

Here is the post:


Thanks for any input, and great job!


I read your DP post and found it insightful. Focusing efforts can be beneficial, now you just need to set up the HQ for it *-) Lemme know if/when you get that rolling.

"Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but the

Thank you, Will!


Integrity means having to say things that people don't want to hear & especially to say things that the regime doesnt want to hear -RonPaul

Very interesting

That is a very interesting concept. Running to affect a different race. Thanks for the post - it has a lot of good ideas in it; and thank you for standing up for liberty!

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What an encouraging practical upbeat Post Election Tips, WillJ!

"No race is a 'lost' race if a message of principle is espoused and spread."

Isn't it so true that nothing is wasted in life, when it's lived well :-)

This needs to be put on the front page

as a how-to guide on spreading the message - and especially in 2014 when we get another chance to gut the neocons out of the House.

If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
James Madison

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... Up.

I am proud of you, Will

And I am proud of Iowa. If I am not mistaken Iowa is predominately white, Republican, and evangelical. And they did not vote 'Romney' in the general election!

Electable Ron Paul is my hero.

Great article, Will!!

Great article, Will!!