Two weeks ago I was ready to give up on the GOPSubmitted by freeVirginia on Tue, 11/13/2012 - 17:57
but I'm now beginning to think we need to take over one of the two parties. There are two reasons for my shift in thinking:
1) I live in a conservative part of the state where most people value their life, liberty, and property. But on election day all the third parties combined got less than 2% of the vote in the presidential race. And the voter turnout was very good; far, far above the national average. I just don't see how we can educate the 98% well enough before the country is beyond redemption, without taking over one of the two main parties. Most won't even look beyond the two parties, much less consider their positions. (And no they won't Google "Gary Johnson")
2) I attended a Ron Paul supporter dinner last week and there were speakers from Dr. Paul's campaign, Young Americans for Liberty, the Virginia Campaign for Liberty, and several recent liberty candidates. What struck me is that all of them were convinced that the only way to succeed in getting Ron Paul libertarians elected was through one of the two major parties. Most speakers really didn't care which party, but they felt the better option at the present was the GOP.
So my plan for the next two years is to go to the county, district, and state GOP meetings/conventions and stand for liberty. I will be respectful of the "old guard", but I won't deviate from Dr. Ron Paul's gospel. I think we need to continue to work from the grassroots up and increase our position in the GOP until we are the GOP -- or at least a majority of it. The sooner the better. Obama's election should create opportunities we didn't have in 2012.
What do you think?