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Ron Paul rejects Third Party strategy 10/15/2012

CSPAN interview:



Question: "Do you think the libertarians will take the place of the Republicans as one of the major parties?"

Answer: "No, I don't because Republicans and Democrats are in charge and they're one party and they have control of the system . . . (as a libertarian) I wouldn't have been in the debates, I wouldn't have been able to get any coverage, and you can't get on the ballots because of the system it's very biased . . under the rules today it's virtually impossible to compete (with the Dems/Reps) The only way you can do it is if you have correct ideas you infiltrate both the Democrat and Republican party."

. . sounds like the Rand Paul strategy to me, another nail in the coffin of the Gary Johnson trolls and the Rand haters.

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This answer was very

This answer was very important part of this C-SPAN interview. And it was also interesting how big emphasizes Ron put to word "NO" in the beginning of his answer to this question.

Thanks for making a separate post of this. Even better would be if somebody would make a separate youtube clip of this Q&A.

"Air is the very substance of our freedom, the substance of superhuman joy....aerial joy is freedom."--Gaston Bachelard--

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Ron has his reasons

He has his perspective. He has the experience of beating his head against the wall for 35 years, with little effect. He tried 3rd party once, and it didn't work out. He has his own reasons. He is of a certain generation, one that has more faith in instituions than those that came after him.

But Ron Paul supporters, are, and should remain free and independent thinkers. We should not submit to the mind control of others, or believe what others believe out of a sense of loyalty or whatever.

Times change. We are living in revolutionary times. The GOP was once a "third party," until Lincoln won the election in 1860.

Everything passes, everything changes. Just do what you think you should do.

But always think for yourself. Never outsource that. God gave you a brain. Use it.

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. - Alan Watts

Michael, I agree 100%

what you write.

My comment did not explain at all why I thought that it was important part of this C-SPAN interview. For me it was important to know what Ron Paul thinks of this matter and it also helps to understand perhaps better Rand's thinking and his political moves.

I, myself, couldn't care at all about political parties.

For me also to be a supporter of Ron Paul is to "remain free and independent thinker" politically, spiritually, religiously, ideologically, intellectually, morally, etc. To support RP means to support freedom, peace, love and truth and no-one can give them to you like no-one can eat or urinate on your behalf. Same goes for thinking.

When I say that something is important it does not automatically mean that this is my opinion about this matter, just one possibility or one dimension which is good to take into consideration when one forms his or her comprehension of things.

"Air is the very substance of our freedom, the substance of superhuman joy....aerial joy is freedom."--Gaston Bachelard--

Very Good and Timely Advice

....and I would add that it might serve us well in thinking independently to concentrate not so much for what Ron Paul rejects (whether he does or not) but what he endorses.

In not divulging his ballot which was his prerogative, he chose "not" to publicly reject anything,and in doing so he "endorsed" "true"liberty.

He has left the door wide open for independent and creative thinking in hopes we will figure out exactly what "true" liberty is and is not.