Ron Paul's Message Grows StaleSubmitted by Treg on Tue, 10/09/2007 - 02:35
Ouch! I know that hurts, don't take it personally Paulies, but its the truth.
Look, lets not be TOO crazed for Ron Paul that we cannot step back and offer some friendly and helpful suggestions. A movement that is not self correcting does Ron Paul no good, nor does it do us any good if Ron Paul does not do some self correcting himself. Look, I am out here door to door, sending thousands of direct mail letters, so please allow me to call it like I see it. Some here will say this is not the place, if that is so then I appologize, just tell me where that place is and I will make it known that Ron's messages JUST WENT STALE.
Tonight, I just watched the speeches given infront of the Americansforprosperity and I must say Ron Paul needs to loosen up. He needs be friendly, talk as if he was in front of a friendly Ron Paul crowd who hates taxes and spending. That is when his "likeability" comes out. But to speak in a lecturing agressive manner to this crowd was very much out of place it seems to me.
It is not the message itself that is stale, its Ron who has gone stale. And it pains me to say this, trust me, I gave one of the few votes he recieved in 1988. [Ed Clark recieved my first vote as an 18 year old in 1980.] So when I say Ron Paul's message has gone stale, I think you can refrain from attacking me or calling me a sell out to the Revolution. No, I shall be in the LoveRevolution long after Ron leaves politics.
I dare say if Huckabee or Giuliani, the two with the most "off the cuff" friendly personalities, where given the assignment to take our revolution message to the public, they would do a much better job. Of course they do not have our issues or our revolution, but that is not my point here.
Indeed, Rudy killed tonight. He had me believing he was the tax fighter, a tax cutter just dying to cut some more, the one who can "get it done", the one who understood, the one who "knows" its right to cut taxes. Ron Paul knows this too, but he failed to convey that. Did he mention how many times he voted no on Republican Spending bills? Did he mention life in the trenches of the House? No.
Then there was Huckabee who was also impressive. Mike did an excellent job with his 7 minutes to make the case to abolish once and for all, the IRS and that massive tax code. He was so good, that for a second I thought Ron should make him is VP choice. Huckabee, with his oh so caring personality, softens the edges of anyones ticket.
Here is where we are 90 days out. You and I have to get over the "happy phase" that just someone, anyone, is saying on a national level what we know to be right. What we need, I believe, is a loosened up and very comfortable Ron Paul. He needs to "own the mound" as I always tell my little leaguer. And to do that, he needs to come up with a dozen ways of saying the same message. He can stop and "tell a story" or two. He can mention talking to the Chairman of the Federal Reserve a few times. And most of all, because he has the time in such a forum, he could listen to Giuliani's speech and easily make ready remarks about it while its still fresh on people's minds.
No, its not Ron's style to attack, but he can comment on Giuliani's speech directly, even compliment it where its good. He could say why its good, then ask, "but why stop there?" If a tax cut is good, and it grows government income like Supply sider Giuliani says it does, he could have asked this audiance, "do we as Conservatives WANT the government growing bigger? Do we need a government with more money or less? Or do we not want a smaller federal government? I believe that a simple supply-side tax cut, leaving a massive IRS tax code in place, one ends up GROWING government, well to my way of thinking, that is not a good thing. We must come to agre that there are basic functions that we want a federal government to do, namely our courts, our congress, and our national defenses here at home, but not much else. So a simple supply side tax cut is not what I propose, no, I think we must move towards eliminating the Income tax completely. Just imagin all the benefits. Companies would rush in to build and manufacture here again. Good high paying jobs, a growing economy and a rise in the real wages of the working man. Here is another benefit. After my 8 years are through, democrats can propose all the spending they want, but there will be no Income tax for them to pay for it." But such pointed remarks to Giuliani's speech was not to be. Dr. Paul pitched the same old stale bread, the same old thing, the same way, as if it was March 2007.
Its as if he is not listening to the others in the democratic or republican race. Its not just taxes either. Certainly the good Doctor needs to "own" the fight against Hillary, taking it too the idea of Universal Health care with a one two punch, a right hook, and knock out to the chin. But he never does. Our dear fearless leader needs some help.
What Uncle Ron needs a speech writer or writers, a young Karl Hess perhaps, and he needs a one now. (Yes, I would love to throw my name into that hat!). But the fact is Ron has gone stale with the revolution message, and the message needs a lot of freshing up. The message has gone stale in Ron's hands. Even those that disagree with Ron, know it by heart. And please don't tell me he is going to ride it through till the end. And don't tell me that only Rudy can be original and speak to the audiances concerns, incorporate yesterdays news into his speech, attack Hillary's rediculous $5,000 childbond idea, and have something smart to say about privatizing health care. Ron can do that and the fact that he is not doing it, concerns me. And it should concern you too.
Look, there is two reasons why THIS grassroots campaign works so well. If HQ doesn't get it, its time they do. (1) This Campaign for the Revolution is opperating on an information FEEDBACK LOOP and (2) has tapped in to the power of expenential growth which comes from the internet.
SO my friends, we must let those at HQ know that Rons Message has gone stale. There is two reasons that the message from Ron has gone stale, (1) there is a thousand ways to say the same thing, without always saying exactly the same thing. And (2), a listening audience is NOT just listening to the words and message, they are listening for "the man", which means the personality. A personality the tells us the many moods, the temperment, the style of thought, the quickness of thought, the dexterity of thought, the honesty & integrity yes, the empathy and caring and heart that goes into an opinion, and so much more.
Here is what I say we must do, as best we can, is tell the Ron Paul that its time for a new theme and angle.... its time to Run against Rudy by commenting on his words in his speeches and its time to talk about "the transision periods ahead". There is a transision period ahead whether the american people know it or want it. You know it so does Ron. How do we adjust? How do we "get by with less?". How do we deal with a crashing dollar? Rudy, how are you going to deal with a crashing -non oil based - dollar? How are you going to pay the massive entitlements that are already in place? With another Supply side tax cut? That will not be enough Rudy. That will not be enough to (as Huckabee said) "bring back the trillion dollar manufacturing base that left the country decades ago because our tax code chased them away". Huckabee is right, we MUST scrap the tax code in order to BRING back our manufacturing base, bring back good jobs and bring back a higher standard of living for us all. But why is Huckabee saying this, those should be Ron Paul's words. Even Giuliani sounded more anti tax and more pro free market than Ron Paul.... and THAT should be a real wake up to my dear Uncle Ron Paul (ok, not my uncle, but my three year old calls him uncle in our household because, well, dad is a Ron Paul junkie). So yes, it pains me to say this about our fearless leader.
So Ron, listen up, you have gone Stale. Hire some speech writers, get some coaching.... This is a new ballgame, you are out of the Minors, you are now in the Major League. Razel us with some sliders and some spit balls. Look over your shoulder at your competition on first base and fire off a curve ball to home plate. A strike is a strike is a strike, its the delivery that must keep the batters off balance.