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What NOT to do as a Ron Paul Republican

For those of you who don't know me, I am a Ron Paul supporter running for state representative in New Hampshire: shemkellogg.com. I am less than one month away from my primary. Ron Paul Forums has been generous enough to offer the campaign its own subforum in the "Defenders of Liberty" section, alongside Rand Paul and others: http://www.ronpaulforums.com/forumdisplay.php?262-Shem-Kello...

I am using it to involve users who sincerely care to help me, convince them that my race is winnable, and demonstrate that I am committed to winning. My hopes are that my race will encourage other activists to run for office.

Since I filed to be on the ballot, I have been receiving candidate surveys and other items in the mail. I have been sharing these and my responses to the surveys in the forum.

On Friday I received the above piece in the mail. Social media suggests that the letter was mailed to at least all of the Republican state rep candidates. I'm not sure how many candidates there are but the New Hampshire House is the fourth largest deliberative body in the English-speaking world, behind only the UK Parliament, the Parliament of India, and the US House of Representatives. We have 400 state representatives, which works out to around 3K voters per representative.

I don't think I've ever met Tom in person, but he's a former state rep who resigned (see NY Times link at the bottom). Here are some important points that Tom may be overlooking:

Republican voters in NH like liberty
Ron Paul placed a strong second in the first-in the-nation Republican Primary. In fact he got more votes than Gingrich, Santorum, and Perry combined. (He even took second in the Democratic Primary; he received more votes than Barack Obama if you combine both primaries). Unrelated to Ron Paul, NH is one of the freest states in the US, with no income tax, no general sales tax, no helmet laws or adult seatbelt laws, no mandatory car insurance, and very few gun restrictions. This freedom is thanks, in large part, to Republican voters.

Republican politicians in NH like liberty
If anyone was watching, 41% of the US and state legislators who endorsed Ron Paul were from New Hampshire. Three state senators endorsed him. Last year, the chair of the state Republican party spoke at Liberty Forum, the liberty conference hosted by the Free State Project which has hosted Ron Paul in the past, and personally welcomed liberty activists to the NHGOP. In 2013, the speaker of the house who served during New Hampshire's historic 17.6% cut in state-funded spending sat on panel at the FSP's Porcupine Freedom Festival (PorcFest), to discuss the bill he sponsored, which was signed into law that allows defense attorneys in New Hampshire to inform the jury in criminal cases about their right to nullify the law. Prior to the law passing, liberty Republican activists who were elected to the state convention succeeded on having jury nullification added to the state party platform.

Show people some respect. Threats are not going to wake people up to cause of liberty, and if you're going to make them, please do not implicate Ron Paul and the rest of the liberty movement.

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A liberal Democrat Party guy

A liberal Democrat Party guy is chatting on this with his fellow Democrats.

Former state Rep. Alciere: ‘Nominate libertarian extremists — or we sink the Republican Party’

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I support Shem Kellogg

Shem has been a long time activist and is doing what many of us won't: Run for Office. He is "Becoming Ron Paul" by running for State House.

Here is his web site:

I hope Shem takes some time to make a post on the DailyPaul about himself and his race. Many people want to know "Who is Shem Kellogg?"

If I was in NH, I would be walking doors right next to him. Shem has a real shot at winning.

In Liberty,


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Yeah, Shem Kellogg is super awesome!

Shem is one hella a Ron Paul supporter. He is so dedicated to what he believes. Thankfully, what Shem believes is almost always the right thing when it comes to politics. His election will not only lift spirits in New Hampshire. Liberty folks all over New England will rejoice!

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Good idea. New Hampshire rocks.

There are crazy people everywhere. There are crazy people that support Obama. There were crazy people that supported Bush. The same is true for Ron Paul. I usually don't like to threaten people. It's bad form. Grow up Tom, wherever you are.

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Yeah, that letter will help

Yeah, that letter will help the establishment if anybody.

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This is a confusing post.

I get that you are running for a state house position. Cool, a Ron Paul Republican looking to promote liberty, got it.

The "letter" you posted doesn't seem to be a letter. It doesn't have an author. It seems to contain embedded quotes, but it is extremely unclear which are quotes the author is citing, who said those quotes, and which parts are the author speaking. You seem to say the author is someone named Tom, but honestly I have no idea who that is or why I would ever care about him. Tom seems to be drawing your ire, and since you are a Ron Paul Republican I can instinctively stand by your side. But I really did not understand your post, sorry :(

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This post needs some clean up and clarification. I think I got the gist of it, but I couldn't tell who said what.

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Apologies. The jpeg at the

Apologies. The jpeg at the beginning was of my post was the entire letter as recieved. I didn't know how to embed;maybe a mod can do that for me. You're right that there isn't a proper salutation or signature.

The letter was the only item in the envelope. Return address was Tom Alciere.

Does that clarify?

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Sorry, not really...

Thanks. If you want to embed an image see the FAQ.


It still doesn't answer the root of the question - what does this letter have to do with your post? The letter is really completely confusing. I made the mistake of reading it first, then trying to figure out what it has to do with anything. The letter seems to ramble and go nowhere (like perhaps some of my own DP posts:) )

Your post has a headline of what not to do as a Ron Paul Republican, discusses some statistics about NH and seems to have nothing in it about what not to do as a Ron Paul Republican. Your post also doesn't address the letter you embedded at the top of the post.

Sorry still lost. You're getting upvotes, so it's probably just me.

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No you are confused because

No you are confused because it makes no sense why anyone would send something like this to candidates.

Tom should realize that Republicans in NH are already incredibly receptive to the message of liberty. He would persuade more people by showing them respect instead of threatening them. This letter is offensive... and it implicates Ron Paul.

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So the whole point of your post is that we should all be anti-Tom?

Note, by posting Tom's letter, you have raised his national exposure by a factor of perhaps 10,000X or more.

A suggestion. If you want to post about yourself and your efforts in securing a state office, write about that and leave out Tom. Or, if you want to post about Tom, do so with flair and gusto, and make your point clearly and precisely. But mashing the two topics together was just confusing - at least to me.

Good luck on your state race. Take a look at rEVOLutionary ads if you are looking for an inexpensive way to advertise.

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Nah man. There have be plenty

Nah man. There have been plenty of stories about Tom. I wouldn't be surprised if more than a million people have heard about him over the years with him being kicked out of all of the political parties in New Hampshire, his radio show calls, letters and even erotic stories...

The dude is annoying, to put it mildly.

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The whole point of my post

The whole point of my post was to give DP readers who still believe that liberty can be achieved through electoral politics and the Republican Party an example of what not to do. I don't care so much about Tom but this letter is doing the the movement a disservice.

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Caution around The Tom...

Tom may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer. He may be a few fries short of a happy meal. Or he may be a genuine Liberty lover with some misplaced enthusiasms.

It may not have been a good idea for Tom to pen such prose, but now that it's public for the world to see and going viral, Tom is quickly becoming a household name and the new face of the Liberty Movement.

I suggest you do as Tom wants, lest you find yourself on his bad side.

Don't upset The Tom. I've seen his writings. Trust me, don't rock the boat. It's not worth it.

Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof


Who is he talking to? "Show some respect" The two paragraphs above implies he's talking to non-Paul folks... that they should respect us because of our numbers. But the summary appears to be then directed at us.

Not clear to me either.

Tom's letter was directed at

Tom's letter was directed at candidates. I would offer that Tom's message would be best recieved if he showed some respect.

Liberty Ladder

I've been working on something like a road to libertarianism. Step one is something just easy like humans have a right to not be killed by other humans. Then something still simple but a little more "controversial" like anti-prohibition. Then as you climb the liberty ladder issue by issue you reach the top which is to me abortion. You have to protect liberty for all minorities and the fetus's have no lobby. I think this could be a great community project where we create steps in the ladder and prioritize positions. Most people are libertarian they just don't know it.

Milton Friedman said "I'm on your side your just not on it with me. "

Great idea!

Great idea!

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