What NOT to do as a Ron Paul RepublicanSubmitted by skfornh on Mon, 08/11/2014 - 12:06
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.