Comment: That may indeed appear to be the logical route to follow.

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That may indeed appear to be the logical route to follow.

However third parties are like all political parties, they thrive on contention not cooperation. People support political parties at least as much because they oppose things they do not like as much as they support them because they promise to do things they like. (The Fed, Wars and The Empire, The IRS, The War on Drugs, Big Brother, Abortion... all come to mind in that regard.)

There are also many kinds of political platforms in the third party realm that suggest very specific thinking on the part of the people in each party. It is very unlikely they could agree to merge with other parties unless they agreed down to the teeniest jot and tittle, even if it meant gaining political power...which in any event is extremely unlikely given the lack of the biggest game changer in politics...MONEY.

The intention of Ron Paul Republicans to take over the Republican Party is alive and well to my knowledge. It was never dependent on just one election. It is the strategy for the long haul and it will gain momentum as the economy worsens and the establishment politicians are seen to be in league with one another and incapable of doing anything to avert collapse of the economy and the continuation of the perpetual war.

The establishment rely on their "gatekeepers" in the local party apparatuses. These are also subject to the support of the committee members and when that number is sufficient the establishment pawns will be ousted. Members to the RNC are also elected from the local level so that is where the power ultimately lies and where the Ron Paul Republicans will be making changes. As Dr. Paul himself has said it is always a matter of educating people to the realities of their situation and to win hearts and minds.

"Jesus answered them: 'Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.'" (John 8:34-36)