April 1, 2008
Throughout the Ron Paul campaign amateur and professional pundits on television, newspapers, blogs, and forums were quick to point out that Ron Paul supporters were made up of crazy conspiracy theorists. This apparently, meant that by association Ron Paul was one as well. Similarly, Obama was guilty by associating with Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Both were and are unfair.
The recent events of Ron Paul supporters organizing and working within GOP convention rules to win delegate seats and resolutions has been labeled by the Republican establishment as a coup against the Republican party. This notion is preposterous and is nothing more than a conspiracy theory of their own in order to motivate opposition to true conservative ideas. Ideas that they say they believe in, but rarely practice anymore.
The recent events at GOP conventions in both Missouri and Texas show that Ron Paul supporters are not going away no matter what tactics are used to thwart them. Ron Paul supporters are not trying to “take over the Republican party”. They are merely trying to revive the conservative roots of the party.
There was a time when Republicans were conservative. They believed in non-interventionism, low taxes, controlled spending, small government, free markets, individual freedom, and the Constitution. Today’s Republican Party is nothing more than a public relations firm set up to hide that Republicans rarely vote in line with conservative principles anymore. Ron Paul and his supporters just want to restore truth to the rhetoric.
Political discourse in America is a washing machine spinning without any clothes inside. It’s all about the power and money grab to get elected. In Ron Paul many see something different. A candidate of integrity, honesty, and principle. Those that latched on to his campaign were quick to point out that once you actually listened to the man, ignored the media marginalization, and researched his positions, he was hard not to support.
In a perfect America we would all be tuned in to the rhetoric of our leaders and potential leaders. In a perfect America our leaders and potential leaders would stay true to their principles once in office. In a perfect America we would not dismiss a candidate because of his perceived “zero” chance at winning. In a perfect America we would vote for the candidate who we believe would best uphold the Constitution. After all that is their ultimate oath and supposed obligation.
The American citizen has become nothing more than a polling demographic for office seekers to utilize for snake oil pandering. Whatever happened to our founding principles of individual rights? There were many words spoken by Ron Paul during his campaign that resonated with me, but there is one I will always remember, “I serve the smallest possible special interest group: The Individual (paraphrased)”. Bravo Doctor.
Now the Republican establishment is accusing Ron Paul supporters of taking over the party. Maybe they should stop with their own conspiracy theories. Ron Paul supporters are merely trying to rescue the Republican Party and take it back to its true conservative roots. Something that is long over due. Instead of denigrating and blocking the Paul supporters, they should welcome the infusion of new blood. Hopefully they realize it before it is too late.
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