WASHINGTON, Septemer 30, 2012 — Suddenly, Ron Paul’s supporters are relevant.
You remember Ron Paul — that old Republican guy who ran for president. His non-interventionist foreign policy ideas were considered kooky during the Republican debates but have since landed him interviews on Fox.
He is the guy who barely cracked 10 percent in the primaries but managed to attract tens of thousands of people, from all walks of life, to his rallies during the primary season. People lined up to hear Paul speak about free-market economics and Constitutional government.
Yet his lively supporters were dismissed as “Paulbots” and “Paultards.”
Various commentators are pleading with the Paulians (and other libertarian and Constitutionally minded voters) not to split the vote and give Obama four more years.
I believe all voters should cast their vote for whomever they wish. But isn’t it curious that after being ignored by the media and abused by the GOP, the Paulians now are being courted (or harangued) because the GOP needs their support.
Based on comments on the Daily Paul, most Paulians won’t be swayed. They see the recent haranguing as evidence that, no matter what they do, Ron Paul and his supporters will be used as scapegoats if Mitt Romney — the man who has spent millions running for president for the last six years — manages to lose the election to a wholly incompetent incumbent.
One wonders: If Romney is the ideal moderate candidate who can attract hordes of independents to the GOP, why does he need the fringe Paulian/libertarian vote in order to win the presidency?
Until now, the media have ignored these “liberty” voters, presumably because they are a minority in the country. But now we discover that they are numerous enough to swing the election by sitting it out or voting third party.
If this is true, why hasn’t Romney vigorously tried to attract these voters?
If Romney loves the Constitution, as the Breitbart article suggests, why hasn’t he spoken against the detention provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)? Those provisions allow for American citizens to be detained indefinitely without trial, even on American soil.
The NDAA was approved by President Obama and the Congress. It harks back to the pre-Magna Carta era, circa 1215, when King John of England could throw anybody into a dungeon forever. The provisions have been denounced by civil libertarians, so why doesn’t Romney urge Congress to repeal them immediately?
The Paulians also want to end the corporate and banking bailouts. They want the Federal Reserve to be audited next year, as a first step, and eventually to be ended, so that its directors can no longer manipulate interest rates and devalue our currency by printing too much money.
Ron Paul’s “Audit the Fed” bill recently passed the House and is awaiting a vote in the Senate. Why doesn’t Romney publicly urge Sen. Harry Reid to allow a vote on the bill?
The Paulians want the TSA grope-fest at our nation’s airports stopped, and replaced by sensible security measures. They want the multi-trillion-dollar wars waged for the American Empire to be ended, and our Constitutional Republic to be restored posthaste.
I know Obama doesn’t espouse these views. When will Mitt Romney?
My husband and I, formerly unaffiliated voters, registered Republican, attended our precinct caucus, and voted for Ron Paul. We hung around to become delegates. We attended our county convention. My husband attended the district and state conventions in the spring, where he and other delegates voted in a slate (about half Paulian) to attend the national convention in Tampa in August.
An especially sore point for anyone who spent untold hours becoming a delegate was the GOP’s purge of many duly-elected Paul delegates in the weeks before the national convention. They disqualified them for various reasons, but mainly so they wouldn’t be so numerous as to cause a ruckus at the convention, or God forbid, try to nominate Ron Paul for president.
In Tampa, the Maine delegates walked out at one point because the GOP refused to seat half of Paul’s delegates from Maine. The state’s governor, a Romney supporter, boycotted the convention to express solidarity with the unseated delegates.
So Romney hasn’t exactly been “a uniter.”
Many Paulians remain in the GOP at various levels, working to inject into the party the principles of civil liberties, free markets, sound money, and a just foreign policy. They have taken over the state GOP in Iowa, Minnesota and Nevada, states where Ron Paul won the lion’s share of the delegates to the national convention.
These Paul-inspired activists are energetic, philosophically consistent and mostly young.
If they succeed in reshaping the GOP into Ron Paul’s image in the years to come, they will have paid the dismissive GOP leaders — and the pundits — a most deserved comeuppance.
If you’re interested, sources for some of Andreatta’s comments are linked below:
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