I distrusted this rumor from the beginning. There was no source. But I held out hope and mentioned the possibility. Paul’s statements are what they are: honest, but diplomatic. He is not running any more, so he didn’t have to spill his guts, even though everyone was hoping he would do just that and more. I think the best thing to do is to take his words at face value. But also to put them in context. He did not say who he was voting for. Nor did he announce a third party run or make any endorsements. But that does not mean all of this is final. At this stage it would be pure fantasy to expect Paul to win as a third party presidential candidate or a write in candidate. But in this small window of time, we should weigh every option and not just assume the GOP will somehow succumb to the liberty movement’s demands, just because it has made a few (very FEW) inroads. I have no faith in the GOP. They are anathema to me. The Liberty movement will pry control from its cold dead fingers before the GOP relents to any reform of substance. It has been around for 150 years and has always been the way it is. Harding and Coolidge made inroads into the mercantilist corporatist corrupt party of Lincoln, McKinley, and Roosevelt. They were destroyed by Hoover and what little progress that was left was done-in by Eisenhower and Nixon. Goldwater made some progress as well. His own party rejected him and his legacy was finished off by Nixon and Ford. Reagan talked a good talk. He may have even meant well. While in office, what little progress he made was wiped out by the Bushes. This will continue to happen until the day the GOP collapses under its own weight. The blood on its hands and the money in its pockets counts for too much for them to just turn around and say they love liberty all of a sudden. The United States will not get past this gloomy stage until the day the GOP and its leadership implodes.
In his recent appearance on Jay Leno, Ron Paul made it clear that we should continue the fight to reclaim the Republican party from the socialist RiNOs…not abandon it for the ever-failed Libertarian party, right when we’ve achieved so much.
After the fiasco of blatant rule-violation and corruption at the Republican national convention, some Libertarian party members tried to convince us to abandon our efforts of six years, and join the LP.
In a bizarre parody of gradeschool rumor-mongering, they even created the impression that Paul was planning to announce a run third party run, or endorse the latest Libertarian candidate-of-convenience, Gary Johnson, in his coming appearance on The Tonight Show.
Many Paul supporters, myself included, pointed out that Ron had known what we faced from the start, and wouldn’t waste all we’d gained at the last minute.
Well, last night he did indeed appear on Jay…
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