Sunday, February 10, 2008

Time for the Paul Bearers to Pack it in and Bring Their Signs Home

Republican presidential candidate Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX), greets supporters following The Des Moines Register Presidential Debate in Johnston, Iowa.
Scott Olson - Getty Images

Message to the Paulistinians from your Constitutional Messiah....

Message from Ron

Whoa! What a year this has been. And what achievements we have had. If I may quote Trotsky of all people, this Revolution is permanent. It will not end at the Republican convention. It will not end in November. It will not end until we have won the great battle on which we have embarked. Not because of me, but because of you. Millions of Americans -- and friends in many other countries -- have dedicated themselves to the principles of liberty: to free enterprise, limited government, sound money, no income tax, and peace. We will not falter so long as there is one restriction on our persons, our property, our civil liberties. How much I owe you. I can never possibly repay your generous donations, hard work, whole-hearted dedication and love of freedom. How blessed I am to be associated with you. Carol, of course, sends her love as well.

Let me tell you my thoughts. With Romney gone, the chances of a brokered convention are nearly zero. But that does not affect my determination to fight on, in every caucus and primary remaining, and at the convention for our ideas, with just as many delegates as I can get. But with so many primaries and caucuses now over, we do not now need so big a national campaign staff, and so I am making it leaner and tighter. Of course, I am committed to fighting for our ideas within the Republican party, so there will be no third party run. I do not denigrate third parties -- just the opposite, and I have long worked to remove the ballot-access restrictions on them. But I am a Republican, and I will remain a Republican.

I also have another priority. I have constituents in my home district that I must serve. I cannot and will not let them down. And I have another battle I must face here as well. If I were to lose the primary for my congressional seat, all our opponents would react with glee, and pretend it was a rejection of our ideas. I cannot and will not let that happen.

In the presidential race and the congressional race, I need your support, as always. And I have plans to continue fighting for our ideas in politics and education that I will share with you when I can, for I will need you at my side. In the meantime, onward and upward! The neocons, the warmongers, the socialists, the advocates of inflation will be hearing much from you and me.



I kind of miss the days when conservative blogs would be flooded by Paulbots spamming up the comments section lecturing about the Constitution, minutia distinctions on isolationism and noninterventionism, undeclared wars, neocons, blowback, "if China invaded how would we like it", and on and on with the same exact talking points.

I will congratulate them on making a spirited effort, and making this election year interesting. I applaud Ron Paul in choosing to remain in the Republican Party and continue fighting for his ideas; trying to bring about change from within one of the two major parties is the right approach. And I will begrudgingly acknowledge that Ron Paul is not all wrong; that some of his ideas have merit, and should be welcomed into the Republican Party dialogue.

So....just one question to the Paul Reverists: Who will you be voting for and supporting, in '08?

Hat tip: Gateway Pundit

Cross-posted at Flopping Aces

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Blogger The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

GREAT title, "Paul Bearers !!!"

Hey Word remember the TV show Mr. Ed ?

A paraphrase of the title song fits Ron Paul.

" A Joke is a joke, of course of course and no one talks to a joke of course, unless of course the name of the joke is Congressman Ron Paul ! "

Sunday, February 10, 2008 9:58:00 AM  
Blogger Indigo Red said...

Second that! "Paul bearers" is great wordsmithing.

There are many points upon which Ron Paul and I agree. His dogmatic adherence to the Constitution and societal structures of the 18th and 19th century was where we parted.

There is no possible way for America to be reduced to Fortress America again. The great seas are no longer the protective barrier they once were. When a political hoodlum in a cave on the other side of the planet can potentially gain access sophisticated inter-continental weaponry, it is very much the concern of this country. It is incumbant upon the US and any other free state to do something about these new farflung dangers.

Ron Paul, for all his quite correct defenses for the Constitution as originally written and advocacy of citizen responsibility, it simply no longer applies in this 21st century world. I wish it did, but it's only a wish.

Sunday, February 10, 2008 10:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ron Paul made his point. Of course he couldn't beat McCain - Darling of the MSM. Reagan couldn't beat ford in '76. But stick a fork in McCain in the General, He's dead. His campaign has no enthusiasm. More Republicans hate him than democrats. McCain doesn't want to trade with "those people" all they have to sell is burkas. He's a racist but a politically correct racist.

Sunday, February 10, 2008 11:43:00 AM  
Blogger Gayle said...

I have a Paul Bearer over at my place, Word... They aren't all gone.

I second Ken and Indigo, it is indeed a great title. LOL!

Some of Paul's ideas really are sound. It's just the entire package is, well - I guess I don't need to go into it here. It's not like you don't know the entire package.

Sunday, February 10, 2008 1:59:00 PM  
Blogger J_G said...

Just goes to show where Paulians are when their leader has to refer to Trotsky to represent his fight to become recognized as a viable candidate.

Hopefully Paulyism will fade into the anals of history as the nonconstitutional phonyism that is was.

Sunday, February 10, 2008 2:45:00 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Well, I figured "Paul Bearers" would be an apt name for the followers when Ron Paul's campaigning finally dies.

The idea came because I recall, with some embarrassment in admission, a WWF wrestler called "The Undertaker", and he had a manager called Paul Bearer.

I have a Paul Bearer over at my place, Word... They aren't all gone.

Need me to come over there and stomp a mudpuddle into him, gayle?

Sunday, February 10, 2008 3:32:00 PM  
Blogger J_G said...

The Undertaker", and he had a manager called Paul Bearer.

I knew that because my Mom used to watch wrestling and that was even more funny than watching the wrestling itself.

Sunday, February 10, 2008 4:46:00 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Gayle, I can personally recommend Wordsmith's ability to take on a trollish commenter! He's great.

About R.P. - as you know he is from E. Texas. His district extends all the way over into eastern outlaying spots of the Houston vicinity. This time around, in the Republican primary, he has a very strong challenger. The buzz is that this guy may take Mr. P's day job. I think the fine folks in his district have seen him in this presidential campaign and collectively said, omg, this guy is a loon. What were we thinking all these years?!!

Sunday, February 10, 2008 7:39:00 PM  
Blogger Dee said...

The Ron Paulites are a different breed and many are libertarians which is what Paul actually is. I don't know that they will be able to support anyone else.

Some of them may vote for the Dems if getting out of Iraq was one of their reasons for supporting him. Otherwise, I am clueless where they go except that I bet a lot of them will still vote Ron Paul in the general, even if he has to be a write in candidate.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008 10:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least have enough respect to refrain from the joke comments. How many people have been calling Mitt Romney a joke? Not many.....How about Sam Brownback? none?...If you aim to be respected then show respect to others, at least I know Ron Paul was right on that issue...Just for the record the name is witty but aimed to be disrespectful, it's nice to see you've sunk that low. I hope you guys will be happy with whoever we get next, the inexperienced Obama, the fake southern drawl and conning of Hillary, or the total lack of enthusiasm from McCain.

Friday, March 21, 2008 1:06:00 PM  

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