I posted this on FB a few weeks ago, but wanted to re-post it here.
It's OK, I get it! You are gravely concerned about our country and our liberties. I AM TOO! The problem is that we are approaching the issue from two vastly different directions. So, let's discuss the challenge openly and see how we can work together so that we have a WIN in the next cycle (if we make it).
First, let's examine where we are at. I am NOT a Romney supporter, let's be clear about that. I too view him as Obama light and think he is simply best suited to assure our descent into the nothingness of socialism that waits for our Republic and that it occurs without massive bloodshed (which I view as a definite possibility). I hope I am wrong on this, but I don't feel that Romney has it in him to do the hard things that are required to save our Republic.
That being said, I also cannot support a candidate who has so little general appeal that he is viewed as a joke by even a large number of extreme conservatives. Ron Paul's failure to distance himself properly from groups such as the 911 truthers and other conspiracy theorists in the 2008 cycle has left a negative association for him in the mind of the average un-educated American voter. While Dr. Paul addresses many things I agree with, this is the equivalent of "It only takes 1 Oh ***t to undo 10 attaboys." The human psyche simply cannot let go of negative actions or memories.
Instead, I supported Herman Cain. I believe Mr. Cain had several things America needs right now.
1. Big Ideas for limiting government and reducing its size and reach
2. A sense of humor
3. An honest love for the country
I'm not saying Dr. Paul doesn't have these, but Mr. Cain did not have the negative associations that had been left in the mind of most of the electorate. I'm also not saying he was perfect, but I am saying that I believe very strongly that he could have garnered a majority of electoral votes and beat the Socialist In Chief we have today.
I think I have a good grasp on what Dr. Paul is about and again, I agree with most of it. We differ on some aspects of foreign policy, but in general, I agree with much that he believes and supports. As someone who is a producer, I believe that we need less government in our lives and less government telling me how to live and spend my hard earned money. Basically, I think the federal government has a very small scope of actions they are allowed to fulfill and should be restricted to those few itemized powers.
Let's talk about what we are both doing today.
First, I applaud you for getting involved. The vast majority of the electorate is a bunch of lemmings who don't have the faintest idea about what really occurs in government or what the role of governments (at any level) are. This is what has led to our current nanny state situation.
Where we differ in what we are doing today is this. While you are trying to win on technicalities of rules and disproprtional representation in precinct meetings and conventions, we are out working and winning at the local level. We are hammering away at our candidates trying to ensure that we are getting conservatives into office and hold them accountable for their actions. This is an area where the RP support team has been vastly silent. So silent in fact, that it is a generally accepted idea that we won't see most of you again until 2016 once this convention cycle is over.
What this creates is a general lack of acceptance within conservative republican ranks for the RP supporters as it is felt (often rightly so) that you are coming in to hijack a process that we have been working with for months and years to ensure inclusion for conservatives and the spread of the conservative message. Now, I know you will say that not all county parties are like that and I will agree. But if you want to change that, you have to show up and volunteer. Do you know how many RP supporters have been present at the events our county party participates in since the last election cycle (3 festivals per year, multiple parades, and other events)?
What's your guess? Ten?, Six? two? How about zero! That's right, not a single one!
While we are a party that allows you to come in and join and share our conservative ideals (take a look at the Wagoner County Republican Platform if you want to see how conservative we are: http://wagonergop.com/images/documents/2012/2012%20platform.pdf), because of the human condition, the average member is looking for you to have put your time, money and efforts into the party consistently. If you don't show up and stay active, you will never "earn your conservative credentials".
Now, that we understand where we are each coming from, let's talk about the future.
Realistically, Dr. Paul is too old to run again. He needs to step aside in 2016 and allow Rand to run. Rand is not viewed as being associated with the fringe groups that Dr. Paul has been and due to his economic policy chops, less isolationist foreighn policy and clear messaging, he has a much broader appeal. What we need to be doing as liberty loving conservatives is preparing the way for Rand in 2016.
The RP team already has a fantastically strong support organization and strong ability to mobilize. Let's continue to build that and leverage it for county, state, house and senate races where we can put true, limited government candidates into office. Even if the candidate is not perfect, they are likely far better than the socialist or near socialist alternative. The yield of having additional conservatives is that the lemming politicians who are still in office will move towards the right thus resulting in more conservative ideals and principles dictating bills that are produced at all levels of government.
By working in the mid-term cycle in conjunction with groups like the Tea Party and 912ers, the RP support team would be able to greatly influence a turn back towards conservative ideals that is necessary for the survival of our Republic. Don't expect to come into the party and win leadership positions, rather come in and volunteer and stay involved and the leaders among you will float to the top and end up in postions where you are able to help direct America towards a brighter future.
If you're willing to put in the time, effort, finances and energy required to achieve this goal, I think you will find most of truly conservative America is happy to have you here. Your influence will help stem the tide of progressivism that is trying to invade all aspects of our party and the net result is that you will be accepted and welcomed to the process by a vast majority of liberty loving Americans.
In conclusion, let's work to the future and for Rand (or another limited government conservative) in 2016. If we work together instead of against each other, we can help this country make the hard right turn necessary to survive.