By Michael S. Murphy – RLC-Wisconsin Chair
Ron Paul has now surged as the GOP Presidential Frontrunner in Iowa. This is making the Republican Warfare Establishment very nervous and some speculate there will be a GOP backlash if Dr. Paul wins the Iowa Caucus.
But will this be smart on behalf of Reince Preibus’ Republican Establishment?
Over the past several years, I have been deeply entrenched in all-things-Paul. Studying the comments in the forums and watching how the independents are polling, it’s obvious that there is a very deep resentment for the treatment Ron Paul has been receiving thus far. The GOP mainstream is disenfranchising the Ron Paul loyalists by contributing to this ridicule and shunning. This is very surprising being that Ron Paul has garnered 27.5% of the vote in the recent poll.
Can the GOP afford to lose 27.5% of their Republican vote if Ron Paul is not the GOP Nominee?
Seeing how passionate Ron Paul’s supporters are for this man of Constitutional consistency, it would set off red lights and buzzers for me if I were Reince Priebus. I for one would have at least tried to use my RNC Chair influence to make sure that major news media outlets were reporting equally on all GOP contenders. If that didn’t work, then I would have made my own personal appeal to the GOP base. But that didn’t happen. Reince Priebus has been silent in his own words and has not made a plea to keep things ”Fair and Balanced”.
Now, the Ron Paul loyalists are angry. You can see it in their online posts, their activism at events they volunteer for; especially in helping his campaign in Iowa, and impressively in their campaign contributions to any one of Ron Paul’s Moneybombs. In fact, the latest TEA Party moneybomb had collected over $4 Million dollars. Yes, the Ron Paul loyalists are angry; and angry they should be.
Why are these supporters so loyal you might be wondering?
It’s very simple really. In his 12 terms as Congressman, Ron Paul has a very consistent voting record. Adhering to the Constitution, Dr. Paul makes no vote in favor of a bill unless it is granted in the US Constitution. He predicted the recession. He is not afraid to acknowledge the unsustainable debt of our country, and that we cannot spend money we don’t have. Ron Paul understands the military-industrial complex– the perpetual cycle of overseas wars and imperialism that has depleted our budget, caused enemies abroad, and resulted in tremendous casualties. And he has exposed the conflictions the Federal Reserve poses to our Free Market Economy.
Although these are just a very few of the major reasons Ron Paul loyalists are so enthralled with him, many can cite several pages for their support. But just these few reasons are examples that no other GOP Presidential Nomination contender can self-apply. The field is currently stocked with the same old dyed-in-the-wool Neoconservatives and Big Government Progressive Conservatives. With his never-ending passion to uphold the Constitution and the Founding Fathers’ intent, Ron Paul stands above all other Republican Presidential hopefuls both different and alone.
So why are so many Republicans against Ron Paul?
Today’s Republican Party has become a Big Government Conservative Party. (Huh? Yes, I know…) The sentiment that is present is that Republicans can run a better Big Government than their Democratic counterparts. But Big Government policies and global stormtrooping are policies that are completely different from the Republican principals when the Party was established in our Great State of Wisconsin back in 1854. Ron Paul poses a serious threat to the GOP establishment and Republican Beltway politicians. In his struggle to keep a limited government, Ron Paul’s vision of limiting government would put many in government out of business and yield power to many of the powerbrokers.
Despite the new scene within the Republican Party, the major consensus that still stands strong is to keep government out of the hands of the Democrats. This is a core struggle that is the essence of the Party itself. Many Party loyalists go as far as to claim that come 2012, they will vote for “Anyone But Obama”.
If that is the sentiment within the GOP, then a Ron Paul nomination is not so far fetched. In another poll recently released, Ron Paul is deemed the most likely to beat President Obama. If the current crusade is “Anyone But Obama”, then only a fool would stand against Ron Paul being given the nomination. After all, polling reflects he can clearly beat the current President, whose base is fleeing as much as his approval rating is diminishing. In addition, many are speculating that even anti-war/pro-civil liberties Democrats are looking to vote for Ron Paul over Barack Obama, if that is the match up come general election.
The Iowa Caucus will kick off all caucuses and primaries on January 3, 2012. Since there has been not one vote cast for any Republican contender, the field remains completely open. No candidate is an actual frontrunner, as far as official votes are concerned, or Party favorite as of yet. Therefore, despite what many in the mainstream media are trying to portray, Ron Paul IS NOT a spoiling third-party candidate; he is a valid Republican contender and should be treated as such.
Taking into consideration the current polling and the strong, unwavering support for Ron Paul by his loyalists, the Republican Party, if they wish to unseat President Obama, has to seriously consider nominating Ron Paul as the Republican Presidential Candidate.
As the RLC-WI Chair and fellow Ron Paul supporter, I am calling on all the members of the entire Republican Liberty Caucus nationwide, to vote for Ron Paul not only in the Republican Primaries and Caucuses, but in the Presidential General Election too.
I, along with many others, am done with having to be forced to choose the lesser of two evils in what really is a two-party dictatorship. I see absolutely no difference between the likes of Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. Individuals like these, both Democratic and Republican, have the same Big Government Statist, globalistic agenda. Sure, they may differ on some issues, but ultimately they have proven by their track records to be proponents of expanding government, not of limiting government. They have restricted individual rights, not upheld them. And they have restricted and regulated our Market Economy, not completely allowed to maintain and keep it fundamentally free.
Come general election day, I shall vote for Ron Paul. Whether I check the box for Ron Paul as the nominated Republican candidate or have to write-in his name, Ron Paul and only Ron Paul, shall receive my vote. I call on all defenders of Liberty and the Constitution to join me as well; and encourage all those in your spheres of influence to do the same.
This Republic shall no longer be held hostage to the party elites and the agenda spinning media. We, as citizens, shall no longer have to choose such marginal candidates who after time and time again, fail to keep their promises. Ron Paul has a proven and consistent track record which backs every thing he says.
The option is now for all Republicans to decide… Choose Ron Paul as your GOP Presidential Nominee or face a significant voter shortage come the general election for an alternate candidate that will suffer the same fate as John McCain did in 2008.
Many will claim that this action is simply another vote for Obama. If Newt Gingrich or Mitt Romney becomes President, it is my personal belief that we will not see that much of a difference, if any.
If Republicans want Barack Obama removed from office, the only secure option is to vote Ron Paul as the Republican Presidential Nominee.
This is now the Republican’s ultimatum. Choose wisely.