I keep reading these articles that tell me how many groups with how many members Ron Paul’s Grassroots campaign has. They are fairly formidable when you think about it. Trying to get from 20,000 to 30,000 people to voluntarily get together to do anything usually requires a major sporting event or an attack on a third world country. The problem is, that no matter how you slice it, they are running out of time.
6 months. In 6 months who vs. who will be decided. By the middle of February it will all be over but the crying for the rest of the candidates, and I fear, Dr. Paul. He has a rabid online fan base, but they aren’t reaching beyonf their own inner circle. Bottom line, if you don’t want to read about Ron you don’t have to because his base isn’t making any concerted effort to change the hearts and minds so to speak. They talk to each other a lot, and they go slam ant-paulers, but they aren’t doing anything to reach that 98% of the voters that just are not interested in the Ron Paul movement.
Whether this is a part of the natural individualist nature of people who would support a small government libertarian, or simply because the internet isn’t a great way to create political change isn’t apparent to me. What is apparent is that Ron is simply going to run out of time. His ideals are to big for most people to wrap their minds around. Small government sounds good until you see a bridge collapse in Minnesota, or until you have to decide that being a loser in a war we should win isn’t so bad. American’s do not like to lose, and while their is a vocal minority screaming to get out of Iraq, far more people would like to see us win and get out of Iraq.
Without a concerted effort by his base to change their approach to the issue of spreading the word about Ron Paul he has no chance. You can spam every internet poll from now until doomsday, and he will still be a minor congressman from Texas. Use your voice. I’m not a supporter, but just by talking to people I see how easy it is to get them to at least contemplate the idea of small government. To ponder the idea of an America that doesn’t spread its message through gunboat diplomacy. Change is not unwelcome, but with the media steadfastly sticking to it’s “he’s not a legitimate candidate” rhetoric, his followers need to make the adjustment. They aren’t, and by the time they do, Fred Thompson, Mitt Romney, or Rudy will be challenging Hillary for the presidency of the United States. Wake up Pauliacs. You are running out of time. Quit waiting for that big win to change things, when what is needed is hard work and communication.