The good news for Ron Paul

August 25, 2007

  I decided to do a little research this week, and I have to tell you it cost me dearly.  While I’m not yet willing to gouge my eyes out with rusty spoons, I can think of nothing more mind numbingly boring than checking out Ron Paul meet up group numbers, etc. etc.

   You see, for me it doesn’t matter how wonderful a person you are, nor how right your ideas may be.  What’s important is can you become president, because if you can’t you are an irrelevent side issue to the campaign.  What I’m finding is a lot of very old in blog years news about Ron Paul and his supporters.  I know, you figure its August, and nothing really happens in August.  Fine.  If you’re Hillary Clinton, or Fred Thompson, or some other well known politico.  If you are still struggling with name recognition(and you are, pauliacs), August is your month.  Nobody else is doing anything.  Even the Iraqi parliament is on vacation, so its a grand chance for you to make a move.  Guess what?  You wasted it.  Your poll numbers haven’t changed a bit.  The best number in August is the Fox News Poll which put your total within the margin of error.  That’s right.  It’s quite possible that your 3% is the best national poll number you’ve ever received, and it’s still miniscule.  Hard to imagine a birthday bar-b-q is going to change that.  I think Ron Paul takes his campaign as seriously as the mainstream media.

I did however find good news.    I’ll lisyt the candidates and their vote totals, and then I’ll tell you what it is.

Ron Paul:  48,300,000

John Edwards:  41,800,000

Hillary Clinton: 9,160,000

Fred Thompson: 6,310,000

Rudy Giuliani:  2,880,000

Barack Obama: 2,770,000

   Thats the number of results you get when you type their names, capitalized, in your google search engine.  This means that Ron Paul and John Edwards are way out in front when it comes to….well…having their names typed in a google search engine box.

Better than nothing.  But they still come in behind porn,  viagra, recipes, George Bush, HIV, and cartoons.  It would be nice if your a Ron Paul fan to see something significant in the numbers, and I don’t mean we now have eighty eleven meetup groups with a total of 46, 000 members.  His campaign is growing excruciatingly slowly when you consider you only have 5 months till the nominees are picked, and then it will be all over but the cries of “we was robbed.” 

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Ron Pauls base revisitied

August 9, 2007

    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.