Now what? Ron Paul says he will not be nominee

I was looking at the LRC Blog this morning when I saw this letter a friend of Lew’s had sent him. It is from Ron Paul to delegates to the GOP convention.

Ron Writes Hia Delgates

Posted by Lew Rockwell on July 13, 2012 10:48 PM

Dear _____:

Just last week, I sent you an email letting you know my staff would be following up with you shortly to tell you everything you need to know about our plans for the Republican National Convention.

My staff has been busy burning up the phone lines, so many of you may have already heard from them.

But because this email is so important, I wanted it to come directly from me.

For several weeks now, I’ve been up front about the fact that Mitt Romney has obtained enough delegates to secure the Republican nomination.

That fact hasn’t changed – and it’s not going to change.

Over the past few weeks, my staff and I have researched the numbers extensively.

We’ve come to the conclusion that even if by some miracle all delegates to the Republican Convention were unbound, I would receive approximately 300 votes at the National Convention – far short of the 1,144 needed to secure the Republican nomination.

It’s also come to my attention recently that many supporters believe a win at the upcoming Nebraska State Convention this Saturday could be an important step for my campaign’s success in Tampa.

While my campaign is hoping to do as well as possible there, I can’t imagine a scenario where my goals or my plans for our R3VOLUTION in Tampa would change. They are:

*** Ensuring as many of my delegates as possible are credentialed.

There are many folks in the GOP who want my supporters to just shut up and go away, and they have resorted to every dirty trick in the book to game the system at various state conventions. You and I must ensure that as many of my supporters as possible are credentialed at the Republican National Convention.

*** Planting our flag.

Just by seeing a flood of my delegates in Tampa, you and I can respectfully send a loud and clear message that we are the future of the Republican Party. Seeing so many new and young faces at the RNC will show that despite their best efforts to maintain their iron grip over the Republican Party, our liberty movement is the future of the GOP;

*** Affecting the Platform.

By fighting for an internet freedom plank, Audit the Fed, and a plank opposing the indefinite detention of American citizens – and perhaps even opposing the so-called “PATRIOT” Act and undeclared war – you and I can prove we are a growing force in the Republican Party and perhaps convince more GOP elected officials to come our way on these critical issues;

As a National Delegate or Alternate, you’ve invested a lot of your time, talent, and hard-earned money into my campaign and our cause of liberty.

For that I am deeply grateful – and I can’t thank you enough.

I’m looking forward to going to Tampa and celebrating the success of my campaign, and more importantly, our bright future.

So if you haven’t yet done so, please CLICK HERE and register as a delegate or alternate so you can be kept up-to-date on our plans in Tampa.

And if you know of any other delegates in your state, please forward this email to them, as well.

I hope to see you in Tampa.

For Liberty,

Ron Paul

As you can see; Ron Paul sees no scenario where he could gain the GOP nomination. In other words, Ron Paul has conceded that he has lost the nomination to Mitt Romney. I always thought the candidacy was a “message candidacy” and Ron Paul stood little chance of winning the nomination of the GOP. A peace candidate in the GOP is like Daniel in the Lion’s Den: it would take divine intervention to survive.

The essays evaluating the Ron Paul run for the GOP nomination will be coming in the near future and I intend to do a full evaluation myself, but today I want to just record some of my initial reactions to Ron Paul saying it is finally over.

Those of us who don’t vote for philosophic reasons yet supported Ron Paul can finally stop being conflicted! I will not have to vote for Ron Paul in the general election and doubt I will ever see a politician like him again. Did his candidacy do any good? No effect on the ongoing slide into war and tyranny by the US Empire was observed during the campaign as far as I can tell. The main effect I saw on the government was more politicians calling for the audit of the FED.

The effect on young people in the US was dramatic however. In the age group of people under 40 years old, Ron Paul made a dramatic impact. The values of the Classic Liberalism of the beginning of our country were articulated very well by Ron Paul as candidate. I am a Rothbardian Anarcho-Capitalist but I plainly see that moving masses of people toward Classic Liberalism is the first step in gaining our liberty from the dark tyranny that America has become. In other words, any power reduction at the federal level in the US is a good thing.

I can’t see that changing the GOP platform in Tampa this year will have any effect on the GOP’s future at all and certainly none on the future of the nation. I understand that you take what you can get; but if a platform plank is all we get — I would rather have a t-shirt.

I can see “taking over the GOP” as a goal since there are only two major parties in the USA and the game is rigged to prevent any real challenge coming from a third party. But really, take over the GOP? I don’t see that happening anytime soon. Perhaps Ron Paul thinks he will run again in 2016 and wants to ready the party for that run: but that is a long shot. A real long shot.

What I see for Ron Paul is to become a movement leader outside the government. If he can maintain relevancy as a movement spokesman remains to be seen, but I think that is where his real influence can be best used.

Whatever he does, I wish Ron Paul good luck and thank him for saying so many things I would like to say to the nation.


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