“Perseverance is a great element of success. If you knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Folks, it’s time to face reality. After the polls close tomorrow, we will have a new president-elect. It will either be Mitt Romney or Barack Obama. As much as we had hoped to change that outcome, it is just not going to happen.
I’ve already heard some of you say, “Well, this is it. What is point of working for something if you continue to get screwed in the end? I am not even going to bother to vote anymore.” Others are ready to move on to other pursuits, some are voting straight party, and there are even those who have jumped ship altogether.
I have something to say to those of you who are thinking about giving up: It does not matter what happens in those voting booths tomorrow.
We have already won.
Look around you. Do you know how much of an impact you have made? We have made tremendous strides in the liberty movement, even amidst setback, cheating, lying, and outright fraud.
Let’s look at some numbers, just to give you an idea of the differences in vote counts between the 2008 and 2012 primaries:
In 2007, Ron Paul came in fifth at the Iowa Straw Poll in Ames with 9.1% and placed fifth in the Iowa caucuses in January 2008, with 10% of the vote. In New Hampshire, Paul received 8% of the vote. When all was said and done, after he had dropped out of the race, he received 41,905 votes in the November 2008 general election.
In 2011, Ron Paul placed second in the Iowa Straw Poll, losing to Michele Bachmann by only 152 votes. (Paul received 27.74% to Bachmann’s 28.65 %) Some say that Bachmann’s win was due only to the fact that she offered a free Randy Travis concert to those who would vote for her, under the condition that they stop by the booth and vote first. You can see a photo of that flyer to the left. Paul “lost” to Bachmann by less than 1%. ( Mitt Romney actually placed 7th, with only 3.37%.)
In the 2012 Iowa caucuses, the final results placed Paul in 3rd with 21.5%, and Santorum and Romney in a virtual tie at 24.6% . (Margin of error would technically have put them in a statistical tie all the way around.) Paul and Santorum actually tied in my county (the only one in Iowa with a tie) at 23.5%; Romney placed fourth at 18.1%.
In New Hampshire, Paul came in 2nd to Romney, at 23% to Romney’s 39%.
Despite all of the cheating and fraud, Paul still received nominations from seven states at the Republican National Convention (though Preibus swept it under the rug), and 190 delegate votes. Who knows how many votes he will receive in the election tomorrow? I am excited to see those numbers.
The point is, look at those differences! They’re huge! While it may not seem like much right now, here are some things to ponder:
In 2008, how many people do you know that were aware of Ron Paul and his message? Were you?
In 2012, how many of your friends and neighbors have heard of Ron Paul, or even voted for Paul in the primaries, despite the fact that the media shut him out? How many Facebook groups have you joined, how many Twitter posts did you see about Ron Paul compared to the previous election cycle?
How many people do you know that have woken up to the corruption? So many people went along blindly before; and now their eyes are wide open. What kind of impact will that make on the future elections? Or, more importantly, how will it impact our synergy with other nations, and the future of the United States as a whole?
How many of those people are willing to work for change?
How many are willing to work for peace?
We all have personal victories from this cycle as well. For me, the Iowa state convention was an enormous triumph, as well as watching my fellow Iowa delegates and party members stand proudly for Paul at the Republican National Convention. I met so many amazing people along the way, got far more involved in the process than I ever had before, and felt that I was and still am doing my part to further the cause of liberty.
(Something else….my mom, who has NEVER been political, and went as far as refusing to allow political talk to occur at Christmas dinner, asked me how to spell Napolitano so she’ll get it right tomorrow when she writes in Ron Paul and the Judge.)
To those of you in danger of falling asleep again: snap out of it! This is far from over! The most amazing part of this movement is that it truly is a revolution: it’s not about party, it’s not about taking sides…it’s about working for change and embracing diversity. We have Republicans, Constitutionalists, Libertarians, Democrats, Independents….and we have brought in others who never gave a hoot about politics or the future of our nation.
Some have decided to stick it out in the GOP and to work to change the party from within. (I am one of those people) Some have decided to vote third-party, which is great as well, because it may open up the debates to third-party candidates in the next election cycle. The most important thing is that so many people are staying involved.
You all have so much to give! Please don’t forget, above all, that it’s not just for us. We have so much to teach younger generations, and the opportunity to put them back on the path of personal freedom and responsibility. It is up to us to ensure that they don’t lose their way.
Our revolution has just begun. So Ron Paul didn’t win. It came as a big disappointment, sure, but it was hardly a surprise. The two-party system has had a stranglehold on America for a very long time, and anyone who is “outside” of the bureaucratic circle is immediately labeled a “fringe candidate. However, it should not stand in the way of taking up the torch of liberty and moving forward with his message. There will never be another man like Dr. Paul; however, his vision should live on in all of us who are within the liberty movement…it’s not just about one person….it’s about taking those ideas and making them reality, and to do that, we still need every single one of you that champions this cause.
I am glad to be in this with all of you, and proud that there are so many of you who are willing to stand up for what you believe in. To quote the famous Revolutionary, John Paul Jones, I leave you with this sentiment:
“We have not yet begun to fight.”
“Liberty has never come from government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of resistance. The history of liberty is a history of limitations of governmental power, not the increase of it.”
Woodrow T. Wilson