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Sunday, December 16, 2007

Ron Paul -- Who Cares?

I was responing to a foolish comment on my previous post. The response got so long that it has been promoted to an posting unto itself. The complete, anonymous comment was:
    I am missing your point?
    4.3% for Paul as of 12/16 ???
    (Real Clear politics)
    Who cares????
The national average for national polls do indeed average to 4.5%. Fortunately, there are not national primaries in the US.

According to Real Clear Politics, Paul is kicking the snot out of Thompson in New Hampshire (7% to 3%) and Thompson is kicking the snot out of Paul in Iowa (9% to 5%).

But, even with the most optimist poll numbers (10% in South Carolina) Ron Paul will not win Iowa, New Hampshire, Michigan, or South Carolina. Thus, the point on the money should be obvious.

Money is the mother's milk of politics. Money translates into votes because of two things. Money can buy media and money can hire boots on the ground (e.g. Sean at Friends of Fred Thompson, Inc.)

Paul does not need to hire boots on the ground. He has actual volunteers. But, $17 million a quarter in donations buys a lot of media. My prediction is the money will be spent more in NH, SC, and MI rather than in IA. Caucuses are won and lost by "get-out-the-vote" efforts using boots-on-the-ground . Ron Paul has the upper hand in Iowa on this point. Thus, he will need to buy media in the primary states in order to increase his name recognition.

And at last the question: Who cares?
We who love liberty and freedom care.

Some of us would like to live in constitutional republic instead of an empire.

  • For the first time in decades, we who love liberty can vote for a Republican.
  • Finally, there is a Republican who will keep his promises.
  • A Republican who will live up to the ideals of the Republican party by lowering taxes and expanding individual liberty.
  • A Republican who recognizes that "In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem."
  • A Republican whose yeah is yeah and whose neah is neah."
  • Finally, a Republican whose knees will not buckle and whose spine will not go all noodlely ala Newt Gingrich when there is a government shut down.
  • A Republican who will not will sign bad legislation just to avoid a shutdown.
  • A Republican who will secure our borders
  • A Republican who will not depricate our currency.
  • A Republican who believes the second amendment exists so citizens can shoot at tyrants.
  • A Republican who believes it is a parent's DUTY to "train up a child in the way that he is to go" and thus supports home schooling, private schools, and allowing institutions which educate the public to arise and replace "public education".
  • A Republican who will dismantle our newly created star chambers.
  • Finally, a Republican who will not publicly declare his commitment to lawlessness as he signs legislation.


  • Those of us, for whom Fairness, Justice and Freedom are more than just words, they are perspectives, care. We care very deeply.

    I am tired of the rich and powerful clinging to me as they are dragged from their throne. I want a humble man as President. I want a President who can predict the consequences of hubris (e.g. in 2005, in 2001, in 1998). I want a President to actually take his oath of office seriously.

    I want Ron Paul.

    Semper Libertas.

    20 Comments:

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Yahoo from NH!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Mon Dec 17, 01:02:00 AM CST  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Mission accomplished!!!!!
    First of all ....
    You are wasting your time on Ronny.
    Second ...
    All the time you spent responding to the "foolish" comment took time away (as little as it was)from you
    potentially wasting other peoples time!
    I feel good ... da da da ... da da. da!!!!
    I my not agree with most of the current way things are run ... but at least I put my efforts towards solutions ... not moon bat waste(s) of time.
    On point ... "instead of an empire"
    You are a joke!!! You can not be that stupid!!! Please suggest somewhere that is better??? And please suggest back someone who has a chance to beat Obamamama.
    Wake up!!!!

    Mon Dec 17, 08:41:00 AM CST  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    If you only had my brains to go with your energy.
    Consentrate on beating the democrates!
    Ohbama vs Paul = (lowest turn out in history) and Hillary as the independant winner!
    IA Joe

    Mon Dec 17, 09:03:00 AM CST  
    Blogger John Washburn said...

    But, in a free society it is my time and money to waste is it not? Or are you more upset at my characterization of the governemnt of our country as an empire? Empire is a mis-characterization how?

    We have troops and bases in 130 countries.
    We have a legal structure that can pick up and disappear an American citizen without charges or trial.
    We have a Decider who truly believes he does not have to obey the laws he signs.
    We have Decider who can and does go to war without the required declaration.

    These are the features of an empire not a constitutional republic.

    Forgive me if I am blunt about my terms.

    We are in a position analogous to 1935 Germany. We have had our version of the Reichstag fire and our version of the Enabling Act. As in 1935 Germany, the republic has been transformed into an empire witout the protection of the Rule of Law. An just like 1935 Germany, the boots are not stepping on too many necks yet so the general public supports the transformation. This too will change.

    The more provocative question to you anonymous: Is will you support Ron Paul if he is the GOP nomonee or will you sit at home or vote for a third party candidate?

    Nowhere is better. But that is like saying the stern of the Titanic is the best place on the ship. We are the least totalitarian government on an increasingly totalitarian world.

    Ron Paul can easily defeat Barak Obama, Hillary Clinton, or John Edwards.

    Mon Dec 17, 09:09:00 AM CST  
    Blogger John Washburn said...

    No, I will not concentrate on beating Democrats.

    My job, no my DUTY, is to promote and secure the blessing of Liberty for myself and my Posterity.

    Factions be damned if they prevent the attainment of this goal. Ron Paul is the current, best hope at this time.

    IA Joe, if only you had a vision of liberty to go with your brains. Imagine the advances for Liberty you could accomplish.

    Perhaps if the other GOP candidates didn't have so much trouble with that "vision thing" their GOP campaigns and supporters would be more energetic.

    Mon Dec 17, 09:18:00 AM CST  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Mr. Washburn,
    Please distance yourself from the Paul campaign. After reading your blog there is no room for as much paranoid behavior and certain previous actions you have chosen to intiate. Dr. Paul will only advance with the support of true Americans with history of positive improvement ideas and actions. You may beleive your actions are benifical, as do the owners of the brothel I'm sure, but as the race continues the realities of getting elected in the US will become clearer. We all believe in or hearts that the good Dr. has a chance. But we also believe that it will only become a reality with "extra" positive thoughts and actions. The (uneducated) public in general needs to understand the message as we go forward. Not the short sightedness of a few that will twist the translation of the ultimate goal.
    Thanks You
    FB

    Mon Dec 17, 12:39:00 PM CST  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I think you miss-understood the response to one of the pervious messages.
    I think they were responding to the fact that some of the press (bad?) with Paul is that some of his backers seem to be alittle toooo far to the right, and that if they don't win they will pout. So a fair question indeed to you would be will YOU vote for the (any) Republician candidate. Or what will you do.
    Looking forward to your response.
    LTR (Lunch Time Reader)

    Mon Dec 17, 12:45:00 PM CST  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    But, in a free society it is my time and money to waste is it not? Not when your actions take time away from public servants to prove a point.
    We have troops and bases in 130 countries. We also are the most giving country in the world. The stability and moral guidance given is uncalculatable. Have you ever lived over seas ??? History teaches that living in a shell never has worked. Plus your standard of living would decrease so much, oh wait, that would give you more to complain about so that is a good thing?
    We have a legal structure that can pick up and disappear an American citizen without charges or trial. Please provide an example.
    We have Decider who can and does go to war without the required declaration. Seems I remember there were an awful lot of DC residents that didn’t object at the time.
    Your statement regarding Germany does not warrant a response. May be that your delusional … you live in German Town I think?
    Ron Paul can easily defeat Barak Obama, Hillary Clinton, or John Edwards. I don’t think it would be easy. The media will absolutely eat him up. They won’t even give him the time of day and I just don’t see the average Joe leaning that far. Paul will need to do a little sliding, and after that we will see what kind of a candidate he is and if you still like him as much.
    Wish I had more time.
    Later
    P.S. Republicans should / MUST stick together! And true republicans shouldn’t let republicans bash other republicans. Please think before you act about the possible long term effects of your actions.

    Mon Dec 17, 02:54:00 PM CST  
    Blogger John Washburn said...

    Let's see my GOP Candidates after Ron Paul are:

    A mayor whose avarice with the Motorola contract killed several hundred New York Fire Fighters
    The governor of Taxachussetts who wants to nationalize health care
    A second, tax-hiking governor who pilfered funds from the Arkansas GOP, looted AR Mansion fund, tried to make off with the mansion furniture when he left office.
    An ex-senator trying to play the part of a presidential candidate, but without the excellent writers he had on Law and Order.
    A sitting Senator who made the first amendment illegal within 60 days of an election.

    True, all are better than Obama, Edwards, or Hillary from the point of view of expanding liberty. But, none are good for the advancement of Liberty.

    Of the field after Paul, Tancredo is the best followed by Senator Thompson. Thompson gets the nod because he would largely do nothing. A president who "first does no harm" is a good thing.

    As for republicans sticking together, I contend Guiliani, Romey, Huckabee are RINO's. I have no obligation to put party over principle. The point of a primary is to weed out such Tax and Spend RINO's.

    So, as someone who marked his ballot for Reagan, I will likely vote for the Libertarian or Constitution party candidate, if one of the Tax and Spend RINO's win the nomination.

    And, no, Ron Paul not run as a third party candidate. He is a man of his word.

    Mon Dec 17, 06:43:00 PM CST  
    Blogger John Washburn said...

    But, as with all these things we will know the answers within a month.

    I am curious to see what $18 million will buy.

    Mon Dec 17, 06:44:00 PM CST  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Fun to watch and I don't usally write BUT ... please remember that terrorist killed the Firefighters. I have many friends as fighters and I wouldn't say anything like that around them.
    And let me make sure I understand this - You would vote for a 3rd party over a republician?
    HGW (New York)

    Mon Dec 17, 07:16:00 PM CST  
    Blogger John Washburn said...

    So, we are clear on the 343 dead New York fire fighters, it is NYFD union members that asserts the faulty, twice-recalled Motorola radios are what killed the fire fighters caught in the collapse callapse of the north tower.

    The faulty radios did not carry the evacuation order as the better radios used by the NYPD did. Thus, almost no police officers died in the second tower collapse, but more than 300 fire fighters did.

    The position of many in the union is that this radio silence killed their union brothers.

    They are upset no one is ...pressing Mr. Giuliani about why he had allowed firefighters to continue using the same defective radios that had failed during the first World Trade Center bombing in February 1993. They became further upset when Mr. Giuliani suggested many firefighters had indeed gotten the order to evacuate and decided that it meant: "get all the civilians out, and then get yourself out."

    Mon Dec 17, 08:25:00 PM CST  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    So we are clear, please explain why the firefighters were in the building to begin with???????
    And don't mention "union" and blame in the same post. The fact is that the fighters would have done what needed to be done whether the radios worked or not. You just need to find a politcian to blame everything on don't you. I feel sorry for you.

    Mon Dec 17, 09:34:00 PM CST  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I can't believe you would fall for the political motives of the union in regards to the radios.
    Wake up!

    Tue Dec 18, 11:18:00 AM CST  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Please be carefull or you will end up with something far worse then your worse nightmare just to try and make a point. This is going to be a VERY important election, a tremendous turn that may effect this country in ways that will only years from now be regreted. You all "FAR" right may have to give a little to keep us from falling into the abiss. Hopefully you all can drop some of the short sighted stubborness if needed.
    Thanks

    Tue Dec 18, 07:31:00 PM CST  
    Anonymous bockheim said...

    Lets hope that Ron knows how to spend all the money to get results. What ever it takes in iowa, NH, and DC... Spend it, because he can raise more.

    Tue Dec 18, 08:04:00 PM CST  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    It's going to be interesting. But I tend to be realist. I agree with the previous post, there is an awful at stake. I hope "we" will know when enough is enough and keep the dems out ... that should be number one!
    KG

    Wed Dec 19, 07:02:00 AM CST  
    Anonymous Realist said...

    Money talks, isn't it sad:-(
    If Bloomberg gets in look out.
    Do you remember Perot.
    Except Bloomerg isn't loony.
    He will split the vote even more.
    Dems will cruise and it will be all over but the crying :-(((

    Wed Dec 19, 07:41:00 AM CST  
    Anonymous Freedom-Watch-1 said...

    John,
    This is a quote from you on an earlier post:
    "Before I die I hope to live in a free society, but, I am getting older and this is becoming increasingly unlikely. Therefore, I am willing to settle for living in a society with a government which is a Constitutional Republic where the constitution is written in plain language, restrains government power, and fosters human liberty."
    Have you ever defined your "free" society?
    What freedoms are you lacking?

    Wed Dec 19, 03:13:00 PM CST  
    Anonymous FREE TIL I DIE said...

    I think people should pick up a copy of the Constitution and read what it says so you can become fimiliar with it,that way you know what you are losing when you place your vote for anyone other than Ron Paul.

    Tue Jan 15, 10:44:00 PM CST  

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