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Ron Paul: Today’s announcement failed.

Posted in 2008 Elections, Ron Paul by rip747 on September 10, 2008

Today Ron Paul basically gave the middle finger to both McCain and Obama and told the country to embrace third party candidates. After digesting the conference and kicking the thoughts around in my head, I’ve come to conclusion that the whole thing was a big waste of time and a huge disappointment.

Now this is coming from a loyal Paulster (hell I even still have the campaign bumper stickers on my car), so this is not some Ron Paul basher just ranting.

Why is it that I feel this way about the whole announcement? Well the plain fact is that there are four third parties that Paul was presenting to the American people when it should have only have been one. I don’t see the logic in telling the American people to support third party candidates and then splitting that support amongst four parties.

If we truly want a three party system, then the third party campaigns need to come together and join forces. Let’s face facts: in this election they’re not going to be getting a slew of votes since most of the parties aren’t on every state’s ballot. However by join forces, they will have enough signatures to get on all the states. Coupled with the fact that an announcement where the third parties are joining forces and getting behind a single campaign would give them the media coverage they deserve to draw interest in their views.

Was today a good start? Not really. First impressions are lasting ones. By not really thinking everything through I firmly believe that once again something that could have been great, failed miserably.

I would have loved for today’s announcement to be that Ron Paul was running as a third party candidate with Baldwin as the VP. Hearing some of Baldwin’s talks I feel that this man knows what he’s doing and has a great plan to put this country back on track. Sure there would be the period of hurt, but who said that “change” doesn’t hurt?

Again, the third party candidates need to come together if they’re even going to stand a chance or be taken seriously come November.


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  1. Jason Raines said, on September 11, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    I am a Ron Paul supporter also, but have a different take on this. If everyone who believes in the common platform of four issues presented (Iraq War, Civil Liberties, Balanced Budget, Audit/Review of Federal Reserve) were to vote for a 3rd party that agrees on these issues, the Republican and Democratic party bosses will take notice. Recent elections have been won and lost on small margins. They would notice a loss of voters, no matter which party they go to. Ron Paul ran as a Republican, trying to reform the party. I am a Republican still, but will vote for a 3rd party this year. If enough people do, the major candidates may pay attention to these issues.

  2. Kyle Hagedorn said, on September 25, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    Admittedly, Paul running as a candidate under a third Party coalition would have been impressive. However, thes parties still disagree on a numbr of smaller issues, and all the forums I have read suggest that man people wouldnt vote for given party on such issues (ex. som pauites are calling the Constitution Party and Baldwin theocrats for their extreme position on gay rights, prayer in shcools, etc). A formal coalition would have destroyed the campaign with bickering over these issues.
    I thnk the purpose behind Pauls move was to maximize the number of third party votes cast, which will be as newsworthy as a single coalition. Paul’s main concern (aside from the obvious economic issues) is reintroducing th practice of voting on principle.

  3. Sumit said, on September 26, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    When you vote for a third party, you don’t vote for this election. You vote for the election 4 to 8 years from now. All one party needs is 5%. With 5% of the vote, that party would be eligible for Federal Campaign funding (that little box that matches $1 on your 1040 tax form)

    If one party could just get 5%, they would be able to compete on real scale in the next election. Further than that, Ron Paul is telling people to vote ideally in a world that isn’t ideal; e.g. to vote for who you actually believe in and want to win. If everyone did that, we’d see real change.

    Why are there only two candidates with the possibility of winning (besides money?). The believe system of the US. Everything only exists so much as we chose to believe it does (read the Social Construction of Reality).

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