The Irate, Tireless Minority

The secret is starting to get out: Ron Paul is winning – big time!  Of course, most of the folks at home still don’t know this; the mainstream media hasn’t been reporting on it all that much.  The winds of change are starting to blow, though, and the not-so-secret weapon is being let out of the bag.  Ron Paul is winning in the caucus states.  In fact, Ron Paul probably has more delegates than Mitt Romney.  Don’t believe me?  Just wait until the convention…

I’ve mentioned the idea that Ron Paul is focusing on the caucus states in previous posts.  It’s true.  The Ron Paul campaign is quite open about this fact.  Contests like Florida don’t hold much pay-off for Paul, and that is why he barely campaigned there at all.  In fact, I’m not even sure that he visited Florida.  Instead of going to the “big” states where the winner takes all the delegates, Paul’s campaign gets well organized in the caucus states.  They started early, did the groundwork, rounded up enthusiastic supporters, and trained them how to be good caucus-goers.

The caucuses don’t work quite like most people believe.  Typically, the vote comes first.  That is, folks stand up, talk about the candidates, wrestle around about the issues for a bit, and then they vote.  What the media doesn’t tell you, however, is that this vote is just a straw poll.  It literally has no reflection whatsoever on the number of candidates won.  After the straw poll is finished, party people stick around to discuss party business, and it is at that time that delegates are selected.  Most folks just go home, but Ron Paul supporters hang out and volunteer to go to the convention.  Sneaky?  Nope.  According to campaign spokesman and advisor Doug Wead, the system was actually redesigned to help Romney.  The Paul campaign is playing strictly by the rules and is making it work in their favor.

As I said, this story is just starting to break in the media, although the Paul campaign has been upfront about it from the very beginning.  Paul supporters who have been paying attention know this.  Rachel Maddow wised up to it, and it has been on Judge Napolitano, too.  In fact, Maddow interviewed Doug Wead a couple of days ago, and Wead pretty well spelled out the strategy.  I will include the video at the bottom of this post.

So what does Ron Paul winning a majority of the votes mean?  Well, it doesn’t automatically mean that he has won the nomination.  The same logic stands for Romney and the others, although based on what seems to be playing out now, Santorum and Gingrich don’t have a prayer of getting the nomination.  What is possible, though, is a brokered convention.  What is a brokered convention?  Well.  I’ll tell you.

A brokered convention would mean that no candidate has enough delegates to win the nomination – 1,144.  Now, normally this wouldn’t be much of a problem, since delegates are generally bought and paid for without too many problems.  Ah, but what of the Paul delegates?  Anyone who knows anything about Ron Paul supporters knows how vociferous and dedicated they are.  They won’t be bought.  They won’t be cajoled or wheedled or (God forbid) threatened.  It wouldn’t surprise me if those tactics weren’t tried, but I truly believe that they won’t work.

Why is that?  Simple.  Every Ron Paul supporter I have ever met believes in something more.  Agree or disagree with us, you can’t argue with the fact that we’re a principled lot.  I’m just sad that I can’t represent Dr. Paul at the convention, because you can bet if I were home, I would be there in a heartbeat.  And I can guaran-damn-tee you that nothing would stop me from voting for Ron Paul.  I have been waiting a long time for libertarianism to have its day, and that day has arrived.

But getting back off of my philosophical high horse, what this could mean is that the convention, which is normally a somewhat boring proposition, suddenly becomes exciting.  In the absence of a clear candidate, delegates will have to be brokered, and that means that one candidate may have leverage over another.  That may very well put a candidate like Paul in a position of heretofore unheard-of power.  One Republican consultant, Jack Burkman, appeared on Freedom Watch with Judge Napolitano and claimed that if he were a betting man, he’d be anything that Ron Paul will be on the Republican ticket.  (I linked the video in my previous post about Freedom Watch being canceled.)

Imagine that.  Ron Paul on the Republican ticket.  No, seriously.  Imagine that for a second, because I have listened to people tell me for years that Ron Paul will never be elected to a greater office than representative.  I have listened to people tell me that libertarians are crazy and have no chance to ever have someone really representing them.  Well, times have changed.

The libertarian voice is here, and it cannot be silenced.  It is growing in momentum every day.  The message of liberty, prosperity, and peace is a powerful one that resonates with people of all ages, backgrounds, races, and creeds.  Liberty is a message that unites people.  It’s true that libertarians might be a minority, but as Samuel Adams once said, “It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds.”

Ron Paul supporters have been called crazy.  We’ve been called extremists, right-wing nut jobs, and probably just about every other unsavory name you can muster.  But the fact of the matter is that Ron Paul supporters and libertarians are an irate, tireless minority.  We are vocal, we are persistent to the point of being annoying, and we don’t give up, and in the battle to change the world with ideals, being irate and tireless is about the only thing that will really get the job done.  Feel proud, fellow libertarians, but don’t think that we can rest on our laurels yet.  We are doing better than ever before, but there will always be more work that needs to be done!

Check out the Rachel Maddow interview with Doug Wead!


About The Lady Libertarian
I am American, currently expatriated but hopeful about getting back home one of these days. Besides reading and writing about politics, I enjoy camping, sailing, canoeing, making pie, and traveling. I hope you'll enjoy this blog and find it informative and accessible.

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