I am back from my internet hiatus. I had the opportunity to work as press secretary for a congressional campaign in western New York. Unfortunately, we lost our primary election last week. But I learned so much, and despite the outcome, it was an extremely rewarding experience.
A lot has happened in the liberty movement during the past few months, and I had to sit back and keep my mouth shut. Ron Paul’s campaign essentially conceded that Ron wouldn’t have enough delegates to win the nomination (something that was obvious for quite some time), Rand Paul endorsed Mitt Romney, people turned their backs on Rand Paul, the liberty movement fractured once again, etc.
So what’s next? If you still think that one thousand RNC delegates will suddenly vote for Paul over Romney, please wake up. Ron Paul has always said that the liberty movement is much bigger than one person, and that’s the truth.
This movement took off when a pro-liberty candidate decided to run for the most powerful position on the planet, and that candidate has inspired people at the local and state levels to follow his lead. Usually, progress happens when you start small and then reach for the top. The libertarians did it backwards. But that’s how it had to be done. Without Ron Paul, I don’t think there would be a liberty movement. Even libertarians who don’t like Ron Paul have to acknowledge that he brought relevance to certain issues that otherwise would have been left untouched.
But Ron Paul is retiring from Congress after this year, and like I mentioned before, this movement isn’t only about him. I believe the key to sustaining the liberty movement is electing pro-liberty candidates to state governments, as well as Congress.
I’ve encountered a lot of Ron Paul supporters who only know about Ron Paul; they are clueless when it comes to their local and state governments. If the liberty movement truly wants to change things in our country – which I definitely think is possible, with the right messengers – then its advocates need to verse themselves in politics outside the world of Ron Paul.
We need to stop funneling resources and money into things that aren’t productive, like sending a blimp to Tampa, and focus on getting honest, principled people into the system.
If we can’t even get it right at the state level, we’ll never get it right at the federal level.