STAFF NEWS & ANALYSIS
Is Ron Paul Dead Yet, Dorothy? Drop a House on Him …
By Staff News & Analysis - May 15, 2012

Ron Paul Has Dropped Out of the Presidential Race … Or Has He? … The corporate media is abuzz with headlines saying that Ron Paul has finally seen the light, thrown in the towel, and ended his campaign. However, Ron Paul supporters believe that – while he won't be campaigning in the primary states – Paul is still in the race, and will be focusing on winning delegates in caucus states. – Washington's Blog

Dominant Social Theme: The warlock is dead.

Free-Market Analysis: Has libertarian Congressman Ron Paul really dropped out of the GOP race? Is it really the end?

Seems hard to think so. But the media will have its day. There's no way not to say, "I won't compete," and thus for a goodly time the bought-and-paid for mainstream media shall bray that Ron Paul is "out."

But then, perhaps cooler heads can prevail. The chances are that Ron Paul is not "out" of the presidential race at all, only that he wants to conserve campaign funds and concentrate on what his campaign is doing best, which is bringing delegates on board.

This would seem to be a winning strategy, in that the GOP is reacting in aggregate like a scalded cat.

In fact, for anyone following the Ron Paul US presidential candidacy, the viewing has been painful. There is no doubt that the libertarian constituency in the US is larger than any other. And this has thrown the GOP into fits.

The "establishment" is evidently and obviously in a panic about Ron Paul and how much clout he might have at the upcoming national GOP convention. Here's something from the Daily Paul on the subject:

Establishment Dirty Tricks At Conventions Target Paul Supporters … GOP state conventions in Arizona and Oklahoma ended in chaos this past weekend as establishment insiders did everything within and beyond their power to prevent Ron Paul walking away with more delegates to the national convention.

With Paul picking up recent victories at state conventions in Iowa, Nevada, Maine, Louisiana, and Massachusetts, Romney supporters, along with GOP committeemen set out to stop Paul supporters from having any influence over the delegate election process by shutting down the conventions and falsely claiming victories.

In Arizona, Romney supporters accused Paul activists of booing Josh Romney, Mitt Romney's son, and disrupting his speech. The mainstream media ran with the claim, suggesting that boisterous Paul fans forced Romney to cut short his speech, jeering him off the stage.

In reality, as this video proves, Romney received respectful applause when he 'officially' ended the speech, and was only booed when, in blatant violation of party rules, he attempted to return to the podium and promote his father's officially endorsed slate.

As the convention progressed, the dirty tricks against Paul supporters, who were present in vast numbers, gathered pace. Paul supporters complained that they were being moved back and forth between convention halls and the main floor in a deliberate attempt to confuse the proceedings. During this confusion, several Paul supporters complained that Romney supporters were engaging in ballot stuffing…

Whatever the outcome, Ron Paul's campaign has been a kind of miracle. He has exposed the farcical meme that there is a difference between the GOP and the Democrats in the US.

He has explained the monopoly central banking system to a host of young people (and old) who had no idea. He has further proposed private – competitive – money as an antidote to the current system.

He has explained why regulations don't work (they're price fixes) and why the Invisible Hand is superior to civil law.

He has basically reintroduced the libertarian argument to generations that had forgotten it as a result of too much TV and the dumbing-down effect of public schooling.

All this is to the good, and there is more to come. Here's how Washington's Blog describes Paul's REAL strategy …

In his under-reported IDD strategy ("It's the Delegates, Dummy"), Paul has focused on the fact that presidential nominees are chosen by delegates, not by popular vote. Paul's campaign has focused to date especially on states that allow committed Republican Party members to have a greater voice in the process.

States like Iowa, Nevada, Maine, Louisiana, Washington, and Colorado have been states where Paul supporters have made tremendous inroads in winning party leadership positions and being influential in the national delegate selection process. While many states have yet to finish the delegate selection process, it increasingly looks like Paul could dominate the nationwide delegate process called long ago in Romney's favor.

After Thoughts

In the era of the Internet Reformation, Ron Paul has been a signal light, broadcasting information that people need to know. The impacts are yet to be fully felt. But surely they will be.

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