47%? How Ron Paul Can Get More
by Andreas M. Kelly
So 47% of the
vote will go to the Democrat? Ron Paul can get more, by leading
non-voting Americans to stand up and be counted. 42.63% of Americans
didnít vote in the 2008 presidential election. He can easily add
his supporters to that figure, for more than 50% of all eligible
voters, and take the next step in peaceful revolution.
As many Americans,
I became a devoted Ron Paul supporter during his bid in the 2008
presidential campaign. Although my disillusionment with American
politics and economics pre-dated my contact with Ron Paul, it came
from a different perspective. Probably, it was rooted in an inherited
fundamental distrust of the "establishment," which I learned
to perceive as being increasingly tyrannical. Through Dr. Paul,
I have been able to connect a lot of dots, involving things like
economic policy, foreign policy, and civil liberties. As many, I
was disappointed, to say the least, that the Republican Party didnít
nominate him, and even blocked his delegates in various states and
at the convention. It seems the mainstream media has succeeded in
silencing him, at least for this presidential election.
educational institutions and every governmental institution suggest
we have a duty to vote, and try to inspire us to vote, regardless
of who we vote for. Should I really vote for the "lesser of
two evils" in this bipartisan election? Many argue that the
Republican candidate, for example, would save a few unborn babies
by changing a policy regarding planned parenthood or international
funding for abortions. However, the Republican party has proven
that it will never take any serious action to stop abortion. Democrats
claim their candidate will help the poor, but that help will be
short-lived, and, in the long term, harmful to the poor. The ridiculous
war on drugs is supported by both candidates, as are the wars against
so-called terrorists and dictators on foreign soil, and American
foreign military presence all over the world. Neither party will
do anything to protect Americans from the continuing debasement
of the dollar, or the catastrophic fiscal practices enacted by the
Federal Reserve. As for our civil liberties, they will continue
to be eradicated up by either candidate, to "protect national
security." Thus, "voting the bum out" doesnít have
any effect in modern presidential elections. There just arenít any
substantive differences between the coke and pepsi presidential
candidates. Obama may drive the train at full throttle over the
cliff; Romney claims heíll pull back the throttle, but only a tad,
and he certainly wonít change direction. Our only real hope is to
stop the train, dismantle it, and imprison those who designed, installed
and managed it from its inception. Neither party really acknowledges
the pending disaster.
are we to do? How do we continue to support Ron Paul? Do we look
to Rand? Will Ron run in 2016 at 80, and if so, will he do so as
We canít wait
for 2016, Rand wonít or canít take Ronís torch, and the relationship
between Ron and the Republican party seems meaningless at this point.
But, like many Americans with some political awareness and will,
Iíd follow Ron Paul anywhere. Not because of his ideology, though
I agree with most of it, but because he is one of few honest politicians
in history, and certainly in my memory. Since the good doctor seems
to have abandoned his presidential bid, and is retiring from the
Congress, how can he lead us now? In his "retirement,"
I expect that he will write, speak and lecture, and continue to
educate Americans. But what can he do politically?
Ron Paul has
captured the attention of millions, who are waiting for his next
move. Voter turnout for the presidential election was at 57.37%
in 2008, according to Wikipedia; it has been under 65% since 1908.
Not voting may reflect apathy, but to paraphrase George Carlin,
it also gives us the right to say, "donít blame me; I didnít
vote for him!"
to vote speaks volumes, though its easy to ignore non-voters. No
one has ever harnessed the power of that refusal. Ron Paul can do
it, by refusing to endorse the Republican, or the Libertarian, or
any other candidate, because their policies will continue to harm
America, because no candidate is willing to do what this country
needs. Ron can rally his supporters to join the non-voting bloc,
and lead us into the next phase of peaceful revolution. He might
even pick up a lot of moderates and undecideds. He can speak on
a national stage, and encourage us to refuse to vote in the
presidential election. Ron, I implore you: Unite us! Unite the disillusioned
and the rejected, vocalize our silent voices, and keep leading us
in peaceful revolution!
M. Kelly [send him
mail] is a solo attorney in Miami, FL, practicing civil litigation,
foreclosure defense and bankruptcy.
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