political and media establishments, who treat a genuine dissident
like a man from Mars, are lecturing Iowans that if they choose the
wrong person Ė e.g., someone those establishments havenít approved
for them Ė they will "discredit" the Iowa caucuses. (These
are the same people who pretend to want to "spread democracy"
around the world, remember.)
what would truly discredit the caucuses is a victory for any other
candidate. For months and months Ron Paul has been ignored in favor
of empty suits who expect to solve the coming fiscal crisis with
a few talking points from 1983. The message wasnít too subtle: weíll
tell you which candidates you may consider, citizen.
is not the job of Iowans, or anyone else, to rubber-stamp the choices
the establishment has told them are acceptable and safe. It
is their job to make up their own minds Ė and if that means telling
the establishment to take a flying leap, then so be it.
Ron Paul victory would prove that Iowans are done with letting the
New York Times or Rush Limbaugh do their thinking for them.
It would prove that they understand what may be the most important
point in all of American politics:
someone comes along with a wrecking ball he intends to set loose
on a political establishment that richly deserves it, the entire
spectrum of so-called mainstream opinion Ė from the New York
Times and Meet the Press to Sean Hannity and Mark Levin Ė
goes into Destroy mode. Nothing makes these alleged opponents
kiss and make up faster than someone who refuses to play the game.
Ron Paul victory would mean that more Americans than we could have
imagined even five years ago are prepared to tell the establishment
to stick it. The more you smear, the more viciously you attack,
the more obvious your venom for one particular man, the more we
will rally to him. Since this is the only man who truly terrifies
the crooks, the flip-floppers, the thought controllers, and the
whole range of so-called respectable opinion, he is obviously the one
a message that would be.
CNN reporter will be visibly deflated if Mitt Romney wins in Iowa.
Or any of the others, for that matter. Thatís your tip-off.
other theme these days is that Ron Paul is "dangerous."
Theyíve got that right Ė heís dangerous to them. He threatens
the whole bipartisan establishment, which has given us the same
fiasco of a foreign policy, the same monetary policy, the same bankruptcy.
To borrow a phrase from Bill Buckley, the propagandists fear Ron
Paul for the same reason the baloney fears the slicer.
Ron Paul "out of the mainstream" is a double-edged sword,
because it also means he canít possibly be responsible for the condition
of the country today. That responsibility rests on the shoulders
of the thought controllers on both left and right who solemnly warn
us to choose a hand-picked candidate of the establishment instead
of the dastardly Ron Paul, who dares think his own thoughts.
Now if you
happen to be speaking for Ron Paul at the caucuses tonight, Iíve
recorded a sample two-minute "Case for Ron Paul" you might
find useful. You may get even three minutes or more for your speech,
but hereís the bare-bones case as effectively and efficiently as
I could make it.
speeches can make a real difference. There are still plenty of undecideds
even going into caucus night, and in 2008 caucus meetings that had
persuasive speeches for Dr. Paul made a noticeable difference in
Here is my
list of doníts. (My video above is in effect my list of doís.)
to explain "blowback" in foreign policy
up the drug war
precious time on platitudes that might be uttered by any of the
other candidates; theyíre all going to pay lip service to budget
cuts and constitutional government, and itís your job to differentiate
Ron Paul from the others
I suggest these
not because Iím a sellout, but because in a two-to-four minute speech
you cannot expect to make radical changes in peopleís minds. Thatís
a longer-term project, and itís why I write my books, maintain my
blog, and make my videos. But on caucus night all we need is for
people to vote the right way. Get them 100 percent on board later.
Now of course
I want people to vote for Ron Paul for all the good reasons I give
in the video. But Iíd be nearly as happy if people also voted for
him as a way of telling the media establishment that they prefer
not to be lectured, talked down to, and intimidated into supporting
the establishmentís hand-picked candidates.
If Ron Paul
wins Iowa, CNN will put on a brave face. But donít believe it. They
will be deeply alarmed to realize that a large and growing segment
of the population Ė many of them young people, who will be around
a long time Ė has unplugged from them. Despite the worst smears
that can be hurled at a political figure, not to mention a massive
effort by cable news, some left-progressives, and plenty of fake-conservative
talk radio hosts to misrepresent and demonize Ron Paul, he won
Iíd say that
kind of cold water in the face is just what CNN and its clones could