Ron Paul does not want to be President of the United States.
Ron Paul did not want to be President of the United States when he ran as a Libertarian in 1988, and he didnt want to be President of the United States when he ran in 2008. Now, here we are in 2011 and, once again, Ron Paul is running for an office he doesnt want.
In the last election Paul’s campaign raised more than $700,000 in 24 hours during a Presidents Day money bomb on-line event, yet he didnt win a single primary. Paul was great fodder for FOX news and comic relief for late night television, but when it came to the televised debates, the cameras were usually turned away.
Despite thousands of undaunted supporters texting their votes. Revolution blimps and banners flying nationwide, and thouands of dollars flowing into his campaign, Paul came in a distant fifth, dropping out of the race entirely by June of 2008. Ron Paul, and his message, should have been silenced a long time ago. He lost.
But winning the presidentcy was never Paul’s goal. He was never “in it to win it”. He declared his candidacy because he had a philosophy of the way government should run and he wanted others to know it. But as a Libertarian, no one was listening, As a Republican congressman from Texas only a very few were listening. But as the Republican candidate for the President of the United States, suddenly everyone was listening, and more importantly, many were actually hearing the message and many more were starting to agree with Ron Paul.
So much so, that by not winning even one primary, Paul’s message was broadcast more frequently and has lasted much longer than even those who beat him. The Ron Paul Revolution sparked the Tea Party movement and gave birth to the Campaign for Liberty.
Ron Paul has a message. Ron Paul has a following. He can raise money in amounts unheard of in a single day. He can hold rallies attended by thousands and speak to standing room only venues. He has the opportunity now, more than ever before, to change the course of government in this country not by running for the highest office, but by helping elect others like himself to the lower offices of Congress and Senate.
Ron Paul can be much more effective by standing side-by-side with each and every libertarian-minded Republican (or even a libertarian-minded Democrat if one exists), and send his message to those who flew the banners, attended his rallies, lit the money bombs, that he, Ron Paul is NOT running for President, because one man, no matter what age or the color of their hair, cannot change a damn thing.
But a majority of elected representatives in the House and Senate, who believe in the Libertarian principles of individual freedom, strong national defense and limited government, those who heard the message of Ron Paul and were inspired to run for office and WIN, certainly can.
And that’s why Ron Paul should NOT run for President.