I joined the
Right wing in 1956. I have seen it grow from a tiny fringe movement
into a chaotic mass of people working at cross-purposes, but mostly
sitting on the sidelines of life, wringing their hands, and sending
their children into the tax-funded schools because the schools are
cheap just like most of the right wingers are.
are up in arms, metaphorically speaking, because they don't think
they are getting their fair share of the political loot.
If you sense
that I am skeptical of the Tea Party movement, you get my drift.
Whenever it starts campaigning on a platform of shutting down Medicare
and the public schools, drop me a note. I'll re-think my position.
The Tea Party
movement attracts lots of weird people, as any fringe movement does
in its early stage. The Fabian movement in 1885 was typical. What
a collection of weirdos! But within three decades, they had captured
the intellectual leadership of Britain. By 1930, they had captured
the following letter last week. It was in response to my article,
the Government's Agenda," which was mostly on how the American
Establishment works, and why it rejects Ron Paul's agenda. This
outraged one self-declared political activist.
think the GOP worries about undermining Dr. Paul's candidacy.
They know very well that Dr. Paul will do that himself. Dr. Paul
has no intention of really running a campaign for the nomination.
He showed us that during the last election.
I was one
of the myriads of people who were conned by Dr. Paul. I repeatedly
responded to his call for more money so that he could campaign.
But then I noticed something. Dr. Paul was NOT campaigning. He
was gathering all of this money and then sitting on it.
I live in
Tennessee. Dr. Paul's campaign did not pay for a single ad in
any paper or on radio or television in the state. There was one
ad in the Nashville paper, but Dr. Paul's national campaign did
not pay for it. His Tennessee supporters had to scramble for cash
because the national campaign would not pay to campaign in the
Tuesday, with large numbers of delegates at stake, where was Dr.
Paul? In West Virginia. He deliberately chose the most insignificant
place to campaign when the chips were down.
is a fraud. We made sure he had the money to get out his message.
He refused to spend the money we had given him. He took the money
under false pretenses. Like virtually all libertarians, he is
deathly afraid that someone will actually call on him to implement
the policies he advocates.
he had over 300 cosponsors to his bill to audit the Fed, he didn't
have the guts to ask for a discharge petition. Ron Paul is all
talk and no action. None whatsoever.
establishment is not worried about Ron Paul. They know that if
he ever became a serious contender, he would sabotage himself.
Ron Paul has no intention of carrying out ANY of the policies
sooner liberty-minded people realize that Ron Paul is nothing
but talk, the sooner we can find someone who will actually advance
I sent him
my usual reply, which I stole from Mitch Jayne of the Dillards/Darlings
half a century ago: Two of you would not make a halfwit.
He replied, saying I was rude. So, I sent my standard follow-up
to such incensed replies: I was wrong in my assessment. Three
of you would not make a halfwit.
is that you should treat big-mouth dolts as big-mouth dolts. Anyone
so supremely arrogant as to send a rant like his to a man who just
wrote a defense of Ron Paul's agenda and who helped craft
it back in 1976 deserves to be treated as an ill-informed
jerk. Politeness only encourages these people. See
my article on tar babies.
BMD (big mouth
dolt) is unaware of how politics works. He is so naive as to believe
that Ron Paul could have won the Tennessee primary. How politically
naive can a person be? That was in mid-2008. By early 2008, the
media had ceased inviting him to the debates. The donations ceased
flowing. That was when the campaign committee wisely decided to
from the perennial affliction of neophyte conservatives: trust in
the two-party system. He thinks the system is not actually rigged
by the Establishment, which it has been since at least 1912. He
thinks that his vote, his donations, and his opinions count. They
So, he feels
betrayed. Ron Paul didn't run TV ads. Of course he didn't. A few
ads across the nation would have cost far more than $20 million.
They would have changed no one's mind.
The goal of
any smart political campaign is to leverage the money. Get
publicity with the money by merely having the money. Don't blow
it by spending it on mainstream TV ads. Conserve some of it for
the next run in 2012, and use it to build non-TV, non-mainstream
communications. Use the money to develop a mailing list. Meanwhile,
keep publishing. Keep going on TV. Use the money to get out the
message. This is more important than a kamikaze strategy of
running TV ads.
Ron Paul is
the first nationally known American politician on the Right to figure
this out in the post-War world. Look at the coverage he gets. No
other Congressman gets as much coverage who is not in a high-ranking
position. He gets coverage because of his ideas. This is
unique in modern American history. Why does he get the coverage?
Because he has a huge mailing list and lots of videos on YouTube.
goes back to 1896, when Charles Bryan, William Jennings Bryan's
brother, developed the first national political mailing list. It
belonged to his brother. Bryan got two more shots at the Presidency:
1900 and 1908. So much clout did the name have that Charles Bryan
got the Vice Presidential nomination from the Democrats in 1924.
BMD also does
not understand what the mainstream media recognized: the heart of
the Establishment's problem with Paul is not one man with one vote
in Congress, and no chance of the nomination. It is the fact that
some unknown fund-raiser could raise $20 million for a fringe politician
whom the mainstream media had ignored for years. Ron Paul's fund-raising
did a $20 million end run around the Establishment.
If you don't
think this caught the media flat-footed, look at the expression
on Bob Schieffer's face on Face the Nation in November 2007,
after $4 million had been raised in one day the "money bomb."
This was the largest one-day fund-raising in the history of any
Presidential campaign, ever. Just watch the first two minutes. He
kept about $4 million of the $20 million as seed money. That money,
when leveraged through the Web, is a way for Paul to get out his
message. He gets it out. Compare his success with Dennis Kucinich's.
story of the 2008 campaign is on Wikipedia.