(Formerly posted as Ron Paul’s last stand! Sorry, I decided to change the title.)
Today, Ron Paul, and you and I, are on the verge of a great triumph, a victory that would have been unthinkable only four years ago. No, I am not talking about the GOP presidential nomination, I am talking about the bill before congress to audit the Federal Reserve. There is widespread support in congress. It is likely to pass. Now, more than ever, we should be sticking together. This is Dr. Paul’s moment. This is our moment. Stay positive. Stay tough. Let’s finish this.
This latest bill to audit the Fed won’t mean an end to corruption. It won’t mean that “insiders” who cheat the system and have become rich off our labors will not find another way to get easy money. It won’t mean that it will make it through the Senate, where many opponents lurk, and where the corporate porkers will enlist the media to make a stand. But it does mean that the American people, thanks to Ron Paul, and many of you, are finally, fully awake to the theft and injustice of a few. The power elitists of the left and the right have been stripped bare, their robes of self-righteous and phony altruism pulled away for all to see their naked ambition and cruel greed. They have helped employ the largest transfer of wealth from the poor and middle class to the rich in all of American history. They have made a mockery of the U.S. Constitution.
Now, more than ever, those who have supported Ron Paul and the Liberty Movement should stick by him and pressure the House and then the Senate to finish this task. The crooks are on the run. Incredibly, with all of their advantages, with the national media in their pocket, they are losing this war of public opinion. 80% of the nation now wants to see a legitimate audit of the Federal Reserve. This was Ron Paul’s doing. This was the work of the Campaign for Liberty and hundreds of thousands of Americans like you. It is wonderful to see.
And yet, despite our advances the forums are still crawling with accusation and recriminations about the Ron Paul campaign. Some are in denial or anger over events. Some are making accusations of betrayal.
Was this campaign perfect? No. But I have been part of seven presidential campaigns and this was one of the best I have ever seen. There is no such thing as a perfect campaign, even winning campaigns.
Compare it to the campaign of GOP nominee Mitt Romney, a campaign that couldn’t even organize the delegates in his own home state of Massachusetts and whose national spokesperson regularly misspeaks. And who manages to offend powerful allies who only want to help, like Rupert Murdoch.
Or compare it to the Rick Santorum campaign, who couldn’t field a full delegate slate in his own state of Pennsylvania and who dropped out when he was leading in some polls.
Or compare it to the Newt Gingrich campaign, who wasn’t even on the ballot in his home state of Virginia. For all the criticism they have taken, Jesse Benton, John Tate and the campaign staff have run a very effective campaign against an entrenched system who owned the airwaves. In state after state the campaign exceeded all expectations and Dr. Paul actually won four states. In my opinion, had the process happened naturally, without manipulation, he would have easily won 1,000 delegates and alternates and won eleven states. Ron Paul supporters succeeded in taking over no less than three state Republican parties and scored hundred of victories in county and district GOP leadership.
I find it highly ironic that critics who only a year ago had no conception of a “delegate strategy” at the precinct level, now second guess the execution, legally or procedurally, of how it was done in one state or another. Don’t you realize it was Jesse Benton and John Tate who secretly laid that strategy out a year and a half ago? And now you call them traitors because you disagree over some part of a strategy that they, themselves, dreamed up and executed?
Remember Iowa? We were doing everything we could to win Iowa and came within one week of doing it. We spent every dime we had on it and almost pulled it off. We peaked in the polls only seven days too soon and the media pounced. Do you remember that week? Only days to go and we were actually leading in the polls for the Iowa Caucus and the media was frantic.
Well, from the very beginning, when Ron Paul HQ was opened, when Jesse and John laid out the strategy, they talked about Iowa and NH and the sequential power of winning the early contests but then they also talked about the backup plan, the delegate strategy, how we would be an insurgent army within the GOP at the precinct level. This was their idea, their plan, in the first place.
Some are attacking Senator Rand Paul, who has done more for our cause in the last year than any other Senator has done in a career.
Some are critical of our legal team. One ad hoc field organization of lawyers has said, “We are taking over the campaign.” But anyone who knows anything about law knows that we cannot be making headlines by announcing what we are doing. What I can say is this, the campaign has quietly but effectively taken action in Massachusetts, Louisiana, Oregon and other states where there were clear violation of rules and our people were cheated or hurt.
The campaign has not taken action in places where, regardless of how we may have been treated, we were going to lose anyway. And there are reasons for this. We also are not taking action in states where we controlled the process. If we lost in those states it was our own fault. The campaign has not wasted valuable financial or staff resources on meaningless lawsuits that have no basis in law and are destined to fail.
Some of the criticism coming from the field is legitimate. None of us are perfect. And we are learning from our mistakes. Others are only seeking attention and money, selling books and promoting websites. By attacking Dr. Paul or his campaign they know they will get more viewers. I don’t begrudge them that and I certainly cherish their opinions and ideas and warnings. They have earned a following, and I, too, like to hear what they have to say and I am learning from them. But there is a time and place for us to fight it out and a time and place for us to stick together.
We have only another few weeks until the Republican National Convention, and then a few months left in Dr. Paul’s 22 year career in congress. In those days and weeks the battle to audit the FED will be in full force. Can we stick together till then? We have all worked hard for Dr. Paul and the cause of liberty. Can we be loyal for a few more weeks, months, YEARS?
No one, especially Dr. Paul, would ask for you to blindly trust him, or any other man, but hasn’t he earned enough trust by his example to stick with him, and stick together, for a little longer?
Can we follow him to Tampa and hear what he has to say? And let him play the cards we have given him? And help him in the remaining months of his career in the U. S. Congress to walk this audit the Fed bill through the den of thieves?
Have we become so used to losing that we are paralyzed by the chance of a win? Unable to accept it? Like a jinxed football team who cannot believe we are actually leading in something and so we are still trying to find a way in the last minutes to lose the game?
The Audit the Fed is a real victory, a surprise victory that has been four years in the making and it is because of the leadership of Dr. Paul, the Campaign for Liberty and the thousands of activists around the country. And it is suddenly, amazingly, upon us at the end of a losing campaign for the presidency. Keep in mind, even if Ron Paul had won the presidency, this is one of the things he would have wanted to do and now it is happening without the White House.
We must stay the course, and get this done. And if we win in the House today, we must make the Senate feel our heat in the coming days. And we must count our blessings that Ron Paul may have lost the election but he has won the argument. And America and the world will never be the same.
Doug Wead on today’s Mike Huckabee Show talks about children of politicians in the business.