After a good recent comment by Mr. Ballance, I wanted to interject my thoughts about the movement. This is a letter to Ron Paul supporters and other lovers of liberty. Although a vast, vast majority of the targeted audience will never read this note, I hope that those who do will find it of value.
Point one. Join the mainstream.
First of all, I should point out that I am a bit different from the majority of Ron Paul supporters that I have met. For starters, not only am I a conservative, I am also a Republican. Although I have been a conservative for as long as I can remember, I’ve been involved with the Republicans for over a decade. Now I know that many in the movement believe the party is either corrupt or worthless, but I assure you that many ordinary members of the GOP have similar concerns to your own. In recent years, I have seen the party break free of its limited government moorings and drift toward more spending and less restraint and am deeply concerned. Does that mean the party cannot be corrected? Certainly not. After all, Ron Paul is a Republican, is he not? Where I am going with this point? I would highly advise just about any supporter to get involved with your local GOP. So many Ron Paul supporters want to make a difference, but the simple fact is that you cannot do so alone. You need an organization with ties to local communities and political leaders. Although the Republicans do have their flaws, at the end of the day, you will find their ideology far closer than that of the Democrats. But, Joshua, I can’t stand the GOP for reasons x, y, and z. In that case fine. Here again I’ll insert a plug for the America Patriots Committee. Join a third party, join the Democrats if you must, but get involved with an established organization somehow. I’m reminded of a passage in Matthew, 4:21, “Then Jesus asked them, “Would anyone light a lamp and then put it under a basket or under a bed to shut out the light? Of course not! A lamp is placed on a stand, where its light will shine.” (NLT). Although you freely spread your message, unless you reach out to the general public, you have kept this light hidden and no one will see it.
Point two. Put the conspiracy on the back burner.
Once you do enter into the mainstream, please, please, please do not beat people over the head with conspiracy theories. You have a right to think and say what you will, but many people will disregard you if you insist upon these points. For example, I am not a 9-11 truther, nor do I have much of an interest in the Bilderberg Group. In my first Ron Paul Meetup meeting, I was confronted with these thoughts and frankly thought about heading right back out the door. I know you have a fondness for movies like the Matrix and V for Vendetta (both fine movies), but if you want to “wake people up”, shocking them is not the right way. Please do not bring up these theories the first, the second, or even the third time you meet someone. Then, when you finally do, explain them rationally and with whatever proof you have. The situation requires tact. I guarantee if you follow this advice more people will take you seriously and the movement as a whole will grow. Even if your theory is 100% correct, remember that the message of freedom is far more important than any one conspiracy.
Point three. Stay involved.
Some of you followed step one and joined your local GOP. Good. Stay at it. The truth is, however, barring some miracle, Ron Paul will not be the Republican nominee for President. It’s sad I know, but it is true. As Dr. Paul himself reminded us, the movement is far greater than he. There are other candidates out there who share our desire for freedom. Find them. Research them. Support them. Don’t sit on your hands. Although more socially conservative than a number of Ron Paul supporters, I think Delegate Bob Marshall is an excellent statesman. I wish more Ron Paul supporters could have gotten involved in that effort. That race could have been won. But in any event, there is very likely a candidate nearby who needs your help. Even your local Republican committee or the RPV would be glad to have you. The fight for freedom is not over. It has hardly begun.
My rallying cries are “Restore the Republic” and “Life, Liberty, Property”. What are yours?
The Virginia Conservative