Tuesday, October 30, 2007

The Ron Paul Revolution

Tucson, Arizona. One GOP candidate (and only one) has tapped into the growing omniverse, Ron Paul, a borderline libertarian (ran as one in 1988) who cannot stand the war in Iraq, advocates ending the payroll tax , the war on drugs, withdrawing from the United Nations, and abolishing most federal agencies. In other words, he's a libertarian.

While an undergraduate I was an Atlas Shrugged toting libertarian myself. Daniel Scarpinato has an article on Paul's "revolution" on the University of Arizona campus. The press is noting that Paul does very well in straw polls and rather well in fund raising, but poorly in the national polls. In an exquisite remark that captures it, twenty-year-old omnivore Rebecca Townsend observes, "Those national polls call people with land lines. I don't know anyone with a land line."

Directly from Daniel's piece:

Yishi Garrard, an 18-year-old UA student discovered Paul while fumbling around on YouTube over the summer.

"He understands the proper role of government," said Garrard, who like most Paul supporters talks about his candidate's consistent voting record. Garrard and others have connected through the Internet. Sites such as Facebook and Meetup have brought these true believers together. As the Republican debates have illustrated, Paul's strong online following is paying off. He consistently wins text-message and Internet polls asking who won the debate.

The online sophistication of his young followers has helped him pull in more donations than any other second-tier candidate — raising $118,079 in Arizona and more than $8 million nationally. Almost all that money has come through individual contributions.

THIS IS THE BEGINNING. Ron Paul is the top presidential candidate Internet search term as measured by Hitwise, Alexa, and Technorati; he has several times more YouTube subscribers than any other presidential candidate.

Of course Paul will not win the nomination in 2008, but the developments point to what this blog has been saying repeatedly. The omnivores are waking up politically, and they cannot stand Bush or Cheney. They despise social intolerance and while some are sympathetic to pro-life positions, none, and I mean NONE, buy the homophobia nonsense. In ten years, gay bashing will occur as race bashing does today. They are shifting the evangelical conversation as already written.

Got a problem with homosexuality? Just die already. You're obsolete.

Astute politicians will pay attention to Ron Paul and the forces he unleashes. His Achilles heal, like that of all libertarians, is the protection of the environment and getting him to say what he means about being against the war on drugs. What is he suggesting we do, legalize them? Should we release all of those currently in prison on drug charges? That's how you take out a libertarian.

Local Pima County GOP Chair, Judi White, is clueless, "They're not about the Republican party...they are young and they are enthusiastic. But they haven't been around before, and I think when Ron Paul is gone, you won't see them anymore."

Hey, Judi, you're right about one thing. They are not about YOUR Republican party. When Ron Paul is gone, they are still here, and you will see them. You will see them voting against your candidates.

This blog is independent. It currently occurs as strongly left due to outrage towards the most incompetent, malignant, and evil White House in the history of the country and the GOP 2000-2006 Congress that partnered with it. Karl Rove and Dick Cheney butchered the Constitution to turn the GOP into a "glorify Bush" apparatus. They have pilfered the nation for the ultra rich and charged into a ridiculous crusade for big oil with the blood of our children.

Bush is now bitching that Congress isn't getting anything done. His tantrums are as amusing as they are pathetic.


Blogger Dustin said...

I must be the only person alive who never liked ayn rand or her philosophy, but then I never went to college.

10/30/2007 12:28 PM  
Anonymous Exurban Jon said...

So Ron Paul -- the candidate supported by the neo-Nazi leader of Stormfront -- will bring us to a more tolerant America?


10/30/2007 1:08 PM  
Blogger Dustin said...

"So Ron Paul -- the candidate supported by the neo-Nazi leader of Stormfront -- will bring us to a more tolerant America?"

are you serious? where does it say that? I don't know what you read, but I read only that ron paul is web/alternate media savvy. In any case I'm sure that unsavory types support various candidates all the time.

So anyone endorsed or supported by a neo-nazi is a neo-nazi by association?


10/30/2007 3:06 PM  
Blogger x4mr said...

I had the same reaction, Dustin. The post is about Web 2.0 and the rising omnivores far more than about Paul himself. The politician involved is incidental. The forces he is tapping into are NOT.

The YouTube wars have already started at the presidential level. TR and some other group have produced two videos for Bee already.

Old school analysts that fail to address 21st century reality will misread the landscape.

While her libertarian politics are critically flawed (the woman would have no issue with turning the Grand Canyon into a ball bearing plant), Ayn Rand was a genius. Her book Atlas Shrugged is just fantastic. Reardon, Francisco, Dagny, the pirate, all just exquisite. Wesley Mouch is a character in the book.

10/30/2007 5:42 PM  
Blogger roger said...

What a STUPID quote by Judi White. Talk about massive dumb...idiotic...purely moronic.

One of the things I noticed when I was a young republican was how little the older republicans cared about us and our efforts.

Judi, this is an opportunity to both build a bigger tent and to build the party for the future...plus...I would bet money they are smarter about modern campaign tactics than most who are running the party.

Wow...talk about a party of the past.

10/30/2007 6:59 PM  
Blogger Sirocco said...

Nah, Dustin, I have never really been a Rand fan either.

In many ways I see Paul as a successor to Howard Dean ... and I generally anticipate a similar fate for him.'

On the larger matter, though, I do feel the younger generation is far more tolerant than their elders across a wide range of issues, and I hope that tolerance remains as they age.

10/31/2007 6:53 AM  
Blogger Liza said...

A similar fate only if RP yells "hee haw" after his first primary, and the mainstream media talking hair sprayed heads make that into THE major campaign issue to relieve themselves of any possibility that they would have to report real news.

10/31/2007 7:50 AM  
Blogger Dustin said...

they still play that sound clip. I was thinking about a presidential run, but I'm afraid my voice/hair/weight/boobs/age/religion/experience/marital relationship or other "important indication of character" would ruin it for me ;-).

10/31/2007 8:58 AM  
Blogger Adamgv said...

Check out this new Christian band that just released their first album.

From what I heard on the samples site, they sound really good.

Introducing the new Christian National Anthem: Guns & Jesus.


2/17/2009 10:01 PM  

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