Sunday, December 09, 2007

Libertarians Want Ron Paul

FROM THE LIBERTARIAN PARTY:
Libertarian National Committee Urges Congressman Ron Paul to Seek Libertarian Nomination

Charleston, SC – In a meeting of the Libertarian National Committee held today in Charleston, South Carolina, former Congressman Bob Barr proposed a resolution urging Congressman Ron Paul to seek the Libertarian Party's presidential nomination.

The resolution passed unanimously and is included below:

WHEREAS, the Libertarian Party and Congressman Ron Paul share many common principles for liberty and prosperity in America, and

WHEREAS, Congressman Ron Paul is a member of the Libertarian Party in good standing, and

WHEREAS, Congressman Ron Paul was previously nominated by the delegates of the Libertarian National Convention to serve as the Libertarian Party’s 1988 presidential candidate, and

WHEREAS, Congressman Ron Paul, through the efforts of his current presidential campaign, has ignited a renewed passion for liberty across America, and

WHEREAS, for over 35 years, the members of the Libertarian Party have continually fought for liberty through activism, education and the political process, and

WHEREAS, the Libertarian Party and its members have remained respectful, and in many cases, supportive of Congressman Ron Paul’s campaign seeking the Republican presidential nomination, and

WHEREAS, the Libertarian National Committee encourages competition in the race for the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination and is appreciative of all candidates who make the commitment to run;

NOW THEREFORE, in the event that Republican primary voters select a candidate other than Congressman Paul in February of 2008, the Libertarian National Committee urges Congressman Ron Paul to seek the presidential nomination of the Libertarian Party to be decided in Denver, Colorado during Memorial Day weekend of 2008.

FURTHERMORE, The Libertarian National Committee congratulates Congressman Paul for his success in spreading a message of peace, prosperity and freedom and also thanks the thousands of activists and supporters across the United States who have made this unprecedented success possible.

RESOLUTION ADOPTED unanimously by vote of the Libertarian National Committee, the 9th day of December 2007, in the city of Charleston, State of South Carolina, United States of America.

4 Comments:

Blogger Sirocco said...

I don't believe there is anything which prevents a candidate from representing more than one party ... I am pretty sure it has happened before.

12/10/2007 7:43 AM  
Blogger Framer said...

I would suspect that Ron Paul does not do this. His current influence and volunteer base greatly exceeds anything the Libertarian party could offer him right now. Surrendering his brand to the Libertarian party would possibly get him on the ballot in some states for the presidential election, but that would be it. The Paul boom would end with a whimper.

Now, even if he loses his presidential bid, he could still be instrumental in creating a part of the Republican party based on his ideas that could realize success in downticket races, now and in the future. It is far easier to take over the Republican party than to make a difference as a third party presidential candidate.

Ralph Nader are you listening?

12/10/2007 1:07 PM  
Blogger x4mr said...

Framer/Sirocco,

Paul for me is a real head scratcher. I doubt he will bite the Libertarian hook, preferring to rally and influence the GOP proper. He cannot ride two horses without unacceptable consequences.

He has to lose the GOP nomination before accepting their offer. Will he? Don't know. Honestly, Paul is a curve ball I can't quite predict and I have no idea if he will run after he loses the nomination, which will happen.

The GOP is in an interesting pickle, despising its own White House (How many Republicans think deficits don't matter?!!! How many Republicans support obscene pork for corrupt lobbyists?!) but unable to speak against it.

Sorry, Framer. I want your party crucified next year, but it is with love. I want the GOP hurt so bad it gets the cajones to transform itself into something worthy of respect. I want a strong GOP, but one that serves America, not Exxon and Pfizer.

12/10/2007 8:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paul has no home with Republicans. Now that his Congressional constituents have had a chance to see just how radical the Congressman really is, I suspect he will find renomination within his own Party more difficult than ever. Should he once again secure nomination and victory in the fall, I doubt that he will be accorded much more respect in the next Congress than he has at any time in the past. Even the few true belivers on the tax and spending circuit--people like Grover Norquis--have little use for his paleolibertarian perspective.

In light of this, why not go out in a blaze of glory, uniting Libertarians, Constitutionalists, authentic antiwarriors and despisers of the American Empire? Running against New York City's Ghoul and Hillary, it doesn't require much imagination to see upwards of 15% of the national vote tipping his way. This would be a more fitting legacy than anything Paul can ever gain by continuing the old Republican ruse.

12/11/2007 3:05 AM  

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