Has Ron Paul done his followers a disservice?
There is no question, especially in our state, Ron Paul created a grass roots phenomenon in this primary and election cycle. Unlike many campaigns, they took their loss in 2008 and learned the rules, and came back hard. Regardless of your feelings pro or against, you cannot argue that the Paul campaign energized a youth movement not seen in the republican party in many, many, many years. With youth comes energy and willingness to do what it takes.....also with youth comes a lack of refinement, persuasion skills, and a level of maturity that is learned over time. Unfortunately, it also is forgotten on the mature members who seem to forget their youth and early beliefs, and actions.
My question is this....Did Ron Paul do his followers a disservice by not admitting he was out of the race? I truly believe when he 'suspended' his campaign, it was over. Yet, his passionate followers willed that something different would happen. He's done, he's toast, and he is retiring in January. I don't care that he didn't endorse Romney, I do care that he allowed this false hope and a divide to continue to build. Bowing out gracefully would have elimated the drama of the Maine delegation and the shennigans pulled by the so called establishment gop. (That's an argument for another thread.)
How many boots on the ground....youthful, grassroots trained, hard working young republicans did we lose because of that?
This election we face in November (yes, we've heard it all before, but read on) is truly in my opinion the most important faced in my lifetime. Never, have we had a man holding the office who has flipped his middle finger to the constitution and sought to build huge divide and define our country by social class instead of Americans. The first president to count 'saved jobs' as job creation. To actually say the business owners didn't build it!!!!
We could use those fresh faces and grassroots skills in our national and local races. The truly sad part, whether a die hard Ron Paul supporter, Romney supporter, Santorum, Gingrich.....you agree way more than you disagree with the democrats and the Obama administration.
So, did Ron Paul do his followers and yes, his country a disservice?