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You Can't Ignore Ron Paul

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Money talks people. Just remember that. Without his November 5th money nuke, he wouldn’t be getting this type of traction in the media. Now reporters are focusing on his supporters’ dissatisfaction with not being involved in debates or polls, etc.

For example, take the GOP’s new rule that debate candidates must have 5% or above in national polls. Paul supporters didn’t take kindly to that and they flooded the phone lines in Iowa…

News of the party’s decision and how to protest it was spread quickly over the Internet by supporters of the anti-war, anti-tax, anti-abortion libertarian. “We are getting bombarded” with calls and e-mails from Paul’s supporters, said GOP spokeswoman Mary Tiffany. She said there were 25 voice mails from angry Paul supporters before the start of business Thursday.

“I’m all about the First Amendment, but at the same time, how is this productive?” she asked. “They need to start calling voters and start door-knocking instead of calling the Republican Party of Iowa.”

So Paul supporters, do you REALLY want to take back a party like this or jumpstart one of your own? The choice is yours folks, but the GOP as it stands now is strongly pro-war, pro-spending and pro-partisan loyalty. That’s it. They don’t care about the constitution, and neither does your average GOP voter once they’re exposed to what that would really mean on a organizational scale. The powerful want to stay in power and the way they do that is give money out to their communities and friedns and spend, spend, spend.

Here’s some more on how Paul could attract voters from both sides and create a new 3rd party movement…

And as to the presidential race, Paul freely admits he has stumbled into something he didn’t quite expect. He has a huge following on the Internet and routinely wins online surveys critics say are easily manipulated but supporters say are the truest measure of political action in a cyberspace age.

In a telephone interview from New Hampshire, Paul said his campaign has become the political model of his libertarianism.

“We offered the message and the message spread and the organization was spontaneous,” he said. “It is interesting. We sort of see the campaign operating the way the free market works. Not by central economic planning” but by “individuals doing things in their own best interest.”

Free market politics. He’s seeing it in action as the internet provides the platform to allow it to happen.

So what do voters think? What do they want? Well, if the GOP is looking for another Reagan…

On a broader scale, a recent USA Today poll found 72 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with the way things are going in this country. That kind of discontent presents an opening for Paul, a plain-speaking outsider, an anti-politician challenging the status quo. […]

Elam compared surging interest in Paul’s campaign to Ronald Reagan’s 1976 campaign, where he also worked. Paul’s appeal also has a whiff of Democrat Howard Dean’s insurgent 2004 campaign, which similarly drew the disaffected and gained momentum via the Internet.

All that said, Paul remains an extreme long-shot politically. But betting on the underdog is something many of his supporters clearly relish.

“It really is an insurrection,” said Harvey Kronberg, editor of the Quorum Report in Austin. “These are people who, generally speaking, have given up on politics and government.”

Ron Paul is all message and no politics. That’s why I respect him and feel increasingly comfortable talking to people about him and his campaign. I don’t agree with all of his policies, but out of the current crop of candidates from both sides, Paul embodies the most genuine political spirit in decades.

And oh yeah…there’s also another money bomb scheduled for December 16, the anniversary of the Boston Tea Party…

A donation day in the works will apparently be tied to another historical event — the Boston Tea Party on Dec. 16, 1773, when patriots dumped tea into Boston Harbor to protest taxation without representation. Paul campaign spokeswoman Kerri Price said she had no official confirmation of the event because it is being organized entirely by volunteers.

Entirely by volunteers? That’s amazing stuff because even though Dean raised 4 times the amount of money Paul has, he did it through his campaign’s website, not through self organized groups that had few if any ties to the actual campaign itself.

Exciting times ahead…