“No one will stop the corrupt politicians. No one will repeal the Patriot Act. No one has a plan to balance the budget. No one understands the economy. No one but Ron Paul.”
Those are sentiments taken from a recent YouTube video promoting a “money bomb” for Ron Paul on February 14th.
“No one but Paul” is the message Ron Paul supporters have for the GOP establishment, and it’s the theme for the latest “money bomb” for Ron Paul on Tuesday.
Supporters of other candidates often ask Paul supporters if they will vote for whomever the Republican nominee is, assuming Paul fans will ultimately “fall in line” when November arrives in order to prevent another Obama presidency. But their answer is almost always the same: “No.”
Chris Adler, 44, of Sandy, Utah, told Examiner, “I will write in Ron Paul if he’s not on the ballot. That’s what I’ve done in the past. I will never vote for the ‘less crappy’ candidate. I will always vote for the one I want to be president.”
Adler, a film maker and computer programmer, continued,
Personally I feel Ron Paul is the only candidate running who has a spotless track record for believing in something and sticking to it. He doesn’t change his position based on polling or because of the crowd he’s addressing. While I don’t agree 100 percent on every issue, he’s the only person with integrity and a complete vision for the wellness of the U.S.
Non-Paul supporters generally do not understand why Paul fans would run the risk of President Obama getting reelected. They frequently argue that it will be Paul’s supporters’ fault if Obama is put back in the White House to continue shredding the Constitution. However, Paul supporters might contend that the shredder stays in the Oval Office, regardless of who is sitting behind the desk.
In 2009, Ron Paul bluntly stated, “The two-party system doesn’t exist; there’s only one political party.”
For many, that statement is shocking and might not compute. Todd Gladieux, 56, a chiropractor in Yuba City, California pointed to a paragraph in historian Carroll Quigley’s book, Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in Our Time that could clarify why Democrats and Republicans appear so different during the election season, but strangely similar after elected.
The argument that the two political parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one perhaps of the Right and the other the Left, is a foolish idea. Instead the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can ‘throw the rascals out’ at any election without leading to any profound or extensive shifts in policy…It should be able to replace it, every four years if necessary, by the other party, which…will pursue with new vigor, approximately the same basic policies.
After the Maine election results were announced Saturday, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked Ron Paul if any of the GOP candidates would be better than Obama. Paul replied,
No, I don’t think any one would be a lot better. That’s my problem, and that’s the problem with the country. When you put people in office — you put a Democrat in, he acts like a Republican too much, and when you put a Republican in, they act like a Democrat, and they spend too much money. So I just don’t see a whole lot of difference with them.
Brian Parsons, 30, of Salt Lake City, agrees with Paul. He told Examiner,
The political system in this country thrives on maintaining a two party oligarchy that is self-empowering. There is a reason that no matter the party in power, this country generally stays on the same path. Both parties favor the centralization of power, irresponsible monetary policy, and overspending to please constituencies. This system, however, cannot last and is quickly coming to an end. The system is a big sham, and people need to wake up and pay attention.
For Paul supporters, he is a fundamentally different candidate than the status quo politicians Americans are usually given to pick from. Todd Gladieux felt the “No one but Paul” theme resonated with him. He told Examiner,
It is time to take a stand. I will not vote for anyone but Ron Paul. The lesser of two evils is no longer an option. I am sick and tired of watching the establishment and their controlled media hand pick candidates and call them ‘front-runners’ and top tiered’ candidates. No more of this ‘they select, we elect’ game they play on us. Regardless if he wins or loses the nomination it won’t matter. The Ron Paul movement is here, and it’s only going to get bigger.
I will be donating to the ‘No one but Paul’ money bomb in the hopes that more people will become a part of the Ron Paul Revolution.
Parsons, an Information Systems graduate student at the University of Utah, said he and his wife will also participate in the “Money Bomb” Tuesday, as they do with every donation day for Ron Paul. He said, “We try to spread out our donations as to be able to participate as frequently as possible.” He told Examiner,
We are in fact a ‘No one but Paul’ household. I have always been a Republican of the staunchest nature. I was raised a Southern Baptist in the heart of Georgia, and the South is notoriously ‘Red’. In 2007, I cancelled cable TV and was forced to research candidates online. I was amazed at the nature of things Paul talked about. He was a lone voice amongst his peers, so there were really only two positions to research. Paul’s, and then the rest. I, like most, called him crazy and kooky, but nonetheless was intrigued. I did the due diligence and researched much of what both sides were saying. I was astonished that what Paul was saying was absolutely correct.
Often his ideas are contrary to what the public is generally led to believe by the mainstream media pundits and establishment politicians. If any person would devote 10 minutes a day for a week to research the ‘absurd claims’ of Ron Paul, they would understand that though he might not be eloquent, he is principled. Those principles he stands on are correct, time-tested, and Biblical.
In 2008, Ron Paul was mocked frequently by the press and the other candidates. His loyal supporters were passionate in getting the liberty message out to others, though, and as a result, his support has increased substantially in 2012. When Ron Paul chose not to attend CPAC this month and his supporters stayed away also, the Washington Times reported that high-profile Republican leaders realize the party can’t afford for them to be absent in November if the GOP is to win the White House.
Whether a real possibility or not, the idea of Ron Paul being on the GOP ticket as vice president has been suggested by some. Parsons said he would only view that as an attempt to buy his support, without any genuine intentions of change.
The phrase “Ron Paul or none at all” is not just catchy; for many Paul supporters, it is the truth as well.
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