"It is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren, till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst and provide for it." - Patrick Henry
Four years ago this week, in a messge to supporters dated February 8, 2008, Texas Congressman Ron Paul essentially threw in the towel of the presidential primary stating he was cutting down his campaign staff and focusing on retaining his Congressional seat. In the second sentence of his memo, which came to be referred to as The Trotsky Memo, Paul quoted Communist butcher Leon Trotsky, a choice which seemed wildly out of place to those familiar with the libertarian icon.
Paul stated, in part, "And what achievements we have had. If I may quote Trotsky of all people, this Revolution is permanent. It will not end at the Republican convention. It will not end in November. It will not end until we have won the great battle on which we have embarked."
He also insisted that he was remain part of the GOP: "Of course, I am committed to fighting for our ideas within the Republican party, so there will be no third party run. I do not denigrate third parties -- just the opposite, and I have long worked to remove the ballot-access restrictions on them. But I am a Republican, and I will remain a Republican."
Alternative media radio host Jeff Rense responded to Paul's memo the next day with an article titled Ron Paul's Goodbye. Rense lamented "Many Paulites will now walk away from this obviously, hopelessly corrupt and manipulated political charade in America...and will never look back. Some will stay. "
Rense also noted "Sad to see him give it up...but it was totally predictable and comes as no surprise", and concluded that Paul was "a principled man" who "truly made a difference. And for that we owe him much."
There was much contentious discussion about both the memo and Rense's commentary, a sampling of which is available here.
Nearly four years later, Paul is again running for president, but shows no sign of backing off his campaign in February 2012. He has announced that he is retiring from his Congressional seat, regardless of the outcome of the presidential race.
But is Paul, who has a stellar track record, in this race to win? Or is he doing it to continue to spread the message of liberty and educate the next generation?
Paul has always held the long view of things. He patiently and consistently worked for freedom for many decades. While the fight for liberty is certainly a noble an valid cause, if he is in the presidential race he should do everything he can to genuinely win. This includes addressing the pesky issue of rampant vote fraud.
The vote fraud in the Republican 2012 primary has been exhaustively documented by both mainstream and alternative outlets. Simply do a search on the words Ron Paul vote fraud and Ron Paul vote fraud blackboxvoting. Also see these links:
Ron Paul's wife is reportedly a member of the "Velasco Order of the Eastern Star", a freemasonic group, and his daughters were allegedly "Rainbow girls", another masonic group. It has been debated whether or not Paul himself is therefore a mason. This would cast doubt on his trustworthiness for many who have researched the so-called "new world order". See:
The main thing that I hope is avoided is that people fighting for liberty do not put all their hopes into one man. Paul is a great candidate and statesman, but I'd hate to see all those good sincere people devastated, deflated and hopeless if their hero doesn't take the presidency and save the day.
We all must fight to retain and regain our liberties individually, regardless who wins this zionist controlled dog-and-pony show referred to as the U.S. election.
Advocates of liberty can support good candidates and even run for office ourselves, if one so desires, but ultimately one's faith and hope should be in Jesus Christ, not some politician.