The Incontiguous Brick

July 19, 2007

I am worried about Ron Paul’s campaign

Filed under: politics,Ron Paul — iknowkeith @ 8:41 am

I have been talking about my recent blogging success to friends lately. They always ask what is it about my blog that brings traffic. I tell them its usually when I post something about Ron Paul. The most traffic (almost 15,000 hits in one day!) came from my posting his letter to his supporters. The response has been the same almost every time… “Who?”

With all of the web traffic and the Diggs I was beginning to believe he was really gaining some recognition. Although mainstream media has not been his friend, I assumed the average person would at least know his name by now. Apparently not. I have spoken about him with college-educated republicans who (at least marginally) follow the news and politics but very few know anything about him. Most did not even recognize his name as a candidate.

I don’t want to discourage anyone from supporting his campaign they believe he is the man for the job. However, I write this as a wake up call. If you want Dr. Paul to have a chance in the next election then you have a lot of work to do! It can seem like he has a lot of support when talking to fellow supporters, but this is not enough to win an election. Talk to people that don’t read Digg or this campaign is not going anywhere.



  1. All you need to do is spread the message to your parents, your family, your friends, your kids. Urge them to do the same. Problem solved!

    Comment by Bret — July 19, 2007 @ 8:54 am | Reply

  2. I believe most people don’t really care about the primaries. They only care if Democrats or Republicans win.

    Comment by argh — July 19, 2007 @ 8:59 am | Reply

  3. I agree. All Ron Paul supporters have to recruit support from their friends and family. As for the article I would say only about 5% of people are actually paying attention right now. Not many people are even watching the debates. Every supporter of Paul’s should make it a goal to convince at least one person a week to support Ron Paul. So far I have gained six people and I am sure I can get more.

    Comment by Sean — July 19, 2007 @ 9:06 am | Reply

  4. Try asking yourself WHY the corporate media is ignoring him.

    Comment by disinter — July 19, 2007 @ 9:21 am | Reply

  5. I support Ed and Elaine Brown, a couple who have been convicted of tax evasion by the government of the United States.
    The Browns are right, and their refusal to pay income tax is not only right, but legal.
    In fact, the taxes that the Browns are being forced to pay is illegal.
    Let me begin.
    There are many forms of taxation.
    Property, excise, sales, and income are just a few of the commodities that are taxed in the United States.
    Of those, income tax is a tax that is based on earnings, with a certain percent going to tax.
    Until 1913, there was no such thing as an income tax.
    At that time, Congress brought forth the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the federal income tax amendment, which was allegedly ratified in 1913.
    To ratify the 16th Amendment, at least 3/4 or 36 of the states had to approve the amendment.
    There were 48 states at that time.
    Of those 48 states, only two actually ratified the 16th amendment, and those same two may not have done so legally.
    In other words, the 16th amendment giving the government the right to tax income, was never made legal.
    To put this into more simple terms, it is illegal to collect income tax.
    It has been illegal since 1913.
    The government has no right to make you pay an income tax.
    In fact, it is theft.
    In 1913, Secretary of State Philander Knox announced ratification by 38 states, but among those same 38 states, there is absolute proof that:
    The Kentucky Senate voted down the resolution by a 22 to 9 vote.
    The California legislative assembly never recorded any vote to ratify the 16th amendment.
    The State of Minnesota sent nothing to the Secretary of State in Washington.
    The California legislative assembly never recorded any votes which means that no one knows how California voted, if it even voted at all.
    This all means that the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was never ratified, meaning it was never approved.
    So the U.S. Government never had the legal right to collect income tax from its people.
    This means that Ed and Elaine Brown are right in refusing to pay this tax, and the government is wrong.
    I am in complete support of them!
    If you are as well, please sign this petition:

    Thank you.
    George Vreeland Hill

    Comment by George Vreeland Hill — July 19, 2007 @ 9:33 am | Reply

  6. I wouldn’t be worried at all. Its still VERY early.

    Most of my friends don’t even want to THINK about who they are going to vote for yet mostly because they are soooo jaded.

    The Constitution has been beat up so bad over the decades that when people suggest advocating that we actually follow it as rule of law, it seems preposterous! Its going to take some time to let this ‘crazy’ idea to percolate through the masses.

    Comment by Michael — July 19, 2007 @ 10:55 am | Reply

  7. From Thomas E. Woods, Jr. at –

    A recent Gallup poll finds Paul at the head of the so-called second-tier candidates (i.e., the candidates the establishment hasn’t anointed), though still with a ways to go. Yet Justin Ptak recently made the important point that at this stage in the election cycle, national polls reflect only name recognition, not respondents’ assessments of the candidates. Consider the statistics, drawn from the blog:

    In early 1975, Jimmy Carter was polling at 1% (he went on to win the presidency).
    In early 1987, Michael Dukakis was polling at 1% (he went on to win the Democratic nomination).
    In early 1991, Bill Clinton was at 2% (he went on to win the presidency).
    In the spring of 1999, John McCain was polling at 3% (he went on to win the New Hampshire primary).
    In early 2003, Joe Lieberman was leading the field for the Democratic presidential nomination (he failed to win any primary).
    So Paul is doing well and reaching more and more people. But just as interesting is the recent news that fully 50 percent of all the money donated to Republican candidates in the second quarter by employees of the United States military went to – wait for it – Ron Paul!

    Comment by Patrick Keith — July 19, 2007 @ 11:42 am | Reply

  8. Maybe the article in the economist today and the feature in New York Times magazine will help. Just don’t get fatigued the momentum is still building. It will be a long hard slog but we have more friends all the time. By the end of summer anyone who reads or watches cable news will know who Paul is. Remember the “frontrunners” have had years of public exposure.

    Comment by joshua bruce l — July 19, 2007 @ 12:47 pm | Reply

  9. It’s still VERY early in the campaign season. Everyone wrote Howard Dean off early on in 2003 and within six months he was the front-runner in every sense of the word.

    Ron Paul can get traction, but he has to do it via grassroots. The MSM don’t want to touch him.

    Comment by Mike Elliott — July 20, 2007 @ 8:12 am | Reply

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