McCain Wins NH; Ron Paul in Fifth Place

CNN has called the New Hampshire Republican primary for John McCain, with Mitt Romney back in second place. Here are some early results from about 12% of the precincts…

McCain - 9,952 (37% )
Romney - 7,673 (29%)
Huckabee - 3,236 (12%)
Giuliani - 2,508 (9%)
Ron Paul - 2,220 (8%)
Thompson - 396 (1%)
Hunter - 156 (1%)
Keyes - 25 (0%)

Other candidates of interest…

Hugh Cort, John Cox, and Vermin Supreme all have 5 votes each.

Dan Gilbert has 3 votes.

51 Responses to “McCain Wins NH; Ron Paul in Fifth Place”

  1. Doug Craig Says:

    Here is the link to cnn
    http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2008/primaries/results/state/#NH

  2. Doug Craig Says:

    Paul Is back tied in third

  3. Doug Craig Says:

    I am sorry forth

  4. Austin Cassidy Says:

    He’s about 400 votes behind Giuliani still.

  5. Eric Dondero Says:

    This is quite surprising. Ron Paul was widely expected to handily beat Giuliani. Paul spent a lot of money there. Giuliani hardly campaigned in the State.

    Now we head into Florida where Giuliani is much stronger than Paul. And then on to Giuliani’s big States like New Jersey, Illinois, New York and California.

    Giuliani probably beats Paul too right here in Texas.

  6. Dave Says:

    How many of those votes are from paper ballots counted in plain view of the public? As far as I’m concerned, voting any other way is fraught w/ needless dangers…like rigging the vote. It just kills me to see Ron Paul supporters all over the place, yet, for some odd reason…they don’t go vote. Hmm…who is counting the ballots, I wonder…

  7. Chris Says:

    Giuliani hardly campaigned in the State.

    Eric, you are a liar. Guiliani spent FAR more money in NH and visited the state more times than Ron Paul.

    When you lie, you should at least not lie about stuff that is public record.

  8. Andy Says:

    If Ron Paul doesn’t win New Hampshire the state ought to be honest and get rid of their “Live Free Or Die” motto because they obviously don’t take it seriously if they vote for anyone other than Ron Paul.

  9. Tim Says:

    shame on NH.. Ron Paul is such a sound candidate for that state.. I fear even there.. too has been penetrated by neocon ways.. america is losing its roots.. our liberties are being stripped from us by our socks, gloves, hats, and before we realize it.. shirts, pants, leaving us in the fascist cold darkness with our boxers and briefs… we are sheep.. bahhhhhh.. bahhhhhhh.. faux news and cnn.. must vote for neocons!!... damn media!!

  10. Austin Cassidy Says:

    CNN and C-Span cut to Ron Paul’s address to his campaign supporters. And it was just kind of weird. Paul giggled a couple of times, rambled about the gold standard and lighting worthless currency on fire, and then attacked the secretive CIA. Are they aware that this doesn’t win them votes beyond that 5-10% core that they’ve already got?

  11. Stephen Gordon Says:

    Apparently tears worked for Hillary, though.

  12. Dissapointed Says:

    Fools And Their Rights Are Soon Parted.

    History will remember how America dealt with the Election of 2008.

    Given much by ancestors and squandered by children enticed by words and promises golden yet empty.

    The failing of America that it’s citizens value symbolism over substance.

    When their wealth and food are gone remember their past. In slavery your children shall weep.

  13. Bill Wood Says:

    President - GOP Primary
    183 of 301 Precincts Reporting - 61%

    Name Party Votes Vote %
    McCain, John GOP 50,276 37%
    Romney, Mitt GOP 42,655 31%
    Huckabee, Mike GOP 15,669 11%
    Giuliani, Rudy GOP 11,758 9%
    Paul, Ron GOP 10,774 8%
    Total Write-ins GOP 2,436 2%
    Thompson, Fred GOP 1,624 1%

  14. Seth Cohn Says:

    Except for Giuliani’s strong finish (his signs are noplace here in NH, he’s got invisible support… more people held ANTI-Rudy prolife signs), pretty much finishing as I predicted this…

    Even if a last minute vote total pumps Ron slightly above Rudy, then the only thing I miscalled (and I hedged on this pretty openly) was Thompson beating Rudy… (because I figured Rudy far lower than he has gotten)

    Paul did crappy, because Paul didn’t focus on NH issues. Running immigration ads in NH is a complete misplay. He should have focused on taxes and healthcare.

  15. Bill Wood Says:

    Presently Rudy leads Paul by 989 votes.

  16. Austin Cassidy Says:

    And Hillary wins….

  17. New Jersey Says:

    Ron Paul versus Giuliani in Jersey is going to be tough. Jersey in itself is a liberal place and sadly Giuliani is both liberal and appeals to the 9/11 crowd. It shouldn’t be a blowout; expect Ron Paul to put up a good fight in the defense of Liberty.

    “Liberty and Prosperity” - The motto of NJ

  18. Rob Kelly Says:

    I’m thinking vote fraud. No way Ron Paul should be doing worse in NH than in Iowa. Something stinks.

  19. Jason C Says:

    How many times are we going to hear “voting fraud” acts of sabatoge, and government hit -jobs when Pauls doesn’t do as good as he is suppose to?

    Many of you are so predictable.

  20. Jason C Says:

    Supporter:”Hey guys I think it’s a government conspiracy, just like the 9-11 job. So see if you can get your parents car and bring your paint-ball gun and meet me in New Hampshire. It’s time we pay them all a little visit”

    Other Supporter: “You got it bro! We are going to show all of them that the Revolution is a live and well. We’ll show everyone that Paul is crediable and still has lots of support. I’ll round up a few more Paulites and meet you there!

    Hours later…not nearly as many showed as was originally thought. So they settled on drawing devil horns on a McCain poster and used a blue ink pen to scribble on the wall of a diner “Down with the 9-11 Neo-Cons. Join the R[evol]uton!

  21. Rob Kelly Says:

    Yeah, there’s no vote fraud in America. It wouldn’t happen here. Ignore the guy behind the curtain.

    Talk about predictable.

    Watch “Hacking Democracy” sometime.

  22. Sean Scallon Says:

    Yes Mr. Rittberg, the Guliani jauggernaut marches on, to oblivion. The neocons are going to dump Rudy for McCain. He’s not going to do anything in Michigan, South Carolina or Nevada, which means 0-for-6 before Florida and unless Floridians live in a hermetically sealed state, I doubt if they’re going to back a loser.

    Which basically means Guliani will have done no better than Paul has done. Considering where to two were at the start of 2007, I’d say that’s a hell of accomplishment keeping that criminal scum out of the White House.

    Tell you what Mr. Rittberg, why don’t you convince Rudy to run for LP nomination? It’s a wide open race…..

  23. liberalperson Says:

    I’m amazed also. are they using those electronic voting machines with no paper ticket reciept?? something fishy?? I thought ROn Paul would win hands down. do our votes really go where we placed them??

    Ron Paul 2008, no other cnadidate cares about your well being!

  24. Michael Kobzina Says:

    Ron Paul was set to get 3rd place. He slipped about 5 points, from 13% to 8% in 2 days… This is the “official polling”. The more progressive polls put him at 16%. So, why the descrepancy? Now that I am becoming more involved in the political process—It is largely who goes to the primaries/caucuses. Most importantly, it is WHO COUNTS THE VOTE. FUDGING numbers is not only a known issue—It is expected. Why do we not have an election system that is infalable? The American people are just now starting to wake up to the terrible state of things. I fear it is too late, though. Our country is bankrupted, and foreign powers now RUN our currency. 13 trillion dollars of debt to China/Saudi Arabia/Israel/England. The American people don’t even know our dollar has dropped 60% in 6 years. I pray more Americans realize we need Ron Paul to fix our once Great Nation. GOD BLESS AMERICA! RonPaul2008.com

  25. Preston Says:

    Ok, Paul supporters. You are really losing my respect here. Starting the conspiracy theory B.S. is really a sign of desperation. You really think that there is a huge conspiracy between the government, Rasmussen, Real Clear Politics, ABC, Gallup, etc. etc. because your candidate didn’t do so well? That is ridiculous. So Paul polled a little better than he did. So did Obama. And I’m not crying conspiracy because Hillary won and I dislike her.
    If Paul had like 30% or something and then got 8% in the primary, that might be some cause for concern. But 5-10% points is not too big of a deal, considering the flaws in landline polling.
    Every conspiracy theorist Paulite I see makes me have less respect for the whole campaign. Be reasonable.
    You think because I’m a Green I should cry conspiracy when my candidates don’t win? No. I realize that my political views are in the minority, and I accept it.

  26. Richard Brodie Says:

    No matter how well Ron Paul does (tonight a virtual TIE!! with Giuliani) it’s always tempting to feel a little let down that he didn’t do even better. It is great to be around other soldiers at a crucial engagement such as this with the enemy, to give and receive moral support by sharing both our disappointments and our determination to proceed on, with resolve, to the next battle, and the next, and the next, in this first campaign of a revolution whose abandonment would mean resignation to the permanent loss of liberty for ourselves and our posterity.

    Shame on all those 92% of New Hampshire voters who this day failed to seize the chance to remove the shackles of tyranny from themselves and their children. They are our poor misled, MSM-herded fellow citizens, who do not realize that we are their only hope of salvation from the dire future they have no idea awaits America. It is up to us, the minority of patriots left in this country, to fight on until victory is won!

  27. Rob Kelly Says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSe24deOpUY

    Nope, ain’t no such thing as vote fraud. Not in America. Why, it’s a dreaded conspiracy theory to even mention the possibility.

    http://blackboxvoting.org/

  28. Rob Kelly Says:

    http://votefraud.org/

    “But 5-10% points is not too big of a deal, considering the flaws in landline polling.”

    Right, because as we all know, people without land lines and independent voters were LESS likely to vote for Ron Paul than likely Republican voters with landlines.

  29. Derek Says:

    I’m really sad at how Paul did. I was expecting him to be fighting with Huckabee for 3rd than fighting with Giuliani for 4th. Does anybody know why? Is it because he didn’t campaign that hard? Maybe if he’d focused more on NH, he would’ve won it. Well, what’s over is over and now he has to focus on SC, MI, NV and FL. I think that in SC and FL, Paul should focus on the more conservative Congressional Districts (since the 2 states allocate some delegates at-large and the rest by Congressional District) and focus there, even if he doesn’t win the state. Remember, it’s about getting delegates. I’m sure that Paul would do fairly well in the FL panhandle and win a few delegates if he campaigns there.

  30. Rob Kelly Says:

    Voter Fraud Against Paul Confirmed in Sutton, N.H.

    Kurt Nimmo
    Truth News
    January 8, 2008

    According to a post this evening on the Ron Paul Forums, vote fraud occurred in Sutton, New Hampshire:

    Sutton with 100% reporting reported 0 votes for paul but poster in Sutton posted:

    My mom, aunt, and dad all voted for RP today in my hometown, My mom and aunt both work passing out ballots, and checking them off. I just looked at the politico map and it says their town has ZERO votes for Ron. Now i know that there isn’t corruption on voting in that little town, so where they reported it must be. What do I do, anyone know???

    Originally Posted by sstjean View Post
    This was posted to ronpaul-801 tonight: “This town numbers are wrong wrong wrong on this map. I am from Sutton originally and my parents and one aunt all voted for Ron Paul today and Sutton says 0. So this is wrong. This is a town that had 20 people counting the ballots and I have no reason to believe that they cheated. Small town and I was born and raised there. The real numbers will come in by morning. The electronic machines in the big towns are the ones we have to worry about.”

    Earlier in the day, Brad Blog reported other suspicious behavior:

    Our Spidey-sense started tingling before going to bed last night and hearing reports, on MSNBC, that there were 17 paper ballots cast in Dixville Notch, NH’s midnight, first-in-the-country voting. The report said that there were only 16 registered voters in the tiny voting precinct, yet 17 votes had been cast — suggesting that somehow, paper ballot “voter fraud” skullduggery was afoot.

    Brad, however, believes the story is easily debunked:

    Given that one of those reports seems to have begun on The DRUDGE REPORT earlier today, we’re not particularly surprised that the MSM kept repeating the easily-debunked stories running all day.

    That, even while there are reasons to be concerned about how the paper ballots used in the New Hampshire Primary will actually be counted by the hackable Diebold optical-scan systems used in the state, as controlled and programmed by an outrageously bad private contractor there.

    Of course, there is plenty of room for hank-panky, as Michael Collins notes:

    81% of New Hampshire ballots are counted in secret by a private corporation named Diebold Election Systems (now known as “Premier”). The elections run on these machines are programmed by one company, LHS Associates, based in Methuen, MA. We know nothing about the people programming these machines, and we know even less about LHS Associates. We know even less about the secret vote counting software used to tabulate 81% of our ballots. People like to say “but we use paper ballots! They can always be counted by hand!”

    But they’re not. They’re counted by Diebold. Only a candidate can request a hand recount, and most never do so. And a rigged election can easily become a rigged recount, as we learned in Ohio 2004, where two election officials were convicted of rigging their recount….

    In short, the stage was set by Diebold and Republican operatives to rig yet another election, as the above first-hand account seems to indicate.

  31. Rob Kelly Says:

    http://ronrox.com/paulstats.php

    The difference was not that huge, but the more accurate hand count had Ron Paul ahead of Giuliani and the machine count did not. A significant difference, not requiring any great amount of manipulation on a large scale.

    The Ron Paul campaign in NH mostly screwed itself, spending only $275 K (about 1% of what they have raised) on ads which were much more lame than many created by grassroots supporters, and being unprepared for Clinton operatives kicking out Ron Paul poll watchers.

    Even so, a tiny bit of manipulation leaves Ron Paul and Giuliani reversed with 8% and 9%.

  32. Seth Cohn Says:

    Unless the people posting here have been to NH, voted on our PAPER ballots, and participated in our count and recount process, I think they should shut up before they stick their feet any deeper into their mouths. (Yes, I’ve done so, so I can throw stones)

    All it will take is Paul calling for a recount, spending some of his money, and this can be dealt with in the open. Complaints should be sent to Paul’s campaign if you really want to contest the results, otherwise - PIPE DOWN!

  33. G.E. Says:

    HTF can Ron Paul get a better share of the vote in welfarist Iowa than in the “free state”?

    Fuck the FSP. It is obviously a failure and NH was the wrong choice, as evidenced by these results.

  34. Em Says:

    For those to judge the Ron Paul Campaign on a few people who mention 9-11 and such conspiracies is not sensible. The majority of the Ron Paul supporters that I have listened to and comments posted by them, conspiracy theorists are not in the majority and often the conspiracy theories are actually shot down by the Ron Paul supporters.

    I can understand why some supporters are now asking whether there is vote fraud as there seemed to be such wide spread support for him especially in NH, it’s hard to believe that that’s it… those are the results. Nevertheless, this does not mean that I agree with them, but I wouldn’t go as far as dragging them into the same group as the 9-11 conspiracy theorists!

  35. PollGuy Says:

    RCP NH Ave on RealClearPolitics.com = Paul 8%, Rudy 9%. Gee wiz folks, the polls were correct after all! For those who thought Paul would do better, I guess you’ve been smokin a little something too much. Take a snort of 02, an aspirin and call me in the am!

  36. Cody Quirk Says:

    Austin, you may want to update the vote totals now.

  37. Cody Quirk Says:

    Fuck the FSP. It is obviously a failure and NH was the wrong choice, as evidenced by these results.

    =I just may have to agree with you.

  38. paul Says:

    “All it will take is Paul calling for a recount, spending some of his money, and this can be dealt with in the open. Complaints should be sent to Paul’s campaign if you really want to contest the results”

    And what would that accomplish? I think there may have been some chicanery, but not on a grand scale.

    IE: RP may have actually beaten Giuliani, but he certainly was not cheated out of a win. There would be some symbolic victory if we could prove Ron Paul did better than Giuliani, but hardly worth spending campaign time and money on.

    What they need to do is ditch the lame ads and let the grassroots created ads win some type of contest, and go all out for independent (and crossover, if allowed) votes in Michigan (next week!) since the Democrats will not seat Michigan delegates. Same thing in Florida (1/29).

    Go all out in those on peace and civil liberties issues which appeal to Democrats and Independents, since the Demo primary will be a useless beauty contest.

    Plop down whatever resources the campaign has now, especially in those two states, and if it has good results it will bring in much more. If not, what is the point of hanging on to so much money?

  39. Rolf Lindgren Says:

    Ron Paul in Good Shape
    http://www.ronpaulforums.com/showthread.php?t=83885

  40. Seth Cohn Says:

    In 2004: Bitching about why Badnarik wasn’t on the ballot: the FSP had only 50 people moved to NH in Oct 2004, yet we were blamed for him not being on the ballot. It was bullshit then - the FSP was in total infancy.

    In 2008: Bitching about why Ron Paul only got 9% of the vote in a Republican Primary, given the highest turnout ever on record, over a half million voters: the FSP has only about 300 movers as of Jan 2008… it’s still bullshit, the FSP is far from mature or widespread.

    By the end of 2008, we expect closer to 1000 movers… certainly doubling our numbers here, at the very least.

  41. paul Says:

    Rolf,

    Ron Paul in Good Shape

    After getting 8% of the vote in New Hampshire, 5th place, and just 3% out of 3rd, Ron Paul remains in very good shape to get the GOP nomination.

    Here’s why:

    TV Advertising

    According to the USA Today today, here are the amounts spent on TV advertising so far;

    Romney $24 million

    McCain $4 million

    Giuliani $3 million

    Huckabee $2 million

    Thompson $2 million

    Ron Paul $2 million

    That is NOT good news. He would have been much better spending much more early (and spending it smarter), getting better results, which would lead to more momentum - which includes new contributions.

    This information is crucial because it means that Ron Paul has the most solid financial foundation, by far, of any republican candidate. In the future, Ron Paul will be able to spend much more money on TV ads than the other candidates.

    By then he will have lost too muchg horse race momentum, so the spending will get a lot less results per dollar.


    The other candidates have bleak money raising futures as well. Most people who give the maximum $2300 have either maxed out, or figured out that the democrats will win in the general election. Plus they are not sure which republican will get the nomination yet.

    Not a problem for some of the multi-millionaire Republicans, especially Romney.

    CANDIDATE PROFILES

    Giuliani

    Strategy was to get 3rd in Iowa and 2nd in NH, then wait for the big states. Didn’t happen. Got 6th and 4th. Made 45 visits to Iowa and spent over $1 million on TV ads in NH on the largest TV network there. Probably almost broke. National poll numbers way down. Polling terrible in South Carolina. Zero grassroots support.

    Hopefully correct, but he has dug in his heels in Florida and could make a comeback there and then have the most recent wave of momentum going into SuperTuesday.

    January 2008 - Republican

    15 - Michigan
    19 - Nevada, South Carolina
    29 - Florida

    February 2008 - Republican
    1 - Maine

    Super Tuesday - February 5th - Republican
    Alabama, Alaska , Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah


    Romney

    Strategy was to win Iowa and NH. Didn’t happen. Wasn’t even close. Spent a boatload on TV and still didn’t win. Must decide how many more millions he will dump into his campaign. National poll numbers way down. Not polling well in SC. Zero grassroots support.

    We’ll see how Michigan impacts this.


    McCain

    Some now think of him as the front-runner. Campaign almost broke. Needs the MSM to prop up campaign. Zero grassroots support. Might get GOP nomination.

    So can most of the rest of these. Michigan looks like a golden opportunity.
    Open primary, delegate rich state, next week, no Democra delegates will be seated.

    Am I missing something here?

    (I checked and Florida has a closed primary so it would not be as good an opportunity; leaving Michigan as a unique situation).


    Huckabee

    In good shape. Polling well in SC. Has modest grassroots and fund-raising ability. Needs to belly up to the power brokers to win. Might get GOP nomination.

    Yeah, that is not good news.


    Thompson

    Got 1% in NH. Campaign broke. Will drop out after SC.

    Maybe. Or he could hang in there while others destroys each other, chill, hang back and profit.


    Ron Paul

    Needs to keep raising money. Needs to start outspending the others on TV ads. Needs to move into consistent double digits in the polls. Needs to get 3rd or 4th in a primary. Needs to start winning states on Super Tuesday.

    Actually, needs to start winning states before Super Tuesday or will not be well positioned going in and open to fence leaners deciding against him in favor of a “lesser evil” vote.

    Needs to adress official campaign structural problems to utilize grassroots support better.

  42. paul Says:

    Seth,

    I’ve been a long time skeptic, but I’m becoming more positive on FSP.

    I live on the road, so it would not really apply to me, but I’m liking the idea more.

  43. paul Says:

    Revelations…
    Body:————————- Bulletin Message————————-
    From: President Ron Paul (supporter)
    Date: Jan 9, 2008 4:39 PM

    From: Taker
    Ron Paul Revolution
    RonPaul2008

    Hand Count Shows 15% For Ron Paul
    By zooamerica | January 9, 2008

    This would have placed Dr. Paul in 3rd place, just as the polls were showing before the primary…

    http://www.dailypaul.com/node/23643

    The computer counted votes are the problem.

    Not a single hand count township showed less than 10%
    Supposedly, Ron Paul got 8% - this does not make sense.

  44. G.E. Says:

    Lack of movers is no excuse. I’m sure the FSP people voted for Paul. The point is, the state was supposed to be more libertarian-leaning to begin with. Obviously, it is LESS SO THAN THE WELFARE CAPITAL OF THE MIDWEST, Iowa.

  45. paul Says:

    Anyone have a theory why every single town where a hand count was done had Ron Paul in double digits?

  46. paul Says:

    http://www.ronpaulvotecount.com

    and

    http://watchthevote2008.com

    pass it on!

  47. paul Says:

    Sent: Thursday, January 03, 2008 9:43 AM
    Subject: [taxcore] FW: [infowarsnews] Paul Campaign Manager Urges Boycott Of Fox News Sponsors

    Paul Campaign Manager Urges Boycott Of Fox News Sponsors

    Snyder slams decision to exclude Congessman from presidential forum as “insult, slap in the face”

    Paul Joseph Watson
    Prison Planet
    Thursday, January 3, 2008

    Ron Paul’s 2008 presidential campaign manager Kent Snyder has slammed Fox News’ decision to bar the Congressman from a live televised January 6 forum as “an insult” and has urged supporters to boycott Fox sponsors if they follow through on their promise to exclude Dr. Paul.

    http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/january2008/010308_urges_boycott.htm

  48. paul Says:

    http://www.countthevotes.org

    Online Count the Votes Petition

  49. Derek Says:

    Paul should focus on the following contests by doing the following:

    - Run ads on the most important issue in the state: Paul ran ads on immigration in NH (which could’ve possibly been the cause he didn’t break into double digits). SC is going to focus on immigration and so is FL.
    - Play with the system: In some states, you can get delegates if you get a certain % of the state vote, win a Congressional District (or in the case of CDs that allocate delegates proportionally, if you come in 1st or 2nd, maybe 3rd but depends on state’s rules) or in the caucus. SC and FL are states that allocate some delegates by CD and if he focuses on a CD or two, he could win there and get delegates (even if he doesn’t finish in the top 3 statewide). MI allocates some delegates statewide by % and others by CD. If Paul can focus on getting at least 10% in MI statewide, he can get delegates.

    Keep on fighting, Paul!

  50. Mick Russom Says:

    Amazing how well Ron does even in a rigged election!

  51. paulie Says:

    Ron Paul himself broaches the possibility of election fraud:
    ———————————————

    January 10, 2008

    Did you see that funny YouTube where Mike Huckabee’s young Iowa spokesman endorsed me, “by mistake”? We know what was in his mind! Indeed, I am amazed at the friendliness of the supporters of other candidates. Many
    Obama voters, for example, in Iowa and New Hampshire are reading our literature, and studying our ideas. It’s just one of the reasons I am so optimistic about what we are doing, and where we are heading. And so were the
    500 or 600 people at our New Hampshire rally after the primary. I talked to everyone there, and they are rightly enthusiastic about our movement.

    This does not mean we will have an easy time of it—just the opposite, of course. After all, we are seeking to reverse more than a century of big government, of the warfare-welfare state, of Federal Reserve’s dollar
    manipulation, of a fat and happy military-industrial complex, of the subversion of our Constitution. So all the media and other “second-hand dealers in ideas,” as F.A. Hayek called them, who have a vested interest in the current order, will do everything possible to smear me. They will do and say anything to try to block our movement. Even vote fraud is not beyond these people.

    And we have been successful. This movement has always operated on two tracks—intellectual and political, and must. The first and most important is the intellectual. Such heroes of freedom as Ludwig von Mises, Hayek, Henry Hazlitt, Murray Rothbard, and so many others like Rose Wilder Lane, John T. Flynn, Isabel Patterson, and Garret Garrett, have helped build the foundations of freedom, prosperity, and peace. We carry on their work, to change hearts and minds.

    The other track is political. Here too, we have touched millions with our ideas, and recruited many, many thousands—not only in Meetup Groups and as voters, but as sympathizers and future voters too. Walter Block
    was kind enough to call this effort the most important in the long history of libertarianism. I don’t know about that, but I do know that even if we place a solid fourth, rather than the higher place we all want and are working so hard
    for, that is huge progress.

    But we can never forget that this is a long struggle. Many great men and women have lived and died in this cause. I have been deeply involved in it all my life. It is a matter of educational work, and elections. We may not accomplish all we want, in one or even two elections. But we will accomplish it. Young people now living will see the free society that you and I dream of, as their everyday reality, an America at peace, prosperous and free, with the federal government chained down y the Constitution, as Jefferson said.

    Does this mean our campaign has done everything right? No! We have made mistakes, and will make them again. Not only because errors are to be found in any human endeavor, but because an effort like this, to repeal a hundred years and more of evil, is brand-new on the face of the earth. But now is the time to stick together like the brothers and sisters we are, to stand side by side in this fight against the media toadies, warmongers, and Wall Street rip-off artists who stand against us, and who always remind me of Tolkein’s Orcs.

    If you have suggestions for me to do better, I want to hear them. But beating back the enemy, teaching so many young people and others about liberty, that is our victory, and it is real and permanent. Won’t you link arms with me? We will have more vote victories too, if we stick together and do not let the enemy divide us.

    As you know, and as our neocon enemies try to cover up, we are in a financial crisis. It may chug along at this pace, slowly into recession, or it might drop off a cliff, like the dollar. In that case, we will have the only coherent solution, and we must get our message out.

    All my life, I’ve been working to make sure that when the Fed had done its work, and the special interests had looted the system to their hearts’ content, and there was a crisis, I would be in a position to speak the truth about why, and what to do about it. In this fight, I need your heart, your mind, your time, and your financial support. I also need you to become a precinct leader https://voters.ronpaul2008.com/grassroots/ . What a fight we are in. What stakes there are. Together, we can build a new America faithful to the values of the framers. Bother the enemy, help the good cause: make your most generous contribution https://www.ronpaul2008.com/donate/, and let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work, together.

    Sincerely,

    Ron

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