Ron Paul Halts Presidential Race, But Not His Quest for Liberty

Hard-core Ron Paulers probably won’t like the criticism in the later part of this article, and it’s hard to disagree with the economics of his campaign presented here, but the tone of the article starts out surprising warm from someone in the mainstream media. As Andrew Rosenthal writes in the New York Times:

Ron Paul announced today that he will no longer spend campaign money to compete in states that have not yet voted, which is probably wise. Mr. Paul has spent around $34 million so far to accumulate 104 delegates. That’s $326,923 and change per delegate.

So, I thought, he’s dropping out. Or at least “suspending” his bid, a semantic difference that allows politicians to go on raising money while not actually doing any campaign work. But no, Mr. Paul said in an email to supporters that he will continue accumulating delegates to the Republican National Convention in August. “Moving forward, however, we will no longer spend resources campaigning in primaries in states that have not yet voted,” he said. “Doing so with any hope of success would take many tens of millions of dollars we simply do not have.”

Actually, Mr. Paul has been spending millions without any hope of success for quite some time, and that’s never stopped him before. As he pointed out in his email, this campaign has “been part of a quest I began 40 years ago.” It’s a quest “for Liberty,” apparently.

Shine on, Dr. Paul. Read more: New York Times

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  • Dingdingchomp

    Media doesn’t want him in office for some reason and because of that he will never be president. He should just quit. Sad because I really like Ron Paul.

    • sm

      You just have to look at who owns the media.  Ron Paul means bad business to those corporations.

      • N. Drake

        Ron Paul is an insanely pro corporate candidate.

        • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/RWWAEM343UIK2IBZB3OXQZTQXM SPET67

          Right, that’s why he got so much money from them.  Oh wait, he didn’t.  

          • Mr Willow

            Corporations don’t need to bribe candidates that will do what they want regardless. 

  • TheDanishDude

    The last hope for USA, just vanished.

    • NothingToSee_Hear

      I don’t know if he is the “last” but he has absolutely been the most prominent up until this point, despite the media going out of their way to not talk about him and/or his campaign :-(

      • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

        He was a vessel allowing for certain kinds of ideas to come to surface in the populace; he did what he could, and it was a worthwhile endeavor for that alone.

        • NothingToSee_Hear

          Thank you for the respectful comment…much appreciated! I agree with the sentiment which you expressed and hope that his ideas will continue to thrive and generate thought-provoking conversations. And who knows, but perhaps one day that talk will actually lead to action…  

    • N. Drake

      You’re an imbecile if you actually think that Paul was a hope for America.

  • emc_0

    He is still seeking the nomination. He just isn’t spending any more money in primary states. He is still winning states by collecting the majority of delegates in state conventions, check it out.

  • ChefTom

    He should run independent…..both Repb.. and Dems. are waning in reputation as reputable political parties…and if America is trully democratic in nature and has the ability to think for itself then Paul should be a shoe-in for Prez….sorry!! silly pipe dream of mine…!!

  • N. Drake

    God I hoped we were done with all this Paultard “libertarian” bullshit. But it keeps shuffling along like a zombie, much like Paul himself.

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/RWWAEM343UIK2IBZB3OXQZTQXM SPET67

      Go enjoy your free stuff.  

  • StillAtMyMoms

    Oh Ronnie, did you really think you could secure the GOP nomination on your libertarian platform?  Either you’re senile or dumb as fuck.  BTW, I know your biggest donator was a Bilderberger.  Now continue to let Alex Jones suck your flaccid cock.  This comment is (supposedly) protected by the First Amendment too, Mr. Liberty.

  • Okarin

    it’s sad that he’s exiting the race but good on character, the only politicians elected are usually the ones who will screw the people when need be

  • http://twitter.com/jasonpaulhayes jasonpaulhayes

    Dr. Paul seems like a warm and fuzzy guy to have as a Grandfather or Dr. but not as a President. He’s a conservative with socially liberal ideas, that just makes him and old school republican not a libertarian.

    Ron Paul said “I don’t believe evolution is anything more than a theory” when he damn well knows the common speech term theory isn’t the same as scientific theory which Neil DeGrasse Tyson said “we could just at easily call them facts but we don’t”. Calling for states rights, an audit of the Federal Reserve and the legalization of drugs doesn’t make you worthy to hold the highest office in the land and a defender of liberty, it means you have a few liberal ideas.

    • mindflux

      shrug. evidence of evolution on a grand scale does not exist, nor will it ever, nor will it ever be actually proven. the sheer diversity of species in the animal kingdom defuncts the theory.  we can observe the adaptive tendencies in species to environments and write that off as evolution, that is all. people don’t vote for Ron Paul because people are stupid. he would be assassinated by the CIA if he were elected, anyways.

    • mindflux

      what constitutes scientific theory, anyways? it is nothing more than pure fantasy vomited forth from our minds and assimilated into a hive that merely fancies it to be true and not in fact a fabrication of mind as is all perception.

  • Darklord Messiah

    He is still running for the presidential nomination. This title is misleading. Also to all the Anti-paul posters let it be know, that he is the only canidate running thats not being paid off by the people bankrupting are country. If you love America and freedom vote for ron paul. If you love being told what, and to do when to do it vote for another guy.

    • Jin The Ninja

       ”If you love America and freedom”

      ‘never the twain shall meet.’

  • Redacted

    I’m in an odd spot. I respect Ron Paul. I respect how he sticks to his values, even if I may disagree with them. He sticks to his guns, and that is a rare thing.

    But his followers are the most malodorous human debris to ever curse us with their existence. I can think of no more stupid, misinformed, retarded, basement dwelling band of rejects. They need a bath, mouthwash and a job application.

    • Anonymous

      damn so who would such an informed and hygenic badass like you vote for? im genuinely interested..

      • Jin The Ninja

        you’re not asking the right question.

      • Redacted

        I have roused a basement dweller. He appears angry about the truth.

        • Jin The Ninja

          they are slow to rouse, quick to anger, and quite difficult to rebuke once their sights are set upon a target. but i have faith in you:P

    • Goldstein

      I’ve never posted anything about Ron Paul. I’ve never told anyone to vote for him. He’s not going to win, and I don’t feel emotionally invested in that fact. The thought has occured to me that he was allowed to run in order to distract and divide the americans who are aware of the elite agenda. I think that he’s sincere in calling out the NWO on their bullshit, but they would never let him win unless it was in their interest.

      But when people post things like this:

      “But his followers are the most malodorous human debris to ever curse us with their existence. I can think of no more stupid, misinformed, retarded, basement dwelling band of rejects. They need a bath, mouthwash and a job application.”

      That’s it right there. That’s how the elite’s keep their whole game going. They’ve got you and millions of others programmed just they way the want.

      Ron Paul supporters:

      “Stupid”: That’s kind of a slippery word, but the fact is most people are pretty dumb after about twelve years in our fucked up societies.

      “Misinformed”: Quite possibly, but again so are most people.

      “Retarded”: No, they are not mentally challenged. Now were getting to the core of things. Most retarded people are pretty fucking nice. Their mental disability tends to prevent them from became ego maniacs who try to satiate their egos by making other people feel fear, shame, anger etc. The fact that a term which describes some of the most innocent and vulnerable people in our society has become a term of denigration speaks volumes on our level of disconnection from ourselves and eachother.

      “basement dwelling band of rejects”: I doubt that the percentage of Ron Paul supporters who live with their mothers is signifigantly higher than the population at large. This is going to be hard for a lot of people to understand, but this kind of term really gets to how truly fucked up so many of us are. The percentage of adults over say the age of 25 years old who live with their parents is surely very small. Anyone well into adulthood who lives with their parents either has some sort of mental problem, or is relatively normal but has had their spirit broken by our societies. Although, this insult is usaully made just to be insulting, it represents something signifigant. It says, “You’re the lowest form of shit. I’m better than you.” A person who is emotionaly healthy doesn’t resort to such juvenile insults.

      “They need a bath, mouthwash and a job application”: This is just stupid.

      This might not make sense to a lot of people, but I ask you to open your mind and take a long look yourself and the society in which you live. Most of our countries are contolled by egomaniacal, cruel, barbaric psychopaths. The elite may surround themselves with beauty and luxury, but the fact is that they are seriously out of touch with reality – and so are we. We’ve been programmed to be like them but worse. We have become arrogant, self-obsessed fools with little empathy for other human beings outside of our immediate social circle. We seek to show how clever we are, how cynical, rich, cool, nerdy. How much more individual and super special we are in relation to all the retards and fags and losers failing. 

      I’ve been on the internet since 1992. There were good things about it back then and bad things. On the whole, it’s much better than it was from the perspective of the amount of information that’s available, once you sift through the bullshit. But the level of bullshit is astounding. Just fucking astounding. They don’t need SOPA, they’ve got YOU, loyal citizen. You are anonymous, and you are legion.

      People are dying and being exploited. The abiltiy to extend human life indefinitely is in the not too distant future.The elite are making a grab for space, and with the increasing power of information technology and nanotechnolgy, our usefullness is coming to an end. That’s a bit dire sounding, but unfortunately, a whole shitload of us dying within the next fifty years makes a lot of sense. So what are we doing? We’re tearing each other to pieces. The only way we’re getting out of this mess is by working TOGETHER, rather than trying to be the coolest, snarkiest hipster cow in the slaughterhouse pen.

      • http://www.soundcloud.com/myconica Threedinium

        You just spoke truth. I wish this was a more common wisdom.

      • madlib

        “working together rather than trying to be the coolest, snarkiest hipster cow in the slaughterhouse pen”… this is because hipsters are cowards. they’re so quick to form judgments against those who take action and so slow to become leaders themselves. maybe this is because deep down they know they have have no truly original thoughts or useful ideas? I respect bravery and people who possess true leadership qualities, i.e. people who are willing to take a risk and stand up for what they believe in, even if it is unpopular today. Bravery ought to be rewarded, but we live in a depraved moral and cultural vacuum where true original thought is spat upon and laughed at by a parasitic demographic that merely complains without attempting to construct real solutions. And I think the pervasiveness of this impotent hipster “counterculture” is precisely why we need a real economic crisis in order to forcefully jolt them out of their complacency and snatch the trendy consumer pacifiers out of their mouths. It’s time to grow up. Staid, serious, intellectual and hard-working (“old-fashioned”) will become the new trendy. This is why someone humble and old-fashioned like a Ron Paul appeals to the avant garde of political and social thought. Laugh now, you will find out for yourself soon enough. 

    • tomasiepants

      Okay, I like Ron Paul.  So my response is biased.  However, the reason why the GOP is cheating.  The reason why sooo many Ron Paul supporters are snatching up delegates… is because they are informed.  They’re the guys showing up to vote.  They’re involved.  Also, Ron Paul raises tons of money from those basement dwelling rejects.  So I’m thinking they probably have jobs.  Every political supporter has their band of weirdos. 

    • Tomasmagic

      Misinformed?  Um, most of the Ron Paul people I meet are VERY aware of current events/economics/ and are pretty well versed in his message/logic.  

      • Jin The Ninja

        watching cnn does not result in an awareness of current events, nor does ron paul deal much in logic. a belief in a mystical market is best left as fiction.

  • Warrenite1000

    The haters never cease to amaze me…. Have YOU, oh enlightened internet pundit, got a better candidate?  The answer is a resounding, mother-fucking, NO.  

    $34 million in small donations? ….I would be surprised if this country could ever rally behind such a man again given the apparent state of its intelligentsia.

    • Jin The Ninja

      admitting there is not a single candidate whom is ‘better’ is not exactly a ringing endorsement of one’s character or policies.

      • Warrenite1000

         yes but it is a damning punch-line for haters and complainers who make a habit of destroying and not creating, debunking and not endorsing.

        There may be some ideas that are very radical of Ron Paul’s, but in terms of honesty and accountability he is LIGHT YEARS ahead of anyone else as prominent as he. 

        The simple fact that he is a so scorned in the MSM is endorsement enough for me.  I don’t see how anyone who visits this website would not support a man who will essentially CREATE A POWER VACUUM IN THE PRESIDENCY, to be filled by more accountable state and local governments.

         He can’t be sold. He is a dream come true for the founding fathers.

        • Jin The Ninja

          “haters and complainers who make a habit of destroying and not creating, debunking and not endorsing.”

          -it seems like you have developed a not dissimilar method for dealing with criticism of RP.

          ” There may be some ideas that are very radical of Ron Paul’s,”

          -we obviously have a very different understanding of the word ‘radical.’

          “He is a dream come true for the founding fathers.”

          -I’m sorry, i choose to reject founding patriarchy as the basis for my political affiliations.

  • sam23sirius

    Ron Paul is a corporate plot to sell more orthopedic shoes and sock suspenders.

  • tomasiepants

    So funny.  That author just ranted about Ron Paul but really didn’t give any reasons as to why he’s wrong.  I admit, Ron Paul’s logic sounds bizarre at times…. but if you take the time to listen.  If you take the time to do your own research.  If you understand the history… it makes sense.  Especially about the Federal Reserve, foreign policy, the war on drugs, taxes, and the elimination of several Federal departments ( Department of Education ).  Ron Paul started the Tea Party, predicted 911, predicted the housing crash, and is currently inspiring millions of Americans to think outside the box and challenge big government.  He’s winning.