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IS IT 2016 yet? WHAT WILL SANDY DO now that RON PAUL did not win the GOP NOMINATION?

Now that I have survived another DNC, primarily by not watching any of it, I have wondered what to do about the liberty movement.

One of the great things about liberty is that we all have opinions and they all count!  There’s no place for incivility.  Leave that for the Establishment pols.

But Doug Wead offers here several options for who to vote for in the 2012 election.  I like his ideas and respect Wead greatly.

First, I took away from the Leno appearance Tuesday that Ron Paul is open to a run in 2016.  Yes it was joking BUT Ron Paul would not joke about running for President.  He knows too many people are awaiting his very words for advice.  It must be very heady to know millions are ready to follow your advice but the Lord has given Paul a admirable humility (I know I don’t have it!) that prevents him from abusing his followers.  And Wead agrees:

Is Ron Paul too old?  Not for me.  Konrad Adenauer , Germany’s greatest leader of the last two centuries was in power at age 87.  Michelangelo began painting the Sistine Chapel at age 71, he was still at it when he died at age 89.  The Biblical account of Moses has him beginning his long journey, leading the Israelis from slavery, at age 80.  Let Ron Paul lead us out of slavery at age 80.

Here’s a toast to Ron Paul, 2016.  (slightly edited)

I think Ron Paul or a follower of his is exactly why Romney changed the rules.  He knows he is very likely to be primaried (Is it primaried or should it be primaryed?  That is better but ugly so I’ll use primaried.) if he wins.  If Romney does not win, both parties will have primary battles.

However, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should win the Democratic nomination easily over Joe Biden and a couple of pretenders trying to set themselves up for the future such as Gov. Cuomo of NY or perhaps Deval Patrick of Massachusetts (That Botswana Olympic job would look especially good if Patrick becomes President!).

So, this might be a boring primary season in 2016 unless Ron Paul runs against Mitt Romney.  The fear of that might actually give us in the liberty movement clout in a Romney administration.

What liberty should do is what Ron Paul recommended:  Stay in the GOP, work for local liberty candidates, and be ready for the roll to be called in 2016.  I think that is sound.  Get involved in the party.  I am amazed and you will, too, how little effort it takes to get in the party apparatus.  I was a magisterial district chairman at something like 26.  (Just by illustration, Governor Bobby Jindal was at 26 a state cabinet secretary!)  I sat on the party’s central committee, too.  If you aspire to run for office, get involved in the process.  You might be surprised – you might be asked to run for city council or school board.  We need liberty people to stand up in local government.  Find boondoggles and root them out.  Get rid of wasteful spending and bureaucracy.  Watch for Agenda 21 ideas!  Blow the whistle when the local government stands in the gravy train for more federal and state funds.

Think about a liberty-minded district attorney.  You can hammer real criminals but also give folks a break when appropriate.  Think about a liberty-minded sheriff.  Think about a liberty-minded clerk of the court or tax assessor.  That is a useful stepping stone to higher office.

So, let’s all vote our conscience BUT consider this:  There are two choices (unless you are in a solid red or blue state):  Vote Romney or vote Obama.  I cannot afford to see President Obama reelected.  So I must vote for Romney-Ryan, even if I have to bring a clothespin to the polls!  And work for liberty!

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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