As an activist in the Ron Paul movement, I have been concerned about its direction (or lack thereof) for the last several years. I saw considerable problems in the 2012 Ron Paul campaign; there was a underwhelming deficiency of leadership and clear focus which was a driving reason that the campaign was unable to perform well. For example, in the Virginia primary, Ron Paul was in no danger of winning the state, despite the fact that there were only two candidates on the ballot, Ron Paul and Mitt Romney.
Earlier this week, Dennis Fusaro, the National Field Coordinator for the 2008 Ron Paul campaign spoke on this concern on the Robert Wenzel Show. During the 2008 campaign, I served as the Grassroots Coordinator for the state of South Carolina. In the interests of full disclosure, I acquired my position shortly after meeting with Mr. Fusaro in 2007. Here’s what he had to say:
Like Mr. Fusaro, these days when I ponder the future of liberty and the Ron Paul movement sometimes all I can think about is a poster that I saw many years ago:
Late last year, I wrote a piece questioning Campaign for Liberty, a group many see as the heir to the Ron Paul campaigns. As I typed, although the group is quite prolific at asking for money, I have not seen any tangible results from them in quite a while; in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia it has been years.
These thoughts create all sorts of pressing questions. Has the Ron Paul movement become nothing more than a game for money and power? If so, how can we reclaim it?
How can you tell who honestly believes the principles we supposedly hold? Is corruption a natural byproduct in the quest for power?
Who actually promotes liberty these days?