Ron Holland: Paul Supporters – Beware the Third Party Trap

Here is an article from Ron Holland that appeared today at Lew Rockwell. It is in reply to a recent article by Justin Raimondo encouraging Ron Paul to run third party.

I believe third party action whether with the Libertarian Party or another 3rd or 4th party is political insanity and would constitute an establishment promoted death trap for millions of Ron Paul supporters and liberty advocates. It’s a trap folks for the Liberty movement advocated and crafted primarily by the enemies of freedom and the same GOP establishment that has already treated Ron Paul and we his supporters so badly.

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18 thoughts on “Ron Holland: Paul Supporters – Beware the Third Party Trap

  1. zapper

    I believe major party action whether with the Republican Party or the other major party is political insanity and would constitute an establishment promoted death trap for millions of Ron Paul supporters and liberty advocates. It’s a trap folks for the Liberty movement advocated and crafted primarily by the enemies of freedom and the same GOP establishment that has already treated Ron Paul and we his supporters so badly.

    It’s time to quit and move on.

    The Republican party is the greatest enemy of freedom in America today, because while Republicans pretend to support Liberty, they abandon the principles of liberty and vote to support expansion of the state, increase taxation, and violation of civil liberties at nearly every opportunity.

    Republicans lie, make promises and break them, steal our donations and our tax dollars and in the end they give us laws, rules, regulations and taxation just as evil as the Democrats.

    Don’t be fooled again.

    Quit the Republican party today.

  2. Steve M

    I read this more as a warning to the Republican Party Establishment and Mitt Romney in particular that they had better nominate for VP some one who can help bring in support from the Tea Party, Ron Paul and conservative Christians.

    Failing to do that means that one or more of these groups will likely sit out the election or vote for someone else.

    Libertarians could also read this as a don’t push too hard on Ron Paul until after the Republican VP candidate is selected.

  3. Alaska Constitution Party

    The Republican Party is finished, just watch out for the death throes!

  4. RedPhillips Post author

    I wrote a long response to this article and submitted it to EtherZone, where I am a columnist. Hopefully someone will post my reply here once it goes up at EtherZone which may not be for a week or so.

  5. Melty

    Writing that the Libertarian Party has been “a complete and utter failure…since its inception” based only on presidential candidate percentages shows how narrow the writer’s perspective is.

  6. Lake

    From: mblibertarian7@earthlink.net
    To: ronpaul-93-announce@meetup.com
    Subject: [ronpaul-93] Lots of Ron Paul events and the campaign goes on
    Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2012 13:22:51 -0400

    We have lots of Ron Paul events happening in San Diego.

    I am a candidate for Congress in the 50th Congressional District and will be at a candidate forum in Ramona, tonight, Wednesday night at 6pm in the Ramona Library “1275 Main Street”

    I will be delivering the Ron Paul message and plugging Ron Paul. Check our calendar of events

    http://www.meetup.com/ronpaul-93 for this coming weekend as well. We have our once a month large county meeting this Saturday at 12 noon at Giovani’s it is at the corner of Ruffin Rd and Clairemont Mesa Rd “9353”.

    go to the website http://www.meetup.com/ronpaul-93 and check out the huge teaparty event on Monday April 16th that we will be plastering with Ron Paul people.

  7. Root's Teeth Are Awesome

    The Republican Party is finished, just watch out for the death throes!

    For decades I’ve been hearing that either the Republican or Democratic parties are dead, depending on who lost the last major election.

    Not true. The major parties stand for nothing, so they can always reinvent themselves, as they’ve been doing for the past 160-210 years.

    Yet third party members keep fantasizing that one of the major parties will collapse and be replaced by their favorite third party. Keep dreaming.

    As for Ron Paul, I think his best bet is to run as an independent. Then he won’t be laden with any third party’s baggage.

  8. Nick

    @10 I believe the time for Ron Paul to run as an independent has passed, as he does not have the time or the resources to get on the ballot in all 50 states.

  9. ATBAFT

    True, Ralph. However, the LP has pretty consistently failed to exploit its “balance of power” potential to force concessions from the GOP. Remember when Rep. Bob Dornan lamented that the LP had cost the GOP five or six seats in Congress (1994?)? The ExecDirector should have been at RNC hq the next day demanding easier ballot access requirements or be prepared for more of the same in next election.

  10. Ad Hoc

    As for Ron Paul, I think his best bet is to run as an independent. Then he won’t be laden with any third party’s baggage.

    Not even remotely close to being practical from the ballot access stand point at this stage.

    Also, Ron Paul would not be saddled with anything if he ran LP; he could almost certainly get any platform concessions he wants to agree to run, even if the LP platform mattered, and it really doesn’t matter much. At that point Ron Paul would define the LP, not the other way around, regardless of whether you think that is a good thing or a bad thing.

  11. Ad Hoc

    However, the LP has pretty consistently failed to exploit its “balance of power” potential to force concessions from the GOP. Remember when Rep. Bob Dornan lamented that the LP had cost the GOP five or six seats in Congress (1994?)? The ExecDirector should have been at RNC hq the next day demanding easier ballot access requirements or be prepared for more of the same in next election.

    The LP’s mission should not be to just exert pressure on the Republicans.

    It should be to provide a consistent alternative which is opposed to the Republicans just as much as to the Democrats.

    No concessions by either side should get us to stop running candidates against them, and we should always make it clear that we are not closer to one of them than the other.

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