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A Message to Ron Paul Supports from a Ron Paul Supporter following New Hampshire

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The blame for our staggering loss in NH cannot be concentrated. It's easy to point the finger at fraud, the campaign, dumb voters, or the mainstream media.

But listen. The self-declared Ron Paul r3VOLution is comprised of those with a common mistrust of the establishment, desire for liberty, and anger at the mainstream media. It is an extraordinarily passionate movement. It has said, over and over, that this is about more than just Ron Paul: it's about itself, which is, a movement.

But in order to elect Ron Paul president, we needed a majority.

The fact is, the majority of the population is not mistrustful like we are, either of the establishment or the media. And more importantly, they are not angry. And even more importantly, they don't WANT to be a part of a "revolution."

We in the movement thought, if we are loud enough, if Ron Paul wins enough Straw Polls, enough internet polls, if we write enough letters to the editor, if we are on enough street corners, if we hand out enough slim jims, if we get a blimp, if there's a Ron Paul plane in the sky, if we protest the Fox News forum loudly enough ... then the voters will come. But what happened was, we just looked like a kooky movement.

For Ron Paul to win, we don't need a majority of the population to join the Ron Paul R3VOLution. That will never happen in the next few months. We just need ordinary people with more mainstream views to vote for Ron Paul on basic policy issues. He's the one making sense, the most informed, the most genuine seeming candidate, because he opposes the war, because he's the strongest pro-life candidate, and so on. It needed to be about Ron Paul.

In New Hampshire, though, the Ron Paul r3VOLution itself eclipsed Ron Paul the candidate.

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We are passionate, we are angry. So the Union Leader posted a video of us on all four corners of Elm Street, shouting "Fox News Sucks!" (I was there.) But we need to accept responsibility that that anger and passion turned people off.

Our extraordinarily loud presence on Elm Street in Manchester that last week, I believe, was extremely harmful to the public perception. I had to reconvince an old mainstream Reagan conservative to vote for Ron Paul on primary day, because he didn't want to be associated with a fringe, "whacko" movement. My own wife stopped going to the Ron Paul websites after she watched a video in which Ron Paul supporters accosted Frank Luntz and told him to f*k off. I myself was appalled to see another video in which Sean Hannity was swarmed by a horde of angry supporters and told him the same.

The Ron Paul revolution eclipsed the campaign. In future primary states, we need to decide: is this about the revolution, or is it about a campaign for president? If you want a majority, we'll need to be much more mainstream than we were.

You need to choose your battles. This is not a war against the media. This is not a war against the prevailing paradigm. Ron Paul is electable without discussing the CFR, 9/11, and legalizing marijuana. If this is a war against people's prevailing ideas, it will take a lot longer than this election season. If it's about electing Ron Paul, we've got to play by the rules. So let's make some adjustments and try to make Ron Paul look legitimate by current, prevailing standards. And get out of the way. Clean up, folks. Put on some ties. Get out of the internet blogs. Start being nice to national pundits. Stop shouting. If you want to win the majority, you need to appeal to the majority. Period. We blew it.

For many of us, this is our first foray into politics. Last week I learned a big lesson about the politics of persuasion.
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I appreciate your time.

Peter Martin


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Mr. Martin, I share your view! The timing of t... by Joseph Le on Sunday, Jan 13, 2008 at 5:52:56 AM
Peace! Prosperity! Well don't we have that alr... by Charles-Philip Bentley on Sunday, Jan 13, 2008 at 6:08:20 AM
Peter,Your thoughts are a good reminder for us to ... by Rick Theile on Sunday, Jan 13, 2008 at 12:00:45 PM
It is more delusional thinking on the part of Paul... by Joel S. Hirschhorn on Sunday, Jan 13, 2008 at 4:15:25 PM
Are the rest of Americans so easily led that they ... by Brad Evans on Sunday, Jan 13, 2008 at 6:02:13 PM
While I can't help but agree that to win the elect... by Nathan Garrett on Sunday, Jan 13, 2008 at 7:31:19 AM
The ironic thing about all this, is that when our ... by fuzzy wzhe on Sunday, Jan 13, 2008 at 7:50:59 AM
Dear Mr. Martin:I agree with you to the extent tha... by James Cooke on Sunday, Jan 13, 2008 at 8:08:42 AM
James, If you haven't already, maybe you ... by Rick Theile on Sunday, Jan 13, 2008 at 12:07:25 PM
Ron has a passonate following.  The rEVOLutio... by RG on Sunday, Jan 13, 2008 at 8:37:55 AM
I am one of those type....been reading his stuff s... by BreakingThruTheCracks on Sunday, Jan 13, 2008 at 9:20:26 AM
I agree with Peter. His words and thoughts are ast... by DGallion on Sunday, Jan 13, 2008 at 10:26:41 AM
I agree with Ron Paul's overall strategic and ... by Thaddeus Kaczor Jr on Sunday, Jan 13, 2008 at 10:37:53 AM
Now I know not to get my hopes up for a good Ron P... by Ingrid on Monday, Jan 14, 2008 at 7:37:51 AM
I share your view also, especially on the idea tha... by N H on Sunday, Jan 13, 2008 at 11:10:43 AM
Murray Rothbard developed the core philosophy of R... by dc2412 on Sunday, Jan 13, 2008 at 12:40:43 PM
I'm not going to say you are wrong about NH.&n... by Jeanette Doney on Sunday, Jan 13, 2008 at 1:16:35 PM
I'm afraid I don't agree with the writer&#... by wraft on Sunday, Jan 13, 2008 at 2:31:22 PM
This article makes sense. I agree with the comme... by slcmcguire on Sunday, Jan 13, 2008 at 2:35:40 PM
I tend to agree with Peter, but we need to motivat... by AK on Sunday, Jan 13, 2008 at 4:17:31 PM
I agree that many are reactionary.  They are ... by Brad Evans on Sunday, Jan 13, 2008 at 6:32:55 PM
Bravo!  Expertly said and totally of my belie... by Steve Grycel on Sunday, Jan 13, 2008 at 10:09:58 PM
It's looking pretty doubtful Ron Paul will win... by Ingrid on Monday, Jan 14, 2008 at 8:14:54 AM
United we stand, divided we fall.I would rather be... by Keith Fisher on Monday, Jan 14, 2008 at 1:54:55 PM