Kevin Tuma asks Ron Paul to rejoin the Libertarian Party

Bieser cartoon: Paul vs. Giuliani

Kevin Tuma writes:

Mr. Paul, you have served the cause of individual liberty superbly, and honorably, in your role as the last living statesman remaining in the United States Congress.

You have recently gone on to score great rhetorical victories—and achieve much fame in the public eye—in the debates, where you have so adroitly told the world The Emperor Has No Clothes.

You have earned the respect of virtually every libertarian in America, as well as every true conservative.

You have served your country well, and, I might add, proudly represented the fine state of Texas. You have taken your oath of office seriously, in an age when other politicians have only chosen to serve the twin gods of Marx and Mammon.

I have one question for you, Mr. Paul, and it’s a very important question:

After your GOP presidential candidacy ends, because the neo-conservative elites—and their cronies in the media—push you out, in one manner or another..will you do one more great thing for the cause of Liberty?

Will you, in turn, announce that you are officially switching your party affiliation to the Libertarian Party? Thereby helping this small, struggling Third Party land its first high-profile presidential candidate, its first sitting US Congressman—-and giving the party a much-needed shot in the arm for future benefits from federal matching funds?

Tuma asks Ron Paul to rejoin the Libertarian Party despite what he views as its shortcomings, including being “too hung up on domestic social issues, like the War on Drugs, and not focused enough on encroachments in more serious areas.” You can read the entire editorial at EtherZone. The cartoon is not a Tuma toon, but Scott Bieser’s. I included it here because it goes so well with Tuma’s reference to the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale.

20 Responses to “Kevin Tuma asks Ron Paul to rejoin the Libertarian Party”

  1. Devious David Says:

    Matching funds!? Is that a joke?

  2. timothy west Says:

    “I hope Rep. Paul will consider my suggestion I made a while back, and spend his last term in office as a Libertarian before he retires. It would be a fitting return to his real self, and with no re-election fight, he could serve as the elder libertarian statesman and assume a place in history as the First Libertarian Congressman.”

    from April 26th 2005 LIberty For Sale post written by yours truly.

  3. Trent Hill Says:

    People have been making that suggestion to Ron Paul since he went back to congress in ‘95.
    People have said the same thing to Walter Jones Jr. since he got into Congress (about the CP)
    And people have said the same thing about Cynthia McKinney (and the Green Party).

    Hell. If all three would do it…it’d be amazing.
    Honestly, I dont think Paul will do it. Open borders and pro-choice.

  4. Andy Says:

    Something that a lot of people here are forgetting – including the guy who wrote this article – is that Ron Paul NEVER LEFT THE LIBERTARIAN PARTY. Ron is STILL a member of the Libertarian Party and he has NEVER renounced his Libertarian Party membership, including times that he has been asked about it recently.

    “Will you, in turn, announce that you are officially switching your party affiliation to the Libertarian Party? Thereby helping this small, struggling Third Party land its first high-profile presidential candidate, its first sitting US Congressman—-and giving the party a much-needed shot in the arm for future benefits from federal matching funds?”

    Matching funds for elections is controvesial among Libertarians. Most Libertarians oppose taking them because they are tax money and political welfare. A few Libertarians say that we should take matching funds because the money is being stolen from us anyway so we might as well get what we can back and use it to fight the system.

    I remember when I joined the Libertarian Party back in 1996 I was impressed with the fact that the Libertarian Presidential candidate that year – Harry Browne – qualified for some federal matching funds but turned them down out of principle (he did the same thing in 2000).

    “Trent Hill Says:

    May 30th, 2007 at 12:07 am
    People have been making that suggestion to Ron Paul since he went back to congress in ‘95.
    People have said the same thing to Walter Jones Jr. since he got into Congress (about the CP)
    And people have said the same thing about Cynthia McKinney (and the Green Party).”

    The three of them would make better Presidents than the typical DemoCRAP or RepubliCON.

    “Hell. If all three would do it…it’d be amazing.
    Honestly, I dont think Paul will do it. Open borders and pro-choice.”

    Once again you act as though everyone in the party believes in those things when there is actually a lot of discension in the LP on those issues, and you also act as though these issues exsist in a vacuum.

    It should be noted that for at least the last 3 Presidential elections, the Libertarian Party has nominated pro-life Presidential candidates – Harry Browne and Michael Badnarik were both against abortion. However, their position was similiar to Ron Paul’s position and that is that abortion is an issue that should be left to the states.

    Ron Paul is still very popular in the Libertarian Party and could easily get the LP Presidential nomination if he wants it.

  5. Trent Hill Says:

    I know that. But I dont think he wants it.

    As for the pro-choice and open borders issue…

    You people accuse the CP of being anti-drug, and anti-gambling.

    The fact is, both parties have large areas of dissention on those issues.

  6. Andy Says:

    “Trent Hill Says:

    May 30th, 2007 at 1:22 am
    I know that. But I dont think he wants it.”

    You are probably right that he doesn’t want it, but that wasn’t my point. My point was that Ron is still a Life Member of the Libertarian Party and that he has never renounced his Libertarian Party membership.

    “As for the pro-choice and open borders issue…

    You people accuse the CP of being anti-drug, and anti-gambling.

    The fact is, both parties have large areas of dissention on those issues.”

    I don’t think that everyone in the Constitution Party (or any other party for that matter) has the exact same views. There is dissention within every party.

    From what I’ve seen from the LP and the CP it seems to me that there is more dissention within the LP on immigration/borders and abortion than I’ve seen or heard about in the CP on drugs and gambling, but I don’t doubt that there are some CP members who are more “liberal” on drugs and gambling than others.

    As has been discussed on here before, Ron Paul has a lot of crossover appeal with the Libertarian Party and the Constitution Party. However, as things stand right now, he probably will not seek the nomination of either of these parties and will drop out of the Presidential race if he doesn’t get the Republican nomination.

  7. Robert Milnes Says:

    The pro choice (progressive) position litmus test has approached a mandate since the Supreme Court has become so stacked in favor of overturning Roe v Wade. Ron Paul’s position to overturn will alienate most of them. Let’s face it , Ron Paul’s candidacy has become so problematic for the LP that the sooner he loses the nomination the better. & welcome him into the lp race like you would welcome a lead life preserver.

  8. Eric Dondero Says:

    Ron Paul should join the LP for the last few months of his Congressional term. That would certainly help the Republican Party find a replacement for his Congressional seat.

  9. Sean Scallon Says:

    The minute Ron Paul joins the LP presidential race he ceases to become “high profile.” That’s the reality we live in gentlemen like it or not. That’s why he’s running for the GOP nomination and is a Republican in Congress.

    The LP is useful more for local election than is its for statewide or national elections. That’s the way it should be used and developed.

    And as for you Eric, since you’re nothing more than poisonous snake, it’s doubtful the GOP in the 14th district would trust you any further than they could throw you, so don’t get your hopes up. By the way, since its Wednesday, you are you camapaigning for today, Root or Guliani?

  10. Andy Says:

    “Sean Scallon Says:

    May 30th, 2007 at 10:16 am
    The minute Ron Paul joins the LP presidential race he ceases to become ‘high profile.’ That’s the reality we live in gentlemen like it or not. That’s why he’s running for the GOP nomination and is a Republican in Congress.”

    Good point, however, I think that Ron as the LP Presidential candidate would be more high profile than any Presidential candidate that the LP has run before, including when Ron was the candidate back in ‘88. I think that with Ron as the LP Presidential candidate the LP could finally smash the million vote barrier, and that he’d stand a legitimate chance of getting a few million votes.

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  12. Ghoststrider Says:

    I think this guy is an idiot. Ron Paul can do much more by staying in the GOP and actually getting some work done.

    However, I agree with what Timothy West said. During his last two years in office, he can safely be a Libertarian and earn the title of the “First Libertarian Congressman.” That would be cool.

  13. Robert Milnes Says:

    Ghoststrider, Am I still “thumbs up”? I personally would prefer to see Ron Paul quit his campaign which is as a conservative republican & declare he is a libertarian & put a large “L” after his name in Congress. Andy, where would he get these millions of votes? Republicans? I don’t think so.

  14. Jackcjackson Says:

    If Ron Paul switched at some point, he would get less attention than as a GOP candidate. However, he would easy receive more attention than any previous LP candidate. A lot more people know about this Ron Paul guy these days and even hardcore leftists are willing to overlook some of his other stances because of his honesty on the war and other things.

  15. Andy Says:

    “Robert Milnes Says:

    May 30th, 2007 at 5:15 pm
    Ghoststrider, Am I still “thumbs up”? I personally would prefer to see Ron Paul quit his campaign which is as a conservative republican & declare he is a libertarian & put a large “L” after his name in Congress. Andy, where would he get these millions of votes? Republicans? I don’t think so.”

    Ron would get those votes from Libertarians and small “l” libertarians, Constitution Party supporters, pissed off Republicans, independents, and even some people from the left who want to vote for an anti-war and pro-civil liberties candidate.

  16. Gene Berkman Says:

    Ron Paul is getting more attention by speaking at the Republican debates than he did during his entire 1988 campaign as a Libertarian (which I actively supported). And a clear subtheme at the debates and in the coverage is that he is a “Libertarian” running in the Republican primaries.

    Soon Giuliani & Romney will be saying Ron is a “Libertarian” who does not belong in the Republican primaries. So Ron is doing a service for the alternative parties by taking a principled position that so clearly marks him as outside the GOP.

    And in fact Ron Paul is a life member of the Libertarian Party. He joined as a life member in 1987 at the California LP convention, where he violated Gresham’s Law by paying his membership dues in Gold.

  17. Gene Berkman Says:

    Libertarians who want to support Ron Paul’s campaign should check out “Libertarians for Ron Paul” @ www.majority.com

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  19. Robert Milnes Says:

    Andy, you have a point about Ron Paul; he has the possibility of getting a significant number of votes. Not as gop nom.; he won’t get that. But as a Libertarian or Lib./Const. fusion candidate. He would pick up some gop, independent & even a few leftist votes. But generally the dem. & leftist vote would be put off by his overturn R.v.W. position. He is now & would be a spoiler for the lib. nominee who can manage a fusion/alliance with the greens. That is my problem with Ron Paul.

  20. johnny Says:

    Get on all ballots and draft him, Its obvious the country is yearning for some alternative and yet these third parties will not do the necessary work to gaurantee a nationwide ballot access. If they cannot do it this time with a 14 percent congressional approval rating and 28 percent Pres approval rating they never will….. Just do it, and do it now.

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