Ron Paul all but bowed out honorably a few days ago- not only as a GOP Presidential candidate (announcing he is now focusing his energies on retaining his Congressional seat), but as a third party candidate as well. That shocked and saddened his supporters- many of whom are dedicated Libertarians.
But I say BRAVO! Doctor Paul waged a long and courageous battle – raising more money; generating more media attention; attracting more committed and passionate supporters; and attracting more voters than any political expert or Beltway insider ever imagined possible.
Ron Paul certainly created more energy, enthusiasm and passion than any 72 year old in American political history! And, more than any Libertarian ever.
God bless him.
Heâ€™s quite a hero. But now the onus falls on the Libertarian Party and its Presidential candidate to pick up the ball and cross the goal line. This is no time for a fumble. This is no time for indecision. This is no time to concede defeat. Ron Paul was the starting quarterback. He got the ball past midfield.
Now that heâ€™s out of the game, itâ€™s up to all of us to push the ball over the goal line for a touchdown. We must work together to do so.
Our goal must be success- not just gaining small amounts of progress, but to carry on the Ron Paul Revolution.
Freedom in America.
The birth of freedom here in America is a great example.
Just thinking or talking about freedom is not good enough.
Our Founding Fathers did something.
They took action.
They fought with courage, passion and tenacity.
They settled for nothing less than complete victory.
With that attitude, a rag tag bunch of rebels; under-fed, under-clothed, under-equipped, with no formal military training; beat insurmountable
odds and defeated the most powerful army in the world.
Thatâ€™s my definition of breathtaking success.
Success is all about ideals and principlesâ€¦infused with courage, commitment, tenacity and passionâ€¦super-charged by a winning game plan.
Without goals – ideals and principles go nowhere.
Letâ€™s get this party started!
Ron Paul got this party started.
With your help, I can achieve my goal of bringing the Libertarian Party to the promised land.
Ron Paul proved a message of smaller government, lower spending, lower taxes and more freedom can inspire America.
But we havenâ€™t won yet.
Congressman Paul finished ahead of Rudy Guliani.
He outlasted Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson.
But finishing ahead of them is not enough.
Our goal must be to finish ahead of everyone else.
Victory is the only way to make government smaller and spread freedom. Ron Paul started the battle. He fought with honor. Now we must finish the battle and win the war.
We know what our goal must be.
The only question is how.
Together, we have the answer.
The Libertarian Party is the answer.
We can create a winning game plan that builds on what Ron Paul has started.
But, it will take more than just us, to win.
I have a big idea.
We are the only Political Party, the only Political movement that represents many constituencies that are completely ignored.
The Libertarian Party has never shied away from standing up for what is right. We take controversial positions because we stand with the rights of
all Americans- no matter how they look, worship, believe or what lifestyle they choose.
All we expect of our fellow Americans is they take personal responsibility for their own affairs, and donâ€™t interfere with the affairs or rights of others.
Letâ€™s reach out to these groups, ignored by the failing 2-party system, for whom weâ€™re a perfect fit.
With them on our team, we can at the very least, give the other two parties – every day more and more alike – a good scare, if not actually win!
My plan is to win the support of these groups who support Libertarian ideals, even if they havenâ€™t realized it yet.
We can do this, and still win votes from the rest of America.
The Libertarian Party has a message American agrees with.
We have a message America is craving to hear!
Ron Paul explained it his way.
I will explain it my way, while building on the momentum we are all so grateful he has created!
Sure, I am more of a â€œsound biteâ€� kind of guy.
Iâ€™ve been a television communicator my whole life!
I might not go into the same detail as Congressman Paul when I debate
John McCain and Barak Obama. But, I will use my time on stage with
our opponents, opponents of freedom, to clearly explain how together,
we can fix America!
When I represent you and the Libertarian Party to America, I will speak of the basic issues America cares about.
Most voters agree with us on our key, big-picture positions.
â€¢ Smaller government
â€¢ Reduced spending
â€¢ Lower taxes
â€¢ and more freedom.
Most Americans donâ€™t care as much about the Federal Reserve, the Gold Standard, or the underlining reasons why we fought the Civil War. Most Americans do not believe the war on terror is a fraud.
But I believe the war on terror has been handled incompetently. That can be easily explained. I believe that it is a wrong to fight a war for freedom in Iraq, while we lose our freedoms here at home. Most Americans can understand that.
Americans want us to protect their freedoms at home, while a
strong military protects us against foreign threats.
I agree with Ron Paul that we ought to pay our military more, give
them more respect, better benefits and better working conditions.
I also agree we are entangled in far too many places around the globe, and we should bring troops home that arenâ€™t guarding our embassies, shipping or absolutely necessary to have in foreign countries. I agree we should dramatically reduce foreign aid. Iâ€™m not a fan of welfare or entitlements. But there is tremendous waste in the Pentagon and defense budget too. Itâ€™s time to cut both welfare for the individual and corporate welfare.
Americans also want us to protect their rights here at home.
Their Freedom of Speech.
Their Second Amendment Rights.
But to make these changes, and all the other things Libertarians want to do for America, we need votes. Lots of votes.
Part I of my game plan is to keep it simple, and keep it popular.
I will aim for the average American whoâ€™s too long been ignored.
And, as you and I both know, they have the votes we need to win elections.
Part II of the game plan is to identify those groups most likely to join the Libertarian Revolution at this moment.
First, the foundation must start with loyal Libertarian voters who formed the base of Ron Paulâ€™s support.
This group includes those fighting for lower taxes, smaller government, gun rights, medical marijuana rights, and those fighting for individual rights and more freedoms for all Americans.
We can pick up right where Ron Paul left off!
Together, we can lead this movement for decades to come.
The second crucial group is small businesspeople- small investors, small business owners, sole proprietors and independent contractors who create most of the new jobs and innovation in America.
Does this group sound â€˜smallâ€™ to you?
There are between 23 and 27 million small business owners, right here in these great United States.
These small businesspeople are the perfect voting bloc for the LP.
They are thrifty.
Just like us.
They are fiercely independent.
Just like us!
They have a healthy distrust of government
They support tax reform and simplification.
They want to dismantle the IRS.
These small business owners want to see government run properly.
Just as they run their businesses – with fiscal discipline, personal responsibility, and a balanced budget.
And, who else but Libertarians actually give more than lip service to that?
Balanced budgets and paying your bills.
What a concept.
To small business owners, overpaid government bureaucrats are the symbol of everything wrong with America.
The expansion of government, the bureaucracy of government, and the invasive nature of Big Brother are all examples of whatâ€™s wrong with our economy. Libertarians have the solutions that small businesspeople want to hear.
But most of all, small business owners just want to be left alone. Left alone to run their businesses, care for their customers, make a fair profit, and take care of their families.
This is only one part of the new Libertarian Revolution coalition.
We can also count on the support of Independent Contractors.
They include sales professionals of all kinds:
Real Estate brokers, stockbrokers, mortgage brokers, insurance brokers, investment bankers, financial plannersâ€¦
In short, anyone who gets paid on commission.
Who better to appeal to, but folks who livelihoods are performance-based?
Like small business owners, these people are a major part of our American economic engine.
And truly, no political party caters to their needs.
No other Party understands their unique issues, problems, and mindset.
These people have yet to vote for us.
Overnight, we can change that, when I campaign as the first small businessperson to run for President in modern political history.
America can identify with someone who runs a small business with 35 employees. In fact, Iâ€™ve spent my entire adult life as a business owner,
sole proprietor, and independent contractor.
In a country where the majority of jobs are created by small business, itâ€™s high time that a Libertarian small businessman led America.
Iâ€™m the son of a butcher (he owned a 2-man butcher shop). I am the grandson of immigrants. I come from humble blue-collar roots.
I will pledge to look out for small investors, small business owners, homeowners and independent contractors.
The very people who are the lifeblood of the U.S. economy.
These hard-working Americans create the majority of the jobs, pay most of the bills and pay most of the taxes.
These are the neglected taxpayers. The Silent Majority.
The neglected taxpayers, producers and earners who we must pledge to work with to earn their Libertarian votes!
Let me explainâ€¦
Letâ€™s talk about the just approved $168 Billion stimulus giveaway.
This money is being taken from the very taxpayers Iâ€™m talking about, in severe economic times, and virtually none of those rebate checks will go to anyone in that same group- the group thatâ€™s paying for it. As Rodney Dangerfield would say, â€œWe donâ€™t get no respect.â€�
This group gets no respect from either major party. They aren't poor – Democrats â€˜take careâ€™ of the poor.
(Boy do they take care of them! With friends like that, who needs enemies.)
These people I am appealing to aren't rich like Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Donald Trump or the country club billionaire crowd. The GOP takes care of that group.
The small businesspeople of America donâ€™t have time to join a country club. Theyâ€™re too busy earning a living and paying their mortgage, taxes and their childrenâ€™s education.
I understand because Iâ€™m one of them.
And we want to be left alone! We donâ€™t ask for any handouts, giveaways or entitlements. We just want to keep more of our own money- the money weâ€™ve earned.
There are only a few Donald Trump billionaires. There are only a few thousand multi-millionaire or billionaire country club types. But there are millions of these small business people, independent contractors and small investors. So, big government targets them to pay all the taxes.
Small business owners can't afford to contribute millions of dollars in donations to politicians. They don't have expensive lawyers, accountants or lobbyists.
So, they get stuck paying all the freight for big government programs.
But we small business people, you and me included, create the MAJORITY of new jobs in America. We are the economic engine of the U.S. economy.
I will fight for that group. Wayne Root and the Libertarian Party will be the voice of small business.
We should honor and thank them- not make them a target.
We should simply cut their taxes, and get government the heck out of their way!
Instead of a $168 billion giveaway disguised as a â€˜rebateâ€™, we should simply cut taxes across the board.
Letâ€™s allow the producers and earners and financial risk-takers to keep more of their own money. Wouldnâ€™t that be a refreshing idea?
These two groups form just the start of my plan.
The next group is like family to me. Gamblers and poker enthusiasts.
Iâ€™ve been a national television sports prognosticator and commentator for over 20 years. Iâ€™m honored to be one of only 21 people in the world to get my own star on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars. I talk the language of gamblers and poker enthusiasts. America has over 10 million online gamblers and poker enthusiasts. These people were all stripped of their rights when Congress banned online gaming. This group is angry, disgusted, and motivated. I can harness their energy to support, contribute and elect a Libertarian President. The issue isnâ€™t gambling- itâ€™s Internet freedom. We should all be free to do what we want on our own computer, in our own bedroom, with our own money.
Then thereâ€™s my signature issue of Education. Only a few candidates are willing to even talk about Home-schooling.
Did you know Iâ€™m the first modern Home-school parent to run for President?
My lovely wife Debra and I have 4 young children- including a 6 week old daughter!
We have home-schooled all our children since day one.
There are several million home-school parents in America.
And, there are tens of millions more looking for educational freedom.
I will fight for more parental rights, more freedom, more choice, more competition, and tax breaks including vouchers for parents choosing private, parochial or home-school alternatives to the failing public school system.
This is a very devoted, dedicated, and passionate voting bloc that should vote Libertarian for President!
Finally, we come to the key group of my Presidential game plan.
For the first time in history, millions of angry, disgusted, disillusioned and disaffected Republicans will vote Libertarian!
They donâ€™t want to vote for anti-tax cut, anti- free speech, big government candidates like John McCain or Barak Obama.
Count me in as the Barry Goldwater style Libertarian they will vote for.
2008 is the year for a Libertarian to make waves and shock the D.C. establishment.
How am I doing so far?
Although Iâ€™ve just started, Iâ€™m getting flooded with emails every day saying: â€œFor the first time in my life, I am going to vote Libertarian, because you are running for President.â€�
Iâ€™ve been exactly where they are right now- emotionally spent and feeling disgusted and betrayed by my party, by the politicians I supported, by big government.
Itâ€™s never easy getting a voter to change, but it can happen. I changed. I believe millions of voters will take a chance and change this year.
Letâ€™s welcome America home to the Libertarian Party.
These are voters that donâ€™t ever want to go back to the failed policies, the lies, the bribes, the giveaways, the entitlements, the earmarks, the Bridges to Nowhere. Theyâ€™ve fallen for the talk. The GOP certainly talks the talk. But now they want a partyâ€¦and a candidate that walks the walk.
We might not win in 2008.
But you never know!
They said Ron Paul couldnâ€™t succeed, either, and look how well he did!
As of today Iâ€™m beginning a 16 year campaign to put a Libertarian into the White House. Because a Libertarian should be the leader of the free
World. And America.
And then Ron Paul stood up.
I want to talk to you a little more about Ron Paul
He stood up for all of us.
In the spirit of bloody bare feet in the snow at Valley Forge, Ron Paul, a modern day patriot stood up and woke the world.
We all owe him a debt of gratitude.
His courage and daring vision has set us all on this path.
The people who got him his own blimp and set fundraising and voting records all need a home, and the Libertarian Party is that home.
Together, we can win freedom and liberty and make Ron Paul proud!
Wayne Allyn Root – Libertarian Presidential candidate.
Small businessman. Son of a Butcher. Home-school parent.
Citizen Legislator. Freedom fighter. Patriot.
To find out more about Wayne and his bold stands
on important political issues, please visit: www.WayneROOT.com