Where is Ron’s Army Now
Ron Paul proved to be an influential figure in some GOP Party politics across the nation. He even got some recognition here in Spartanburg after GOP Chairman Rick Beltram shunned him after the May 2007 debates in Columbia, SC.
Since Congressman Ron Paul has dropped out of the race, his supporters in Spartanburg, SC have seemed to disappear and we haven’t heard much about his workings. In most political circles, many just laugh at the mere mention of his name. We won’t name names today.
Congressman Paul proved to be one of the few presidential candidates that knew what was going on in the economy. He was harshly criticized for his stances on the economy and has since become a regular guest on CNN, FOXNews, etc after the meltdown in September. A quick search on YouTube (we know that Ron Paul supporters love YouTube) and you find a variety of interviews on the news outlets. Here are a few.
- 10/23/2008 – FOX Business
- 10/24/2008 – CNN American Morning
- 11/04/2008 – CNN American Morning
- 11/18/2008 – FOX Business
- 01/21/2009 – CNN Glen Beck
- 01/27/2009 – CNN American Morning
So what is Congressman Paul up to? As many of you may know, he has formed the Campaign For Liberty (C4L). This organization’s mission:
to promote and defend the great American principles of individual liberty, constitutional government, sound money, free markets, and a noninterventionist foreign policy, by means of educational and political activity.
As for the C4L in South Carolina. It seems to be sparsely organized. I have found reports where Rep. Nikki Haley spoke to a group in Lexington concerning the Roll Call Voting rules changes that she has been promoting and that Spartanburg County’s very own, Hal Grogan has been named interim coordinator of the state.
We know that several Ron Paul supporters were ousted from the Greenville County Executive Committee for supporting Democratic Senate Challenger Bob Conley, who was running as a Conservative Democrat. He had little support from the state Democratic Party and claims to have been a Ron Paul ally.
All in all, it appears many of the army went different ways, supporting different candidates and getting involved in local parties. Some have said “screw the GOP” and is afraid to touch them with a 10 foot pole.
To be absolutely honest, I am kind of disappointed that they have disappeared. They tended to make the meetings around here, well, interesting and some would even say thought provoking.
My question to the boisterous army is…where are you now?