Paul, who ran for president as a libertarian in 1988, was asked whether he'd run as a third-party candidate next year if he loses the GOP nomination.
Paul said that was unlikely. "I have no intention, no plans of doing it, and that's about 99.9 percent," said Paul, a 72-year-old obstetrician-gynecologist and former Air Force flight surgeon.
(Click to read entire story: Ron Paul on NBC's Meet the Press)
Tim Russert of course assumes that Ron Paul cannot secure the GOP nomination. If that turns out to be the case, it would be totally idiotic for Ron Paul to run on a third party ticket. Look at the facts:
Ron Paul running on a third party ticket would guarantee the general election victory of the Democratic nominee. Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and John Edwards are all hopelessly addicted socialists who will join with a Democratic Congress to exponentially expand the U.S. government, bring the U.S. economy to its knees, and leave a legacy of poverty and misery for future generations.
Ron Paul turning to a third party would trash the tremendous influence libertarians have been making within the Republican Party. Despite rarely (as of yet) winning within the Republican Party, libertarians are listened to by Republicans. Libertarian ideas are seeping through the Republican Party like an x-ray visible dye in the bloodstream. The Republican Party is the one organization which can stop the onslaught of Democratic socialism. Just as socialists slowly over time rose to dominance in the Democratic Party, so libertarians need to be patient and exert every bit of effort they can within the Republican Party. The Republican Party will someday be an expression of the true Republicanism of Thomas Jefferson ... but not if Ron Paul leaves the Republican Party to the likes of Rockefeller, McCain or Huckabee.
See related article: Spirit of '76 Liberty Revolution
The device which prepares freedom lovers for success, A Course in Miracles , indicates freedom of the body is meaningless without achieving freedom of the mind:
Do you want freedom of the body, or of the mind? For both you cannot have. Which do you value? Which is your goal? For one you see as means; the other, end. And one must serve the other, and lead to its predominance, increasing its importance by diminishing its own. Means serve the end, and as the end is reached, the value of the means decreases, and is eclipsed entirely when they are recognized as functionless. No one but yearns for freedom, and tries to find it. But he will seek for it where he believes it is, and can be found. He will believe it possible of mind or body, and he will make the other serve his choice, as means to find it.
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