Friday, August 19, 2011

Ron Paul's Transpartisan Coalition Building Capacity

Now that the media has come under heavy assault for not covering Ron Paul's campaign, it's clear that their strategy is shifting towards justifying their lack of coverage. One of the main arguments against Ron Paul's viability as candidate now runs like this:
"His fidelity to his many deeply held principles allow him to build coalitions with people who share his beliefs but forbid him from making the compromises that are necessary to achieve a majority."
In reality and on the contrary, Ron Paul has had success in coalition building with people that DO NOT share his beliefs (which BTW is making some of Obama's most irrational or staunch (if you like) supporters very nervous), as Ron Paul explains in this weeks interview with ABC13 tv Houston:
"Bringing people together without sacrificing principles, they just have to work in coalitions. Coalition building is what I have strived to do over the many years. The best example was the audit the fed bill. The House passed the audit to the federal reserve bill. It was passed in a democratic house."
Michael Ostrolenk, coalition coordinator and public policy counsel for the Campaign for Liberty working on transparency and open government issues, explains in this video how Ron Paul succeeded in passing this Audit the Fed bill by Transpartisan Coalition building.

Jane Hamsher blogs at  the progressive firedoglake blog about this transpartisan coalition building effort:
"Michael Ostrolenk is one of the people on the right we worked with in order to get Audit the Fed passed. In the video above he recounts how Ron Paul and Alan Grayson in the House, and Jim DeMint and Bernie Sanders in the Senate, were able to work together to successfully fight the lobbying efforts of the Fed, the banks, the White House and party leadership on both sides of the aisle in order to pass a bill that had broad popular support."
On July 9, at the Rutherford Institute summer series, Michael Ostrolek explained the term transpartisan and gave two examples:
  • audit the fed and
  • campaign for a New American Policy on Iran
Michael Ostrolek interviewed in 2010 on Iran by John Whitehead of the Rutherford Institute. John hitehead, who blogs at Lew Rockwells, wrote an interesting article on Bachmann, Perry, Francis Schaeffer and the Christian Right today.

In 2010 Ron Paul worked together with Barney Frank  (D. Mass.) to form the taskforce called "Obama's bipartisan 2010 National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform". Another example of his coalition building capability.

Coalition building is at the core of the ongoing Ron Paul grassroots campaign . However, it's also true that the ability of Ron Paul campaign to expand it's reach inside the Republican party has been hampered at for example CPAC in 2010 by "the obnoxiousness of some Paultard supporters" as Bonnie Kristian explains at Young Americans For Liberty:
"We've converted a lot of liberals and conservatives by reasoning with them, not by yelling "End the Fed" and rudely laughing their ideas off. When the strawpoll results were announced, we cheered and screamed, but a large portion of Republicans were booing. I know plenty of conservatives, and most of them they don't hate Ron Paul. Neither do these CPACers; they were booing us, because of a minority of obnoxious Paultard supporters. " 
Ron Paul's focus on transpartisan coalition building is apparent in most of his recent interviews. For instance he told Mike Church yesterday at about minute 12:00 when asked about his  Co-authorship of the Dod-Frank Marijuana Legalization Legislation:
"unfortunately freedom is chopped up into pieces and we need to put it together again "

Interesting blogpost and video on the Keynesian system, so I will find it back.

Transpartisan politics seems a practical implementation of Mike Huckabee's Vertical politics.

Another attempt to justify the lack of coverage by Mother Jone's Kevin Drum runs like this:P
"Paul has already run before. We don't have to guess about Ron Paul's appeal: we know exactly what it is, where it comes from, and how big it is. What's more, we also know whether it's changed since 2008, and unless I'm missing something, it hasn't. At all. He's basically got the same group of fervent followers he's always had, and nothing more."
Kevin Drum apparently lived on another planet the last couple of years to have missed Ron Paul's success at transpartisan coalition building, the success in the cavalcade and his strong appeal to Huckabee bloggers.

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