The US Federal Election Commission has released the Selected Presidential Reports for the 2007 July Quarterly, and there are a few surprises. No surprise, of course, is that people in the armed services and veterans overwhelmingly support the Republican Party. However, after digging through individual candidates’ contributions by employers, we find an elating (or disturbing, if you’re rooting for Rudy McRomney) trend. The breakdown? Here you go.
This table expresses in dollars the total campaign contributions that each candidate has received from individuals who marked “Air Force,” “US Marines,” “USMC,” “Army,” “Navy,” or some other such permutation of letters as their employer that gives the appearance that they are a member of the armed services. The “veteran” column was derived by looking for “retired ______,” “______ retired,” or anything containing the word veteran, with the exception of Veterans’ Affairs (or the like).
What conclusions can be drawn from this surprising, exciting information? One might jump to the conclusion that the troops are tired and demoralized and angry to be fighting in the desert sand, and willing to leap on the only Republican candidate who wants an immediate end to the war. But that’s an insufficient explanation, since veterans favor Ron Paul as well.
Our military forces have a strong tradition of valorization and an implicit belief that they have served to protect the freedom of private citizens in the United States. So profound is this belief that it ranks as the #1 reason that veterans and active duty say they joined (even though education ranks as the #1 reason prior to enlistment).
This culture of pride in service particularly to safeguard American liberties and freedoms — regardless of whether it is true or not — disinclines those in service to contribute to candidates like Romney and Giuliani who want to expand Executive power and increase spying on Americans. This is why Ron Paul and John McCain are the clearest front-runners in terms of contributions. Well, that and the fact that McCain was a Captain in the Navy and Ron Paul was a flight surgeon.
Or … (one final thought) … does it run in the other direction? Does the military favor Paul and McCain because they were military, or do Ron Paul and John McCain have a favorable set of values for military servicemen and women because they themselves have served?
🙂 Look for more analysis of these contribution schedules in the upcoming days!
Ron Paul’s campaign is known for its life and vigor, its simultaneous rebellion and call for a return to tradition, and most especially the intersection of its daring, pioneering, spirited Internet campaign with a sort of humanism and individualism that overflows from its grassroots supporters.
I dare say I have finally found evidence of the power of Ron Paul’s campaign. I am not a person easily moved to tears. But hearing Ron Paul speak and reading the advice of our founding fathers to Don McLean’s “American Pie” in the background just about did me in.
If you have your doubts, watch these videos. If you’re a true believer, watch these videos. If you’ve never heard of Ron Paul, watch these videos. There’s a message here — a very important message — and it cannot be ignored.
According to Technorati, an Internet search designed to measure blog search traffic, Ron Paul became the single most searched term after YouTube starting in June of 2007. As of this Blog, Ron Paul outstrips every other candidate in terms of grassroots organization, with 20,303 members in 464 groups in 418 cities in 10 countries around the world, with a total of 1,144 events held so far. Take a look at how absurd and glorious this looks when mapped:
Critics of Ron Paul often call his web presence illusory, the product of spamming by a few fanatics. This is insane, and simply not the way the Internet works. If it were possible to spam one’s way into the spotlight, can there be any doubt that Hillary Clinton would not already have used such a tactic? Democratic long-shots like Senator Biden would certainly take advantage of the opportunity for some falsified media glorification. No, there’s something very different about Ron Paul’s campaign. It can be seen in the map above, the United States dripping with support for Ron.
In an experiment to gauge how Ron Paul supporters would respond to mocking criticism of their candidate, Extreme Mortman wrote the following:
First, let’s get their attention: Ron Paul Ron Paul Ron Paul Ron Paul Ron Paul. And, for good measure, Ron Pall.
Second, let’s say this: Ron Paul is not a real Republican.
Third, let’s wonder this: Is Ron Paul crazy?
Fourth, let’s make fun of the gold standard: Oh wait, I can’t do that. I used to work for Jack Kemp.
Did the frothing masses go crazy? Some responses were cogent. Others in good humor. Most were graceful and respectful. For example:
Ron Paul is awesome!!! He has consistently fought against executive power, American imperialism, high taxes, habeus corpus abuse, and civil rights abuse. He is an honest man with a pristine record. GO RON!
I had to do my part for lots of comments in response to a Ron Paul post.
I really know almost nothing about Ron Paul. Is he related to Adrian Paul of the TV Highlander series fame? I might vote for him if he could bring that show back. (A smiley face for those that don’t recognize sarcasm.)
Hey, give them a chance to do their own version of a Chuck Norris List.
That’ll show you how big a deal Ron Paul really is.
For example: “Ron Paul is not a tinfoil hat-wearing nutcase. He’s made of tinfoil to begin with”
In a sort of trickle-down ethics, Ron Paul’s grace and honesty when presented with legitimate problems and when asked to take a stand on particularly controversial issues has inspired his
followers fanatics grassroots campaign staff to respond similarly.
A leader leads by example, whether he intends to or not. — Unknown
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