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Ron Paul Is Dropped Down the Memory Hole by the Media -- Too Late

Gary North
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Jan. 11, 2008

In my previous post, I discussed the media's strategy, initiated by Fox News. I said it was representative of the next stage: the memory hole. The blackout would begin.

I have watched ABC News since then. There has been not a sign of Ron Paul -- not even a reference to his last-place finish in New Hampshire. Had he gained just a few more registered votes, he would have beated Giuliani. That would have forced the media to mention him.

Here is an anti-war libertarian getting 8% of the Republican votes, yet not one word from the mainstream media.

Was there vote fraud? That's what it looks like.

Shades of the evidence of vote fraud in his bid for re-election in 1976, where 135 votes out of 180,000 the other way would have won.

The media are too late. The toothpaste is out of the tube. There is too much money in his campaign kitty. The digital data bases are too large. A new political force has been unleashed.

We will see if his campaign can shift gears from national politics to local after the Republican National Convention. If it does, the political world could be be different in a decade -- if his supporters are committed to an invisible campaign of precinct politics. For this, the correct flight plan is "under the radar."

My views on his campaign have not changed. Here is what I wrote before. This is not about the Presidency in 2008. It is about laying the foundations of a new grass roots political movement.

Except for Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan, no one since the formation of the Council on Foreign Relations in 1921 has gotten the nomination for President by the two major parties who was not screened first by the CFR. Goldwater came out of nowhere. Goldwater's mailing list became the basis of Richard Viguerie's creation on the New Right after 1965. Nobody else wanted the list in 1965. Nobody else saw what it could mean. That data base led to Reagan's nomination, which could not be stopped by the Establishment. He took George H. W. Bush as his running mate, contrary to what he had promised his supporters publicly, and the media stayed neutral in 1980.

The media would not stay neutral with respect to Ron Paul if he gets the nomination.

The media would prefer the blackout, if possible. If he stays in last place, primary by primary, this tactic will be widely adopted. But, as with Matt Drudge's revelation of Newsweek's spiking of the Lewinsky story in 1998, it's too late. Word got out. Money came in. Lots of money.

It is now up to Dr. Paul to move from his data base to grass roots training.

If his supporters are in this for the long haul, laboring in the shadows for no applause, they can begin to re-shape local politics. This is what decentralization is all about. Supporters can sign up for precinct work now.

Once signed up, you should stay for the next ten years. Or 15. This is not about money. It's about commitment. It's about putting your hand to the plow and not looking back.

The media will not report any of this. The media will not even notice. The 2008 Ron Paul campaign will be ancient history. "Ron who?" This is good. Silence from now on is golden.

I think of B'rer Rabbit's plea to B'rer Fox. "Please don't throw me in that briar patch."

"Please don't throw Dr. Paul down the memory hole."

B'rer Fox did it.

Stupid B'rer Fox.

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