What Ron Paul has been thinking and saying: “Liberty 2012”.
What Ron Paul’s supporters have been thinking and saying: “Ron Paul 2012”.
Ron Paul sees his run for president as a vehicle for his gospel of libertarianism and Austrian economics.
Ron Paul’s supporters see his run for president as the means to getting Ron Paul elected to the presidency.
Ron Paul knew he could not win the GOP nomination for president in 1988, 2008, and 2012.
Ron Paul’s supporters believe he can win the 2012 GOP nomination.
Ron Paul has been nudging the GOP toward liberty for 40 years and will continue to do so.
Ron Paul’s supporters have no loyalty to the GOP. They want Paul elected president regardless of party affiliation.
Ron Paul supporters have believed Paul can win the 2012 GOP nomination. Why I do not know. There are a thousand reasons for why Paul could never win, but this fact seems lost on Paul’s supporters. And for one to allow oneself to think that Ron Paul (and liberty) can win the 2012 GOP nomination for president is to allow oneself to engage in the logical fallacy of wishful thinking:
“Wishful thinking is the formation of beliefs and making decisions according to what might be pleasing to imagine instead of by appealing to evidence, rationality or reality. Studies have consistently shown that holding all else equal, subjects will predict positive outcomes to be more likely than negative outcomes (see valence effect).
Christopher Booker described wishful thinking in terms of ‘the fantasy cycle’ … a pattern that recurs in personal lives, in politics, in history – and in storytelling. When we embark on a course of action which is unconsciously driven by wishful thinking, all may seem to go well for a time, in what may be called the “dream stage”. But because this make-believe can never be reconciled with reality, it leads to a ‘frustration stage’ as things start to go wrong, prompting a more determined effort to keep the fantasy in being. As reality presses in, it leads to a ‘nightmare stage’ as everything goes wrong, culminating in an ‘explosion into reality’, when the fantasy finally falls apart” (See: here).
Ron Paul never fantasized about his being president. Ron Paul’s supporters fantasized about his being president.
Ron Paul is quite happy with the opportunity he’s had for the past year to get out the gospel message of liberty and Austrian economics. 2012 has been his most successful year thus far.
Ron Paul’s supporters are quite unhappy that Paul appears to have stopped campaigning – acknowledging that Mitt Romney cannot be beaten and will be the nominee at the upcoming the GOP convention in Tampa.