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Political Commentary: Can Ron Paul's movement continue despite his son Rand Paul's endorsement of Mitt Romney?

Updated on October 9, 2012

L-Rand Paul, R-Ron Paul.


Many supporters of former Republican presidential candidate, Ron Paul, were hit with a bombshell back in July of this year. Congressman Paul's son, Rand Paul -- who is a junior senator from Kentucky, announced his support for then presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Now someone who maybe doesn't pay much attention to political issues often may ask themselves; "Why is this such a surprise?" Both Mitt Romney and Ron Paul are Republicans right, so it should make sense for them to be united right? WRONG! Despite being a Republican, Ron Paul has never been entirely embraced by today's Republican Party. Paul's views of limited government -- along with being anti-war, has never sat well within the crust of the Republican Party. Paul's views and policies are considered more Libertarian, which has made him an outsider in mainstream politics.

Congressman Ron Paul.


Already being an non-establishment candidate, the chances of Ron Paul winning the Republican nomination were already slim to none. However, despite receiving limited media coverage during the Republican Primary battle, Paul did surprisingly well with the limited resources he had. With his strong and loyal supporters, he managed to win several states during the primary season -- and even picked up more delegates than most pundits and analyst expected him to. Between the states Paul won -- along with the delegates he gained, he done well enough traditionally to at least earn a speaking role at the Republican National Convention that took place in late August. However, the Republican establishment had different plans, and changed their party rules -- which left Ron Paul out of the convention, and alienated many of his supporters. This resulted in protests from Paul delegates on the convention floor in regards to delegates being disqualified from counting.

Senator Rand Paul.


Regardless as to how you view this debacle with Ron Paul and the Republican establishment, it's obvious that Paul's Libertarian views are not entirely welcomed by the majority of Republicans. Paul, who is 77 years old announced in 2011 that he wouldn't seek another term in Congress in order to focus on his presidential bid. It appeared to many that Paul's son, Rand Paul, would be the one to continue his father's message once he retired. Rand Paul was elected to the senate in 2010 to represent the state of Kentucky. Since joining the senate, Rand Paul has often had conflicts with both Democrats and Republcians because of his Independent views; similar to those of his father. This is why Rand Paul's endorsement of Mitt Romney came as a surprise to many of the Ron Paul supporters.

Up to this point, the elder Paul has yet to endorse Mitt Romney. Judging from what he has said in various interviews, it doesn't appear likely that he will take the step of endorsing Romney. On the other hand, Sen. Rand Paul has been on the campaign trail campaigning for Romney. With so many Ron Paul supporters hoping that his son would pick up his father's mantle, the question as to whether or not Ron Paul's movement will continue remains in doubt. Rand Paul is his own individual, so people can't expect him to share all of his fathers views. Above that, Paul has only been in the Senate for a short time -- which means that he is probably thinking about his political future. Creating and having a good standing within the Republican establishment, would be more helpful to Rand Paul and his future political aspirations. However, it hurts his credibility among his fathers supporters. Maybe Rand Paul thinks the trade off is worth it.

No one can predict for sure what will happen to Ron Paul's movement as his time in Congress is drawing to a close. I'm a firm believer that a true movement goes beyond just one person. However, Paul's movement is still a movement that isn't embraced by the majority of mainstream America. Hopefully for Paul and his supporters, his movement will continue to go on. There may just have to be someone besides his son to pick up and carry the torch.



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      Bradrick H. 5 years ago from Texas

      Hey there Theeyeballkid. How is it going? Thanks a lot for your feedback. So your from the UK? I've noticed and found it interesting that Ron Paul has people from other countries following him. I personally view this as a good thing. Like you, I've felt like the majority of the stances and positions that Ron Paul have taken make perfect sense. I've been following him since 2008, and I honestly would have voted for him if he received the Republican nomination. However, we all knew that wasn't going to happen. The United States is not ready for a candidate like Ron Paul.

      I agree with you regarding Rand Paul. I think he is looking out for his own political interests, and I'm sure he wants to have a future in the Republican Party. I believe that Gary Johnson is a good man like you mentioned, but he is still a relative unknown to most of the mainstream media. With so many people getting sick and tired of the two party system here in America, the Libertarian movement could definitely pick up some steam. Thanks again for your valued feedback.

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      Theeyeballkid 5 years ago

      Very interesting hub prospectboy. I've been following the Ron Paul movement from here in the UK. The first time I heard Ron Paul interviewed it was like a light bulb went off, despite not living in the US everything he said made perfect sense to me and it was like he is the only one who has the decency and intellect to speak honestly about the massive problems that the US (and the world) face. Every other politician sound so phoney and dishonest after hearing Ron Paul.

      It would be nice to think Rand Paul can pick up from where Ron left but he seems to lack the conviction of his old man and Im not sure whether he could be trusted 100%. Gary Johnson seems like a good man but he doesn't speak with as much conviction as Ron Paul (particularly on economic issues). That being said if the Libertarian party could get 5% they would be well placed for the next election.

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      Bradrick H. 5 years ago from Texas

      Hey there NateB11. Thanks for stopping by. I agree with you 100 percent in your words regarding Ron Paul. He seems to be one of the few who isn't controlled by corporate interests etc. I think Rand Raul is different, and his trying to maintain good standing within the Republican party. Like you, I'm curious to see where his movement will go now. Thanks again for your feedback. It's greatly appreciated.

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      Nathan Bernardo 5 years ago from California, United States of America

      Very interesting: I've felt Ron Paul to be one of the few truly unique politicians and admire his consistent stance against war and against infringements on our civil liberties. Rand Paul, on the other hand, seems a bit different. I'm not a follower of Ron Paul, but appreciate him consistently voting and speaking out against the mainstream of politics and taking the honest but difficult position against war and for civil liberties, against all odds. Now that he's retiring, it will be interesting to see where his movement goes.