Unlike the record-breaking money bombs on November 5th and the Boston Tea Party, the Martin Luther King Day money bomb is an epic failure. Barely raising $2 million in a 24-hour period, the Paul-endorsed MLK money bomb has failed in its goal in convincing America that Ron Paul’s supporters support Dr. King, and it is an indicator of the lack of funds from his remaining supporters.
Then there are the following factors:
1. Many White supremacists supporting Ron Paul have done all they can to dissuade other normal supporters from contributing on MLK day. These people make outlandish claims that Martin Luther King Jr. was a communist agent, that he was a polygamist, and he was a self-hating black man. Then there are those who make claims that he is simply a pinko liberal who values state controlled integration and was under investigation by the FBI for subversion. Some even tried to have non-MLK day money bombs last week as alternatives to giving money on the 21st of January. Some White supremacist-sponsored money bomb include the Benjamin Franklin money bomb, and the Lee-Jackson Day money bomb of last week. Both of these money bombs and racist rumours may have dissuaded just enough people from contributing.
2. A good number of Ron Paul supporters have simply called it quits. After the epic failure in New Hampshire many volunteers simply threw in the towel and proceeded with their backup plans (Obama). Those who remained were apprehensive over contributing any more funds that are still seemingly unused by the official Paul campaign while others are simply out of funds to contribute after investing much of their time and money into the Tea Party and success in New Hampshire. Unfortunately, many college kids and supporters feel that it is very easy to overrun a straw poll or spamming online polls, yet find it a struggle to simply get out of the house to spend at least 20 minutes waiting in line to physically give Ron Paul a real vote in the election. Sure, winning virtual or mock elections are great for internal headlines, but they are worthless if people don’t bother voting in the real elections that count. It’s like running a school election and getting chummy with all the supporters but always forgetting to teach them how to actually vote when the time counts.
3. Ron Paul’s racist newsletters. While it is true that Ron Paul never wrote those newsletters and he was extremely incompetent in overseeing what gets written in his name, the corporate media has picked up this issue to the point where it has alienated enough supporters. I am sure these newsletters were a sensation to the Ron Paul White Nationalist factions, but they managed to alienate the 95% of the mainstream supporters. There has been speculation that Lew Rockwell was the idiot behind those racists and homophobic writings, but no one is man enough to admit fault so that Ron Paul would be absolved of all these attacks by liberals, conservatives, and corporate whores. It is a shame that the writer of those Ron Paul newsletters is unwilling to come forward to help Ron when he needs it most.
4. Lack of funds. After the debacle in New Hampshire and Michigan many supporters are reluctant to give to the campaign. Instead they decided to spend much of their potential contributions funding local Ron Paul grassroots programmes and even that Ron Paul blimp. Therefore, these supporters are still contributing to the campaign in their own right at the official campaign’s expense. Plus, they feel there is some level of accountability over how that money is spent on local or regional campaigns rather than having uncertainty over what Ron Paul is actually doing with the money bomb funds. Ron Paul has even noted that much of his donors are the poor and college students who often give small donations.
5. All the above.
It’s unfortunate that this hyped money bomb has become an epic failure. I am a Ron Paul supporter but I also live in reality to understand the damage Ron Paul has taken in recent months and from his endless problems with racists, who are becoming a much greater liability to Ron Paul. Take for instance Randy Gray, the Ron Paul Michigan campaign coordinator:
A Michigan leader and member of the Knight’s Party faction of the Ku Klux Klan is involved in Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul’s Michigan campaign according to a recent article published at DailyKos.com. The Klan member–Randy Gray–was listed as campaign coordinator for the city of Midland.
Pictures from Ron Paul’s Michigan website show Gray with Paul:
Gray–who posts on the racist website Stormfront.org–recently described his campaign activities on behalf of Paul:
According the post, Gray has gone door-to-door, organized rallies, and attended meetings. Similarly, the post makes quite clear Gray’s connections to the Ku Klux Klan, with it listing the airtimes for the “This is the Klan” program that he airs on Midland public access television as well as a reference to Michigan-based “Pastor” James Wickstrom. Wickstrom is a Christian Identity (a white supremacist religion) preacher who has advocated the annihilation of the Jewish people.
Back in July, Media Mouse profiled Gray before he spoke at a rally in Kalamazoo organized by the prominent racist radio host Hal Turner. We documented Gray’s longtime involvement with the Klan and his history of racist and homophobic statements. As an example, it is worth noting that Gray has referred to people of color as “savages” and “animals:”
“… [S]o many of these savages, according to our statistics, they’re murdering our people, on a daily basis, and there’s nobody in our legal system that would dare say, “Bring back the rope! Bring back the electric chair!” Instead, they take our tax dollars and they feed these animals at the cost of our race!
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, you have been lied to about diversity and multiculturalism. The immigration crisis that’s being pushed upon us by the race traitors of Washington, D.C. — they don’t care about our people, they’re too concerned about the homosexual rights! They’re too worried about protecting the rights of the Highlander communist school in New Market, Tennessee, that pushes this immigration, this race problem in our nation today — comes right out of the communist school. It was closed down originally in 1960 by the state of Tennessee, but they are in New Market, Tennessee, and we were up there yesterday taking photo pictures.”
Randy Gray also happens to be a Ron Paul supporter who organised the Benjamin Franklin money bomb in response to the official MLK money bomb. Something to take note as this campaign heads into “Super Tuesday”. Feburary 5th, will be the day everyone will figure out, without a doubt, whether Ron Paul 2008 sinks or swims.