The Ron Paul revolution is in full swing as evidenced by the state conventions all across the country. If you’ve missed it in the news Ron Paul will have a “plurality of delegates” in over 10 states and his supporter’s influence at the national convention will be more than significant. While Romney is the likely nominee there are a few interesting rules that could make the convention entertaining at very least (if not a surprising upset). Still the pundits recognize the importance of the Ron Paul movement and their speculation about what Dr. Paul and his movement wants range from suggestions of a prime-time speaking slot at the national convention to Rand Paul as Vice President for Mitt Romney. These ideas seem somewhat insulting given that Dr. Paul and his supporters now leverage a $40m campaign and a very strong grassroots organization.
Let me be clear… We want our country restored… NOW! We want the constitution to stand for something again, we want the government scaled back, we want the deficits reduced, the unconstitutional wars ended, we want the free market economy to expand without the leash of big brother, we want the invasive fascist laws like the NDAA and Patriot act repealed, and we want a Republican party that stands for principles over cronyism and alliances. We WANT Ron Paul and in the end we want a limited government that represents liberty, freedom, and the “American way”.
Unfortunately, we also have to be realistic and understand that short of a very unlikely scenario playing out in Tampa the GOP is going to be stuck with Mitt Romney as the nominee in November. While sobering, that realism allows us to look forward past the primary into the general election and what Republicans hope will be a new administration. However, if Mitt Romney wants to defeat Barak Obama in November he needs the Ron Paul camp and his supporters. Something all the speculators understand clearly.
Some have suggested that Romney offer a Vice President position to Rand or Ron to help bridge the gap and unite the party. Others have toyed around with the idea of solidifying platform planks or changing party rules. While these sound good, I don’t think they are enough to garner the kind of support Mitt Romney needs from the liberty movement. Let me explain… Given to Ron Paul the Vice Presidential position could be viewed as marginalizing Dr. Paul, a token offering that doesn’t really amount to much when it comes to actual policy change in Washington. Given to Rand a VP position would be a good set up for 2020, however that means Romney has to win two terms and the liberty movement loses valuable influence in the U.S. Senate.
What then could Romney offer to bring in the Paul camp and unify the party? What can he do to lead Republicans and not alienate the enthusiastic newcomers that the GOP desperately needs to survive? Romney needs to make a move that will confirm his commitment to conservatism. He needs to reveal an obligation to build policy change that will draw a distinction between not only himself and Barack Obama, but also between himself and the expansive policies of George W. Bush. Romney needs to get the GOP back to our roots of small government while giving a lasting effect to the liberty movement that will strengthen the legacy for Dr. Ron Paul.
Mitt Romney needs to offer Ron Paul the position of Treasury Secretary. This would be seen as a bold move, but is also a very palatable gesture as most Americans agree with more transparency from the Federal Reserve Bank, they generally like Ron Paul’s domestic policies, and they know that economically Paul is a very valuable asset to the United States. Offering Ron Paul the position of Treasury Secretary would certainly gain Romney ground with the Ron Paul supporters and it affirms Romney’s declared conservative values. The decision gains Romney ground with Paul supporters because it would not marginalize Dr. Paul, but rather provide him with strong influence on the policies that he is most passionate. It also affirms Romney’s suggested conservative values, because Dr. Paul is well known for his seriousness in shrinking government and eliminating the debt.
According to the U.S. Department of the Treasury website: “The Secretary of the Treasury is the principal economic advisor to the President and plays a critical role in policy-making by bringing an economic and government financial policy perspective to issues facing the government. The Secretary is responsible for formulating and recommending domestic and international financial, economic, and tax policy, participating in the formulation of broad fiscal policies that have general significance for the economy, and managing the public debt. The Secretary oversees the activities of the Department in carrying out its major law enforcement responsibilities; in serving as the financial agent for the United States Government; and in manufacturing coins and currency.”
Traditionally the Treasury Secretary is involved with decisions of national security and is a member of the U.S. National Security Council. The Treasury Secretary is also the fifth in the United States presidential line of succession. This solution accomplishes many goals and ultimately is a very viable solution to actually unite the GOP and not create further division.
Mitt Romney has the opportunity to lead with the bold move of placing Dr. Paul right in the middle of the economic problems we face as a nation. Romney has a chance to gain the vital support he needs while unifying a stray party fractured from within. By offering Dr. Ron Paul this cabinet position, Romney could possibly defeat Barack Obama in November.