A Romney Back-up Plan

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economy to expand without the leash of big brother, we want the invasive fascist laws like the NDAA and Patriot act repealed, and we want a Republican party that stands for principles over cronyism and alliances.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.


About Justin Machacek

Justin Machacek is a four-time Emmy award winning television producer, independent faith-based filmmaker, and promotional creative. He serves as the president of Reel Deal Productions, Inc. in Fort Worth, Texas and as the Senior On Air Producer for one of the largest Christian media networks in the world. Justin has worked closely with many of the most prominent Christian ministries and faith-based media organizations in America, is a devout Christian, and active church attendee. As a long time Republican, Justin became very active in politics in the fall of 2011. His experience since then includes: a position on the National Advisory Board of Evangelicals for Ron Paul, being elected as State Delegate for the Texas GOP State Convention, being elected as an Alternate Delegate to the Republican National Convention, membership to the Republican Liberty Caucus, and recently a board position as Secretary for the Texas state chapter of the RLC. Justin is also active in local politics, Republican clubs, and legislative efforts.
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5 Responses to A Romney Back-up Plan

  1. I agree, Treasury Secretary is the right move. And it should be written in ink!
    Also, looking for Judge Nap to the Supreme Court next time there is an opening!

  2. Christopher says:

    Not bad but not sure it is enough. Ron Paul and the liberty movement deserve more if they are going to get behind Romney.

    In my opinion to get the support of the Paul supporters Ron should demand the following…

    Ron Paul is appointed to Department of the Treasury to replace Geithner.
    Colonel Douglas Macgregor is appointed to the Department of Defense
    Judge Napolitano is appointed to the Department of Justice
    Tom Woods Jr. is appointed to the Department of Commerce
    Dennis Kucinich is appointed to the Department of State
    Michael Scheuer is appointed to the Department of Homeland Security
    Lew Rockwell is appointed to the Counsel of Economic Advisers
    Walter Block is appointed to Office of Management & Budget

    And then Jim Grant is appointed head of the Federal Reserve.

    That’s only 1/3 of the cabinet positions that Romney could appoint and to get Ron’s support I think he should at least get that plus the Federal Reserve appointment. Then maybe also have Romney agree to cut at least 3 cabinets such the Dept. of Education, Dept. of Interior, and Dept. Energy and abolish the Transportation Security Agency.

    Yes that is asking a lot but I think it is asking a lot to have Paul and his supporters even consider getting behind Romney.

    I think when you combine this with having people like Senator Demint, Senator Rand Paul, Congressman Justin Amash, Ted Cruz, and many others that will be Constitution Loving and Debt hating Public servants and we can really do some serious reform in this country.

    Go big or Go home 2012!

    • Christopher says:

      As a follow up to my own post…I think if Ron got this from Romney in exchange for his support, we the liberty movement could then “carry” Romney for four years while safeguarding the economy and hopefully blocking new wars and ending old ones. Then between Jim Grant at the Fed and Paul at the Treasury they could implement a three to four year plan to end the Fed while allowing competing currencies to be used and designing a way to get the U.S. dollar back to a gold standard.

      Then who knows maybe Romney could be “carried” again for another 4 years in agreement to keep or appoint new liberty minded people in the same positions while getting a few more and also eliminating a few. Then after those 4 years put Rand up for president to unleash the full force of the Liberty movement.

      • Generally it’s a good plan. If we get enough support at the convention it might even be plausible. If not entirely implementable, maybe we can get several of the appointments mentioned. Remember Romney is a businessman he would most likely counter a broad proposal like this!

      • Christopher says:

        But if we can show Romney that he can’t win without Paul’s supporters we may be able to offer a take it if you want to win it or nothing and lose it business deal. After all its only 1/3 cabinet positions and the Fed Chairman. I guess the convincing would need to be done to show he can’t win without Paul and have him believe it.

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