PaulThe first part of Ron Paul’s letter to his supporters reads as though it could be the mission statement of this blog:

“If I may quote Trotsky of all people, this Revolution is permanent. It will not end at the Republican convention. It will not end in November. It will not end until we have won the great battle on which we have embarked. Not because of me, but because of you. Millions of Americans — and friends in many other countries — have dedicated themselves to the principles of liberty: to free enterprise, limited government, sound money, no income tax, and peace. We will not falter so long as there is one restriction on our persons, our property, our civil liberties.”

We feel the same way as we write about the same freedoms in response to current affairs. That much is given. But what of the campaign? Paul goes on to toe the line between commitment to the cause and realism about his chances:

“Let me tell you my thoughts. With Romney gone, the chances of a brokered convention are nearly zero. But that does not affect my determination to fight on, in every caucus and primary remaining, and at the convention for our ideas, with just as many delegates as I can get. But with so many primaries and caucuses now over, we do not now need so big a national campaign staff, and so I am making it leaner and tighter. Of course, I am committed to fighting for our ideas within the Republican party, so there will be no third party run. I do not denigrate third parties — just the opposite, and I have long worked to remove the ballot-access restrictions on them. But I am a Republican, and I will remain a Republican.”

Essentially, the news here seems to be the Paul campaign running out of some steam: he’ll be cutting the size of the campaign and won’t be running as an independent, despite widespread speculation that he might. (Course, that won’t stop some voters writing his name in the space in November.) And his campaign is still growing; just not fast enough. The largest crowd ever showed up to rally for Ron Paul on Friday in Lynchburg, 8500 people. So, he finishes by giving some hope to the multitudes who have come to support his campaign:

“In the presidential race and the congressional race, I need your support, as always. And I have plans to continue fighting for our ideas in politics and education that I will share with you when I can, for I will need you at my side. In the meantime, onward and upward! The neocons, the warmongers, the socialists, the advocates of inflation will be hearing much from you and me.”

Ah. Now that sounds good. Sign me up, Ron.