State of the Ron Paulers on Maui

by lphawaii

What’s going on with all the Ron Paulers?  I hear they are discouraged.  I hear they are upset.  Where have they gone, and why aren’t they joining the Libertarian Party?
My name is Joe Kent, and I was the Ron Paul National Delegate for Maui County in 2012, so if there’s anyone who should be discouraged, it’s me.  The stunts they tried to pull!  The trickery, and defeat.   It’s enough to make anyone want to get out of politics for a while.  Indeed, when I got back to Maui, I wanted nothing to do with politics, the Republican Party, and especially television.
I still don’t want anything to do with that stuff.   But lately, I’ve been getting pretty fired up about the Libertarian Party.  Why?  Maybe it’s an inner calling.  Perhaps it’s sites like the Mises Institute.  Perhaps it’s because I see an opportunity to make a big difference.  The Libertarian Party carries the same freedom philosophy that Ron Paul advocated for all these years.  So I’ve quit the Republican Party, and joined the Libertarians, and I want to tell you – I sleep so much better at night!  It’s so nice to be a part of an organization that holds the same values that I do.
So I got out the old lists and I started calling people.  I wanted to see what the attitude of the Ron Paulers were on Maui, and how many of them would want to meet up together with the Libertarian Party.   I called all those people who helped us sign wave, and do phone banking, and knock on doors, and so on.  All the people who helped Ron Paul tie in Maui County.   I called lots of people, and I discovered a secret about the Ron Paulers —they aren’t as discouraged as you think.
Don’t get me wrong, many people are discouraged.  One person said, “I’ve changed my mind about Ron Paul.  I just don’t have time for any of it anymore,” then they hung up on me.
Another said, “The democrats are just too powerful.   Sorry.”
Many said, “I’m done with politics.”
But many more said they were willing to meet up.  Of all the people I called so far, 14% were discouraged enough to say no, but 86% of the people said that they definitely would want to meet up.  They wanted to talk about Ron Paul’s message, and how we could bring it to Maui.  Most everybody was excited about sharing their ideas, and gathering together.
Many people said, “I’m so glad you’re doing this!”
Others said, “I’m going to be on the mainland that day, but I almost want to cancel my trip now!”
And most said, “We’ll definitely be there!”
Lots of Ron Paulers were interested in education and discussion.  They were open to the idea of watching Ron Paul’s farewell address to Congress, and discussing our ideas about picking up where he left off.  More than 300 people on Maui voted for Ron Paul during the Republican caucuses on March 13th, 2012, and that’s enough people to create quite a stir on our small island.  If we can gather together, we could be a driving force in Maui politics in the future.
As far as the Libertarian Party goes, many Ron Paulers are skeptical, and that’s a good thing.  Ron Paul folks are intelligent, witty, and are experts at seeing through fake politicians.  So the last thing they want is to be tricked into joining another fake political movement (I’m looking at you, Republicans).  Indeed, I was skeptical when I went to Tampa and saw all the Libertarian signs and posters at the “Ron Paul Festival”.  It all seemed so fake, and friendly – like they were just pretending to like Ron Paul.  But did they really love him as much as I did?
I got the sense that, “Maybe if we just dangle Ron Paul in front of their faces, they’ll join the Libertarian Party.”   It was a disgusting thought.
But when I got back to Maui, I realized that the movement could happen the other way around if it were the Ron Paul folks who took control of the Libertarian Party.  That way, we could be sure that Ron Paul’s theme of liberty and prosperity stayed at the center of our political vehicle.  Ron Paul folks, after all, like to be in control.  Already, I ran into a couple Ron Paul friends at the grocery store, from the past election, and they said, “We were thinking of quitting the Republican Party, and joining the Libertarians.  How about you?”
In Maui, libertarian issues are everywhere, and people are starting to get fed up enough to do something about it.  It’s the shopping bag ban, and the ban on cigarettes at our beaches.  It’s $8 a gallon milk prices, and price fixes on water pumps.   It’s the government supporting sugar cane, and a ban on piano lessons.  There are so many local libertarian issues that need to be addressed and discussed, and people are just getting frustrated with the feeling that we simply can’t do anything about it.
That’s why the Libertarian Party is so important right now.
I believe Ron Paulers are beginning to see the Libertarian Party as aligned with their values.  So are ex-republicans and Tea Partiers.  People are looking for a place where they can make a difference.  That’s why one of the most important things to accomplish at our meeting is to identify our strengths.  What are you good at?  Some people are best at writing.  Others are good at talking.  Some people like doing grunt work, or using the internet.  And lots of people are experts at debating issues.  All of it is important!  When I met Ron Paul, a man who carried the message, sometimes all alone, for his entire life, I knew that he needed our help.  It’s our responsibility then, as bearers of the torch of liberty, to support each other.   To inspire each other.  To educate and discuss with one another, and to light a fire in the hearts and minds of those around us.
The meeting is March 1st, 2013, at 6:30pm
Kalama Heights Living Center,
101 Kanani Rd, in Kihei 96753.
There we will:
  • Watch Ron Paul’s farewell address to Congress.
  • Discuss about how we can take the message of liberty to Maui.
  • Do a book exchange. Bring your favorite book about liberty, and we’ll keep track.
If you have any questions, please e-mail me at
Or you can call my cell at 507-382-0318
For Liberty,
Joe Kent
Music Teacher, Lahaina, Maui