If Ron Paul isn't Electable, Just Who the Hell is?
The media is quick to claim Ron Paul isn't electable because some of his views are outside the mainstream, but they somehow ignore the extremely unconservative record of other GOP candidates. by Evan Mazur
Thursday, January 5, 2012
"Ron Paul is unelectable". You hear it all the time from the mainstream media and "conservative" commentators. Ron Paul says the war on drugs is unconstitutional and a failure just like the prohibition of alcohol? Unelectable! Ron Paul says that the Federal Reserve, the Communist Manifesto's central bank of the 5th plank, is a failure and should be abolished? Unelectable! Ron Paul says that Department of Education, which didn't even begin operation until the Reagan years, should be abolished in order to help balance the budget? Unelectable! Ron Paul says that we should withdraw troops from Afghanistan while Afghan President Karzai calls America a "main enemy", says that he would prefer the Taliban over America, and would take the side of Pakistan if war broke out with the United States? Unelectable!
But somehow the media, the pundits, and the blowhard commentators are very reluctant to call any other Republican 'unelectable', even if the truth is staring them right in the face. If they were to expose the other candidates' hypocrisy by comparing them to the Republican Party platform that supposedly espouses Constitutionally limited government, low taxes, and low spending, it might go a little something like this:
Mitt Romney said, 'We do have tough gun laws in Massachusetts; I support them; I won't chip away at them; I believe they protect us and provide for our safety.' Mitt Romney described his political views as 'progressive'. When asked if his MA health care mandate, which made up nearly 1/3 of of the state's $1.3 billion deficit in 2009, would be a 'good model for the nation', Mitt Romney replied "well I think so", and White House records show that Romney's health care advisers went on to help craft Obamacare. After Obamacare was passed, Mitt Romney stated he wanted "to eliminate some of the differences, repeal the bad, and keep the good". Mitt Romney praised the No Child Left Behind Act, which increased the size, scope, and cost of the Department of Education. Mitt Romney flip flopped on the Iraq War, and then flipped back again to his original position by calling the Iraq troop withdrawal an 'astonishing failure'. Mitt Romney supported the TARP banker bailout. Mitt Romney stated "I don't want to raise taxes on the American people but..." Mitt Romney won't rule out implementing a European-style Value Added Tax (VAT) in America. Mitt Romney supported a stimulus package in 2008 that called for infrastructure spending and an increase in the money supply by the Federal Reserve, but later went on to say the stimulus hasn't worked. Mitt Romney is unelectable.
Newt Gingrich said the book that best defined him was Alvin Toffler's The Third Wave, which described our constitutional system as one that "served us so well for so long, and that now must, in its turn, die and be replaced." Newt Gingrich repeatedly praised liberal champion Franklin Roosevelt as "the greatest democratic president of the 20th century and in my judgment the greatest president of the 20th century." Newt Gingrich said he would "reluctantly and sadly" support the $700 billion Wall Street bailout bill of 2008. In the 2009 New York 23 special congressional race, Next Gingrich endorsed tax hiking, stimulus endorsing, bank bailout supporting ultra-liberal Republican Dede Scozzafava over 3rd party candidate Doug Hoffman, the Tea party backed candidate who was endorsed by Sarah Palin, Steve Forbes, and former House Majority Leader Dick Armey. Scozzafava split the vote, causing Hoffman to go down in defeat with only 46% of the vote compared to 49% for the Democrat. Gingrich supported Bush's Medicare Drug expansion plan, which former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker called "the most fiscally irresponsible piece of legislation since the 1960s." Newt Gingrich voted in favor of creating the Department of Education in 1979. In a commercial expressing their unity on global warming, Newt Gingrich sat on a loveseat and spoke in turn with Nancy Pelosi. Newt Gingrich supported Mitt Romney's state government health care plan in 2006 and in 2008 & 2011 supported an Obamacare-style federal health mandate and stated "I agree that all of us have a responsibility to pay--help pay for health care. I've said consistently we ought to have some requirement that you either have health insurance or you post a bond." Newt Gingrich has voted to increase the debt ceiling atleastfourtimes. Gingrich took money as a Freddie Mac lobbyist — one of the well-known government-backed agencies that served as a root cause of the financial meltdown of 2008. Newt Gingrich accused Air Force veteran Ron Paul, who voted in favor of using military force in Afghanistan and who authored legislation authorizing the hunting down of Osama bin Laden, of being too soft on war and defense, yet Gingrich himself sought deferments from Vietnam and stated "a large part of me thinks I should have gone over... Part of the question I had to ask myself what difference I would have made." Newt Gingrich is not a leader, is not a conservative, and didn't even qualify to make it onto the Virginia GOP presidential ballot. Newt Gingrich also stated that Ron Paul, who is on the VA ballot, would not get his support should Paul win the GOP nomination. Perhaps Newt Gingrich would prefer another setback to limited government and make Ron Paul the next Doug Hoffman. Perhaps Newt Gingrich should be considered unelectable.
Rick Santorum voted to increase the size, scope, and cost of the Department of Education by supporting the No Child Left Behind Act. Rick Santorum voted to support the Bush Medicare D drug expansion program, and I'll remind you that former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker referred to it as "the most fiscally irresponsible piece of legislation since the 1960s." During the 2008 GOP presidential nominee process, Rick Santorum stated 'If you're a conservative there really is only one place to go.. Mitt Romney'. Rick Santorum must have regretted that endorsement, just like he regretted voting for the economically damaging Sarbanes-Oxley law that he now wants to repeal. Rick Santorum should also regret his endorsement of Republican-turned-Democrat Arlen Specter over Pat Toomey in 2004, as Specter was one of the swing votes that voted in favor of passing Obamacare in 2009. Rick Santorum has repeatedly voted for the forced taxation and redistribution of American wealth in the form of foreign aid. Though he later changed his tune, Rick Santorum wrote in 2000 an op-ed that called for more government involvement in the housing market through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, two of the GSE's that played a strong role in the housing bubble and economic collapse of 2008. Rick Santorum is ranked in 2006 as the top member of the senate who took lobbyist money and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington reported in 2006 that Rick Santorum was one of the 3 most corrupt members of the Senate. Rick Santorum didn't even submit a single signature to get on the 2012 GOP presidential ballot in his home state of Virginia, and he missed the deadline to appear on the D.C. ballot. Rick Santorum is unelectable.
Only Ron Paul Should Be Considered Electable
Despite what the Republican establishment would have you believe, Ron Paul is very much electable and stands a good chance against Obama. In August 2011, Rasmussen released a poll saying it would be virtually dead even if it came down to Paul (38%) vs. Obama (39%). Ron Paul performs the best of the Republicans against Obama among independents according to recent polls by Public Policy Polling, and independents will be key to winning 2012 as they make up an estimated 30 to 37 percent of the American electorate.
But polling numbers aside, no one but Paul is unafraid of bucking the system with a serious proposal to balance the budget. No one but Paul has any credibility when it comes to opposing banker bailouts and hacking at the root of the problem – the Federal Reserve. No one but Paul takes seriously the twin financial weapons of mass destruction: debt and inflation.
According to a 2007 GAO report, by 2040, nearly every dollar the government collects in taxes will be needed for Social Security, Medicare, and paying interest on the national debt. Not a penny will be used to pay down the debt, only paying off the interest on the debt. Not a penny will be left for even the most basic function of government – defense. We will all be defenseless tax slaves living in a black hole of debt in a nation that is no longer worth defending. Passing the debt onto those too young to vote or not yet born is taxation without representation, the very thing America rebelled against in 1776.
To those who say Ron Paul's domestic cuts are great but his cuts to militarism are too great, I say this: If you agree that the debt from endless spending on liberal domestic policies are going to bankrupt this nation, you have to agree that the debt from endless spending on the war and military will also bankrupt America. If not, you might as well vote Obama as he is consuming America's blood and treasure through both domestic and foreign mismanagement.
To those who say Ron Paul can't win, I say this: if "he could never win" Rick Santorum could come out of nowhere and defy everyone's expectations to nearly win Iowa, then "he could never win" Ron Paul could defy everyone's expectations and go on to win the national GOP nomination.
To those who say there is no place for a libertarian in the White House, Ronald Reagan says this: "I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism." And this: "Ron Paul is one of the outstanding leaders fighting for a stronger national defense. As a former Air Force officer, he knows well the needs of our armed forces, and he has always put them first."
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