The 2012 election is over and Romney lost. Why? I don’t think it was Gary Johnson acting as the spoiler. If every Johnson supporter had voted for Romney instead, Romney still would have lost the popular vote. I doubt Johnson’s supporters were concentrated enough in any swing states to the point where they could have changed electoral college outcomes either.
Was it the fault of Ron Paul supporters? That’s a harder one to pin down, since many of them stayed home or wrote in Ron Paul’s name and nobody knows how many. Perhaps we’ll know in a few weeks … Read the rest of this entry »
If Romney wins at least Ron Paul won’t get blamed for the coming financial crisis, and it might lead to more converts to Paul’s message than if Obama stays in office.
Trust me, I’m no closet fan of Mitt Romney, but barring acts of God and alien invasions Ron Paul will not be the next President of the United States. Not that winning elections was ever the most important thing. What non-supporters of Ron Paul have never seemed to understand is that we Paul supporters never saw the election of Ron Paul as an end in itself, but merely the … Read the rest of this entry »
I have stated numerous times that there is no way Romney can win my vote. His positions past and present, anathema to the Constitution, individual rights, and the principles of liberty, are too fundamental for me to overlook. That remains the case. But as the philosopher James Bond once said, never say never. And so today, I have come to the conclusion that there is at least one way in which Romney could secure my vote, and it would be by giving this speech, or something comparable to it.
My fellow Americans, the contest to discover who will win the … Read the rest of this entry »
I recently responded to a few pro-Romney people in a Linkedin group, and I thought the exchange might be worth posting. The parts in quotes come from those with whom I’m having the discussion, one Fawn and one John. The other parts are my responses.
In response to Fawn…
“The first is that Romney is a successful business man who knows how to really grow an economy.”
I agree with the first part. I’m not so sure about the second. These are entirely different skillsets. I’d encourage you to read this article -http://lewrockwell.com/goyette/goyette23.1.html.
“If Romney does this in … Read the rest of this entry »
I’m a skater, and I think that goes a long way towards explaining my gravitation towards Ron Paul’s message over the past few years. Skateboarders should be natural Ron Paul supporters. Here are a few reasons why:
1. Lack of trust in authority. Skaters have had all too many opportunities to get to know abusive police officers. In fairness, not all cops are jerks, in fact, most probably aren’t. But those who aren’t still feel an obligation to “do their job” which often involves ticketing or arresting skateboarders.
Skaters also deal with flack from unsupportive family members, school administrators and … Read the rest of this entry »
Ok, maybe not all Ron Paul supporters feel this way. Maybe I’m the only one. So change the title of this post to “How one Ron Paul supporter views Mitt Romney” if you want, although I suspect I’m not alone.
Yesterday I had two debates on Facebook with various friends and acquaintances where I stated that if Romney wins the GOP nomination I will not vote for him. Many think this is out of spite, or an emotional reaction just because “my guy” didn’t win. But it’s not. I’m not the type of guy who is into “team spirit”. I … Read the rest of this entry »
There are many important qualities we would like our Presidents to have, and perhaps no one quality can make up for a total lack of others, but if we had to prioritize the qualities or characteristics we would like to see in a President, what would come out on top?
One might argue that “goodness” is most important. After all, no matter what other qualities a President has, if they’re evil and have evil intentions they’re going to do bad things. Ok, let’s admit that this is probably the most important quality, but let’s move on, because I don’t believe … Read the rest of this entry »
How many Romney supporters would vote for Ron Paul if Paul became the GOP nominee against Obama? How many Ron Paul supporters will vote for Romney if Romney becomes the GOP nominee? Herein lies a problem for Romney.
Last night in the Iowa caucuses Romney won the voters who are most concerned about electability. That is, they care about getting rid of Obama more than anything else, and they think Romney can beat Obama better than any of the other GOP contenders. These voters are the “team” voters. Anyone with an “R” in front of their name is better … Read the rest of this entry »
Donald Trump thinks Ron Paul couldn’t win an election for President. This will continue to be the dominant reaction to any mention of Ron Paul in the 2012 election cycle, and where Ron Paul is mentioned at all it will always be accompanied by the statement “He’s a great guy, but he’ll never get elected.” I think Ron Paul’s electability or lack thereof is debatable, but let’s assume for the sake of argument that he doesn’t stand a chance. Is there any purpose in voting for someone who won’t win?
Allow me to present an analogy. Imagine you are … Read the rest of this entry »
Republican vs. Democrat
Right vs. Left
Conservative vs. Liberal
These are false battles, and those who perpetuate these modes of thinking are either misleading or misled.
I grew up in a conservative, Republican household, although I would not say that I nor my parents were politically active in any substantial way until recently. I listened to Rush Limbaugh for 20 years. I pretty well took for granted the “Republicans are good, Democrats are bad” philosophy. Likewise, goodness and conservatism were synonymous. If it was good, then it was by nature conservative. And if it was bad or evil, then it … Read the rest of this entry »