For 2012 your choice as a registered Democrat is already made: you’re going to vote for Obama. You’re OK with things as they are; you believe in a government run by Democrats. You may even believe that the inflationary and spending policies of Bush and Obama will eventually work. However, I need you to think beyond just this singular choice for a moment and think about a bigger picture. That is, the “what if?”
If Mitt Romney goes against Obama and wins, a strong likelihood, he won’t raise taxes on the rich as you would like. He strikes me as having planted his stake firmly with the corporatists and crony capitalists. He is pro-military-industrial complex, and he may be pro-Romneycare. I do not want this man to win, and you definitely do not want this man to win.
Herman Cain is out. Lucky for you.
Michelle Bachman? Her chances look grim right now, but the LAST person any of us should want as the president of the United States is an ex-IRS attorney. She is also a Tea Party late-comer. She jumped on the band-wagon, painted it with hideous colors, and is broadcasting a hateful ideology regarding gay rights. I do not want this woman in office. I suspect you feel the same.
Rick Perry … I forgot the uhhh, wait, it’s … oops. He would be awful. Close your eyes and imagine what it would be like to have this guy as president … OK, now go to the bathroom and clean up. Most Texans don’t even credit him for the reason Texas stayed at the forefront of U.S. economies (only 21% believe he had anything to do with it). Imagine another Texas Governor at the wheel of our nation. He’s sort of a W. Bush without the intellectual encumbrances.
I feel bad for Jon Huntsman. Huntsman is a very bright guy with three hot daughters, and one would think this is a winning recipe for attaining office. He holds many libertarian ideals and was appointed by Obama as the Ambassador to China—he speaks Chinese. But it seems that there is only enough room for one libertarian (Paul) and one Mormon (Romney).
Santorum? He’s the MOST socially conservative of the lot. The Pope’s man so to speak.
Then there’s Newt. Not the cute kid from Aliens that managed to keep herself alive in the midst of a parasitic alien race. Newt Gingrich IS a parasitic monster that has been in the pocket of corporations, is pro-military industrial complex, pro-war, and pro-extending the Patriot Act. This man does not treasure liberty, freedom, or abide by our Constitution. You don’t know where this guy will go. This should scare the hell out of you.
So who’s left?
Ron Paul is polling well across all states. He raises more money than any other candidate, including Obama.
First, I disagree with his stance on abortion. However, after reading his book and listening to his story of being a young doctor at a hospital that performed abortions – I was made to understand his perspective. I do not agree with a pro-life stance, but I agree as an individual he saw some things that deeply shook him. The way the book read, he seems to have more in common with a Vietnam veteran who saw too much war versus some kind of dogmatic religious determinant:
“It was pretty dramatic for me to see a two-and-a-half-pound baby taken out crying and breathing and put in a bucket.”
- Ron Paul wants to end our war-driven foreign policy. He would bring our soldiers home (from everywhere).
- He wants to remove our income tax (for everyone, not just the rich) and abolish the IRS. He’ll fund a streamlined government through excise taxes, non-protectionist tariffs, and massive cuts in wasteful spending.
- He would also like to end the Federal Reserve – the system that causes our boom-bust cycles and has resulted in trillions of dollars in economic damage since its inception.
- He would like you to be in charge of you, and remove the always-growing barriers to individual choice and personal freedom.
- He would have us do away with “protective” governmental organizations which have placed regulations in place that favor large corporations and inhibit the formation of new businesses.
In short, he doesn’t want to tell you how to run your life or how to spend your money, and if Ron Paul was to beat Obama, isn’t he the best of the “worst” in your opinion as a liberal Democrat?
So I need to ask you again, as liberals, do something for the good of all Americans, and make sure the two best candidates go head-to-head. If you choose to be thoughtful and honest about this, then take a concerted effort to help create the least amount of damage to a country that has already had more than it can take. We can’t afford a Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, or Michelle Bachman.
Here’s how you can make sure this happens:
Change your political party (temporarily) to Republican (I’m libertarian, but I registered as a Republican so I could make sure Ron Paul has a better chance). Once you do that, you are able to vote in the Republican primaries. Then, please vote for Ron Paul.
I can understand how the idea of all of this dismays you, but again, think of it as an insurance policy against truly unprincipled characters – candidates that have a very good chance to win in 2012.
Here’s some dated, but decent online information on how to change your registration.
Jon Stewart likes this guy. Here’s a clip of him discussing the “if we ignore him maybe he’ll go away” conservative media bias against Ron Paul.
Do the right thing.