WRITTEN BY INAGADADAVIDA
Folks, I do not intend to whoop a dead horse here. I know there are some of us here who will not vote for Paul. I have been flirting with the ranks of those who will not vote for any other. (I have reserved the notion of voting straight ticket, so I can click my heels together three times and say that I didn’t vote for another RINO disaster) Still others indicate that they will, once again, “hold their nose and vote for Anybody But Obama.”
Newt is exactly what his name says- a cold-blooded amphibian with no real principles. He has serious baggage to carry the “party of family values” banner. Romney is another New England soft-and-scquzzy moderate, what we in the South call a “Democrat.” The architect of Obamacare, for crying out loud. Arguably, the most conservative mainstream candidate remaining is Santorum[]. His rise in recent polls may reflect this, or it may just be because of carrying less baggage.
As Santorum seems to rise, I’ve been learning more about him. I was starting to warm to him a bit, thinking that he may rise to “acceptable” as an alternate candidate. Until I was reminded why I usually skip breakfast:
I got involved with the Tea Party for three (count ‘em, 3) reasons:
-Constitutionally Limited Government
Since the PATMYCROTCH Act, and NDAA, Homeland Security, etc., those beliefs probably get me my own satellite, or at least an FBI agent. And these bogus laws have come from both “sides.” As Patrick Buchanan says, “The left and right wings- of the same buzzard.” On top of this, the Federal Reserve which controls our worthless Dollar has openly announced its intent of devaluing our currency by 33% over the next 20 years[]. Save much, y’all? Lookin’ forward to retirement are we?
Let me talk about something else- the so-called “electability issue.” News flash- a whole lot of people just think that there’s no difference, or (probably correctly) that they’re all out to screw us. Who among us here really thinks that the government can “do something” about the predicament we are in, other than get out of the way and let the (truly) free markets restore us to prosperity? I found out just the other day that my own baby sister is not registered to vote. My dear grandmother never voted in her life. In fact, about 40% of the American electorate doesn’t bother[]. Think that statistic applies to Acorn? To dead New Orleans residents? To illegal immigrants? Why not try someone who is not a traditional politician? I’ve seen (can’t find it right off) polls that say Paul could even capture 20% of registered Democrats, and we know he motivates his followers. Give ‘em someone who is different.
I also realize that some of us have problems with Paul’s foreign policy. After all, we are the WorldCops™ and with good reason! Right? Reasons like, so South Korea can expand its manufacturing base and sell us Kias and stuff while we pay to defend the world? Nuclear Iran- ok, having a Physics background with an interest in big things that go “boom,” and being a casual student of History, I feel qualified to throw out some observations there.
First, Iran seems to be, from all accounts, skipping the first phase of nuclear weapons development (15-25kt yield), in favor of heading straight to phase 2 (150kt yield). The Physics are already well-established. They are developing the appropriate delivery systems. Even if they get 6 or 12 of these, that is simply not enough, by itself, to “wipe Israel off the face of the Earth.” Not close. 98% of Israelis will still need a plug-in electric night light. (reference to making the place a glass-paved, self-lighted parking lot)
Second, I don’t pretend to know who or what or when, but if we wait long enough we will see nuclear weapons used- oh, wait, I was right- 1945! Any doubt, look up a fella named Hiram Maxim, who developed the weapon so terrible that no one would ever think of using it. And we are irritating the Chinese and Russians, who are better armed than Iran ever will be, with our sanctions on their trading partner. Trading with those countries pretty much makes our sanctions irrelevant anyway. Think the Chinese won’t get oil from anywhere they can (*cough*cough*GulfOfMexicoandCanadahem*)?
Some of you say that four more years of Obama will be the end- game over. I would ask you, how many years of Mittens would it take? Will we still be able to fight by then? Will we still have any notion of Liberty after 8 years of Noot? Will the Republican brand be so tarnished by then that people will be willing to try the Socialist Party as an alternative to the Democrats?
We are all clamboring for a “real alternative.” AWD himself has ridiculed anyone who would take a pocketknife to the Federal government, claiming that it requires a chain saw. And the last few “Republicans” haven’t really done much for us, either. Time for a generational change? I give the man a chance…
Ok, start bashing me now.