Virginian’s only have two choices in tomorrow’s primary. And that is an absolute shame.
The “establishment” Democrats and Republicans have stacked the deck to give the best possible chance to the “anointed” candidate of either party and make the bar nearly impossible for anyone else.
If Virginia Republicans had their way, Mitt Romney would be the only candidate on the ballot in Virginia. If you want to know what political elections are like under repressive regimes where the only name on the ballot is the “Supreme Leader”, as Virginians, we are getting a good taste of that on tomorrow’s primary ballot.
And just to seal the deal of “anointed choices only” the Legislature saw fit to disallow write in candidates.
Hugo Chavez and Vladimir Putin would be pleased by the Virginia ballot lockout process.
Ron Paul does not fit the mold of the politicians the Republicans and Democrats intended to keep out. Paul overcame the onerous provisions of Virginia’s Presidential Primary laws by already having a large, dedicated, well-organized “machine” in place. As did Mitt Romney.
The Virginia Republican establishment anointed Romney early on and rolled out the red carpet for his signature petitions with workers attending any and all Republican committee meetings and functions from the first day signature collection was allowed.
So, it is not a shock that the party anointed, who are usually blessed far in advance giving them the opportunity and money to climb the hurdles make the “cut”.
This year, the earlier primaries around the nation worked to expose just how hard it is to get on Virginia’s ballot. As we have watched Romney gavotte around the country since he lost to John McCain in 2008 (who then lost to Obama) collecting money and running for president for 4 years, an odd thing happened. Voters found out that Romney is a New England Liberal, a big government proponent and, worse, the originator of ObamaCare. And the Republicans and Conservatives have found that there is a huge appetite for a true Conservative. And Conservatives simply don’t like Mitt Romney.
But the process in Virginia has prevented a number of potential candidates from even trying. The fact that Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich have been seriously considered as viable candidates proves the point. Even those guys look good compared to Romney!
And the party line is “they all knew the rules”. Well, yes they did. But for the candidates who are slow out of the gate, or urged to enter after the rest early entrees are found to be weak, they find they are already locked out of Virginia and a few other states. So as the focus shifted off of Romney into anybody but Romney, others who may have had a chance in past Presidential elections are unable to focus on Virginia because they must use every penny to fight the smears from the “anointed” candidate. They knew the rules in Virginia, but the system was working against anyone not running in perpetuity.
But the country is waking up to the fact that Romney has not been truthful about his big government advocacy. And many are finding out that he has lied to America about his desire to see his RomneyCare plan adopted by the country including the government mandate!
And a 2009 OpEd that Romney wrote praising the mandate has hit the circuit this weekend exposing Romney as just another “say anything to get elected” politician.
A dishonest, big government politician will not get my vote.
And say what you will about Ron Paul, the man has been the definition of consistency almost to a fault his entire career.
While there is every chance that Mitt Romney would push for more government control over our lives should he become president, there is absolutely zero chance that Ron Paul will allow anything but negative growth of the Federal Government under a Paul Administration. The only way government gets larger under a President Paul is to override his vetoes.
There are some who are openly calling for Virginian’s to vote for Ron Paul as a protest for the disenfranchisement caused by the Legislature. And this is something I considered.
But given the choice between a big government Liberal like Mitt Romney and a true small government advocate like Ron Paul, we only have one choice in Virginia.
My vote will be cast tomorrow for Ron Paul – not as a protest, but because Ron Paul is a far better choice than Mitt Romney!
And if Romney is the nominee, I fear we will face 4 more years of Obama as president. With the Health Care issue off the table, Romney will most likely join the scrap heap of failures like John McCain and Bob Dole, the Moderates who failed to attract other moderates.
At some point you would hope that the Republicans wake up and realize that “Moderates” are not moderates at all, but lemmings looking for someone with a plan, never considering the direction they are going, just that someone else seems to know.
Moderates are not looking for someone like themselves. And they sure are not looking for Mitt Romney!