Anyone who reads this blog on a regular basis is well aware that we cover not only Republican politics, but with co-blogger Sandy Sanders we offer a great deal of Ron Paul coverage. And that is intentional because I believe that the Ron Paul sector of the Republican Party has a valid place in the party.
And I am personally not Dr. Paul’s biggest fan and find a number of areas where my personal views clash with his. Like most Republicans, Foreign Policy is the sticking point. Not that I don’t understan Paul’s stance on foreign policy, I do. And I appreciate what he advocates. But, to put it more clearly, on a scale of 1 to 100 on the degree of involvement I believe is wise on foreign affairs, I believe Paul is about -10% and the majority of the Republicans are at 110%. My preference is closer to 50%. Establishment Republicans are too much, and Paul is too little.
And I am a strong advocate of Israel. But I believe that we are wasting time and treasure and lives trying to Democratize Nations with a majority Muslim population. Democracy and Islam are not compatible. Democracy is not possible in an Islamic world. Islam comes complete with it’s own form of government and all this nation building we have been doing is destined to crumble into another Islamic regime.
But the establishment parties have given Virginians a choice between Mitt Romney and Ron Paul.
Most Republicans bristle at the thought of voting for Ron Paul. And in most cases, I would too. But when I examine the pluses and minuses of the two choices, the only conclusion I am able to reach is that a Mitt Romney presidency will leave the Republican Party in far worse condition than Ron Paul and the lasting implications for the country in the long run look better under Ron Paul then Mitt Romney.
Mitt Romney will do exactly what George W. Bush did to the Republican Party with his “Compassionate Conservatism” only Romney is far to the left of Bush. So the destruction and devastation of a Romney presidency on the Republican Party will be massive, total and complete.
Now before my Republican friends start looking at the party rules to see if supporting Paul is reason to expel me, or perhaps have me involuntarily committed, let me share my reasons.
On foreign policy, Romney will overreach and Paul will under-reach. I consider it a wash. Both will be equally bad. But at least Paul’s bad will not cost direct loss of American lives. But it won’t preemptively prevent loss of innocent life either.
On economic policy, I believe Paul gets the outright win here. Romney is a big government Liberal New England politician. His true colors will come out if he is elected. Ron Paul has always been consistent. Romney changes positions as often as Obama changes golf courses. Most Republicans are in total agreement with Paul on fiscal matters, so this is not a hard call. Paul.
And which of the two is most likely to increase entitlements? And the National Debt? Ron Paul wins by a mile here. ROmney never mat a tax increase or new government program he didn’t adopt and grow.
But the biggest and most important factor in deciding between only these two choices is the appointments either would make to the Supreme Court. And the next president will likely have at least one, probably more SCOTUS Appointments. And these would most likely be liberal justices departing. I have no doubt that Mitt Romney would bow to the left wing media and cave in to their demands that Romney appoint a liberal to replace a departing liberal to “maintain the balance”.
And America would be screwed.
Ron Paul would insist on a judge that actually read and understood the US Constitution and agrees with his “limited government” philosophy.
The bottom line is, I trust and believe that Ron Paul would do a far better job of naming a Supreme Court Justice that will be around for many years than Mitt Romney. And that alone is the first and most important consideration when presented the choice of Paul or Romney.
I know I had said I won’t be voting in the Republican Primary this year because of the shoddy process that was involved. But I have reconsidered and Ron Paul can count on my vote in March.
I wish I had more than these two options, but the laws of Virginia are designed to allow the Republicans and Democrats to anoint their heir apparent and exclude third party candidates. And while many people claim the system is fair and all candidates knew the rules and failed to build the network necessary to collect the signatures, the fact is that these rules were designed to benefit only the two major parties. Between the Republican Committees and Democratic Committees and the statewide organization permanently in place for Democrats and Republicans, the party “chosen one” already has a ready made network. Others that are not “Party Sanctioned” do not get the same easy pathway Romney found with the top state officials in Virginia bending over backwards to help collect his signatures.
But the law didn’t count on the always ready Ron Paul network. While his already in place organization was not quite as slick as the Republican Machine’s well oiled network, he managed to get the job done. But, as we have seen, anyone else has a stiff headwind.
My vote for Paul will not be a “protest” vote. It is simply a logical decision between the two options. And I opt for the best outcome in the long run. The Supreme Court question is just too big to decide any other way.