Ron Paul was unelectable from the get go in this and the last election. So far, I have never found an electable Libertarian. I voted for Paul in the primary. But the problem is not Paul’s, in my opinion.
The problem is that “we the people” have been conditioned to expect our politicians to lead us. We elect charismatic orators. But it is ideas that built this nation and ideas should lead us forward. The people are supposed to run this country. The words “lead” and “leader” do not appear in the Constitution. The President’s job is to execute the Office of President of the United States, and to the best of his ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. President Obama and Democrats want to change the Constitution, not preserve, protect and defend it. The conditioning has gone on so long now that our politicians believe they are our leaders, and they believe they are supposed to be leaders. But they are supposed to be preservers, protectors and defenders.
Our political process has been warped into a process where a politician is someone who can identify a constituency and speak to that constituency with oratory and rhetoric that rev up that constituency. Honesty, truth, integrity, character are gone. It has become an incredibly selfish, narcissistic process. We and Romney should NOT be asking “are you better off now than you were 4 years ago.” The correct question is: is the country better off now than it was 4 years ago? As JFK said, “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.”
A populist leader is a dangerous thing for a democracy. That is how dictators get elected. The founders of this country knew that. They had studied their history. Thus they established checks and balances and separations of powers, which power hungry populist politicians have progressively weakened. We should be electing executives and legislators, not charismatic orators and power hungry, greedy career politicians.
Did you read the small book from the 1950’s by Eric Hoffer titled, “The True Believer.” If you haven’t, it will be enlightening.
The populist leader shifts positions based on polls and surveys of his constituents. And so we see Romney and Obama evolving…and believing they are leaders. Instead of Bain Capital being about Romney and the successes of a rich man, he should turn that around and explain how Bain Capital’s activities were good for the country.
Ron Paul is not in the mold of the populist leader. He is a principled citizen, a politician come lately … as were John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and so forth. They didn’t study and identify constituencies. They studied and identified ideas.
I was very concerned about Paul’s apparently isolationist foreign policy positions in the runnup to the 2004 election. But my friend and colleague Doug Forsyth, a career PR professional, clued me in on Paul. Paul does not communicate in the sound bytes that the media, and now, the public expects. His position on Manning and 9/11 are examples of that. You have to read his entire position on a particular subject. Even when asked, Paul does not and apparently cannot explain himself in the sound byte oratorical style that we and the media have come to expect. Paul’s principles are based in the Constitution, peace through strength and maintaining a strong defense. We have over-extended our power and outlasted our welcome for many decades by building overseas military bases. The U.S. is acting like an empire. Imagine having drones overhead and knowing that those drones are carrying missiles and bombs, and someone thousands of miles away has their finger on the trigger. It’s straight out of Orwell’s book “1984″…constant wars…we are there. We built that!
Thirty thousand, 30,000! unmanned drones are scheduled to be flying in the U.S. skies soon…looking at you. We won’t find out if they are armed until one crashes. Americans can now be held (as a result of the 2011 and 2012 NDAA passed by Congress and signed by Obama) by the U.S. military for an indefinite period without trial, or legal due course, for the SUSPICION of association with terrorist activity. A federal judge has placed an injunction to prevent that clause in NDAA from being implemented. But our current President is already defying another federal court order regarding off-shore oil leases and is protecting his Attorney General who has been charged with contempt of Congress- for the first time ever. The President can order us killed by drone without trial, as has happened to at least one American so far. Be careful which web sites you visit. It’s not just a problem with Obama. Congressman Allen West of Florida signed it and supports it; he is as anti-Obama as one finds. As President Bill Clinton said after impeachment about his perjury in the Monica Lewinsky, “I did it because I could.”
There is no question that radical Islam is out to conquer the world for Allah. That has not changed since Muhammad’s Muslim forces from Medina invaded Mecca in 630 AD. That was the second battle between Medina and Mecca within two years after signing a 10 year truce between them. Leave them alone and they will fight forever among themselves. Meanwhile, we retreat, circle the wagons, maintain secrecy (profile and expel radical Muslims), build a strong defense, and build the capability and the undoubted will to strike back with force that would set the attacker back at least a generation. Our country today is unable to tolerate the common sense task of profiling Muslims, and therefore peaceful Muslims don’t trust that we would protect them if they stood up against their radical brothers. And they are absolutely right about that.
Our military in Afghanistan is not even allowed by their senior officers to profile their supposedly friendly Afghan military trainees for fear of offending them. We paint our Medivac copters and vehicles differently, clearly mark them with Red Crosses, and send them out unarmed to rescue our wounded. Taliban and Al Qaida shoot them down. There is major dissension in our own ranks between military stationed in the field and their superior officers and politicians, and that is just starting to come out. We are on a fool’s errand, led by a bunch of arrogant fools. We are in grave danger.