Rand Paul for President

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has officially announced the opening of his campaign to be the next President of the United States. As CNN reports,

For Rand Paul, it’s all led to this moment.

Since riding the tea party wave into the Senate in 2010, Paul has carefully built a brand of mainstream libertarianism — dogged advocacy of civil liberties combined with an anti-interventionist foreign policy and general support for family values — that he bets will create a coalition of younger voters and traditional Republicans to usher him into the White House.

The test of that theory began Tuesday when the Kentucky senator made official what has been clear for years: He’s running for president.

“Today I announce with God’s help, with the help of liberty lovers everywhere, that I’m putting myself forward as a candidate for president of the United States of America,” Paul said at a rally in Louisville.

Paul immediately hit the campaign trail for a four-day swing through New Hampshire, South Carolina, Iowa and Nevada — the states that traditionally vote first in the primaries and caucuses.

In his speech, he called for reforming Washington by pushing for term limits and a constitutional amendment to balance the budget. He argued that both parties are to blame for the rising debt, saying it doubled under a Republican administration and tripled under Obama.

“Government should be restrained and freedom should be maximized,” he said.

In general, I like Rand Paul. He seems to be more clever than most of the  leading Republicans and he is willing to  move beyond the comfort zone of the GOP and reach out to people who haven’t generally been very responsive to overtures from Republicans and he is willing to take unorthodox positions. His mainstream libertarianism is likely to be appealing to the large number of Americans who simply want the government to leave them alone without seeming overly dogmatic or extreme. He seems to be having a somewhat antagonistic relationship with the mainstream media, in that he is not allowing the reporters who have interviewed him to corner him or put words in his mouth. Perhaps Rand Paul understand, as few Republican politicians seem to, that the media is the enemy and will never give any Republican candidate a fair chance. All in all, Rand Paul seems to be an excellent candidate for president.


I have some reservations, though. Paul doesn’t have much experience in politics, just one term as the junior Senator from Kentucky. The last time we elected a one-term junior Senator, it didn’t work out too well. A more serious objection to a Rand Paul candidacy is the fact that his father, Ron Paul, is a lunatic and I am afraid that the nut doesn’t far fall from the oak tree. My most serious concern with Ron Paul is his extreme isolationism. There are a lot of people, including Rand Paul, who have been labeled as isolationist because they have expressed the position that the United States need not get involved in every conflict in the world and should exercise more discretion in intervening in foreign affairs, particularly in matters that do not affect our interests. This is a perfectly reasonable position to take. Ron Paul, however, seems to be of the opinion that the United States should not be involved in foreign affairs at all. We should mind our own business and in return the world will leave us alone. This is a dangerously naive position to take. For one thing, America is simply too big and powerful to mind its own business. Everything we do, even not doing anything, affects everyone in the world. A small country like Switzerland can keep to itself. The US does not have that option. Also, our present period of relative peace and prosperity depends very much on American leadership and power. If America falters, things could get very bad, very quickly. President Obama’s reluctance to assert American leadership has already caused much vexation among our allies and in the world generally. A truly isolationist administration would be a disaster.

Rand Paul seems to be more reasonable about foreign policy than his father and it may be that he will find a middle ground between extreme isolationism and excessive interventionism. It may also be that his father’s extreme positions will prevent his election or even nomination as the Republican candidate. It remains to be seen. The election of 2016 is still a long way off and it is probably premature to make any predictions or make any decisions about the candidates.

Dollar Crash

Here is an e-mail I received recently.

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As far as I can tell, the Birch Gold Group is some sort of brokerage firm that deals in gold and silver. I have to wonder, if I agree to use their services and have my 401k account transferred into gold, how am I expected to pay for it? Do they take a share of the gold or do I pay them in the rapidly decaying dollar? If the dollar does crash and takes the American economy with it, what makes them think that gold will be worth anything? Will people be paying for things with gold coins? If I retire, will they send me gold instead of depositing money in a bank account? What happens if the price of gold collapses?

I think I will pass on this deal and just continue to use dollars.


Santorum’s Out

Rick Santorum ended his campaign today.

After calling Mitt Romney to concede the race for the Republican nomination, Rick Santorum suspended his campaign Tuesday during a press conference in Pennsylvania, his home state.

“We will suspend our campaign effective today,” Santorum said surrounded by members of his family in Gettysburg.

Santorum spent the weekend off the campaign trail with his 3-year-old daughter, Bella, who suffers from a rare genetic disorder, after she was rushed to the hospital Friday.

“We made a decision over the weekend that, while this presidential race for us is over, for me, and we will suspend our campaign effective today, we are not done fighting,” he said. (Yahoo News)

Since Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul are behind Santorum, it looks as if Romney will be the Republican candidate for president. He is not the one I would have preferred and I am not sure he can beat Obama, but I will vote for him and do what I can to see he is elected. I hope that every Conservative will do likewise. It might be tempting to hope Romney loses in the expectation of getting a more truly Conservative candidate in 2016, but I don’t think this country can recover from another four years of Barack Obama.




Super Tuesday

I know it’s late but I have been busy. Anyway, Romney won Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming. Santorum won Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. Gingrich won Georgia and South Carolina. Romney clearly won the most states and he did better in the south than I might have expected. The fact that Gingrich only won his native Georgia and South Carolina signals that his candidacy is essentially finished.Santorum did well, almost winning in Ohio, but I don’t think he will be able to compete with Romney much longer. Still, the fact that he only got 60% of the vote in Virginia with Ron Paul as his only other competitor shows how many Republicans would rather somebody else were the frontrunner

As far as delegates go, Romney now has 429, Santorum has 169, Gingrich 118, and Paul 67. They need 1144 to win, so the race is not over just yet, but I think Romney is all but certain to be the nominee.

Romney Wins Maine Caucus

Now it’s time for Romney to win one. This one being the Maine caucus. He won 39% of the vote with Pon Paul in second place with 36%. Romney also managed to win the CPAC straw poll with 38% against Santorum’s 31%. By number of delegates, which is the only number that really matters,Romney is way ahead with 98 delegates. Santorum is in second place with 44, Gingrich in third with 32 and Paul last with 20.

There is some question whether or not this long, hard-fought primary campaign is good or bad for the GOP. I have a feeling that the millions of dollars these candidates are spending to attack each other might be better spent against Obama. Still, it’s a whole lot more interesting this way.

Romney Wins the Nevada Caucus

Mitt Romney easily won the Nevada caucus with 48 % of the vote. Gingrich was a distant second 23% and Ron Paul was third with 19%. These results were expected and the large number of Mormon voters in Nevada probably supported Romney. I think that there is little doubt that Romney will be the eventual nominee, though Gingrich and especially Paul will continue the fight.

Meanwhile, an increasing number of voters are coming to prefer a third choice. As Reuters reports,

He won’t be in this Sunday’s Super Bowl and his Denver Broncos are already 50-to-1 longshots for next year’s National Football League title, but if Tim Tebow swapped the pigskin for politics, he just might be a shoo-in for the White House.

Asked which NFL playoff quarterback they would choose for president of the United States in the coming election, more than one in four voters go for Tebow, according to the results of a new Reuters/Ipsos poll of likely voters released on Friday.

Tebow’s success on the field in the past few months helped to make him a media sensation as he turned a struggling Denver Broncos team around. His open and oft-professed religious faith gained him huge support in the evangelical community.

Of course he has never run anything in his life and has no executive experience, but then neither did Obama. It would be hard to argue that Tebow could do a worse job than Obama, and he is certainly more appealing than Romney.


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New Hampshire

The New Hampshire primary was yesterday and Romney won it, as I expected. Here are the results from Real Clear Politics. Romney won by a respectable margin at 39% with Ron Paul in second at 22.9%. I expect that Paul will get a consistent 20-25% for the rest of this campaign. John Huntsman is in third. I doubt anything will come of that. Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich are tied for fourth. I think Santorum and possibly Gingrich will do better in South Carolina, though Gingrich seems to be in the race more for revenge against Romney now. I expect that Romney will get the nomination in the end, especially of he does reasonably well in South Carolina.

Iowa Caucus Results

For whatever it’s worth here are the results of last night’s Iowa caucus. Adding up the results, only about 122,000 people actually participated in the caucus, less than 5% of Iowa’s population. Why so few people have such an outsized impact is beyond me. Anyway Romney won, by only 8 votes. I expect he will do much better in New Hampshire. If he manages to do well in the south, he will be the nominee.

Rick Santorum was second. He did very well for a man nobody knew about last week. He hasn’t had enough money to campaign anywhere outside of Iowa until now, so this may be a fluke.

I am glad to see Ron Paul was third. I would rather he were dead last, but that would be too much to hope for. He’ll stay in all the way to the end, making an annoyance of himself. Still, at least he didn’t win in Iowa. I am also glad to see Newt Gingrich in fourth place. Gingrich is a smart man. The problem is that he knows it.

Michele Bachman has dropped out. That’s too bad. Rick Perry probably should drop out too.

I noticed that 58 people voted to Herman Cain. I wonder who these people are. Thirty-one voted for  Buddy Roemer. He wa the governor of Louisiana way back in the 1980’s. I had no idea he was running.

Now, on to New Hampshire!

Ron Paul is an Idiot

Or at least dangerously naive. According to this article in the Washington Post, Ron Paul believes that we should be trying harder to be friends with Iran and not worry about the very real possibility of their developing nuclear weapons.

GOP presidential hopeful Ron Paul says “offering friendship” to Iran, not sanctions, would be a more fruitful to achieving peace with Tehran.

The Texas congressman says fears about Iran’s nuclear program have been “blown out of proportion.” He says tough penalties are a mistake because, as he says was the case in Iraq, they only hurt the local population and still paved a path to war.

When asked on “Fox News Sunday” what he would do to deter Iran’s alleged nuclear ambitions, Paul said “maybe offering friendship to them.”

Paul’s remarks put him at odds with both the Bush and Obama administrations; U.S. policy has relied heavily on sanctions and diplomacy to try to convince Tehran to abandon its atomic program. Iran says its nuclear program is peaceful.

The government of Iran has been effectively at war with us for over 30 years. Remember that seizing a country’s embassy and holding its staff hostage is an act of war. They have undermined us in Iraq and supported terrorists. They have plotted to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States, on American soil. They have threatened to destroy Israel. They have  not shown the slightest inclination for a rapprochement with the US.

A nuclear Iran would be dangerous. Even if they could be deterred from launching an attack on Israel, and I am not sure how rational President Ahmadinejad and others in the Iranian government actually are, there would almost certainly be an arms race in the most unstable parts of the world, as the Saudis and others tried to develop their own nukes. If Ron Paul has not consider any of this than he is not qualified to be president.

Ron Paul

Michael Medved really lays it on to Ron Paul in his last column, referring to Paul as “The Mad Doctor”, “The Crotchety Candidate” and “Dr. Demento”, largely because of Ron Paul’s uncompromising Libertarian views.

How would you describe a perennial presidential candidate who insists in a televised debate that government has no more right to interfere with prostitution or heroin than it does to limit the right of the people to “practice their religion and say their prayers”?

The phrase “crackpot” comes immediately to mind—and in any contemporary political dictionary that term would appear alongside a photograph of Congressman Ron Paul.

The Mad Doctor, who proudly consorts with 9/11 Truthers and Holocaust denying neo-Nazis, announced his third race for the nation’s highest office on Friday the Thirteenth (appropriately enough) by declaring that, as President, he never would have authorized a lethal strike against Osama bin Laden. The firestorm over this remark distracted attention from previous controversial comments just eight days before, when he used the first debate of the 2012 race to stake out exclusive territory on the lunatic libertarian fringe.

It gets better, or worse, from there. Any person running for public office must choose a middle course between two extremes. On the one hand, a politician who has no convictions and just shifts with the wind, or the polls, is worthless. A leader ought to have some principles or convictions to guide the decisions he makes. On the other hand, there is such a thing as being consistent and principles to the point of idiocy. I think most would agree that legalizing heroin or prostitution is over that line. Not only do such stands make a candidate unelectable, but it shows a certain unwillingness to consider the real world consequences of political theories and policies, or to do what must be done even if it is against your particular ideology.

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