A Scoop of Ron Paul, Please
by Susan Westfall: We
Are All Libertarians Now
been a great lover of ice cream. It's almost as American as apple
pie, upon which a scoop of vanilla is often added for true perfection.
We've all chanted that old childhood ditty "I scream, you scream,
we all scream for ice cream!" And seriously, who hasn't waited
for or chased an ice cream truck down the street at some point in
their lives? Then came Baskin-Robbins. Ice cream lovers everywhere
rejoiced at the advent of their 31 flavors. Not only that, they
also introduced rotating flavors of the month! This innovative marketing
concept undoubtedly contributed to BRs becoming the world-wide franchise
it is today. That being said and my appreciation of ice cream
and creative ideas having been expounded upon I would like to
suggest that the GOP stop trying to emulate BR's success by introducing
a new flavor of candidate every month. In politics it's not really
innovative, as much as it is mind-numbing and nauseatingly ridiculous.
What (you might
ask if you were Rip Van Winkle) is the goal of applying such a marketing
strategy to the political realm? Apparently at some level of the
established leadership structure, there still resides the idea that
candidate kryptonite will be discovered in time to fortify the ranks
against impending disaster. Somewhere, in some nook or cranny yet
to be peeked into, lurks a miraculous nominee able to leap the immovable
wall of Ron Paul in a single tent-saving bound.
While the search
continues, we are bombarded by the press with this month's top contender
the name keeps changing as rapidly as the media polls do Mitt
Romney. At the upcoming CNN New Hampshire debate on June 13th,
Mr. Romney will assume the center
stage position, thereby demonstrating (hopefully) his superiority
as a candidate to all viewers not intelligent enough to divine this
fact from his steel-bending responses and laser-like stares. I expect
the morning of June 14th will prove these hopes sorely
dashed. Mr. Romney's rhetorical ammunition to this point has proved
of only two casts: well worn status-quo pebbles unable to penetrate
previously abused eardrums; and shiny, new rocks of constitutional
sagacity chipped from the afore mentioned immovable wall. The latter
will sound good, but Mr. Luther um...Mr. Romney does not have
a supportive enough voting record to withstand even the most cursory
of glances by those wishing to verify his sincerity. I wonder if
Mr. Romney is given to premonitions, seeing as he
has decided to skip the Iowa straw poll.
Next? Ms. Palin
and Ms. Bachman "On you marks!" Surely, one of
the two females in the revolving carousel of flavors will be given
their moment in the sun as well. According to Slate, it
won't be Ms. Palin however, so Ms. Bachman better suit up.
In the meantime
let's move on to other candidates already in the display case. First,
Mr. Gingrich whom it would seem is in for some difficulties if
not already on his way out since on Thursday his "campaign
manager Rob Johnson and...[the] entire senior staff, including [the]
strategists in early primary election states," resigned en-masse.
Good luck with that is all I can say.
Mr. Pawlenty who, in essence, threw
himself under the bus by acknowledging that "Mitt is going
to be the front-runner." I'm sure his campaign staffers were
after their initial shock reinvigorated to hear him add, "but
those early polls usually don't predict the final outcome."
Then, there is Mr. Santorum whose demise once it's admitted to
will eventually be laid at the door of Google. Two cases of either
blowback or collateral damage it would seem.
As for Mr.
Cain, the New
York Times felt moved to state that "candidates with
electoral resumes as thin as Mr. Cains have very poor track records."
This despite early polling results for him being more impressive
than even those achieved by "Mr. Jackson in 1988, Mr. Buchanan
in 1996 and Mrs. Dole in 2000." Numbers even the Times apparently
found remarkable, especially considering all three of these candidates
were achieving name recognition percentages of 80, while Mr. Cain's
recognition factor "barely exceed[ed] 30 percent." One
just has to wonder, albeit tongue in cheek of course, if
the poll respondents included employees of the Federal Reserve and
All this without
even mentioning Gary Johnson the candidate banned from the New
Hampshire debate for "low poll numbers" despite his having
participated in the recent South Carolina debate. Sadly for him
and for the so-called "democratic process," he seems to
have been allotted the position of replacement "fringe candidate
of the year"
Lest you be
heaving a sigh of relief at the moment don't bother as there
are additional flavors presently in preparation for the voters'
edification. Possible favorites with previous mass appeal that might
rotate in and out are: Rudy Giuliani; Rick Perry; Jon Huntsman;
Jeb Bush; and any other possibility that can be dredged up from
the depths of some ancient rolodex.
state of affairs is likely to continue for some time. At least until
the GOP concedes that times have changed. This is not the 2008 election
cycle. There is no enchanting new flavor to be found in their stale
freezer of ideas. The economy is in a shambles, the country is bankrupt,
the failed foreign policy of war and empire is an expense that can
no longer be afforded and the people know it. The tea-parties,
which included participants from all areas of the political
spectrum, were evidence of the great awakening that began in 2007
and continues to grow apace with the crisis. The formerly clueless
media is now recognizing the fact that there is only one candidate
with real solutions to America's problems and the prospect
of even challenging Obama. The quiet little country doctor and
Congressman from Texas's 14th District.
Ron Paul has
been offering the tried and true taste of liberty to the American
people for decades, and has a record just as long to back it up.
The time has come for his distinctive, unique brand of flavoring.
It's finally in high demand and it's value isn't going anywhere
straight up. Consequently, it's time for the Grand Old Party
to accept with grace the presence of Ron Paul and invite his supporters
gladly into their "big tent" for the win in 2012.
Westfall [send her mail]
is a mother, a libertarian, and an educator.
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