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As Rick Perry heads for the political dumpster, Ron Paul stands ready

By DOUG THOMPSON - Founder & Publisher, Capitol Hill Blue
September 23, 2011

Congressman Ron Paul: Is this his time?

After watching another lackluster debate performance by Texas Governor Rick Perry it’s safe to say the current tea party poster child is the new Michelle Bachmann — a flash in the pan headed for the trash compactor.

Rick Perry on stage stumbled, sputtered and spat.  He started strong then got off script and couldn’t find his way back. Instead of the slick, confident image created by his handlers, the real Rick Perry appeared — a petulant child unable to think on his feet and incapable of dealing with issues or a crisis.

This guy wants to be President?

God help us.

The sad fact that Perry achieved frontrunner status in the GOP circus that masquerades as a political selection process is a worrisome commentary on the state of things in the party of the elephant.  From Sarah Palin to Michelle Bachmann to Rick Perry, Republican desperation to find salvation in style over substance is all too obvious.

Perry supporters — and their numbers are dwindling — sting cling to the fading hope that the GOP race for the nomination is a two-man battle but a new poll in New Hampshire suggest that Rick Perry is not one of those two.  Ron Paul is number two in that poll — not that far behind Mitt Romney and well ahead of other candidates.

By the time the smoke clears, the race could well come down to a contest between moderate Romney and libertarian Paul.

Which wouldn’t be a bad thing for Republicans.  GOP voters would have a clear choice between two candidate with sharply-defined ideologies.

And either would give voters a choice against President Barack Obama as he heads into the 2012 campaign as a born-again liberal.

Romney could appeal to moderate independents who polls show are abandoning Obama in droves while Paul would attract from proponents of less government and more adherence to the Constitution and fundamentals that once drove the GOP.

Some within the GOP still think Jon Huntsman is the sleeper candidate for 2012 and he is third in the New Hampshire poll but the Utah Governor is not igniting any fires among his supporters while Paul has the most impassioned base of fans of any Presidential candidate.

It’s that kind of election year.

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15 Responses to As Rick Perry heads for the political dumpster, Ron Paul stands ready

  1. William Riley

    September 23, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    I rule out Rick Perry as POTUS because:
    He was Al Gore’s Texas campaign Manager
    He gave and Ex Order to HPV vaccinate all girls
    He supports instate tuition for illegals

    Sorry Rick, those are not conservative positions.

  2. eve

    September 23, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    When will the people of the US realize we do not need leaders. We do not need to be led.

    These charlatans who pretend to have our best interests at heart are lying whores, bought and paid for by the highest bidder.

    The American populace has been too tolerant of this nonsense for far too long.

    Sports and entertainment has trumped the responsibility to see that one’s country remains a free and prosperous nation.

    The belief one party is different from the other is nothing short of a ruse.

    The television lies. Talk radio lies. This entire false dichotomy is for those who’s IQ’s fall below triple digits.

    It’s time we audit the fed, end the Fed, the IRS, repeal the Patriot Act, the MCA, the TSA and remove the dual-citizens from our government, thus replacing them with 100% honest and loyal Americans.

    If you have dual-citizenship you have dual-loyalty.

    The Bible says you cannot serve two masters.
    The US courts do not allow an attorney to represent both sides in a trial.

    THIS should tell American’s everything they need to know about dual-citizens in positions of power.

    • Carl Nemo **==

      September 25, 2011 at 10:32 pm

      Spot-on commentary Eve and beautifully written to boot. Thanks for sharing your keen observations and intellect with this site. : )

      Carl Nemo **==

    • Jon

      September 28, 2011 at 6:59 pm

      Actually, I might point out, eve, that you have explained some reasons why we do need leading.

      Let’s see, if I may quote:

      “These charlatans who pretend to have our best interests at heart are lying whores, bought and paid for by the highest bidder.”

      True. But someone, in fact at least 50% plus one vote voted for them (overlooking fraud). Perhaps they could use a leader to take them out of the wilderness?

      That applies to the tolerance remark as well.

      “Sports and entertainment has trumped the responsibility to see that one’s country remains a free and prosperous nation.”

      True again. But so what? Are they going to lead themselves from the land of dubious bread yet reliable circuses?

      “The belief one party is different from the other is nothing short of a ruse.”

      They are different. Not as different as they would like you to believe, but they are different. Imagine, if you will, a litterbug vs. a rapist, or a burglar vs. a murderer – They’re both criminal, but not the same.

      “The television lies. Talk radio lies. This entire false dichotomy is for those who’s IQ’s fall below triple digits.”

      Given that IQ scores are carefully scaled that the median score is 100, you’ve just condemned half the population. Welcome to Lake Wobegone, where all the children are above average…

      “It’s time we audit the fed, end the Fed, the IRS, repeal the Patriot Act, the MCA, the TSA and remove the dual-citizens from our government, thus replacing them with 100% honest and loyal Americans.”

      I concur that the Fed and the IRS could use a looking at, and that the Patriot Act is about as unpatriotic as any could be imagined, but I don’t know what the MCA is. The TSA is complete horsepucky. What dual citizens have to do with this I’ll bring up in a bit.

      “The Bible says you cannot serve two masters.”

      Okay. Do you serve God or do you serve the USA? They are not the same thing. The Bible itself, according to you, says you cannot serve two masters.

      Render unto Caesar and leave God out of it, I’d suggest.

      J.

      • griff

        September 29, 2011 at 4:01 pm

        MCA is the Military Commissions Act.

    • KishinD

      September 29, 2011 at 12:17 am

      I agree with you eve, mostly. I am always encouraged to see thoughtful people expressing themselves.

      But if we do not need leaders, or to be led, what is the alternative? In a general sense, I’m a libertarian, but considerate people have political views too complex to be reduced to a label.

      I’m all for a system of self-organization that rejects traditional concepts of leadership and concentration of power. The greater the disparity in power, the greater the abuse of that power – our founding fathers knew this and tried to split up the powers.

      Are you vying for Direct Democracy (ni4d.us)? Even then you need a hierarchy to direct and enforce the people’s mandates. Are you vying for anarchy? My perfect world is very close to anarchy, but we do need effective ways to self-organize for the benefit of individuals and the community.

      So my central question is: Do you have any ideas on how to self-organize in leaderless ways? So far #OccupyWallStreet is doing okay in that regard, but they’re only dealing with 1,000 or so people. Their methods won’t work for 1 million people, let alone 6 billion.

      I have a young sprout in my mind that is a truly revolutionary idea, but I really need some expert input before it can fully form.

  3. larry

    September 23, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    Ok, some cheap but sad humor.

    I’m waiting for one of the parties to nomiate Watson from IBM.

    http://www-03.ibm.com/innovation/us/watson/index.html

    of course this will work till they give it guidelines to govern the country. At they point we get the terminator scenario with skynet or my old favorite movie ‘Colossus: The Forbin Project’.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colossus:_The_Forbin_Project

    Taking a guess the gop plan would produce the Skynet scenario – kill everything and then we will have peace and robot jesus will return.

    Colossus would result from the ultra liberal plan – a completely controled society. no wars no peace – everyone will have a job. and if you aren’t happy we can take care of that problem.

    • KishinD

      September 29, 2011 at 12:33 am

      This is similar to the ending of the book “I, Robot”. Because they cannot allow humans to come to harm, linked AIs take over the financial markets and other numbers systems that influence human behavior. They usher in world peace without ever being recognized as the actual leaders.

      Colossus had one major programming flaw. He was built to protect the country and its people… He should have been built to protect the freedom of humans above all else.

  4. ArkansasAngie

    September 24, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Ron Paul has an in to the youth vote. He has an in with the both parties are scum bags vote. He has the anybody but Obama vote. He shines with the you cannot print your way out of this vote.

    Obama … well … he still has the kinda, sorta hopium vote.

    Romney has the “hey I’m stupid vote”.

    Personally … I’ll be voting for anybody but the incumbent.

  5. Danny Adams

    September 24, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    >>Some within the GOP still think Jon Huntsman is the sleeper candidate for 2012…<<

    Which, as I recall, is a similar hope to what they felt for Palin, Bachmann, and Perry. The GOP have made some sleeper rumblings about Rubio as well.

  6. pstern

    September 25, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    The GOP wealthy are looking “outside the box” at new supposed party savior New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

    May God have mercy on our souls!!!

    The GOP continues to go to one bad choice to a worse choice.

    Of the entire GOP selection debacle, only Ron Paul hands true. I personally do not agree with Paul on all his perspectives, but I give him 90 percent accuracy in reading our problems and offering solutions.

    Still, Ron Paul may be a bit much for the GOP leadership to support. For them, Paul remains the Devil in the bottle.

    Well, I guess the Party still has Sarah Palin and Rudy Giuliani, along with Christi.

    All I can say is “Yechhh!!!”

    http://theuniverseatyourfeet.blogspot.com/

  7. Carl Nemo **==

    September 25, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    In my time I was a fierce proponent of Ron Paul and his projected policies as President.

    Then I ‘lost the faith’ and moved away from him due to his perennial campaign fumblings etc.; I.E., the mark of loser, intentional or otherwise.

    Although not 100% assured of such, it would seem that if this man were elected, he’d shut down Iraq, Afghanistan and our ‘interface’ with Pakistan as “Commander in Chief”, although no doubt challenged by his NSC (National Security Council) and General Staff; then simply denied in a NY minute due to his status as their absolute commander; I.E., “Commander and Chief” of our armed forces as mandated by the Constitution of the United States of America. :|

    This act alone would save us trillions and possibly be the catalyst to save the Republic.

    So as a ‘failed’ political pragmatist I will vote for Ron Paul and urge others to do so in the fall of 2012.

    Why am I a ‘failed’ pragmatist? I foolishly voted for this ‘black man’ that talked of “change we can believe in”. I foolishly thought that if anyone could push for “change we can believe in” then it would be this man. He’s turned out to be a ‘pig in a poke';I.E., an ‘oreo’, or worse yet, a political fifth columnist…no?

    Carl Nemo **==

  8. James

    September 26, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Perry has done little to disprove the charge that he’s no more than a republican version of BO. And given his record of actual deeds, he’s not going to change that perception anytime soon.

  9. Gregg

    September 27, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    As a native Texan. I wouldn’t vote for Perry for Dog Catcher.

    Perry’s 10 years run as governor is more than enough punishment for all who reside in Texas.

    I can’t image the horror we’d all suffer if Perry was president.

  10. griff

    September 29, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Doug, it’s nice to al last see you give the Good doctor a smattering of respect. Kudos.