Ron Paul 2012! The Chad Doesn’t Fall Far From the Ballot.

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I have said long ago that Ron Paul followers are a bit out of touch.  I also believe that many of Ron Paul’s most ardent and boisterous supporters are teens and college age kids.  

Video by Chunkage75

As exemplified by the young man seen in the video above, most of Ron Paul’s supporters are men between the ages of 18 and 30.   His support among both men and women progressively declines from the age of 27 and up.    In other words, most of Ron Paul’s support comes from the very kids that you see on MTV during Spring Breaks specials at Senor Frogs in Cancun, or surrounding a stage on Miami Beach while drinking beer through funnels and flailing their booties and hands about to Fifty Cent’s latest rap about those he deems as bitches and hos.  As portrayed by the very civic-minded young man in the video above, this is what accounts for a significant portion of Ron Paul’s support.

The problem is that much like the irresponsible fool in the video, many of the minds in this young demographic are not as  inspired by Ron Paul’s respect for the Constitution as they are for the excuses they come with up based upon Ron Paul’s interpretations of the Constitution.  What they do with Ron Paul’s message is say “Yeah, that’s right.  Government has no right to tell me anything”.    While government should in fact play much less a role in our lives than it currently does, Ron Paul’s lack of any willingness to acknowledge many of the proper responsibilities for government, allows for an almost anarchist-like interpretation of his message by those who wish to legitimize their own unfettered conduct.

Paul’s mousey toned, but impassioned description of  the Constitution helps the  typical young rebel who feels  invincible and naïvely believes they are of superior intellect,  to make excuses for irresponsible behavior.   The largest demographic supporting Ron Paul likes the idea of freedom but they do not quite grasp the fact that with freedom also comes great responsibility and personal control.  And so like the punk kid in the video, they do not respectfully regard the Constitution for the freedom it defends, they instead use it as an excuse for avoiding the personal responsibility that comes with freedom.

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A Two Horse Race

Bookmark and ShareWith the 3rd major Republican primary debate in the books there are 2 candidates whom have begun to distance themselves from the pack. Mitt Romney looked and sounded presidential as he took shots from and at the man who has unseated him as the early polling frontrunner, Texas governor Rick Perry. Perry was the self described ‘pinata’ as he wore the target as the newest candidate and he did not disappoint, handling well the shots coming at him as well as throwing some shots towards his main opponent.

There were other candidates on the stage but the debate quickly became the Romney/Perry show.

Rick Santorum didn’t do anything to hurt himself but certainly didn’t help himself either. He looked as if he were either miffed that the debate was becoming about the 2 top candidates or that he had just sucked on a lemon. Newt, always the smartest guy in the room, had some good answers but again went after the record of the media instead of the records of his opponents. Michelle Bachmann didn’t have the opportunity that she did in the first two debates to showcase her TEA party credentials and didn’t do anything to stand out. She has simply been overshadowed by the entrance of Perry. Herman Cain stuck to his buisness leader guns but is quickly fading away as he fails to have the power or ability to shine above the other candidates. Jon Huntsman was doing a good job until he got led into his global warming stance which is a quick turn off for most GOP primary voters. Ron Paul did something he normally shy’s away from and took some shots at fellow Texan Perry but again fell prey to his lack of communication skills and undoubtedly hurt the small amount of momentum he gained in Iowa.

In my opinion Romney looked more presidential, whatever that means, and remained calm and well spoken. Romney deserves the win in the 1st head to head showdown between himself and Rick Perry. Perry handled the expected barrage of shots across his bow from his opponents and came out strong in the beginning. As the debate went on Perry seemed to fade and Romney still stood out. Perry also made some bulletin board comments that his opponents, and especially liberals, will pin up and go after every time he speaks. For that he gets the 2nd place finish. The polls in the next week will be interesting. Will Perry hold onto his entering momentum….or will Romney have gained back the spot he has held since the beginning?

It would be hard pressed for any conservative who is voting Republican to deny that after this debate there are 2 candidates that distanced themselves from the rest. Mitt Romney and Rick Perry.

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The Disadvantage of Ron Paul and Michele Bachmann

Bookmark and ShareThe debt. The deficit. The debt ceiling. Default. Social security checks. Medicare payments. Balanced Budgets. Tax increases. Gang of six. Cut, Cap and Balance. Headlines all in the past week. Headlines that, for the most part, the Republican candidates for President have been able to take a stand on without actually having to take a solid position. That is unless you are Ron Paul or Michele Bachmann, the 2 candidates who are sitting members of the House Of Representatives.

2012 GOP Presidential leader and former MA Governor Mitt Romney has stated that “The answer for the country is for the president to agree to cut federal spending, to cap federal spending and to put in place a balanced budget amendment.” “If the president were to do those things, this whole debt issue would disappear.” He has declined to say whether he would support a compromise.

Former MN Governor Tim Pawlenty said in Iowa this week, “Eventually you run out of money, but what you do is you buy yourself a bunch of time to have the debate about real reform.” A vague statement but one that allows him to offer an opinion without having to land solidly behind a plan.

Paul and Bachmann however are forced, through their House seats, to vote for or against the actual plans. They are not afforded the luxury to simply make broad statements without taking a position that the other candidates are. Both Paul and Bachmann were also among the nine House Republicans who voted Tuesday night against the ‘cut, cap and balance’ bill that would reduce 2012 spending by more than $100 billion, cap it over the next decade and prohibit more government borrowing until Congress passes a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget. Harry Reid has vowed it will not pass the Senate and the President has vowed to veto it if it does.

Ron Paul said it wouldn’t live up to it’s promises, passing the cuts off for years and Bachmann said it didn’t go far enough to cut spending.

So are candidates that hold seats in Congress at a disadvantage when it comes to being able to use the rhetoric on an issue? Douglas Holtz-Eakin, who was a top economic policy adviser to Republican Party presidential nominee John McCain in 2008 but not aligned with any of the contenders this time around stated, “What they would like to have is the issue and that’s the difference between them and the congressional leaders. They need an issue. The congressional leaders need a result.”

We will see in the coming days and months leading up to the Iowa caucus if the other candidates try to pull the votes of Paul and Bachmann into the fray. While the other candidates can rely on rhetoric and easily take the stance that the polls dictate are popular, sitting members of Congress have to take a solid stand on the bills before them. A disadvantage for sure in a large candidate field with a mere 2 current legislators in it’s ranks.

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Presidential Debate Criteria Set

Bookmark and Share On May 5th, Fox News and the South Carolina Republican Party will be holding one of the first official Republican presidential debates and today they have released the qualifications that candidates must reach in order to be eligible to participate.

According to a press release from Fox News “Every potential debate candidate must meet all six steps of the … criteria no later than 5 p.m. [Eastern time] on Friday, April 29, in order to be eligible for participation in the debate”

All participants must:

  1. Register a presidential exploratory committee or have announced a formal campaign for president.
  2. File all required paperwork with the Federal Elections Commission.
  3. File necessary paperwork with the South Carolina Republican Party.
  4. Paid federal and state filing fees.
  5. Meet all constitutional requirements.
  6. Received at least an average of 1 percent in five national polls, based on the most recent polling leading up to April 29th.

According to South Carolina State GOP Chairwoman Karen Floyd, so far those who expect to meet the qualifications and to participate in the debate include former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer, and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania will participate.

One of the often mentioned names that has declined to participate is former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.

And in case you didnt notice, since Ron Paul has stated he will be participating, I guess that answers the question of whether or not he is running for President.

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Rand Paul Visits South Carolina

Bookmark and ShareKentucky Senator and TEA Party favorite Rand Paul could be testing the 2012 presidential waters with a trip to South Carolina.

The son of Texas Rep., 2008 GOP presidential candidate and possible 2012 candidate Ron Paul, Rand is appeared this afternoon before the College of Charelston’s “Bully Pulpit” series to talk about Libya, his possible 2012 interest and the national debt. He is scheduled to appear this evening before the Charelston Meeting, a center right, invitation only organization that invites politicians to address it’s membership strictly off the record.

Paul, like his father a Tea Party favorite, who won his Senate seat last fall, is visiting several early presidential voting states independently of his father. The only answer he will give regarding his own Presidential aspirations is, “The only decision I’ve made is I won’t run against my dad,” he said, adding that he wants to see the Tea Party influence the 2012 GOP nominee.

So how many Paul’s will there be on the ballot come 2012? Just one according to Rand. Which one however remains a mystery.

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Trunkline 2012 – Today’s Highlights

A roundup of today’s tidbits from the campaign trail;

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Congressman, Senator or President? Ron Paul Discusses His Political Options

Bookmark and Share In a recent interview, syndicated radio talk show host Alex Jones talked with Texas Congressman Ron Paul about the Congressmans political future. Will he be running for reelection to Congress? Will he seek to replace retiring Texas Republican Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison? Or will he use 2012 to run a third campaign for President of the United States?

Below is a video clip of that interview. In it, Alex Jones gushes with a level of praise so profuse, that Congressman Paul can hardly get a word in edgewise, but in between Jones attempt to make the decision for the Congressman, Ron Paul offers a sincere description of his thinking process and the stage he is currently at in the decision making process.

Paul also promises that no matter what he does, he knows that he cant imagine himself not being actively engaged in the cause in one way or another.

Despite the Congressman’s remarks, recent reports claim that Ron Paul believes a presidential run is his most viable option. Of course for him, it is more viable than most. Unlike most others in the House, he would not have step down from his seat in Congress. Texas law permits him to be on the ballot both as candidate for the for the presidential nomination and the House of Representatives. Most others have to choose between one or the other.

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