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Will The Real Republican Please Stand Up

If there is one thing that the recent Republican Party Debates have shown us, it is that there is still a no real viable option from the Party to win the 2012 election. The infighting has just begun and it’s going to get dirtier in the weeks and months ahead. If you’re a Democrat, you’ve just been handed an early Christmas present watching the nominees tear each other apart in public.

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Now, some of you have written in about me ignoring Ron Paul as the candidate that will emerge from the mess as the Republican Party nominee. That’s true, I have left him out. It’s not that I don’t like Mr. Paul – I do. Some of his ideas are out there in left field, but most of what he has to say is right on the money. That’s the problem. He is too honest, too frank and sometimes too logical to become the candidate of choice. Politicians don’t win by telling the truth. If that were the case, the Libertarian Party would actually be a party today. It’s not.

Americans want to hear the truth, but they don’t want to vote for it. The truth is painful. It means economic contraction. It means sacrifices. It means austerity. Listen, the only way to lower our national debt is to cut spending and raise taxes. That is the truth. If you look at the plans put forth, they all sound good…but they are all meant to move the deficit to a more manageable position and keep the debt at current levels and shrink it over the next two decades. According to Ron Paul, even the most conservative Republican proposals require raising the debt ceiling by $9 trillion dollars by 2021.

Yes, I am talking about both the Republican and Democrat plans. Can you imagine if there was a real plan on the table, one that actually cut spending and reduced the debt? It would look something like what Ron Paul is saying. Massive cuts to defense. Massive entitlement reform. Massive reform of the Federal Reserve, the return of the gold standard, full withdrawal of the US from all foreign conflicts, anti abortion legislation, right to work for all people (de-unionization)…the works.

You may agree with some or all of what Mr. Paul has to say, but you are not in the majority and there are not enough votes out there to carry his platform. Consider that if he ran on this platform, he would face opposition from his own “party”. The Republican base is not going to stand for slashing defense spending by more than half, just as a starter. The gold standard is a non-starter as it would require massive re-valuation of the dollar or a massive economic contraction. Folks, we have more than $15 trillion in debt and more than $60 trillion in unfunded future liabilities. All the gold in the world today would be a drop in the bucket, even at today’s prices. In order to un-dollarize, the US would have to either buy all the gold or decrease the dollars in circulation in order to push up its value. Neither is probable and even if it was, it would result in a seismic shift in the global markets which would create financial pain for the likes of you and me that would make 2008 look like a great option.

Truth is, we can all talk a good game, as the Republican Candidates are trying to do, but putting that plan into action is much, much harder. Look at Social Security and Medicare reform. It’s needed, and needed badly. Yet when any candidate or even politician brings it up for debate, he or she is shot down – not by the opposition but my members of his/her own party or constituency.

There are no easy answers and sound-bytes from the far left or far right (Tea Party) are not solutions. They are talking points that may need to be studied. But, radical ideas from either side will not take the day when it comes to the final vote for President in 2012. Radical ideas mean pain, lots of it. Ron Paul is a physician and he knows about pain. But, he also knows that you can’t be a great doctor if your consultation with every patient you see involves talk of radical surgery and amputation of limbs as the only solution.

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10 Comments

  1. mark Peterson September 19, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Sorry, your position regarding Ron Paul and truth is a big part of the problem. Grow a spine. It’s going to hurt no matter which way we do it. I am tired of the same old lies and kicking the can down the road. Let it hit the fan! The Banks sometimes have a saying, “the first loss is the best loss”.

    I don’t need more gutless wimpy positions like yours. At least, you admit it.

  2. Mike Nasca September 19, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    I believe true smart Americans wanting to save this nation will step up, and will be willing to sacrifice for the love of their children, and their children. We are not as stupid and as selfish as you may think. Lazy yes! But after 3 years of Obama I really and truly believe that Americans will pool together and help save the country. Vote for Ron Paul for he is the only man with the plan and mentality to bring this country back on its feet. No more talking we need action!

  3. Phillip Churelington September 19, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    The Republican Party HAS shown a REAL candidate. It sounds like you just want another politician to lie to you and the rest of the American public.

    Wake up! Grow up! Man up!

    Ron Paul has most of the same beliefs that you do. Any issues where you don’t agree with Ron Paul, we will look to the supreme law of the land, the Constitution, to decide.

    This country needs to take its medicine, feel the pain, and heal. Whenever there has been a crisis in the past: 9/11, Pearl Harbor, WWII, anything that threatens US, all of us, Americans pull together. You can, too.

    Don’t underestimate the will and determination of the American PEOPLE (not the government) to prevail over adversity.

    Ron Paul is the only candidate that can match up against Obama and win on every issue! All the other candidates lean towards Obama’s Marxist philosophy!

    Suck it up, Cupcake! Support AND Vote Ron Paul in 2012!

  4. Philip September 19, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Well I’m in UK but if I was over there i would be republican.
    He sounds like most of the isolationist rabble over here.
    The tories (dems) killed this country with their idealistic cant 30 years ago and we are still paying the price for that.
    Labor (sorry new labor) are not much better coming out with some good stuff and lots of c-rap.
    So it would appear we are in the same boat, up a creek without a paddle and politicians that can’t design a ship to tow us out, after carefully guiding us there in the first place.

  5. Ernest Pierce September 19, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Hopefully, the debating process will lead to a stronger candidate. Would you prefer another Manchurian candidate like the incredible phoney that currently occupies the White House? Tell me you’re not in favor os Socialism.

  6. Dr. Seth Gambee September 19, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    You make some valid points in your article, but you offer no solutions.

    If someone speaking the truth, like Ron Paul, is too radical, then what’s your solution?

    This is exactly what the Left and the neo-cons want us to think. That the truth is too radical for us, that we can’t handle it. That we just need to trust the same politicians and their empty promises for change.

    You’re saying that the truth is too radical.

    Are you saying that you want politicians to keep lying to us, but to try and start “cutting back” on the lies little by little?

    If not, what are you offering as a solution?

    This is what the American people are tired of hearing. We’re tired of hearing that we can’t handle the truth, that the same representatives who have gotten us into this mess are smarter than we are and know better than we do what’s good for us or for our country.

    If elected, all of Ron Paul’s ideas aren’t going to make it into Law immediately. But we definitely need someone who understands the need to change and is willing to start us on the painful path to recovery rather than another cookie-cutter establishment candidate who will only give us more of the same.

    League of Power Replies:

    Hi Everyone,

    Thanks for the feedback. I certainly have nothing against and do not dislike Ron Paul as a candidate. If you re-read the message this was not meant to be an anti-Ron Paul message. I simply acknowledge that his chances of winning are slim.

    It’s like if I thought the NY Yankees were going to beat the Kansas City Royals. It doesn’t mean I hate the Royals… It’s simply a prediction of the outcome.

    If I wind up eating crow in November 2012 I will gladly do so. Though my best guess is that when all is said and done it will be business as usual in Washington.

    Be sure to read next Monday’s newsletter where I will be following up on this topic.

  7. Garrett September 19, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    Isolationist? huh?

    Oh but bombing countries, imposing sanctions, giving weapons to people’s enemies, building an empire with bases in all these countries..oh yea THAT won’t isolate you….

    As for Paul, what’s extreme? He knows the COnstitution and is full of common sense. What’s not to like?

    If we didn’t have an income tax and had COnstitutional gov. we would have all these socialistic programs that require billions in funding.

    The country is a mess, beyond repair, and for that, like it or not, you need a true doctor who will get things done and tell it like it is.

    BTW, Ron Paul won the CA straw poll.

    Don’t discount him…

  8. Garrett September 19, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    should be ‘would not’ have all these socialistic programs…you know steal from group A and give to group B

  9. David J.S. September 19, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    I like politics-but this newsletter is not nor should it be a political forum and one side or another will always take offense. Also, I am Democrat and do not want to feel alienated by the right leaning comments. I would prefer to see this newsletter focus on money making and financial information (which is why I joined) and become politically neutral. Conversations about politics, religion, sex, abortion, never end kindly– so why even go there…

  10. vince September 20, 2011 at 1:45 am

    Wow it’s people like you that keep the status que
    What kind if statement is that Ron Paul is to
    Honest for politics wow. Wake up this is what the
    American people r looking for HONESTY enough with the
    Waste and hand outs get with the program ron Paul has a
    Large grassroots org and getting larger every day

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