It truly saddens me that people are seriously considering this man for President. But it doesn’t surprise me. I wrote in a previous post that I thought the next front runner would be Gingrich. In terms of simply being human, Ron Paul is much better at being a person than Newt Gingrich is.
The two people I genuinely respect in this race are Ron Paul and Rick Santorum. I disagree with Santorum on individual liberty and foreign policy, but he seems to be a genuinely good guy. The rest I don’t even respect. Bachmann I sort of like, but there’s something about her that I just don’t trust.
If it were just Ron Paul and Rick Santorum in a debate, you could have a real debate between a real Neocon and a real Libertarian and learn the difference between the two. Mitt Romney won’t give you anything because he never talks about anything. Newt Gingrich will just make you feel stupid. Rick Perry will make you feel that he’s stupid. Michele Bachmann will make you feel like someone’s scratching a chalkboard. Herman Cain will make you laugh, though he dropped out over Shabbos I heard. Jon Huntsman will dazzle you with his looks and amazing hair, but hey, he’s Jon Huntsman and nobody cares about him.
But Newt Gingrich, ewww. America’s on the verge of a monumental collapse and Newt is the best thing people can think of? That’s just gross. Cheat on your wife, take money from Freddie Mac, have government force people to buy health insurance, fight a bunch of wars (or don’t depending on when you ask him)…support the fairness doctrine…my head is in my hands.
I’m reminded of something Worf, the klingon from Star Trek: The Next Generation said about the Borg on the episode “Best of Both Worlds”.
Worf to Capt. Picard: The Borg have no courage nor honor. That may be our biggest advantage.
Capt. Picard to Worf: Let’s hope it’s enough.
So I’ll say this. Newt Gingrich has no courage nor honor. He has only hubris. That may be Paul’s biggest advantage. Let’s hope it’s enough.
Continuing the stream of consciousness, Ron Paul said something very funny on an interview with Wolf Blitzer yesterday. Wolf asked him how he would “pay” for the extension of the payroll tax cut. That question means, “how would you take money away from people in order to give money to the same people?”
Paul answered that he wouldn’t “pay” for it. He’d just cut spending and pull 15,000 people out of the embassy in Baghdad. 15,000 in an embassy in Baghdad.
What the HELL are 15,000 bureaucrats doing in Baghdad? Picking their toes? WHAT? With what money are they being paid?
Seems like a damn good way to “pay” for a tax cut. Get the HELL out of Baghdad.
Reminds me of something John McCain said to Paul in an 08 debate.
McCain to Paul: I was just in Baghdad and the troops there told me “let us win!”
Paul answered that the troops give him more money than any other candidate combined. What he should have said was this:
Paul to McCain: Let us win? Let us win WHAT? What are we DOING over there?! What the hell are we supposed to win?!
If people realize this in time, Paul can win. If not, America as we know it will no longer exist. It will be bankrupt in a matter of months.