As a long-time Ron Paul supporter and libertarian Republican, I’ve been struggling over whether to vote for Mitt Romney in November. I’m disappointed that he is the GOP nominee, and mostly I’ve decided to focus on other races where the GOP candidates are stronger (like Justin Amash and Connie Mack).
But I’ll still have to make a decision on the presidential race. At this point I’m leaning toward Romney. This is so even though I don’t like his policy views or his history as an elected official.
I’m a Ron Paul guy. I write the Stop Wasting Money blog. We want spending cuts – big, massive, gutsy, and necessary cuts. We don’t want more of the Reagan/Bush/Bush massive spending increases. A Romney administration will increase spending, and dig us deeper into the already cavernous debt hole.
So why would I vote for Romney? Because the Obama presidency has been that bad, and a second one will be that much worse.
The national debt is now about $16 Trillion. Under Romney we can expect it to reach as high as $20 Trillion. But under Obama I fear it could go as high as $24 Trillion.
Federal spending for 2012 is set for $3.8 Trillion. Under Romney it will grow over $4 Trillion. Under Obama it will grow faster.
As I’m writing this I’m watching C-Span and they showed Obama’s “You Didn’t Build That”.
Did I have help? Sure. My wife, my brother and other family helped. I hired outside contractors for various jobs along the way.
But I was the central driving force behind both businesses. I put in my time. I risked my money. When there were problems I found a way to get through them. The biggest hurdles we had to overcome were placed there by government.
President Obama believes, at his core, that government built my businesses. I’m not sure what Mitt Romney believes at his core – if an etch-a-sketch has a core – but it’s probably not worse than Obama’s philosophy.
The other reason I’m leaning toward Romney is perhaps stronger. Ron Paul will not be elected in 2012. There is no Ron Paul candidate on the ballot with any chance of winning.
So for me, this vote is to some extent a decision about whether to replace an employee. President Obama was hired to do a job. He’s done terribly. The economy is in the tank. I have a number of friends who are out of work, underemployed, and otherwise struggling financially. Prices of key items are up dramatically – milk, bread, gasoline – things that matter to regular people.
When an NFL quarterback has a record like Obama’s, the fans scream for a new quarterback. No matter what you think of the guy on the bench, it’s time to give him a shot.
Romney does have a reputation as a fix-it guy. He is credited with saving the Salt Lake Olympics. I don’t like his work as Massachusetts Governor, but it wasn’t that bad and we can hope he learned from the failed Romneycare experiment.
Romney probably will do a better job than Obama. And keep in mind that we are hoping to get several more Ron Paul candidates elected to the House and Senate.
If the House and Senate pass Ron Paul’s Audit the Fed, Mitt Romney will sign it. Barack Obama will not. That’s a huge issue within the Ron Paul community. When the Paulists and other Tea Party congressmen pass serious spending cuts, Mitt Romney is more likely than Obama to work with them.
Regrettably, I don’t see much difference between Obama and Romney on foreign policy. But Obama has done so badly in this area that Romney is unlikely to be worse.
I still haven’t made up my mind, feeling a strong pull to write in Ron Paul’s name. But most likely I will vote for Romney.
There is a disturbing trend within the Ron Paul movement. Some are calling for an “exodus” from the Republican Party. This completely misses what the movement has been trying to do.
Ron Paul followers have been getting more involved in the GOP party structure. There have been big successes in Iowa, Nevada, Maine and other states. We have been getting more candidates to run for office and we are making real progress in pulling the Republican Party toward our views.
There are many conspiracy theory fans in the Ron Paul and larger Tea Party movement. I don’t follow most of them. I don’t care where President Obama was born, nor whether the Rothschilds control the banks.
But I do believe there is a conspiratorial effort against the Ron Paul movement. The Washington DC establishment, including the leadership of both parties and the bureaucrats, fears us. They fear we will take their power away, because that is exactly what we aim to do. They are using operatives like Roger Stone to infiltrate aspects of the movement and disrupt it. They are attacking Rand Paul, Jesse Benton, and others with a long history of support for Ron Paul. The call for an exodus from the GOP is directly contrary to what Ron Paul has been working toward.
Fortunately most of the Ron Paul movement sees through this and is staying the course. We will work to elect good candidates in 2012 and 2014. We will continue to work to build our presence in the GOP party structure. And in 2016 we will have a candidate for President. If Mitt Romney continues increasing the debt, fails to audit the Fed, and otherwise disappoints, we can beat him in a primary.