Mark Levin: Why I Can Not Vote For Ron Paul

Bookmark and Share    Mark Levin continues to stick to his guns about his personal choice for the Republican presidential nomination is between Rick Santorum and Michele Bachmann.  Levin believes that are the most consistent conservatives in the race and have what it takes to get the nation back on track.  But he recently began addressing the attempted conservative assault on newt Gingrich. He then questioned whether or not they will continue that strategy if next November if he is the Republican nominee. He also states how he believes that many of those conservatives who are attacking Newt for not being consistent, are themselves inconsistent in their thinking. But then Mark told his listening audience about a question  asked of him by a friend who works for a conservative website.  The friend asked Levin who he would choose if it came down to Gingrich or Romney.

Mark said in that scenario he would vote for Gingrich over Mitt Romney.

But then he went to explain that the only one he really could not vote for was Ron Paul.

As he explains in the clip below, Levin just does not believe that Ron Paul has a realistic foreign and national security policy.  He calls it dangerous and then interjects some of the arguments that Ron paul and his supporters spew as examples of the United States being an empire, a description which “The Great One” does not believe fits the United States.

He also goes on to characterize the knee jerk reactions that Ron Paul supporters consistently respond with as a “shutting down of their thought process”.

While many will disagree with Levin’s assessment, I for one totally agree with him.  And more than that, he  also captures the same sense of dislike for the Pauliacs who try to parrot Ron Paul, that I also share with Martk Levin.

Levin brings up many more valid points about Ron Paul’s thinking and calls the whole Ron Paul crusade a cult of personality.  Those of you who are Ron paul fans will certainly not like the clip below.  In addition to his mocking tones, Mark Levin intejects many valid points which make a strong case against Paul.

 

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Trunkline 2012: Monday Mentions from The Republican Presidential Race – 12/5/11

Bookmark and ShareThe “late” edition of Trunkline 2012 has talk of Newt, Mitt, Michele, Rick Perry, Donald Trump, Chuck “the Schmuck” Todd, Nancy Pelosi, some advice from Mark Levin, the lies involved in Fast & Furious, and more news from the campaign trail.

 “I just think it’s time to have a president whose idea of being “hands on” doesn’t mean getting a better grip on the golf club….” – Mitt Romney

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Michele Bachmann: Is She Gambling Her Congressional Seat Away?

  Bookmark and Share  Congresswoman Michele Bachmann called in to Wednesday night’s broadcast of Mark Levin’s radio program and discussed her blueprint for economic prosperity and job creation. Toward the end of her interview, Mark asked Bachmann indicated that he is not sure how it works in Minnesota but he asked if she is also running for reelection to her congressional seat.

The question was a good one, because there are some states where you can run for two separate offices on the same ballot.

The ability to do that makes the decision to run for higher much easier if you hold , say a safe House seat and wanted to run for the U.S. Senate, or even Vice President or President.  You could still run for one of those offices and be secure in the fact that if you lose, you will likely still be reelected to Congress.  But such an opportunity is varies from state to state based upon such allowances in their individual state election laws.

In Minnesota, state law prevents a major party candidate from running for President and Congress at the same time.

In Bachmann’s case, that means she would have to give up on running either for President or for reelection to her congressional seat.

In answering Mark Levin’s question, Bachmann made it clear that she is running for President and nothing else.  The Congresswoman indicated that she feels  that our nation is at critical crossroads and the direction we go is so important that she will put all of her energy in to becoming President and assure that we head in the right direction.

Then Bachmann casually added;

“I think the filing deadline to run for office in Minnesota is in the summer and we will know who the nominee is by then”. 

That statement suggests that Bachmann is definitely aware of the fact that she will have the opportunity to seek reelection to her seat in the House of Representatives and more than likely knows what her answer is.

The truth is that the cutoff period for filing is not in the summer but it’s close enough.  According to the deadlines established on Minnesota Secretary of State’s website, the filing deadline for Bachmann is May 5, 2012, and by that time, we will surely know who the Republican nominee will be.  If Republicans do not know who their nominee will be by May of next year, then they will be in big trouble.

So while Bachmann may indeed be sincere about her desire to run only for President, she knows very well that she will probably be running for reelection to the House.

On a side note, there is precedence for candidates running for two offices at the same time, on the same ballot.   In 1960 LBJ ran for Vice President and for reelection to his Senate seat from Texas.  In 1988, Democrat Lloyd Bentsen, also from Texas, did the same thing as Michale Dukakis’ running mate.  Texas law specifically permitted them to do so. The Texas state legislature passed what is commonly called the LBJ law, specifically for his benefit back in 1959. But while Texas law allows you to run for any two seats simultaneously, other states like Missouri and Connecticut only one of the two offices that a candidate simultaneously runs for to be for that of the Presidency or Vice Presidency, only.

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One of the most recent such cases occurred in 2000 when Democrat Al Gore chose Connecticut’s Joe Lieberman as his Vice Presidential running mate.  Luckily for Lieberman, he was able to run for Vice President and reelection to the senate at the same time.  While Al Gore lost his home state of Tennessee and the general election, Joe Liberman carried Connecticut for the democratic ticket and won reelection to his senate seat.

Aside from examples of dual presidential and senate candidacies, in 1968, Pennsylvania Democrat Rep. John Dent ran for both renomination to the House and for his Party’s  U.S. Senate nomination.  Dent won renomination for his congressional seat but he lost the senate Democrat Senate nomination to incumbent senator Joseph Clark.

As for Michele Bachmann, she clearly can run for one or the other not both.  But with 100,000 voters needed to be cut out of her current seat due to redistricting, it is not known how strong a Republican seat her congressional district will be.  Insiders suggest that it will still lean Republican.  Another good sign for Bachmann is that there are still no Republican names knocking down the door to replace her.  Still, when asked about running for reelection to her 6th district seat in the recent past, Bachmann has for the most part, avoided the question.
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Palin Announces She Is Not Running For President. Catch the Audio and Written Versions of her Decision Here.

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What Role Will She Play?

On Tuesday it was New Jersey Governor Chris Christie who dispelled any rumors about his running for President and now on Wednesday, in what can only be called a week that finally allowed the Republican presidential nomination process to focus on the real, not the imagined candidates, former Alaska Governor and vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin put an an end to speculation about her own run for President.

She revealed her decision on Mark Levin’s popular radio talk show.  You can listen to the entire interview here.

In an open letter on her SarahPAC website, Governor Palin tells supporters  that she decided not to run because she feels that she can be more effective in playing a decisive role in the election of others who defend the conservative values that she has come to represent.   She also promised to;

“continue driving the discussion for freedom and free markets, including in the race for President where our candidates must embrace immediate action toward energy independence through domestic resource developments of conventional energy sources, along with renewables. We must reduce tax burdens and onerous regulations that kill American industry, and our candidates must always push to minimize government to strengthen the economy and allow the private sector to create jobs.”

Palin’s announcement now forces a fickle Republican electorate to choose from among the existing field of assembled candidates.   As of yesterday, a Quinnipiac poll of Republican primary voters indicated that Mitt Romney had a majority of support, while Herman Cain was
quickly rising and Texas Governor Rick Perry was dropping fast.  The next important name and number to appear in the poll was Sarah Palin, who before the news that she was not running, came in fourth place with with 9%.

Quinnipiac National Republican Primary

(Numbers in parentheses indicate previous poll results)

  • Romney – 22% (18)
  • Cain – 17% (5)
  • Perry – 14% (24)
  • Palin – 9% (11)
  • Gingrich – 8% (3)
  • Paul – 6% (9)
  • Bachmann – 3% (10)
  • Santorum – 3% (1)
  • Huntsman – 1% (1)

Now, combining the significant number of Republican voters hoping Palin would run with the existing 17% who are already undecided, the total percentage of the G.O.P. electorate that is up for grabs is 26% or more than 1/4th of the G.O.P. electorate.

This in many ways keeps this a wide open race.  That is especially the case considering that many more voters who have stated support for one candidate or another have also indicated that their support is soft, and can easily be won over by one of the other Republicans in the field.

At the moment, it looks like the name that has the most to gain from Palin’s announcement is Herman Cain.  As indicated in a WH12 post by IkeFriday, Palin’s social conservative and TEA movement support is now likely to go Cain’s way.  Palin’s announcement that she is not running happened at the most opportune time for Cain.  With the tide shifting his way ever since the Florida Straw Poll, the voters left hanging by Palin can easily be swept up in that tide.

As for Palin herself, her decision was most definitely the right one for her.  Palin has been thriving as a cheerleader for the anti-establishment wing of the conservative electorate.  She has raised and made money and advanced the cause.  By keeping herself out of the race, she allows herself to remain a force to contend with.  As we have seen with Rick Perry and others, once one becomes a candidate, maintaining their superstar image is much harder to do.  Palin though has the opportunity to keep her star burning brighter for  another day.

Meanwhile, much of  Palin’s fan base is still trying to digest the decision and absorb what obvious disappointment they feel.  While many of the pro-Palin websites and blogs have not yet even released statements, one leading site, Conservatives 4 Palin, did have a post from Adrienne Ross who wrote;

“The Governor Palin I have supported these past three years, the one I’ve been privileged to come to know, is indeed the real deal, and so for tonight I will leave it at this: I continue to stand with Governor Palin.”

While many Palin supporters will undoubtedly be disappointed with the decision, it does not look like they will be disappointed by her.  As such, her role in the 2012 election could be critical to who the G.O.P. nominates.  But Palin supporters can not give up the hope that we can win back the White House and to do so with a candidate who represents all the values which Sarah does.  Depressed Palin supporters must now engage the existing candidates.  They must make sure that all the candidates are talking the issues we want and proposing the solutions we want.  If we aggressively engage them in such a way, they will have no choice to be run on our agenda.  And once they are there, we will have the opportunity to decide which one can advance our values and our cause successfully.  That is what elections are for.  Now that we know we have no more players in the game, we must play with the hand we  have been dealt.  It is time for voters to stop focussing on who it could have been and start focussing on who it will be.

With only three months to go before the primaries and caucuses begin in earnest, there is much to be done by both the candidates and the voters.   The candidates now have no reason to hold back any strategies that would have been used if Christie or Palin ran.  They are now free to run their campaigns based on what we know, not what we don’t know.  In other words, it is time for the candidates to start acting presidential.  Now we need the Republican candidates to show the nation  that beyond being the Party of limited government, we are also the Party of ideas.  And our candidates must begin to release bold new ideas to solve our old problems.  The candidate that can do that, will give the anti-establishment and TEA movement wings of the G.O.P., a reason for them to at least be willing to look at the candidacies of others such as Romney, Santorum and Gingrich.

Now that the Barnum & Bailey’s Three Ring Circus of candidates has closed up the tent, and last two candidates have pulled out of that mini sized clown car that was crowded with as many as 12 or more other candidates , we can get to business.  The real business, not this business of waiting on someone to get fired up for the job, or have a need to kiss  The Donald’s ring.  Now is the time for each candidate to prove they have solid plans for expanding our economy by unleashing the free market and reining in big government.  We need candidates who will offer plans that seek to cut spending, reform government, and do away with the arcane American tax system that is turning our nation into a consumer economy that buys from outside of our borders and sells very little outside of borders.

In addition to a leader who will unleash the American entrepreneurial spirit, one who will be a world leader.  A leader who can take back the title of leader of the free world from the man who has held it since 2009,  It was in September of 2009 that both President Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the Uniter Nations.  After those two speeches, it became clear that Netanyahu was the true free leader of the world, not our American President.  In light of that, our nation requires a firm hand, articulate mouth, and open ear.  They will need that articulate mouth to make clear what is right and what is wrong, who are friends, who are foes, and how we can all try to all come be friends.   They need ears that will listen to the responses to such dialogue and when necessary, use their firm hand to slap down those who seek to abridge  the rights of others and jeopardize the lives of the innocent.  We need a clear American foreign policy that starts at securing our international borders and then stands side by side with our friends in Canada, Israel, Great Britain, Spain, Italy,Poland, Australia, and many other true allies of peace.

Truth be told, if given the chance, anyone of a number of existing candidates have the capacity to be such leaders.  There’s Perry, Romney, Gingrich, Cain, Santorum and possibly even Michele Bachmann.  We just need to give them a chance.  All of them.

Important at this juncture though is Sarah Palin.  While Mitt Romney has been a soft but steady frontrunner for the nomination, his appeal among TEA movement and anti-establishment types, has been dismal.  It has been a major reason for his inability to cinch the nomination as early as he could have.   TEA movement voters are too leery of Romney for what they see as an indication of a big government mentality demonstrated by his creation and passage of RomneyCare in Massachusetts.    If Sarah Palin happened to throw her support behind Mitt, she could help him at least break the ice with those voters.  If not, Herman Cain could go much further than many expect.

No  matter what, the first week of October, 2011 will become the official start of the presidential election.  We now know who we have to choose from and it it is time for all of us to focus on the big picture here.  Do the candidates want to play it safe so that they can simply sail on by and defeat a badly wounded President Obama?  Or is there a candidate who is willing to step forward with bold changes and bold visions and take risks, thereby demonstrating that if elected, they will be more than just some caretaker of the White House.   No, they must prove themselves to be a leader who reforms government, restores power to the states, get our fiscal house in order, and ensure our national security and doesn’t do business as usual.

Many of us Palin supporters believe that Sarah would have been that bold leader, but with her out, the mantle seems to be passing in to the hands of Herman Cain.   The only way for Mitt Romney to prevent that from happening is if he starts thinking outside of the Washington, D.C. political box he lives in and demonstrates that instead of playing by the rules of the old political game, he intends to rewrite them and to do so in every way from our tax code, to the way Washington does business.

In the meantime, each of the declared candidates have better be on their A games.  For with Sarah Palin and Chris Christie out there as free agents, none of the candidates’ running for the nomination can afford to be on the wrong side of their endorsements.

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

Bookmark and Share   This is  funny, but sadly it’s true!

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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Where the Republican Presidential Contenders Stand on a Government Shutdown

Bookmark and Share As another deadline for a shutdown of the federal government is upon us, CNNs Rebecca Stewart has done a piece which attempts to layout where some of the more likely Republican presidential contenders stand on a government shutdown. Of thirteen candidates , three , Mitt Romney, Haley Barbour and Donald Trump, did not respond to the question, but several others have either answered it or have positions on the issue already on the record. While none of them seek a government shutdown, most of them, including Ron Paul, Tim Pawlenty, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin, and Rick Santorum, all believe that the option must certainly be on the table. The common reason given for it being a real possibility, is that until we can get the budget going in the right direction with large spending cuts, we cannot simply pass a budget for the sake of keeping the government open and operating on deficits that we cant afford.

While all the potential candidates agree that a government shutdown is not what they ultimately want, former Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer praises the uses of government as a strategic tool and remarks “I don’t like that, but sometimes you have to be skilled at pointing out what could happen if we don’t have some action.”

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has not given any clear indication of he would avoid a government at any cost but he told the PBS program Newshour that a “Government shutdown would be a bad thing for us all, it would be very disruptive and I hope we can avoid it,”

Temporary stopgap compromises have created extensions that averted a federal government shutdown twice during the past month, but attempts to come to a final agreement on the budget during this third attempt, are proving to be much more contentious than previous discussions as the latest deadline for a shutdown is fast approaching.

In March. When the first deadline was approaching, a poll of White House 2012 Republican readers overwhelming supported having Republicans stick to their guns and force Democrats to go along with significant budget cuts even if it forced a shutdown of the federal government. In that poll 82.46% of respondents believe that Republicans must hold their ground, while a mere 17.54% believe that they should do all they can to avoid a such a disruption of government.

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