Thanks so much for your recent handwritten note – it was great to hear from you. I’m so glad you were able to personally experience the excitement at the Republic National Convention. I too watched the events unfold in anticipation that history would be made.
After all, the nation has reached a point where it may no longer function economically or even politically except as just another run-of-the-mill socialist/marxist oligarchy. Certainly not a reflection of the great experiment in liberty and economic freedom that America’s Founding Fathers worked so hard and sacrificed so much to create.
I do have a few comments about your letter though.
As a 35 year member of the Republican Party, and a faithful voter as such, I cannot agree with your assessment that there is a “sharp contrast between our Republican nominee and Barack Obama”. Are they really so different? Does RomneyCare vs. ObamaCare really give Americans much of a choice? Are their policies and thinking that much different? History doesn’t agree.
Consider this: America already has a heavily socialist political and economic system:
- The nation suffers under a heavy Stalinist style of mind boggling, business killing series of regulations. Reportedly over 165,000 pages of federal regulations. Add to that state and local regulations.
- There’s the insane federal spending that both Republicans and Democrats can take credit for. Federal spending exceeds federal income by $2.7 billion dollars per day.
- Federal debt is nearly $16 trillion and federal liabilities are between $120 trillion and $205 trillion depending on which economist you favor. Even the lower number is unsustainable. We have a government that preaches “sustainability” yet its own actions render it unsustainable.
I see nothing from Romney that offers specific proposals to change this except more ear candy. And I don’t see any coherent and focused solutions from either party on these problems – at least nothing that will bring America even close to digging out of the pit the Republicans and Democrats dug the nation into.
But let’s be realistic for a minute and accept that Mr. Romney is Socialist lite next to Mr. Obama’s Marxist revolutionary. Calling Romney a conservative is absolutely laughable but he’s better than four more years of Obama. Given the lack of differences between Romney and Obama, you would think RNC leadership would be a little smarter in they way they conducted the Convention. Instead, they blew it by steamrolling new rules that effectively changed everything in mid-game. Instead of letting Ron Paul and his supporters be heard, Paul and his ideas were tossed into the dumpster and his delegates not seated.
Since everyone knew he wasn’t going to win, could he not have been granted the dignity to be heard and his delegates who worked so hard, be seated?
Evidently his message was so foreign to you, you couldn’t bear to let him speak at the Convention. Big mistake. His message resonates with the rapidly growing Liberty movement and is backed by credible economists. Paul’s legacy will not go away. But voters will. You have effectively helped Obama gain another four destructive years in the White House through pathetically poor leadership in all levels of the Republican Party. The RNC should have been about real solutions to solving the systemic problems facing this once great nation. Instead it was cheerleaders and backslappers as usual. The ones who had real ideas were shown the door.
Those Ron Paul supporters are now regrouping and will likely throw their support around a third party candidate. Of course when they do that, Romney will lose. Republican Leadership will be outraged but they have only themselves to blame. Their actions at the District, State, and National Conventions demonstrated that they are only concerned with maintaining some obtuse level of status quo while implying that they really don’t want to fix America’s problems. Maybe it’s even worse.
The actions by RNC leadership were incredibly stupid. In fact, their actions were so counterproductive, some may wish to sit back and wonder about them. Was it stupidity? Probably not, because RNC leadership isn’t stupid. Did they simply make a mistake? Could be, but this was a stupid mistake and leadership isn’t stupid. Did they deliberately sabotage Romney’s best chance of winning the election?
You and the rest of Republican Leadership should step down but history shows that your type of leadership somehow endures. But remember, if Romney is not elected, you are to blame. Not Libertarians, not Ron Paul supporters, not Mr. Obama – just you.
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