One of the regular commenters on Political Realities left a comment last night, in which he asked the question, “wherefore art thou, mr. jackson”. To be honest, I didn’t work on Friday because I took my wife for a medical test and was rather busy with our granddaughter. I was home all weekend and was keeping tabs on the blog, but I felt very little inclination to write. This campaign has already worn me out, listening to very nasty debates, which are more akin to brawling matches, without physical punches, than a real debate. Romney and Perry incessantly attack each other. Herman Cain is constantly on the defense of his 9-9-9 plan. Michelle Bachmann and Rick Santorum are attacking anyone when they think it can score them more face time in the debates. Newt Gingrich is clearly the best debater of the bunch, but his baggage is like a cement block around his neck. Ron Paul is seldom asked a question, only when the moderator thinks it may elicit a response that will reinforce his reputation for being a kook.
I have been accused of being a very stubborn individual, especially when I think I am right. For weeks, even months, I have been watching the current political campaign unfold and my opinion has been swayed more than once. I started off by taking a close look at Ron Paul, much closer than I ever had before. I learned that he wasn’t just a crazy Representative from Texas, that he was very astute on economic issues. His foreign policy stance left a little to be desired and that seems to be where most people fall out with him. In fact, that is where he lost me, when he seemed to be blaming America for what happened on 9/11. That didn’t sit well with me.
Fast forward to Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, and Herman Cain. I liked all three of them, although it seemed pretty clear that Rick Perry was the only one of the trio who had the money to go the distance. Mr. Cain dispelled part of that notion, as he surged to the forefront of the pack and it began to look as if we may have a non-establishment nominee, ie. someone other than Mitt Romney, after all. Of course, the attacks began in earnest, with all of the candidates ganging up on Cain’s 9-9-9 plan. Michelle Bachmann even went so far as to attack Cain on his position on abortion, even though I thought he laid it out rather accurately. I even received an email from Rick Santorum, in which he attacked Cain on abortion and asked me to donate at least $25 to his campaign. All in an effort to make sure the voters knew he was the only one that was really standing up for the rights of the unborn.
Going back to Ron Paul, there are a few things that keep drawing me back to the man. Clearly, he knows his economics. When you look at the battles he has been fighting in Congress, and look at the predictions he has made in the past, you will find that he knows what he is talking about. He predicted the housing crisis and he knew it’s real cause was government intervention in the market. He is the only candidate who has consistently stood up for the rights and liberties of individual Americans. Do I still disagree with some portions of his proposed foreign policy? Yes, I do. I have, however, came to the conclusion that those differences pale in comparison to the economic issues that our country is facing. For that reason, I have decided to endorse Ron Paul for President.
I am fully aware that this may cause me to lose a portion of the traffic I see on Political Realities. I suppose I am okay with that, but before you write me off completely, I would urge you to read a post by John Carey at Sentry Journal. It may enlighten you as to some of the reasons why we are supporting Ron Paul and at the very least, it will show you that not all supporters of Ron Paul are worthy of the derogatory terms that many use against us. Not all of us are Paultards, but instead are Americans concerned about the future of our country. All I ask is for you to take that into consideration.