Revolution Is Underway
by Karen Kwiatkowski: Cut,
Cap and Balance: A Chicken Tale
media blackout on all things Ron Paul is somewhat curious. One blogger
calls the Meet the Press crowd knuckleheaded
for their omissive reporting of winners and losers. Headlines blare,
"Bachmann First, Pawlenty Third!" as if, by not saying
Ron Paul’s name and crediting him with his earned reward, they can
create an alter-reality.
Second is not
first. Bachmann’s and Dr. Ron Paul’s 28.6% and 27.7%, respectively
– less than a percentage apart, is a great horse race. Bachmann
won by a nose, they would say. If this were the Kentucky Derby,
we’d be on the edge of our seats focused entirely on Paul and Bachmann,
not focusing excessively about horses at the back of the back, or
those hoping to race later.
races start off at the same point in time and space. Bachmann may
have had a bit of a head start in Iowa – although familiarity may
also breed contempt, so the degree of that advantage is not known.
The Bachmann campaign’s purchase and distribution of 6,000 straw
poll voting tickets (where a third of those went uncast) also sheds
real light on the fundamental power of the very different Paul strategy,
and the wide and compelling appeal of his liberty, peace, and small
and outright denial of the intense and growing Ron Paul phenomenon
is useful because it tells us many things – some we knew, and some
we may not realize.
media and the GOP itself seems to be ignoring that the Iowa Straw
poll showed, for the first time in this poll’s history, a whopping
56% of the voters chose budget hawks, with a proven record of voting
"No" on more borrowing. The Cut,
Cap, and Balance baloney was pushed by the Republicans in Name
Only on every other party member. Paul and Bachmann were among a
handful that resisted. Iowa voters, in a state as heavily subsidized
and dependent on federal largesse as any other state, seem to appreciate
the need for Washington to spend less, borrow less, promise less,
are also not talking about the fact that Paul and Bachmann are popular
because they are seen as calmly uncompromising. In Dr. Paul’s case,
we have a wise, kind and gentlemanly statesman who is always gentle
in his policy rebukes, preferring to educate everyone he can on
the hows and the whys of limited government. Bachmann, to her credit,
promotes an image of a politician who will hold to her principles,
not bend to the party elders, or to the good old boys in the House
of Representatives. She has been ladylike in her reaction to a number
of slights from her fellow GOP’ers, the paranoid left, and government-co-opted
media. Many of the attacks on Bachmann have been sexist, related
to her photogenicism, her aches and pains, her husband’s activities,
and her similarities to Sarah Palin rather than whether her candidacy
can be categorized as neoconservative, social conservative or populist.
Iowa straw poll also indicates that there is major division in the
GOP – conservatives in and out of the Republican Party, independents,
constitutionalists and libertarians find themselves searching for
representation. These people – the majority of voters in this country
when taken altogether – want a kind of honest simplicity in their
politicians. This majority of Americans believe that war should
be fought only in defense of America, and that lobbyists, massive
international banks and corporations should not be creating policy
in D.C. This majority of Americans value the idea of independence
and self-ownership. They also value the idea of community helping
those in need. This majority of Americans want an equal opportunity
on an even playing field, and I suspect, more than anything they
want their money’s worth from our extremely expensive federal government.
They want to know that the government won’t inflate away their entitlements,
but they also want to know that their children and grandchildren
will not suffer for decades of baby boomer excess now that the bills
are coming due.
This may be
a major reason for media and GOP silence and outright mockery
of Ron Paul and his rock solid and growing constituency across
the land. Paul’s popularity today is glaring proof of American disgust
with years of Republican Party lies about their frugality, honesty,
common sense, and good stewardship of the Republic. Of course, many
who fell for Obama’s program in 2008 are also disgusted, and they
now see that most politicians and presidents say whatever they think
we wish to hear, only to conform with an inherited status quo, and
willingly compromise, sit, roll and beg.
But there is
another reason for the noticeable government and mainstream media
silence on Ron Paul’s repeated success, and his ever-growing popularity.
Ron Paul can win, and if he achieved the GOP nomination he would
be our next president. Ron Paul can cut short what will otherwise
be an eight-year term of Obama, and end what has been a frantic
12 year federal spending spree that will ultimately lead to serious
default, renegotiation and writing down of major categories of debt,
and an inflation-ravaged entitlement collapse at home. Gold, guns
and survival skills, private security forces, underground food networks,
and an explosion in decentralized alternate energies – along with
a collapse of governing structures, services, and public schools
in many rural or otherwise under populated areas – all this is coming.
Leaders who understand how this future was constructed, leaders
who engender trust and confidence, and leaders who can wisely and
quickly oversee the federal retrenchment that must and will occur
– such leaders are few and far between.
Paul is such a leader. We see the field – it contains the sadly
overwhelmed Obama, as arrogant, as fascist-friendly and as warlike
as FDR, and all the strident Keynesians clawing to the microphone,
calling themselves Republicans, and Ron Paul. Of all the men or
women we could choose to gently deliver this country through its
very difficult rebirth into a new constitutionalism, a new liberty,
and a new era of prosperity – Ron Paul is the people’s choice. If
the people were truly free to choose, they would choose Ron Paul.
This is the idea that so terrifies the parasitical political class,
and its media handmaids. They cannot bear to say his name. But you
can trust that they are closely watching the Ron Paul revolution
unfold across the country, as they nervously feed on the decimated
and rotting carcass of a once proud Republic.
columnist Karen Kwiatkowski, Ph.D. [send
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retired USAF lieutenant colonel, blogs occasionally at Liberty
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is currently running for Congress in Virginia's 6th district.
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