A Letter to My Democrat Brother-in-Law
by Danford Vander
Danford Vander Ploeg
a Ron Paul supporter, and I contend that even if you are a devoted
adherent of the Democratic Party, your best strategy is to vote
for Ron Paul in the primary. Since Ron Paul is an honorable man,
and the rest of the Republicans are scum, you face the risk of another
stolen election, as with George Bush, if Ron Paul is not the Republican
candidate. You can still vote for Obama come fall, and rest assured
that the Republican machine will be supporting the Democratic candidate,
since they dislike Ron Paul much more than any Democrat. Is the
choice between Hillary and Obama more important than ensuring we
don't get another mini-Hitler?
I think Ron Paul is the clear first choice, and that he has an excellent
chance of winning the nomination. He's raising lots of money: last
Sunday, he set an all-time, all-party, all-candidate record of $6
million in one day, and over $18 million for the quarter. He has
thousands of enthusiastic, self-directed (!) volunteers. The failure
of the polls to reflect his true strength may mean the end of polling
as a propaganda tool. You'll know if I'm right after New Hampshire.
(I only expect a third-place in Iowa.) He will be one of very few
who can afford a 50-state primary campaign. It's pretty funny –
the other Republicans (who think computers are for secretaries)
keep asking him who he hired to run his Internet campaign. The answer
is, he doesn't run it; it runs itself. The one-day money-bombs just
for fun, the Ron Paul blimp, it's all totally independent.
In my opinion,
the most important point is to stop the war. Only Ron Paul qualifies
as a serious anti-war candidate (Kucinich put Party loyalty ahead
of principle to support Kerry, and his campaign is going nowhere).
Much of the hard-core anti-war left already supports Ron Paul, and
more members of the military have contributed to his campaign than
all other candidates of both parties combined (soldiers have a vested
interest in peace!).
important is the restoration of civil liberties, including habeas
corpus. Again, Ron Paul is the right choice. He voted against the
PATRIOT Act, the Military Commissions Act, and all the rest. If
he loses, I'll see you in Guantanamo: at least one neocon has suggested
rounding up Ron Paul supporters as "domestic terrorists" (of course,
it is only the government that is terrified), and you're probably
on the list too, though for other reasons.
important is to save the economy, and here he really shines: He
actually understands the banking system; he's written books on the
subject. Curiously, it turns out that lots of leftists already know
the Federal Reserve is a rip-off. Unfortunately, it's too late to
prevent the collapse of the dollar.
If you examine
the position of Ron Paul on immigration very carefully, you will
find that at the heart of it is cutting off federally mandated welfare
to illegals. His rhetoric is such as to get the support of the anti-immigration
Republicans, barely. Still, it's the major gripe of the libertarian
faction with his views. Libertarians are split on abortion, but
since he would just take the Fed out of the loop ("it's not in the
constitution" is his mantra), pro-choice libertarians can live with
his anti-abortion sentiments (he is a baby doctor, after all). Having
to go out-of-state to get an abortion is not as serious as murdering
a million Iraqis, and I'm confident that most of our hard-working
illegal aliens are quite competent to cope with the border nonsense.
Plus, the poorer immigrants will suffer more from the inevitable
economic recession (which may turn into the "Greater Depression"),
which will drag on for years without a Ron Paul win.
Peggy and I
have changed our voter registration to Republican so we can vote
Paul in the primary. Actually, Ron's views match Peggy's almost
perfectly, what with his concern for people who have been made dependents
of the government. I'm willing to rely on private charity.
easy to learn more. Peggy was one of the many who independently
invented the bumper-sticker "Google Ron Paul." Also, the website
where I work has been publishing Ron Paul's speeches and essays
for years, and they are all available in our archive. I was just
reviewing an old article from right after 9/11, and he was absolutely
prescient in predicting the war and the attacks on civil liberties.
Oh yeah, he's scheduled to be on Meet the Press this Sunday, if
you prefer video.
I had reached
the point of telling my kids to think about leaving the country
– as I understand it, many of your father's relatives waited too
long to get out of Austria. Ron Paul's success has given me hope.
Vander Ploeg [send
him mail] is a copyeditor for LewRockwell.com.
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