My Remarks at the Amherst NY Presidential Straw Poll
Recently by James Ostrowski: A Challenge to Tea Party Elected Officials
Note: Ron Paul won the straw poll with 30 votes. Santorum had 25, Romney Ė 21 and Gingrich Ė 18.
Opening Statement. I want to thank the Amherst Republican Party for hosting this event and inviting me to participate and present Ron Paulís views on the issues. I am proud to support Dr. Paul who is the only candidate to visit this area during the campaign. In August, he took time off from a family reunion to speak to 700 people who came to see him on just three days notice.
Before we get into the issues, I want to urge you to put aside the media propaganda and consider supporting Dr. Ron Paul. Contrary to what the media says, he can win the nomination and he can beat Obama. Ron is only 8 delegates behind the current frontrunner Rick Santorum. The other two candidates are fading. And not only can Ron beat Obama, heís the only one who can unite the broad coalition necessary to do so.
Ron polls particularly well among young people, independents, working class people and people in the Northeast. He is strong where Obama is strong. Obamaís people wonít say so but they are terrified of Ron Paul. In the Rasmussen poll, Ron Paul holds Obama to just 44%, his lowest number against any Republican candidate. Finally, Ron Paul is the only Republican who will not face a serious libertarian third party challenge.
So, not only has Ron Paul been right for a long time about the interrelated key issues facing the nation: war and peace, the economy, spending, taxes and inflation, but he is the best chance, really the only chance we have to make Barack Obama the next resident of the United States.
Closing Statement. The American nation is in a state of great crisis. Itís the crisis of liberalism, the notion that government force could create a Great Society. Liberalism failed and itís bankrupt and continuing on the current path will lead to disaster.
Of the five remaining men who could be the next president, Ron Paul is the only one promising to take a different path, the path of limited government and individual liberty. All of the others have been part of the problem we need to solve. Regardless of what they call themselves Ė watch the hands not the mouth Ė they have all supported big government policies and still do. At the end of the day, they trust government to solve our problems. Ron Paul knows that the government has created most of our problems and he will trust you and your liberty to solve them. Only Ron Paul has proposed any real spending cuts. Ron Paulís commitment to cut one trillion and five federal departments is a good start.
Let me ask the young people here today. Do you want Democratic and Republican politicians like Obama and Santorum to make you pay for the mistakes of the past by piling up more federal debt? And to their parents and grandparents Ė do you really want to bequeath to your children and grandchildren a bankrupt, depressed and declining nation?
Big government causes problems and divides people. Only Ron Paulís platform of liberty can solve these problems and bring our three generations together and guarantee a bright future for America.
February 27, 2012
James Ostrowski is an attorney in Buffalo, New York and author of Government Schools Are Bad for Your Kids: What You Need to Know and Political Class Dismissed: Essays Against Politics, Including "What's Wrong With Buffalo." His latest book is Direct Citizen Action: How We Can Win the Second American Revolution Without Firing a Shot. See his website.
Copyright © 2012 James Ostrowski