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 Author: rearnheart
PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2011 10:23 am 
If you wanted to see if New Mexico’s Steve Pearce would make a good president, you might use his home district as a barometer. What’s our unemployment rate? How do we treat our local environment? How do we treat animals? The elderly? The education of our children? You would drive around CD2 and see high rates of alcoholism, mining degradation, our fracking morass on the eastside of the state (and up north) , our treatment of ‘illegals’, and the general outrage of our local Redneckia at anything beneficial to mankind and the natural world. This district elects this guy because he actually represents the ‘values’ of the majority in this district, which is, in a word, sad. Democratic, but sad. It is also Darwinian evolution at work. In the not too distant future, our two headed children with a shortened lifespan will be able to thank Congressman Pearce for their inability to hold a spoon or cast a ballot. Then maybe, and only then, will he not be elected.

With this experiential logic in mind, I remember the drive from Bay City, Texas to Victoria, basically the length of Ron Paul’s district in Texas. From the southern Houston suburbs to the strip clubs of Galveston, there is no more toxic, polluted, obese, and ignorant part of my home state of Texas than Mr. Paul’s district. And the citizens of that district have faithfully elected Mr. Paul to represent their interests since the Divine Intervention of Ronald Reagan, some 1.2 million dog years ago, and they have done nothing but grow fatter and more poisoned in the interim. The basic fear is that Ron Paul will do for the country what he has not helped to undo in his home district. He is now and has always been, nothing more than my grandfather on acid.

Audit the Fed, turn lead into gold, nuke regulations (What could possibly be wrong with letting children under 18 smoke cigarettes?), get government out of our lives (unless you’re a woman, then we want complete control of your uterus, especially if Uncle Nutty cornered you behind the barn, got frisky, and now you’re ‘with child’), these are but a few of the ideas on Paul’s wish list for America. As long as he remains a Republican bottom tier candidate, he’s harmless enough. But Republicans are having a veritable feeding frenzy for the bottom of the barrel. It used to be a struggle to see who was the most corrupt. Now it’s who’s the craziest. May they will all be declared the winners they are.

I remember a Republican Party that participated in the democratic process. I remember a time when their heroes didn’t advocate shooting liberals in the head on national television and radio (live long and prosper, Gabby), and when anyone who would be so rude as to call a Professor from Harvard a ‘socialist whore’ would be ostracized from the Party for being sub-human. Not anymore. These attitudes are advocated and embraced by the current uncarnation of the Republican Party. Being politically fetid is the new black.

If somehow the power would be bestowed on me to sit in a room and hammer out deals on Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, national defense, and government budgets for almost anything, I could do it with almost anybody because I know that this system, as it is with any system, is far from perfect, and that compromise isn’t weakness, and strengthening by folding and refolding your positions forges them into something stronger, in the same way you strengthen steel for the finest blades. But for us, no blade passes through the bullshit that seems to have formed itself around every issue and we are left with the continuing dissolution of all things nationally sacred.

Democrats don’t have all the answers. Nobody does. But I assure you that, when the smoke of the electoral process clears, President Barack Obama will still be standing as the Commander and Chief of the republic, as imperfect and problem ridden as the country he represents, and Ron Paul will get an apartment in the dustbin of history along with Anderson and Perot. Maybe they could get together with Palin, Bachman, and Cain and have a tea party in the clubhouse. Wouldn’t that be something?

Hedgehog, anyone?

Rearnheart
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 Author: jef
PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2011 9:44 am 
Thank you, Richard. Your first-hand account of Ron Paul's Texas said it better than any thing
I've been able say. I've read here on the Forum that since Mr. Paul is an MD, he must be a compassionate,
caring healer, who values the sanctity of life. Wow, legal marijuana for everyone! How libertarian; allowing
those raped and incested women to feel so much better about an unintended pregnancy by lighting up a joint.
Some have said his views on women owning their own bodies is a small hurdle we can all get over once he's President.
I'm glad to see a man explain it, because I have tried over (and over and over).
If you are male, white, straight (and crazy) yes, Ron Paul for President!
Otherwise, you're screwed.
Elizabeth


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 Author: rearnheart
PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 8:41 am 
As an extra added bonus to Mr. Paul's real intentions, look at the map for the Keystone XL pipeline. It ends in Port Arthur, Texas and by the Houston ship channel. In whose district, you might ask? Take a wild guess.
rearnheart


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 Author: Jill Steidl
PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 12:15 pm 
Given Ron Paul's general "free market environmentalism" position on environmental protection regulations, and general attitude about corporations being able to regulate themselves just fine, I assumed he would not oppose the XL pipeline. I didn't know the bit about it terminating in his district though. Hard to imagine he would ever oppose it given that info.

Jill


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