Posted by: Scott Groves | January 2, 2012

GOP Iowa Caucus

The first GOP Caucus is coming this Tuesday to Iowa (to be fair, the Democrats are participating as well, but unfortunately Obama is running uncontested).

As much as I dislike our current method of picking Presidential candidates, Iowa does serve as the opening bell for what will be an 11 month marathon of political over-load.

There has already been lawsuits, accusations of fraud, mud-slinging and personal attacks that go way beyond a healthy level of political discourse.

Unfortunately, it’s all part of the freak-show that our Presidential race has become.  Yet here we are with Republicans having to use this flawed process to decide who they want to run against one of the most divisive Presidents in American history.

Much has been written, in 2008 and now in 2012, about he the fact that Ron Paul is “unelectable”.  However, recent polling tells a completely different story.  24 hours prior to the first official primary, Ron Paul is tracking in a dead head with Mitt Romney.

Ron Paul talks about his “electability”.

It seems as thought Americans, especially Republicans, are looking for someone with true libertarian fundamentals.  Someone opposed to big government.  They are sick and tired of seasoned fast-talking politicians.  The Tea Party and other conservative groups are finally realizing that you can’t have a candidate who talks about small government – only to have that same candidate spend money like a drunken sailor once he or she is in office.

In Ron Paul Republicans have a proven leader who truly wants smaller government.

Of course, Ron Paul is just the most recent front-runner to pull even with Romney.  As we’ve seen with Perry, Cain and Gingrich as they approached the front of the race, the media will soon start to tear into Ron Paul with the aggressive killer instincts of a hungry pack of wolves.

Is Ron Paul flawed?  Of course he is.

Am I fan of his complete libertarian stance that makes him believe heroin should be legal?  No, not really.

Do I think he is the only candidate in the race who does what he says, says what he does, and follows-through on leading from a set of first-principals?  Absolutely.

For the record, I don’t think Ron Paul can beat Obama in a National race for President.  Ron Paul will openly admit his goal is to cut $1 trillion from the Federal budget.  He feels the Federal Government has completely destroyed the Constitution by over-stepping the powers granted to government in our founding document.

In an economy where candidates are crucified in the media for not agreeing to budget increases, try being the candidate who wants to cut Federal spending to the bone.

However, for now, I’m not interested in who is the most “electable” candidate the Republicans have to offer – I’m interested in who is the “best” .

Therefore, if I had to vote today, I would vote for Ron Paul.


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