Sunday, June 17, 2007

Republican? Me????

First I was a Democrat. Until Clinton left a foul taste in my mouth.

Then I went Green because I was worried about the environment. But I soon figured out that Green means Socialist. No...that doesn't work.

My distress over 9/11 and the ramp up for the Iraq invasion motivated me to study the Constitution and the founding principles of our country. Those guys were pretty smart. Maybe they had some answers.

About two years of pretty intense study led me to conclude that if the Founding Fathers were around today, they would be Libertarian. So that's what I became too. You know; limited government, the right to life, liberty and property (did you know that is what Jefferson wrote first?) sovereignty in the people, equal justice for all and all that good stuff.

Until now. After twenty years of voting I have finally found a presidential candidate that isn't the lesser of two evils. This guy actually says what I believe! Incredible! Who is it?


He is a Constitutionalist, meaning he has never and would never vote for any government power that isn't authorized by the Constitution. Yeah baby! He is against the war in Iraq, and was from the beginning. Right on! He is a doctor and a sweet old guy. Mmmmmmmm....

Here are some of his main selling points:

He has never voted to raise taxes.
He has never voted for an unbalanced budget.
He has never voted for a federal restriction on gun ownership.
He has never voted to raise congressional pay.
He has never taken a government-paid junket.
He has never voted to increase the power of the executive branch.

He voted against the Patriot Act.
He voted against regulating the Internet.
He voted against the Iraq war.

He does not participate in the lucrative congressional pension program.
He returns a portion of his annual congressional office budget to the U.S. treasury every year.

Check out this video - to me it is inspiring.

I'm considering a Ron Paul sticker on my car! I may even volunteer (though I'm more apprehensive about this). I am finally excited about a politician.

Now, I am not naive. I don't hold out too much hope that he will win the nomination. But he is out there singing my song on a national level. The more people hear his message the better. With popular support he can steer the debate within the GOP to real issues that are based in reality (not platitudes, promises and outright lies). Oh, the other candidates hate him. The head of the GOP in Michigan (I think) tried to get him kicked out of the debates. Ha! The truth hurts!

So that's the story of why I have registered to be a Republican. Mr. Paul is running as a Republican. And that's what I need to be (as distasteful as it is) in order to vote for him in the primary.

Tangentially, re-registering to vote is easy! I just went online to and filled out an online form. They'll mail something to me for my John Hancock and then I mail it to my county's election official. That's it! Simple as pie.

NOTE: As Ron Paul did not become the Presidential candidate for the Republicans, I have left the grand ole party for greener pastures.


Anonymous said...

would be astounding if elected. as in Carter, can we expect dems/reps to cooperate with those in power who oppose their systems of corruption?

Sue said...

Probably would be a tough road. Again, I don't truly expect him to get elected - I'm just happy he's out there pushing important issues into the mainstream.