Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Something Strange Happened In Nevada

I'm going to talk some politics, even though most of the time I prefer to discuss my beliefs about government (political philosophy), rather than the specifics of the current political game.  

I mentioned in a comment on my last post that I am a Ron Paul supporter.  I also alluded to my belief that, while Dr. Paul's ideas are having an influence on Americans' view of government, the "powers-that-be" will never allow him to appear on a major party ticket.  While that may put me into the ranks of conspiracy theorists, I believe that the powerful group of politicians and corporate special interests at the top determine what choices we, the "proletariat", are offered at the ballot box.  A selection from either party is acceptable, as long as corporate interests and the warfare state are well-represented, so that there is no real transfer of power.  

A candidates' ownership by corporate interests is easy enough to secure;  just purchase his loyalty with huge donations.  (Go ahead and Google the leading candidates' top campaign contributors if you're not convinced.)  The support for perpetual war is also important because people who are convinced of its necessity to protect their safety are easier to control and extract money from.  

We can choose Democrat or Republican, and bicker over the scraps from the table all we want, as long as no actual regime change takes place.  If we don't like the figurehead that's out front, we will be given the opportunity to choose a new president from acceptable options.  The people will get all fired up, choose a new leader, breathe a sigh of relief at dodging the bullet of socialism, or evil corporate greed, and go on about their business just trying to live their lives on what's left of their paychecks, unaware that socialism and corporate greed march on alive and well, and that their "important election" actually changed nothing.  This is why I hold the unpopular view that voting means very little, and that we will not be able to vote ourselves out of socialism or corporatism.  At this point, I see our two-party system as merely an illusion to keep the masses persuaded that they are choosing for themselves.

Before you start throwing tomatoes at me, let me at least point out that I was inspired to write about this because of an article I read this morning,  Ron Paul’s Nevada Disappointment: Apathy? or Fraud? by Joel McDurmon.  The article pointed out that Ron Paul's disappointing third place finish in the Nevada caucus was a bizarre anomaly.  This graph showing Paul's statistics from the 2008 and 2012 caucuses speaks for itself:     


So what happened in Nevada?  Paul's support has increased by at least 87% over 2008 in every caucus so far.  His team had made 100,000 phone calls in the days before the caucus, and they had identified up to 24,000 committed voters.  They expected at least an easy second place result, and possibly a big win.  As you can see, only a fourth of those voters showed up, a mere 1% increase over the 2008 vote.  Maybe there was a big sale at Penneys and they just forgot.  After all, Paul's supporters are known to be a pretty apathetic lot, right?  I won't even insult your intelligence by trying to convince you that something's fishy here.

I don't think the political and corporate elites are worried about a third-party run by Ron Paul.  Their major concern is to make sure he is not chosen as the Republican candidate.  Typically, all a third-party candidate can do is to pull votes away from major party candidates.  As long as they don't defeat the two-party illusion and actually win the election, they are nothing more than a distraction.  The people believe that democracy has prevailed, and the status quo goes on unimpeded.

I know, I know...I sound so bitter and negative.  I hate that.  So what's the positive in this?  The positive is that unexpected things sometimes happen.  Sometimes it's election results, but surprising changes can come from other sources too.  Never underestimate the power of one man standing on his principles and speaking out, no matter who labels him a kook, or an isolationist, or "unelectable" (What are those crazy Texans thinking, electing a man who's unelectable over, and over, and over?).  I believe many people are listening, but changes in ideology take longer than just a couple of election cycles.

The most common thing I hear is,  "I like Ron Paul, but I disagree with his foreign policy."  That tells me that Paul's ideas are having an influence, but for some reason people still hold on to their pro-war ideology.  I keep asking myself why war is the sticking point for so many, and why we like it so much.  Is it because we're afraid of terrorism?  According to law enforcement, potential home-grown terrorists are apparently lurking on every corner right here (You know, those Ron Paul supporters, gun-rights advocates, "sovereign citizens", pro-lifers), so I'm not sure if that's it.  Maybe for evangelicals it's because we want to support Israel, but we seem to have no problem supporting her enemies when it's convenient, so I'm not convinced that's it.

Somehow this idea of empire-building all over the world seems to be all wrapped up in the flag and patriotism and sealed with a cross.  To borrow a phrase from a friend, we "put a God sticker on it".  This ideology  persists in spite of the fact that it's bankrupting us and causing other nations to despise us, which actually makes us less safe.  You can see that it smacks of religion when it supersedes the Bible itself.  When Ron Paul suggested in one of the debates that we should follow the Golden Rule in our foreign relations and do unto others as we'd want them to do to us, he was booed!  I have to wonder how many of those Republicans that were booing the scriptures are Christians.  So just what God is it that we follow in this "Christian" nation?  I have to admit, the war-mongering still has me baffled.  If I sort it out, I guess that will have to be a topic for another post.

I think that's enough politics and crazy conspiracy-theorist ramblings for now, so I will think on these things some more and get back to you.

10 comments:

  1. Wow. I'm not given to conspiracy theory that much, but there's something strange going on in NV. Not ready to call it fraud, but it does look unexpected.

    I'll admit that 6 months ago, I thought RP was crazy, particularly over foreign policy. But this is where Paul's supporters need to sit down with their friends and explain why it makes sense. I've said it before, but Paul is not made for TV. He's just not of the MTV / Reality TV, polished production. Some people are taken aback by that. Others find it genuine and real. But the message needs to be delivered.

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  2. Yeah, I found that pretty shocking. I guess I got on a little bit of a rant. That's why I like to stay more on principals than watch politics. When I pay any attention to politics I just get so disgusted. I don't know if I'm more disgusted with politicians or with people who just accept it as the way things are done.

    I really would like to know how to explain RP's foreign policy better. My husband has had several conversations with people about it this week. The typical comment about Iran is that we have to get them before they get us. One friend said that we can do that because we're moral and they're not.

    Most people I know hold the founding fathers in high regard. I can't imagine that they would support attacking another country just because they might be developing weapons that they might use against us at some point in the future. Where does the idea that this is moral come from? I really don't get it.

    I think I'm going to read RP's book again. Maybe it will help.

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  3. Don't know if you saw this or not.

    http://www.ronpaul2012.com/2012/02/08/ron-paul-winning-the-battle-for-delegates/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ron-paul-winning-the-battle-for-delegates

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  4. About RP's foreign policy - not sure there's a way to show people the light if they want nothing to do with it. What's encouraging to me is the fact that young people, many of whom were Obama fanatics, are getting his message. I hope it doesn't take a generation or two to wash out the old regime of thinking. But at least, there's movement in the right direction.

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  5. I have seen info before about how his organization is really good at hanging around after the caucuses and gaining delegates, but I really have no idea how that whole process works. Can you explain it?

    I do think it's encouraging that young people are the most receptive to RP's message, so much so that he seems almost shocked by it. I was listening to more of the Nock audio book today (to try to get my mind off current news!) and he was talking about how systems don't change until the state of mind of the people changes.

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  6. This was very helpful in understanding how Primaries and Caucuses work.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtGRHg3a8Iw

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  7. Thanks! That helped a lot! We have an open primary here so we just go to the town hall and vote like any election.

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  8. A very good response to critics of Ron Paul's foreign policy not being conservative enough.

    http://youtu.be/SLUoWhWsOWk

    from Tom's Blog -
    http://www.tomwoods.com/blog/26-things-non-paul-voters-are-basically-saying/

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  9. Good stuff! Tom Woods is great, and he makes me literally lol! I almost snorted my coffee through my nose when I read this one:

    I want to be spoken to like this: “My fellow Americans, you are the awesomest of the awesome, and the only reason anyone in the world might be unhappy with your government is because of your sheer awesomeness.”

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  10. I'm probably commenting this post to death, but here's another article I read about the shenanigans that took place in Nevada:
    http://godfatherpolitics.com/3595/elections-between-one-candidate/.

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