Breaking news this morning that Texas Governor Rick Perry is ending his bid for the presidency in 2012 and will be lending his support to Newt Gingrich. This comes just days before the South Carolina primary and is destined to shuffle up the race. Needless to say there will be only 4 GOP candidates on stage at the CNN South Carolina debate tonight.

Report from The Wall Street Journal:

COLUMBIA, S.C.—Texas Gov. Rick Perry will drop out of the presidential race Thursday, according to people familiar with his decision.

Mr. Perry will endorse Newt Gingrich for the Republican nomination, a senior figure in the governor’s campaign said. The endorsement comes just as polls suggest that Mr. Gingrich is closing in on front-runner Mitt Romney in South Carolina as voters prepare to cast ballots here Saturday.

Mr. Perry will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. to announce his decision, people familiar with the matter said.

Some conservative leaders, aiming to stop Mr. Romney’s momentum, had urged Mr. Perry to bow out and to help rally conservative voters around an alternative to Mr. Romney.

Mr. Perry’s departure narrows the GOP field to four leading candidates: Messrs. Romney and Gingrich, former Sen. Rick Santorum and Texas Rep. Ron Paul.

Mr. Perry had been scheduled to speak Thursday morning at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Charleston, but he canceled his appearance. His announcement comes hours before a Republican debate Thursday night in Charleston, S.C.,

Mr. Gingrich, on his way into a campaign event Thursday, declined to comment when asked about Mr. Perry’s departure.

In the grand scheme of things, Perry was pulling somewhere between 5 and 7% in South Carolina which is a big number in such a tight race. Either Gingrich or Santorum will likely pickup Perry’s votes and this will surely make for a very close race on Saturday.

99 COMMENTS

  1. I’m disappointed that he’s backing NG – no matter what a good debator he is – I want someone with some with some good moral values and a gentlemanly way about him. Debating isn’t everything.

      • What can you expect from a Libertarian Jake Morphonios who wrote that article. I guess no one ever heard of two sides to a marriage. Besides, Newt is a Convert to the Catholic Faith and divorce is not an option. Marriage is a sacrament. Don’t worry about the splinter in the other guys eye, worry about the plank in your own eyes.

        • Joe

          What was marriage before Newt converted to the Catholic Faith? A Mulligan?

          Mulligan – noun

          “a shot not counted against the score, permitted in unofficial play to a player whose previous shot was poor.”

    • Another blatant attempt by the main media in last debate — CNN this time — to act as if Ron Paul does not exist. Took the booing of the audience to “alert” the “mediator” that Ron Paul was ignored in answering the abortion question.

      Afterwards, the main media devoted about 90% of their time covering the dog-and-pony show btw Romney and Newt, allotting another 9% on Santorum’s dares. Only 1% of airtime was given as: “Ron Paul did participate in the debate….”

      The transparency of this “black-out” by the main media (that can only be initiated by those controlling their respective news media networks, instructing their underling reporters NOT to mention Ron Paul’s name in any way) — has to have been noticed by now by the American people (since it has been in effect since day one)!

      Americans should be outraged by this inequity in media coverage — and ask these purveyors of partial coverage by sending tons of e-mails and millions of phone calls, asking them : “Give us the names of the people in charge that send you memos telling you NOT to mention Ron Paul in any way,…or look for another job!” So we know who actually controls the media in this country.

      One positive thing can be taken from this enforced main media “black-out”. Ron Paul’s Message of obeying the US Constitution and Bill of Rights, not the silky demagoguery offered by the rest — must be scaring the hell out of the puppet-masters — God forbid that the American People hear the Truth!

      Then, they may actually do something about it!

      • I agree in a way but Ron Paul’s message is pretty simple and it sure as hell never changes. As for the other 3: Mr. Family Values, The Prince of Pork , and The Corporate Vulture who want to borrow more money from China so he can add 100,000 to the government pay role…………well they are kind of interesting. Only votes any of them will ever get though is from the voters who helped run up the 16 trillion dollar debt. Think there are any of them left out there????

    • The Myth that only Newt can successfully debate Obama — sounds good, if Americans are interested in which one can outdo the other in lies.

      Here is a reality check:

      Obama cannot make a logical conclusion even if hit on the head with a tome of Aristotle’s Organon.

      He is lost without the tele-prompter, and can hardly speak coherently without the use of worn out cliches. This small-minded, unaccomplished in any way, narcissist can only resort to parroting defunct socialist dogma when not fed questions he’s prepared for — thus, any logical high-schooler can make him look silly in a debate that is not pre-written!

      Ron Paul will destroy Obama in any unscripted one-on-one debate — a genuine person concerned about saving America (Ron Paul) vs a phoney narcissist (Obama) thinking only of staying in power!

      Contact Newt and Santorum — tell them to forgo their egotism — they need to withdraw now, so Ron Paul can bring down the Joker in the White House (once one-on-one vs money-man Mitt, Ron Paul will win)!

      Then Ron Paul’s message of Liberty and Prosperity will be heard — and little Hussein will be gone!

      • What planer you from Surfisher? This Obama fellow is a black politician from Chicago who went up against a shoe in (Hillary) and won the highest office in the USA planet earth.

        I’m Ron Paul all the way but if I was a betting man, it would be Obama.

    • Obama — the next new host of Family Feud (can anyone give a total count of the women he kissed after his Misstate of the Union)?

      Afterwards — Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels neutered in a very diplomatic way all the demagoguery Little Hussein parroted!

      Not strong enough for me — but still kudos to Mitch!

  2. Well, Texas, here comes your boy back home. Praised himself as military yet can’t fix borders in his own State, which is a big prob for voters in sovereign USA. Failed to support Texas guy voted to represent TX as Congressman several times. Failed to show that kind of loyalty or unity. Give him his boots and tell him to take a hike, Texas. Blowhards that do nothing to protect sovereignty are not welcome except in DC. You who supported him, well, he gave your votes to Newt, another blowhard… Medicine carnival hawkers. We need a guy from Texas that is a Texan and is loyal to TX and to the USA and to Americans and to his family (unlike Newt) and loyal to his oaths, and even stepped away from campaigning to get back to DC and do his job of voting!!! What does that tell you?? Guess who he is. See, I don’t even need to say his name. You KNOW… so show it.

  3. Do you wake up in this kind of foul, angry, hateful mood or do you have to work at it? Just asking. Your rant was unnecessary. We don’t have to vote for your candidate and you don’t have to vote for anybody else’s candidate either. That is the beauty of living in America. Each of us get to have elections to vote for the candidate of ONE’S choice. But spewing hatred such as this is totally uncalled for. I hope you have a great day in spite of your temperment.

    • You gotta accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, and don’t mess with Mr. Inbetween. Ok, sunshine, instead of clawing, purr your fav and reason for it. S or get off the P.

      • missed one… You gotta accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, Latch on to the Affirmative and don’t mess with Mr. Inbetween. oldie but goodie that applies to good decisioning. Ron Paul is the positive in every area of duty, responsibility required of a USA President, and will clean up DC, give kids back to parents by RETURNING education choices and control to States which gives parents and citizens of a State to be in charge instead of Mr. Sexualize ’em in Dept Ed. Child porn will be rooted out and destroyed. Child abduction and abuse will be harshly and quickly resolved and punished. No fooling around on that subject, pedophile rings will be destroyed. Ron Paul is a loyal husband, good father, grandfather, neighbor, relative, responsible congressman, honored OBGYN, honorable AIR FORCE veteran!!. just a good man with history of stability responsibility and of fulfilling duties in all areas of his life. He won’t lie to us. He won’t cheat or trick or do anything except protect our country, people, and freedom, and give us a safer and cleaner society. What more do you want? Jobs? We will have a lot of choices because he will make USA “workable” again with industry back in the USA where it belongs, farming and agriculture safe from the United Nations Project 21 hiding under Obama’s Rural Sustainable Land deception, will ensure environment probs prevented like the goof in office Bush who laughed at New Orleans, like the goof in office Obama who played with dipping fingers in oil on sand in the Gulf. This guy has an eye on everything that needs to be done and will do it. God Bless the Christian Man Ron Paul. No hankypanky, no Stepford family, no hiding zillions offshore, just a dang good real Christian who shows his gratitude for Christ in his life but doesn’t “brag” about it with his mouth. He has no dirty laundry stuffed in a lot of baggage. Could go on and on. How about you trying to take down any one of these praises?? Talk now.

      • You gotta accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative,

        Hell they all look good if we do that. Even a black politician from Chicago
        could get elected if we eliminated the negative. The poor taxpayers could even see an increase in the national debt and China could buy the whole damn country up. But then we could just declare out money worthless and China would be stuck holding the bag.

  4. I’m glad he endorsed Newt. Newt will be a great president despite what others may say about his past marriage…ETC. Has nothing to do with running the country. besides, he’s the only one that can shred Obama to pieces. Look how scared ABC Left winged nut network is. They are running the Mary ann interview just to try to destroy Newt because they to do not want Newt up against Obama in a presidential debate. I’m sure JFK, Clinton and others in the Demoncrat Party did a lot worse when it comes to Moral Values and now the’re all of a sudden concerned about a bad marriage Newt had? This is the kind of thinking that will lead to the end of our country as we know it. GO NEWT! GIVE EM HELL!

  5. I’m still baffled that Newt Gingrich even has “Conservative” people that support him. This guy (Newt), back in 2009, gave a speech where he stated “As you know, I am a Moderate…” and then he went on to say he would apply a “dictatorial” edict to abolish the 9th Circuit Court. He “twisted” the meaning of the “Judiciary Act of 1802” to mean that the Judiciary Branch of Government is NOT Co-Equal with the Executive or Legislative Branches of Government, and thus could be Abolished. It this “Historian” FOR REAL? Hasn’t this guy (Newt) heard of the term “Judicial Review”?

    For crying out loud, he (Newt) VOTED FOR and PROMOTED “NAFTA” which shipped MILLIONS of our jobs out-of-the-country! Are people really THAT Gullible?

    Ron Paul is the ONLY “Constitutional Conservative” in this Race that will PROTECT the Sovereignty of the United States and it’s Constitution. ALL the other Candidates are supported by the Corporatocracy, who, in turn support the ANTI-Democratic Movement toward Globalization.

    • Ron Paul…are you serious…a conservative? What an embarressment! We already have one in office now that has put America to shame we sure don’t need another. Ron Paul doesn’t know what he believes himself or trys to please everyone so he won’t say what he really believes. The other 3 left at least will take a stand on what they believe in as far as abortion, gay rights, etc. I say Newt is the best out of the 4 that are left.

      • Claire,

        As a matter of fact, Ron Paul is a conservative. Apparently it is you who has her wires crossed. Did nobody ever tell you what a conservative was? The rest of these jokers all want big government and more spending. Ron Paul is the only one who talks about real cuts.

        • The rest of these jokers all want big government and more spending. Ron Paul is the only one who talks about real cuts.

          Right as rain on that one. RP is the only one who will tell you what is going to be cut and where the money is coming from to pay for the programs in place

        • Yes I know what a conservative is & that’s not what I would call Ron Paul. The only true conservative probably in this race is Santorum. He don’t mind telling you what he believes or don’t believe in. You can find trash in all their lives that’s running in this race but even with the “gossip” from Gingrich’s exwife he would still make a better president than Ron Paul that wouldn’t be able to stand up & face the enemy, yes he may be able to balance a budget but that’s about it. I guess we all have our opinion & that’s mine.

          • Claire

            It’s unfortunate that so many unsuspecting Americans, like yourself, have such a “convoluted” view on what it means to be a Conservative. Santorum may have some Conservative “Values”, but his Voting “Record” just shows us that he’s just another BIG Government Republican. He can “tell us” what he believes or don’t believe in, but it’s up to us as the Electorate to listen to what he says and then “research” his Voting “Record” to actually find out how he will come down on the issues.

            The same goes for Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney. Neither one of these guys is a TRUE Conservative. Again, all we have to do is look at what they “supported” and how they Governed when they were in Office. Both of these men are just BIG Government Republicans.

            Ron Paul, on the other hand, is a TRUE Constitutional Conservative (Libertarian). He’s a man of “deep conviction” who believes (and votes) by these Conservative Principles of LESS Government intervention into our daily lives.

          • Claire, you sound like a tv weather reporter standing in pouring rain and saying today we have sunshine all day. Since you claim to know what a conservative is, please share that information with this board… we might be able to tell you the truth. Come in out of the rain to where the sun IS shining. Ron Paul. America’s soon to be STAR President. Oh it is going to be sooo good to at last have a real honest to goodness AMERICAN president who will show us what a Statesman is as he performs his duties. We will have the best 4th of July celebrations and picnics than we have had for many years. Parents will have their kids back, families and mothers will be respected and honored again. Christmas will return to the reason for the season. Santa will have more toys than credit card bills in his sled. Can’t you see we have a real chance here to save our country and our society… and save our world from the one-world-controller thugs who control O, Mitt, Gingrich and Santorum. Santorum? Yes, his orders come from Israel, not from us.

        • And Paul lines up right there with Obama regarding foreign policy.
          Paul would apologize to the nations he says that we have been “bothering, in his belief that this would remedy all our problems with them. LOL

          • k-bow

            I understand where people, like yourself, are coming from – but I don’t quite understand “why”. You KNOW that Dr. Paul has never said the word “apologize”. And I KNOW it’s Neo-Cons, like yourself, who “put words in Dr. Paul’s mouth”, in order to keep the “War Machine” chugging along. Why? I can only suspect that you’re “scared”. You live in “Fear”. And that’s exactly what the Neo-Cons want. An Electorate who is willing to GIVE UP their Freedoms and Liberties in “exchange” for “what they believe” is “Security”.

            LOL all you want. It doesn’t matter because in the-not-too-distant-future, we won’t be able to continue these unconstitutional wars of “Aggression” – because we are Bankrupt. And it probably won’t matter WHO is elected to the Presidency. The next President will undoubtedly PRESIDE over the Economic Collapse of the United States. Ron Paul’s Policies MAY “save” America, but if he isn’t elected, it’s Game Over.

            • “scared”.

              Fear and greed is what the politician plays on. Then the sucker punch like a 16 trillion dollar debt

          • this would remedy all our problems with them.

            No but it would be a start. The idea sure worked for Switzerland now didn’t it. Let’s see how many soldiers did the lose in WWII?

          • Speak English. Readers can do the between the lines translating your comment, but why are you hiding? The interpretation is that you are afraid Ron Paul will not obey Israel and fight their enemies for them. Well, they have too many enemies and need to start learning how to get along with others, play nice, be fair and keep their shovels off of other people’s property… and get their hands out of our pockets. It is now clear that Israeli trolls are very nervous about Ron Paul since he is the only block in their way of keeping what Billy Graham called a “stranglehold” on America (when he asked a President what could be done to stop this sneak attack). Speak up, are you an American or an Israeli/zionist/neocon? We do have Freedom of Speech here, that you could use… unless you must hide your dirtywork like the Marxist Commies try to do. Response please?

    • And what else besides contempt do you think an ex wife is going to say?
      Use your head. For those that are swayed by what an ex wife says, doesn’t say a lot about your ability to realize a scam when you see one.

      • k-bow

        What Newt Gingrich did in last night’s debate was an “adumbration” on Newt’s part, to say the least. It was the classic case of one “Hypocrite” defending himself by pointing out the “Hypocrisy” of the Left-Leaning Media toward Republicans.

        I believe it’s what addicts would call “Blame Transfer”.

        • I believe it’s what addicts would call “Blame Transfer”.

          You are right but I think it worked in his favor. NG is as slick as they come and fast on his feet.

      • For those that are swayed by what an ex wife says, doesn’t say a lot about your ability to realize a scam when you see one.

        Yeah but if you will cheat on your wife, you will cheat on your business partner and that’s us.

  6. I am so baffled that he didn’t give his support to Gingrich. Gingrich is no more conservative than Romney; Romney is no more liberal than Gingrich. And Gingrich has so much moral and corruption baggage to carry, it’s pathetic. He makes Bill Clinton look like a Saint. If he didn’t want to support Romney, why not support Santorum, who at least has some real moral values. As does Romney, but I think the Evangelical who introduced Perry at an event earlier in the campaign probably well-expressed Perry’s view — No Mormon in the White House. However, I would have much more respect for Perry if he’d given his support to Santorum, based on family values. Perry said an insider couldn’t do the job of changing Washington, and then he picks the most corrupt insider we’ve probably ever had in the Republican party. These people just do not make sense.

      • Just because Santorum does not support gay marriage hardly justifies saying he hates gays. If your going to make such inflammatory statements you’d do better to back it up with concrete evidence or keep it to yourself. It adds nothing to the dialogue.

        • Rick Santorum told CNN’s Piers Morgan Friday that as president he would change the laws of the nation to make same-sex marriage illegal.

          • Just because he does not support gay marriage does not mean he hates homosexuals. That is a very tired overstatement used to shut anyone up who disagrees with the gay marriage POV. As was brought out by more than one candidate in the debates, gay marriage opens a whole lot more problems for far more than just a gay couple. Problems such as shutting down adoption agencies, or forcing church’s to perform marriages for gay couples. Many people don’t oppose civil unions for gay partnerships, it is just marriage that is a problem. You also can’t have gay marriage be legal in one state and then illegal in the next and not corrupt the system. Just as the decision by the Supreme Court in the Dred Scot case basically made it ‘legal’ for slavery throughout the US by stating that even in a free state a slave would still be a slave if they were brought there by their ‘master’, he still owned him and no one could take away his ‘property.’

            The law needs to be the same across the board.

            • legal in one state and then illegal in the next and not corrupt the system.

              You sure about that? I could fill a book with examples of things legal in one state and illegal in the others.

            • You may be able to list laws that are different from state to state. but bottom line, the most important issue is that it affects far more individuals than just a gay couple wanting to have their union called a marriage.

            • it affects far more individuals than just a gay couple wanting to have their union called a marriage.

              I’m sure it does but it’s all about money any way you look at it and if they pay less, we pay more.

            • Sorry, but I don’t understand the connection. Why is it all about money? Who pays less, and who pays more?

              Some problems I immediately see with the impact of gay marriage are:
              When the largest provider of placing adoption for children, Catholic Charities (I believe it was 50% in MA), is forced to close its doors because they will not as a matter of religious conscience place children with gay couples, who gets the worse end of the deal?

              When a gay couple moves to a state which does not allow gay marriage, will that couple then accept that their marriage is not valid in that state? I seriously doubt it.

              What about the mother who is giving up her child for adoption and wants her child to only be placed in a traditional family with a mother and father? Will some ‘civil liberties’ group or lawyer push the system to be such that a mother cannot make that choice?

              Marriage is a religious institution, it is defined in the scriptures as between a man and a woman–it is the foundational unit of society and it should be protected as such. Civil unions should be an option, but marriage should not be.

            • I’m sorry, but I still don’t see your point. Why don’t you explain–it’s hard reading between the lines.

            • Every man, woman & child in the USA owes $49K (national debt) and this figure is going up every minute.
              If this is a government of, by, and for the people, then the people own the money. Guess it’s the choice between living in the deep red or living in the black. As for me the only thing I use my credit card for is renting a car. Well I do have pay pal LOL.

            • Yep, I agree with you, we the American people are up to our necks in debt! And it’s a drag that it was someone else who spent the money to get us there!

              Although imo, this is a bit of a digression from my original comment.

              Nice chatting with you. Have a great day!

  7. Rick Perry was adamant that his competitors on the debate stage with him were Washington insiders. This was true except for Romney who clearly spent his years as a business leader, a turnaround expert for the olympic games, and an effective republican governor in the most liberal state in the country, Massachusetts. For Perry not to endorse Romney, a fellow governor, is non-sensical as he instead decides to endorse the biggest Washington insider of them all, Newt Gingrich. Politics certainly make for strange bedfellows!

  8. CNN Says Ron Paul is the only one that could defeat Obama? Give me a break. CNN is so left winged, it’s their mission to get Paul one on one with Obama knowing damn well Obama will slaughter the living crap out of him and get 4 more years.Ron Paul is a Loon. His own son disagrees with alot of what he stands for especially foreign affairs. I wouldn’t believe a CNN poll for all the tea in China. Can’t you all see that all the left winged lame street media is terrified Newt will get in and expose Obama for what he really is! A MARXIST! Thats why, all of a sudden since Newt is rising to the top again, ABC decides to air the two hour interview with Mary Ann his X wife. You really think they would have aired that if Newt was in last place with no hope of getting any votes from Florida next week? Hell no. Imagine Newt having the same background as Obama going to bed with Communists like Bill Aiers and sitting in Churches pastored by the likes of Commie, Racist The Rev. Wright and so on. You’d see an uproar from all the Lame Stream Media denouncing him as a traitor! Come on folks. Wake up. They are scared to death their GOD will be torn to shreds with the truth of our constitution and Newt is the man that can do it!

    • You must be kidding. Ron Paul vs. Obama in a general election would lead to a LANDSLIDE victory for Paul. Not only would he get all the votes from Republicans, he would take all the independents and many of the liberals who are disenchanted with Obama’s all-talk-no-walk Presidential strategy. Any of the other Republicans would probably have a coin flip in the gen. against Obama, because they would be fighting over the independents.

      • LANDSLIDE victory for Paul.

        Somehow I don’t think people like Bill O’Reilly are in your corner LOL

  9. I’m surprised this didn’t happen sooner to be honest like, and on Newt Gingrich, having a pompous attitude and one-liners doesn’t make you a good debater.

  10. Get real Joe Newt has more baggage than a bellhop at the Waldorf Astoria.

    “Ron Paul is a Loon”, . . . .I don’t think so from what I have read about him. Could you be a little more specific? Was he a bad doctor, or a bad family man? How many pork barrel projects did he vote for that were out of Texas? How many times did he vote to increase the national debt?

  11. I love Gov.Perry. He was my first choice since he entered the race. I stuck with him untill the end.

    God Bless You! God Bless Texas!

    • I love Gov.Perry. He was my first choice since he entered the race.

      He kind of shot himself in the foot when he hit the third rail in politics, the truth.

      Only Ron Paul can get away with that but only because of his supporters.

  12. Ron Paul Campaign Statement on Republicans Attacking Capitalism

    “Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich are once again proving why they are UNFIT to be President and why this has become a two man national race between Mitt Romney, the candidate of the status quo, and Ron Paul, the candidate of REAL change.

    “Two important issues that should unite Republicans are a belief in free markets and an understanding that the media often use ‘gotcha’ tactics to discredit us. Rather than run against Governor Romney on the issues of the day Santorum and Gingrich have “chosen to play along” with the media elites and exploit a quote taken horribly out of context. They are also using the language of the LIBERAL LEFT to attack private equity and condemn capitalism in a desperate and, frankly, “unsavory attempt” to tear down another Republican with tactics akin to those of MoveOn.org.

    “Santorum, and Gingrich are employing LEFTIST TACTICS because they can’t run on their “questionable records” and can’t distinguish themselves from Romney. Like Romney, Gingrich supported The Bailouts and Individual Healthcare Mandates. ALL THREE support BIG spending and BIG deficits. ALL THREE have “disqualified themselves” from the race for President of the United States, FIRST with their records. Then, with the exception of Mitt Romney, their inability access major state ballots, and finally with these desperate and deplorable LEFT-WING tactics.

    “Dr. Paul is committed to running the kind of “substantive”, issues-based campaign the American people deserve. Our campaign will talk about REAL issues — REAL spending cuts, a sound monetary policy, protecting individual liberties, and promoting a PRO-American foreign policy. We will win what is now a two-man race on these issues, the issues of grassroots America.”

    • The kid in the candy store is not coming out the easy way for sure.
      That 16 billion dollar debt didn’t get there overnight and the dumb voters who let it happen are not any smarter today than they were yesterday.

  13. yeah i knw everyone is pissed about perry backing newt but why does it matter about his private life yeah he has messed up but doesnt mean you shouls bad mouth every person who has a bad history or past cuz everyone has those problems jus doesnt mean you should make it worse by you snotty comments. jus get over it. its his private life lets deal with what is going on now with the economy and how we are trying to fix not on how someones past sucks and is beyond repair. its his private life not yours.

    • its his private life lets deal with what is going on now with the economy and how we are trying to fix not on how someones past sucks and is beyond repair. its his private life not yours.

      I think America deserves better. As for the economy??? Well both these frontrunners knew how to fix there’s for sure. Just not in the same way Steve Jobs, Henry Ford, or Thomas A fixed there’s. Both these guys are parasites and have played the system like a harp from hell. If either is elected they will leave the country in one of three way:
      dead, dead, and/or dead.

  14. Valid observation — someone said the more you listen to Newt, the less you like him.

    And since he’s been talking endlessly, he should lose big in FL today. Without Newt in the running, Ron Paul’s message will have to be accorded greater exposure (instead of the Newt-Mitt dog-and-pony show that preempts air-time).

    Floridians — it’s up to you to make a difference today!

    • Yeah but Newt’s at his best when he is down & at his worst when he is up. Americans support hawks not doves, just read your history book. Defense contractors are not about to let Ron Paul in and their trillion dollar budgets out. Many must die so a few may become even richer than the are now. Just don’t think Ron Paul is going to buy into this war, war, we want war chat.

  15. there has to be a way for everyone to actually agree on who they want to vote for this is my first year voting since i turned 18. and all i see everywhere is hatred for anyone. i want the economy back the way it was as much as the next guy but i have to grow up seeing the hatred of the people for anything. we need to take a stand and actually find a way to fix our economy. we are like this cause of less consumer spending and high unemployment rates. and the damn drug busts that are happening everywhere. if everything keeps up like this there is just gonna be another depression but maybe even worse who knows. or as everyone else says maybe a world war III but who knows. unless we take a stand nothing will get better or go the right way. think about that the next time your criticize people.

    • It’s all about fear and greed. The politicians keep the taxpayers in fear and it works out well for their need for greed.

    • joseph dunn

      I can give you a little advice, since this is your first time voting. Become a “Political Atheist”! In other words, DON’T entrust your Political Belief System into any one Party Ideology. If you do, like many others on this Blog, you’ll become “duped” into thinking that one Political Ideology is somehow “different” than the other. Democrats and Republicans are essentially the SAME. They “Represent” the SAME Masters. They DON’T “Represent” you or I. They “Represent” those who give them the MOST MONEY! If you want to know WHO they “Represent”, just “Google” their Campaign Donors. They’re all the SAME!

      For years and years, we’ve had nothing but different versions of the SAME Policies. And those SAME “Policies” and the Legislation that was written into Law have been “dictated” by the GREEDY “Special Interests” Groups. They use their Influence (Campaign Donations) to confiscate the Wealth from the “hard-working” American Taxpayer for their own self-interests.

      If you want to KNOW who these Politicians (Puppets) truly “Represent”, just look up their Donors.

      Mitt Romney will Represent Israel and the Wall Street “Banksters”. These are the SAME GREEDY BASTARDS who DECIMATED Our Economy with “Money Product Schemes” that essentially “ROBBED” the American People of their Wealth and who foreclosed on their Homes. Mitt Romney is a BIG GOVERNMENT Politician.

      Newt Gingrich will Represent Israel, the Energy Corporations, Real Estate Funding Companies and, of course, other Washington Lobbyists. These are the SAME GREEDY BASTARDS who “Pay For” or “Bribe” Government Officials for “favorable” Legislation to promote their self-interested Agendas. Newt Gingrich is a BIG GOVERNMENT Politician.

      Rick Santorum will Represent Israel, the Real Estate Sector and the Insurance Companies. These are the SAME GREEDY BASTARDS who worked in “cahoots” with the “Banksters” on Wall Street and the Washington Lobbyists to pass “favorable” legislation to have unrestricted access to EASY Loans from Mortgage Firms and Banks. They both have their “hands out” for Government Subsidies provided by the Taxpayer. Rick Santorum is a BIG GOVERNMENT Politician.

      Barack Obama has support from all-of-the-above and MUCH MUCH More, including Public Employee Labor Unions.

      Ron Paul will Represent the PEOPLE of the United States of America. His Campaign Organization is funded Primarily by “Grassroots” Citizens and Average Americans who believe that the Constitution “means something”. He is supported by more Active Duty Military than ALL the other Candidates COMBINED. He is also supported by the Private Sector which ACTUALLY Produces something. Ron Paul is a limited-Government Politician.

      And just so you know, there is NO Economic Recovery – just a BIG Government “Cover Up”. The Economy will NEVER RECOVER til the Government “Gets-Out-Of-The-Way” and learns to live within it’s means. The Budget must be Balanced, but in order for that to happen – ACTUAL Government Spending must be CUT and Government Borrowing must CEASE and they can’t keep “sticking-their-noses” into the Private Sector.

      Ron Paul 2012!

  16. i am not voting at all because of the disputes between everyone and everything. and plus all everything is greed i only know this stuff from school not because of political beleifs i actually hate politics and what the government stands for and how things have turned out. i just want a better life in the future to me thats all i really care about. and plus darryl your right. as long as the stuff the government are doing wont help us recover. but the thing is we are all in fear of the problems at hand and really dont stand up against it. thats what i am tryin to say. i dont care if i am to young to understand but come on i grew up learning and hearing about this stuff and how everyone acts when a problem happens but dont stand up and say something about it. all you hear is complaining. well then complain to them and tell the government how you really feel instead of sitting at your house or at a bar and complaining without being heard. some people need to learn.

      • No offense taken by me.

        When I was younger I used to wonder, “Why don’t things change much when we get a new president, be he Democrat or Republican?” I had the feeling that Presidents must really only account for a small portion of the problems facing the nation. That feeling grew into apathy at some points, I mean, why bother since nothings going to change anyways? That apathy turned to frustration, and then finally, to a growing fear as the years went by–I now near 48.

        It wasn’t until recently when I began studying the Constitution that I started to find some answers and began to understand why things don’t change all that much from election to election. My original suspicion was confirmed. The President is only a part of the problem or solution. As Ron Paul stated, “he’s not the King!”

        Our Constitution was originally set up to protect the People from out of control government, big government, and tyrannical government. The Constitution is the blueprint for our government. Each branch of government has strictly defined and limited authority granted to it. What powers that are not granted in the Constitution to the Federal government is reserved for the states to handle. The Federal government has the authority to make laws, sign treaties, and regulate commerce. Healthcare and education do not fall within that scope of authority.

        However, WE, The People, have allowed the branches of government to go beyond their scope of power.

        The President is the commander-in-chief, he has the authority to make treaties which are subject to ratification by the Senate; he has the authority to appoint judges, ambassadors, and other officials–subject to the approval of the Senate. He has the power to see that laws of the US are carried out. He cannot declare war–unless we are attacked, as was in the case of Pearl Harbor–only Congress can declare war. We have seen our youth go into military action for wars undeclared by Congress in the 19th century (Korea, Vietnam)—this is un-Constitutional.

        We have seen under the President’s Executive branch ‘laws,’ which have been created through some agencies of the Executive Office—e.g., think EPA ?–this is un-Constitutional. Sure, they don’t call them ‘laws,’ but the end result–regulations which must be followed–are the same as law because they must be obeyed. Neither the President, nor Congress, have the Constitutional authority to delegate the right to anyone or any entity the authority to make laws.

        This is why everyone complains about bureaucratic red tape which is impossible to cut—because if you don’t like the ‘law or rules’ you can’t vote the bureaucrats out of office! Bureaucrats make rules which everyone has to follow and The People can’t fire them.

        The Supreme Court has the responsibility to follow laws already established. They have the responsibility to interpret the Constitution according to it original intended meaning—not create laws, nor ‘read into’ the Constitution what is clearly not there.

        The Legislature–our Senate and House of Representatives–has the power to make law. The Legislature controls the budget and what is spent. As in other areas of the government, we can see a real problem, but the fault for this problem must also be shared by the people. However, it is easier to lay the blame on someone else than take responsibility upon oneself.

        We are not holding our representatives accountable for the mess they have created with their spending! We are allowing them to delegate their law-making authority to governmental agencies. We need to start voting people out of office who overspend, overtax, and don’t follow the Constitution. Just because they claim to read it or carry it in their back pocket does not mean they understand it or follow it.

        If we as a people want to reign in government spending, we too need to lower our expectations of what we want the government–but in reality, us–to pay for. The Reader’s Digest’s column, “That’s Outrageous” frequently comes to my mind.

        The Constitution is our protection for liberty, but only if we recognize when it is being violated and do something about it. An excellent video series, by Michael Farris, called Constitutional Literacy is a great step toward understanding how we can reclaim our liberty, you can see two free segments of this lecture series at http://www.constitutionreclaimed.com/FREEepisode.html. It helped me to understand that WE, as a People, can make a difference and we must or else we will lose all that we hold precious.

        The President of the United States takes an oath to ‘preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States,’ our goal then should be to choose a President who will do just that. Not elect for a second term a President who has stated that the Constitution is a ‘flawed’ document. We need a President who: understands and follows the Constitution; has integrity in both his personal and public life; understands how the economy works; has shown the ability to budget; is a leader who listens to opposing points of view and demonstrates an ability to bring consensus; understands business—how jobs are created and destroyed.

        Even more importantly, our goal should also be to elect legislators who will preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution since they are our law-making and budget governing body and a President cannot effect real change for the better without a Congress who also plays by the rules—the rules of the Constitution.

          • You may be right about some feeling that way. However, I do think the vast majority of Americans are just uninformed. Afterall, how much did you learn in school about what the Constitution says, means, and how it should be applied in every context? I know I learned absolutely nothing about that in school and I don’t think I am in the minority in that respect. I think Constitutional Law/Literacy is a course that every school district should require to be taught at the high school level and then it should also be part of the core requirements at the college level.

            • Yeah but it was written when there were a lot of restrictions on who could vote. And I for on believe there were a lot of wealthy people back then who just didn’t want to pay taxes…………I think they wanted to collect taxes. Okay, Ron Paul could turn things around real quick but so could have Ross Perot,

            • Yes, I am aware that the Constitution was written at a time when not all people had the right to vote–I would have been one of those people–but truly, that seems an irrelevant point since that is not the case today. Besides, even if everyone had the right to vote at that time what group do you think would have voted to give the government money out of their pocket? Why do you think Ron Paul supporters cheer when they hear he’d like to abolish taxes? NO one wants to really pay it! Rich or poor! And yes, the rich have far more to pay–even if the percentage may be less or equal to middle income Americans. I could probably live better than I do now if I had the government’s take on anyone of the candidates–including our President.

              Anyways, my original point was that it is in the best interest of the American people to know, and more importantly, UNDERSTAND what the Constitution says. Without that knowledge we’re all just puppets on a string more concerned about what prices gas will be the next time we can afford to go to pump. Instead of enlightened citizens who see what Ron Paul sees as violations of the Constitution which is what has gotten us so far into debt in the first place as well as a host of other problems we have faced as a nation.

            • irrelevant point since that is not the case today.

              You are right in that it indeed not the case today and for that reason most voters don’t have a vested interest in the country. It’s all about what the country can do for them.
              It’s Pork, pork, we want pork and that’s the way they vote.

            • Apparently so. There is a price for freedom and apparently, it’s too high for many.

              This is why those who support Ron Paul and his approach to getting back to a Constitutional government need to be better about articulating what Ron Paul can do for the nation–if they care so much. Because frankly, what I see is a lot of anger and angry people don’t reason in a voice that can be heard. (Unless you are Newt Gingrich blasting the media or someone else behind their back in national television interview.)

            • Sorry but I don’t think the voters of today care about the country any more than most politicians. Look at how fast they dumped Huntsman. This guy on paper could walk on water. Elected with 78% of the votes on his 2nd term. Romney, they ran out on a rail after his 1st term. Huntsman created jobs from the ground up, Romney destroyed jobs. I’m a dove not a hawk that is why I for Ron Paul. Huntsman like all the rest are hawks as they are no doubt getting funds from the defense contractors.

            • Well unfortunately, I may be coming to same to conclusion as you about some of the voters in this country. I just don’t get it, apparently most don’t have a clue about a budget—meaning if you want to have money, you have to save money whether it is on the personal level or on a governmental level. My gripe has consistently been that I have to live within a budget, while the government does not. They just take more from me to support their whims.

              Governments don’t really create jobs, unless they create departments—such as the Federal government with Education, EPA, etc.,—and they bill the taxpayer for the new entity. Government can create a climate to encourage investors with capital to create businesses or destroy that climate as we’ve seen through governmental agencies like the EPA, over-regulation, or other practices which drive up business costs.

              Yes, Gov. Romney’s company, Bain Capital, could not turn some companies around and that cost jobs—but Speaker Gingrich’s supporters who put the ‘show’ together did not do it with the intent to tell the ‘truth’ and much of what was in that video were outright distortions or lies. If you haven’t already, you should check out factcheck.org.

              Gov. Huntsman was in Utah which may very well have had something to do with his strong support and success second term as he shared many of same values as his constituents. Not to diminish any good Gov. Huntsman did, but Gov. Romney on the other hand was in a much more liberal state and had a primarily Democratic legislature from what I understand. I am also sure that his decision that he could not (in good moral or religious conscience) sign a bill which proposed the creation of embryos to destroy them for research did not set well with the pro-choice community. (I am sure you are aware that Ron Paul feels just as strongly about pro-life.) Being “Run out on a rail,” makes no sense for a Governer who balanced the budget, put money away for a rainy day, and saved the taxpayers $$. Unless, as you stated, people truly couldn’t care less about those ‘little’ details.

              Gov. Romney may not share the same religious beliefs as many but I believe that he, like Sen. Paul, is an honest man with an honest intent to lead the country in a different and better direction than it is currently headed. To some it may not mean much, but when I look at how much Gov. Romney donates to charity, i.e., tithing (which is ten percent of his income) and other additional charitable contributions, it does say something to me about his character. He’s not giving money for a tax break—as some would like to shout—it is based on his faith and conviction. I, and many people I know, pay a 10% tithing and it is given for just that reason.

              I think Sen. Paul would definitely make the most drastic cuts–which btw, I don’t see Americans being too happy about either since I can’t see how it won’t also mean the loss of government jobs. However, if jobs can be created in the private sector through less government regulation, then it would be a win-win in the long run. Sen. Paul has a very clear and detailed plan for cuts which makes it easier to see just how he proposes to reduce debt and spending. More people should check out his plan. I think Sen. Paul would make the most difference in getting us back to a Constitutional government and a sounder currency. He’s not a Libertarian. When Gov. Perry called him a Libertarian he basically told him, ‘you’re the one who is calling me that.’ Libertarians would be pro-choice by their own statement of belief on their website. Sen. Paul is not pro-choice. Sen. Paul truly is a conservative in principle and practice. Rome was not built in a day, and it will be a difficult task for any President to get this country back on track. Unfortunately, there is too much self-interest in this country, whether it’s states wanting Federal dollars (our dollars!) to fund their personal projects or entitlement programs, too much policy and spending is for “Me! Me! Me!,” like the girl in “Charley and the Chocolate Factory” who states, “I want it NOW DADDY!!” People have to come to terms with the adage, “You can’t have your cake and eat it too!”

              If Sen. Paul was not the nominee I could also support Gov. Romney or Sen. Santorum. Speaker Gingrich is the only one I really could not support. I’ve looked at his plan and it is nothing more than rhetoric which tells little about what he’d actually do, and frankly, I’m not impressed with his character or his moon colony idea. Like we need to spend money for a colony on the moon when we can’t afford to live on the earth!

            • Being “Run out on a rail,” makes no sense for a Governer who balanced the budget, put money away for a rainy day, and saved the taxpayers $$.

              Not so fast here: The 3 billion dollar debt became 1/2 of that from taxes that were not counted and a grant from the Feds. The rest came from cuts in money given to the cities. They them had to hike up property taxes. Then he hiked fees way up on everything the state had to issue by law. (DMV, marriage, business licenses etc.). Then he closed the loop holes on business. Used his talents he acquired at Bain in pointing out the loop holes.

              The voters saw through this and he never stood a chance for re-election. He was replaced by a Democrat.

            • Where did you get that bit of info? I haven’t come across it in any of my readings.

              Yes, he did have to make cuts. Hmm..what about those cuts to government spending you support? The government/state cannot have so many programs, entitlements, etc… and have a balanced budget if no cuts are made. Yes, he did raise fees and all that he did was in concert with the Legislature–there were some fees that hadn’t been raised in 10 years. Massachusetts ended up with a surplus of funds; however, what did the Legislature do in 2006 in planning the 2007 budget? Despite having collected record-breaking amounts of tax revenue that year the Democratic Legislature over-budgeted for 2007 and wanted to dip into that ‘rainy day fund’ to the amount of $450 million! Gov. Romney stated, “One of the primary responsibilities of government is keeping the books balanced. The problem here is not revenues; the problem is overspending. The level of spending which we’re looking at would put us on the same road to financial crisis and ruin that our commonwealth has been down before.” Gov. Romney vetoed it, the Legislature over-turned it.

              Ron Paul is certainly going to cut A LOT OUT of government spending and if states get less money from the Feds, you can bet the states are going to be hiking their fees/taxes just as well to make up for any shortfalls, and why?? Because people can cry all they want about cutting government spending, but nothing happens in a vacuum. There will always be a trickle down effect which people will moan about. As soon as you start cutting out things all of a sudden people don’t care about what it costs to maintain their pet projects, etc., as long as they don’t have to pay for it and they can eventually shift the burden onto someone else in the community or onto a future generation. :\

              I say, get out the scissors!

            • Look with few exceptions, they all are a bunch of shysters. My point was Huntsman on paper was a far better pick than Romney.

              I back Paul because his cuts will create peace and prosperity unlike this nation has never seen before. Each government “worker” on the payroll takes out 2 private sector workers. Nobody is going to miss any of the five depts he intends to shut down and those parasites will find other hosts no problem. The real deal comes from the 300,000 pay checks now being spent overseas coming home and being spent here. Each pay check represents about 3 new jobs. All this, not in ten years but like as soon as he takes office. The chances of this happening are slim to “0”. The voters want more of the same and be it Obama or Romney, they will get what they want.

            • My original point was, if you going to make such an argument against Gov. Romney’s record, “The 3 billion dollar debt became 1/2 of that from taxes that were not counted and a grant from the Feds,” I wanted to know where you got that information because it’s not something I’ve seen. My point was Gov. Romney had a harder fight than Gov. Huntsman for the previously posted reasons. It’s apparent you don’t like Gov. Romney, and that’s okay. 🙂 I do, and I don’t think he’d be like President Obama because Gov. Romney doesn’t want our nation to become a Socialist nation. More and more entitlement spending and government control spell a modern day USSR in the USA. We have a Constitution; President Obama thinks it’s flawed so how can he defend it?

              I agree 100% with you about Sen. Paul making the most dramatic cuts and difference. Certainly getting rid of departments which duplicate state efforts should be done because it’s not a Federal responsibility. This is probably one of the things I like best about Sen. Paul—he understands the Constitution better than ANY candidate running or who has been part of the entire 2012 GOP cycle. Every President talks about, “We need to improve education…blah, blah., blah!” And every decade it goes further down hill. Why? Because there are too many hands in the POT! Let the states worry about education—it’s not a Federal responsibility! Let the people who are closest to the source figure out the needs and solutions! Today teachers teach to the tests, is that REALLY what anyone would call getting an education? I could go on I’m sure, but I’ll spare you the time. The Federal government has been too long reaching beyond the scope of it Constitutional authority and it’s high time all that changed. I also respect Sen. Paul’s understanding of the monetary system and how to have a sound currency. However, even if Sen. Paul became President, I don’t think it would be as easy as some think for him to make all of the dramatic changes he’d like. Afterall, he’s not the King, he’d still have to work with the Legislature, they’d still have a major say in any budgeting, and as I understand it, they can overturn his veto by putting things to a vote again. This is the problem Gov. Romney faced. It’s not just that we need a new President, but a Legislature that understands and follows the Constitution. So no matter who gets the job, it’s going to be long hard haul.

              All’s I can say is, if Sen. Paul does not get the nomination, and another Republican becomes President, I hope that the new President will find a way to have Sen. Paul help with fixing the mess this country is in! I could see Gov. Romney possibly doing that—watching his body language, I think he has a lot more respect for Sen. Paul than the other candidates do.

              Thanks for the dialogue! You may a lot good points and I respect your opinion, even though we may widely differ on some views.

            • http://www.factcheck.org/more_mitt_missteps.html

              That’s where I got the info on the Mitt.

              As for the Prez not being able to order the military to return to home base USA I think he can without any need of congress. Once the navy is back all he has to do to stimulate the economy is “drinks are on the White House”.

              I think we have troops in over 120 countries and I’d like to know just one that we are really needed in because their army, navy or air force is a threat to the USA.

              The Mitt will bring us to war with Iran and he supports the Patriot Act. The illusion of security and more debt. The Mitt wants 100,000 more troops and 15 new ships each year for the navy. Going to borrow the money from China I guess.

            • Billy Malone

              Romney is in the back pocket of Goldman Sachs and the Wall Street Banksters.

              One thing that hasn’t been pointed out is that Bain Capital took ZERO RISK when they supposedly “helped” the Companies that they invested in. Is this the definition of Venture Capitalism? Or is it “Pump and Dump”? I’d like to hear from investors who know how this is done?

            • The simple-cold facts are that private equity firms normally make money by laying people off. After they take over a company with a leveraged buyout, the first thing they do is to require that company to start paying off the loan that was used to buy them out. Then they immediately start merging, purging, off-shoring, and downsizing as many jobs as possible to bring expenses down. The money saved is then leveraged again for more loans that are supposed to be used to build up the company, but are often issued as dividends to the owners and investors. The companies are sometimes so burdened with debt that they will go into bankruptcy before they are sold.

              But by then, the owners will have made their money with commissions, dividends and management fees.

              In the case of Dade Behring: They went bankrupt in 2002. Romney’s company still made $421 million. With American Pad & Paper: Bankrupted in 2000 after shutting factories and killing hundreds of jobs. Romney pulled in $100 million in dividends. And if that doesn’t bother you, consider that hedge funds and private equity investors pay about 15% capital gains on their income. So, Romney only paid about 15 -20 percent in taxes on the estimated 200 million he made at Bane Capital. Now he wants to eliminate capital gains and dividend tax entirely. Which means that would pay almost no federal tax.

              Read more: http://forums.kffl.com/threads/293280-Pump-and-Dump?s=fc69a6a608cdb2dd7d8a2d0520111a38#ixzz1lnpzRsD5

            • Thanks for the reference. I’ll look it up. Yes, again, I agree Sen. Paul would definitely make the biggest changes. Only time will tell how this will all pan out.

            • Okay, gentlemen, TIME OUT. Now I’ve said before that I agree Sen. Paul would make the greatest changes, most cuts, is the most informed about sticking to a Constitutional government, as well as a number of other things.

              So what happens if Sen. Paul doesn’t get the nomination? Do you just give up and go live in some other country?

              I’ll restate what I’ve said before, the President is NOT THE KING. Sen. Paul would most definitely work hard to get this country back to it’s original grounding in the Constitution, but he cannot do it alone. The Legislature makes the laws, the Legislature controls the purse.
              • Unless the Legislature wants to spend less than it takes in, make cuts, things won’t change in the long-run.
              • Unless the American people are willing to make changes in their expectations of what government should do, things won’t change much.
              • Unless the Legislature is brave enough to go after activist judges who unconstitutionally make laws (even though they don’t call it such), and willing to go after Presidents who take us into undeclared wars by impeachment, the Legislature will undo any good that Sen. Paul or President Paul does.
              • Unless the Legislature is following the Constitution, not a whole lot long term will change.
              • And, unless the American people understand the Constitution and the American people hold their Congressional representatives accountable in following the Constitution, not a whole lot will change long-term.

              I chose to believe in the Constitution and the voice of the people. My gripe is that more people would rather complain, rant, and give up than use their voice to respectfully state their POV. I’ve noticed for some time that Sen. Paul supporters have a great tendency to say very little to educate people on WHY Sen. Paul would be the best choice based on his merits and proposals for solving issues. Instead they rant against the other candidates and chant, Go Ron Paul. Not a very convincing argument in my opinion. You may choose to feel any way you want about any of the candidates—I can respect that. I can agree to disagree. However, I’d like to make the point that in the long run, people don’t build themselves up by tearing others down. It just becomes a real turn-off and sours people on politics in general because in addition to the frustration people feel about the current state of affairs they also then begin to feel powerless to change anything.

              The Founding Fathers fought the American Revolution not because they didn’t want to pay taxes, they already had been paying taxes; however previously, taxes had been set by the colonies own respective Legislatures. It was when the British Parliament (and the ‘Crown’) said they had the right to tax the colonies that the colonists revolted. It was the issue of colonial representation.

              During the ratification process for the Constitution some argued the danger of the Federal government becoming too large, tyrannical, and possibly trampling the rights and liberties of the people. It was then that George Nicholas—the first man to shoot at British troops when they invaded Virginia—said, “An enlightened people will never suffer what was established for their security to be perverted to an act of tyranny.” Those words ‘enlightened people’ are key in preserving our Constitutional government. It is simply lazy to expect that only the President will change the country. If George Washington had no troops to lead who supported the idea of liberty, obviously we would have never won the Revolutionary war. If Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had not used his skills, courage, knowledge, and voice to mobilize people around the cause of justice and equality under the law we’d still see today the segregation which continued in the South after the Civil War and well into the 20th century. A man can be a leader in a cause, but it takes others who are willing to follow and stand up to move the cause forward. If we want to be a free people, we must fight to preserve freedom by becoming enlightened citizens and making our voices heard through the power of the ballot and by defending the Constitution and showing others when it has been violated.

              Our nation still obviously has much to offer since even today it continues to be beacon of hope and a magnet to those seeking a better quality of life and liberty. It is up to us to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States so that it will continue to be that beacon to others and so that we and our posterity will enjoy those liberties outlined in it.

              To Liberty! 🙂

            • the Legislature controls the purse. But again the Prez can bring the 310,000 troops stationed in foreign countries home tomorrow. He can also abolish the parasitic Depts of government. Might need congress to start up a new one but he can pull the plug on the old ones, no problem.

              As for $$$. That’s how Ron Paul intends to shrink the government down to something workable. Cut off the flow. Get rid of the Fed and run the printing press only when there is something to back up the paper being printed.

              Think foreign aid might tighten up a bit too.

            • Okay, but my question is, what will you do if Sen. Paul is not the nominee and has no chance of being President?

            • As for me, It’s Ron Paul or the voters are thirsty for more of the same so I’ll just save the gas a do something that will make a difference like clean out my garage. Now if Ron Paul were to support a candidate…………not very likely now is it?

              We got 3 frontrunners:

              The Corporate Vulture

              Family Man of the Year

              The Prince of Pork

          • Amazed

            Romney and Obama are both supported by Goldman Sachs. In fact, Goldman Sachs is their LARGEST Campaign Contributor. Let’s not be naive and say that Romney’s Policies will differ much from Obama’s Policies. They won’t. If you want to know what lies ahead for the United States, just look at OUR National Debt and compare it to Greece. “Privatization” is what lies ahead as the “Banksters” TAKE OVER our Assets. Ron Paul is the only Candidate who won’t allow this to happen. Romney will definitely go along with the “Bankster’s” Plan.

            If you vote for or support Romney, you are actually voting for the “Demise” of the United States as you and I know it.

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3xgAC0WiOo&list=UUBIwq18tUFrujiPd3HLPaGw&index=1&feature=plcp

            • So far it’s up for grabs who will take the nomination. If Romney wins it, then Paul’s out of the race. So, yes, I’ll vote for Romney. I won’t vote for Obama, and I won’t sit home and not vote in protest since that will still be a vote for Obama. Of course, you would say it makes no difference, but I still won’t cast the ballot for Obama.

              I’ll check out your link. Thanks.

            • Romney and Obama are both supported by Goldman Sachs.

              I think the words “heavily invested in” my be a better term.

              As for Ron Paul, I couldn’t agree with you more. It’s either Ron Paul or more of the same.

    • joseph dunn

      I admire your perception. At least you’re not one of those people who “go-off” half cocked and think that “Beating Obama” is what this Election is all about. I’m glad you’re “thinking for yourself”, instead of letting the Media do the thinking for you.

      I’m a 53 year old Registered Republican and I can tell you that the people who “claim” to be Republicans have NO CLUE on what to look for in a Candidate. They cheer and chant “rah rah” for their Candidate like they’re an American Idol Contestant. It’s so sad to see Americans so “dumbed-down”.

      Corruption, in Government, without enforcing any Justice only leads to a State of Cynicism. The Tea Party FAILED when they abandoned their “Promise” to investigate, arrest, prosecute and imprison the “Criminals” on Wall Street and the “Crooks” within the Government who committed FRAUD and “laid-waste” Our Economy. They STOLE the Investments and the Life Savings of many Americans. But what did the Politicians do, even when the American People said NO? They “Bailed-Out” these Criminals anyway. Like I said in an earlier post, THEY DON’T REPRESENT US, THE PEOPLE! They Represent those who Contribute to their Campaigns and/or “grease their palms”, so to speak.

      But what is most worrisome is that it looks like the Republicans will nominate Mitt Romney to face Obama in November. Romney is a Venture Capitalist by Profession and he supported almost every Major Policy that Obama stood for, so there really is NO contrast between them. My fear is that because Romney knows how to “use money” as a Venture Capitalist, he will gain control of the Treasury and the Money Printing Presses for himself and his friends and then promote MORE Crony Capitalism by picking Winners and Losers. After all, he supported the TARP Bail-Outs and the Stimulus which drove our Country deeper into Debt. That scares me.

      $16 TRILLION in Debt is a LOT of Debt! And because Romney has NO Plans to CUT “Actual” Spending, the Debt Ceiling Debates will continue to be an on-going phenomenon. In a nutshell, there can NEVER BE a “Balanced Budget” so long as the Government doesn’t operate within it’s means. But in order for the Government to operate within a Budget, “Actual” Spending Cuts MUST happen and the Borrowing MUST cease. However, the $16 TRILLION of accumulated Debt MUST be either Paid-Down or liquidated FIRST. Otherwise, Tax INCREASES will become an inevitability and Austerity will become the American Way-of-Life. “Prosperity” will become a Thing-of-the-Past, except for the Wealthy. The Middle Class will continue to shrink as more and more of them join the ranks of the Lower Class.

      Inequality and Income Disparity is VERY REAL in America, despite what the Conservative Talk says. It’s NOT Class Warfare, as they are quick to criticize those who make that point. It’s just the Reality! Only when the Republican “Establishment” can “Honestly” recognize this dilemma and then yield to the sensible Economic Policies of Ron Paul, then, and ONLY then, can we see our way out of this MESS!

      However, if the Government continues down the path that it’s on, it WON’T MATTER who is elected President. For the next President will surely be presiding over the Economic Collapse of the Good ole’ USA!

      • “Prosperity” will become a Thing-of-the-Past, except for the Wealthy.

        Always has been, is & will be. With 7% in Florida votes any cuts are very unlikely. Mitt intends to build more navy ships and add another 100K to the government payroll.
        I still think Obama can outspend the Mitt and I got money on Obama winning.

    • i just want a better life in the future to me that’s all i really care about.

      Guess you could start by coming up with the $49,000.00 you owe.

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