March 5, 2012

On the Virginia GOP primary ballot this Tuesday are just two names. They are Mitt Romney and Ron Paul.

Because of some fluke in the law and the party's requirement that sufficient signatures be gathered and verified earlier than any other state's primary, only Romney and Paul qualified when five others did not (which was long before anybody other than Tim Pawlenty dropped out of the race).

The absence of former Sen. Rick Santorum and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has drained Virginia’s primary of suspense and interest. Other Republicans who failed to qualify for Virginia’s ballot and have since washed out of the primary were Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Minnesota U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman.

Virginia requires 10,000 signatures of registered voters, including 400 from each of the state’s 11 congressional districts. But there’s a twist: state law requires that the petitions be circulated and the signatures collected exclusively by Virginia residents.

Virginia’s exacting ballot requirements have a way of winnowing out poorly prepared candidates. Perry sued in U.S. District Court challenging Virginia’s laws and seeking a court order that his name be placed on the primary ballot. Gingrich, Huntsman and Santorum joined the lawsuit.

A federal judge found that Virginia’s mandate that only state residents can circulate petitions would likely be held unconstitutional, but he refused Perry’s request, ruling that Perry and the others waited too late to sue.

Former Virginia Attorney General Jerry Kilgore said that “Virginia’s rules prevent a lot of surging candidates from getting on the ballot. “It’s our problem in Virginia, and we need to fix it.”

Well, Mr. Kilgore, Duh!!!

So here is the situation here in Virginia: Ask a Republican who he likes in Tuesday’s Virginia presidential primary and you might get this response: What primary?

Mitt Romney has spent only had two campaign appearances in Virginia and both have been in the Northern region.  Together they totaled all of three and a half hours.

Ron Paul has campaigned on and off some sixteen times for a total of over 40 hours.

Neither has been to the Commonwealth in the last two weeks. So to ask "What primary?" is typical. A political reporter from WTVR in Richmond, a CBS affiliate, estimates that less than eight percent of registered voters will go to the polls Tuesday.  That may be good news for Ron Paul, as Mitt Romney campaign team seems to think that his victory is in the bag. No need to spend time, money or a drop of sweat here.

So, given the choices, which is only two (three if I didn't want to vote), I am going with Ron Paul. There are at least five reasons, but let me give you the three biggies.

First, Romney is simply a RINO (aka, Republican In Name Only). Let me give you just a partial list of neo-conservative RINO actions taken by or endorsed by Romney:

As governor of Massachusetts, he hiked taxes, fees and fines dramatically.

He increased spending by 20% in 2 years!

He supported Cap n Trade, a policy that would devastate America.

He supported TARP

He flooded Massachusetts with liberal democratic judges.

He believes in amnesty for illegal immigrants.

Received advice and believes in Obama's Science Czar John Holdren on global warming.

Supports limiting the 2nd amendment via gun control legislation.

Was, in his words, "more pro-choice than Ted Kennedy" before he was prolife.

Was for gay marriage before he was for civil partnerships.

Al Gore praises Romney for being a global warming believer.

And here is a biggy: He set up a 527 committee funded by GEORGE SOROS.

Second, Mitt Romney is already talking not about how he created jobs and ran businesses as much as he talks about the government being "big business and I am familiar with how that works."

Well, Governor, we don't want the government in the business of being big business, we want it getting smaller. We don't want more jobs for the public sector, we want them in the private sector and would appreciate it if more government bureaucrats would loose their jobs so they can get out and work like the rest of us.

Finally, the real reason I am not supporting Mitt: George Soros!  When asked about the differences between President Obama and Mitt Romney, Soros, back on January 24th, told Reuters Global Editor-at-Large Chrystia Freeland that “there isn’t all that much difference except for the crowd that they bring with them.”

What was that? Soros also told Reuters that many hedge fund managers in the United States are backing Romney because Obama wants to raise their taxes.

Soros predicted that "there won't be a great deal of enthusiasm on either side of the battleground. It will be more civilized than the previous elections have been."

Consider that both Obama and Romney are less back-slappers than report-readers, technocratic elitists with an abiding faith in the meritocracy. Confronted with a problem, their instincts are to assemble the experts and split the difference.

It is no accident, then, that their health care programs share the distinguishing -- perhaps politically disqualifying -- feature of requiring individuals to obtain coverage.

Romney was convinced to go for the individual mandate by Democratic economist Jonathan Gruber's computer modeling. Obama, after savaging Hillary Clinton during the campaign for including a mandate in her plan, briskly switched course, post-election, when his health care advisers made the case that his program wouldn't work otherwise.

So where does that leave me?

Ron Paul.  Well, at least he is fiscally, politically and whole-heartedly conservative. You know where he stands on all issues. And he will only support legislation that is justified by and grounded in the Constitution.

I also like the fact that he supports reeling in the Federal Reserve Board and auditing the heck out of it. He would do away with the progressive income tax, secure our borders and protect our gun rights.

So leaving aside most of his foreign policy and the fact that all conspiracy theories revolve around his eccentricities (he has never started one to anyone's knowledge), Congressman Paul is solidly the Constitutional candidate.

Well Congressman, you've got my vote.

We believe that the Constitution of the United States speaks for itself. There is no need to rewrite, change or reinterpret it to suit the fancies of special interest groups or protected classes.