I became a Republican in 1994 because of Newt’s Contract with America. I switched my affiliation from Libertarian (I am that oxymoron: conservative & libertarian).
I want Ron Paul’s passionate commitment to gutting the Federal Government which to my mind has become extra constitutional and I am in agreement with him in principle against military adventurism, however I fear that his articulation leaves people confused, despite the Founders' admonitions against entangling alliances.
The geopolitical reality of Islamic extremism, nuclear weapons and global reach tempers their warnings in a world grown increasingly small and compounded by an adventurism that has us extended too thin and carrying the financial burden that the world should be sharing.
While I agree that government serves a legitimate purpose and is a necessary evil (per the Founders), I see several existential threats to our Republic among which are the Federal Reserve (a private consortium of unaccountable bankers who profit from the creation of the nation’s currency, a function delegated by our Constitution to the Congress and for which the payment of interest is an absurdity); and an ever expanding bureaucracy which insinuates itself into every aspect of individual choice and liberty under the premise of benevolent paternalism.
I believe that Newt has massively interesting visionary ideas and I hear him speak often of the need to change the culture in Washington. I am among the undecided. I highly respect Rick Santorum and even Mitt Romney would be a capable President, but neither of them conveys the urgency of castrating the Goliath which the Federal government has become.
If Ron Paul could articulate his foreign policy with greater clarity, his passion for sound money, ending the Fed, and ending the massive, bloated, unnecessary and arguably unconstitutional Departments of Education, Energy, Commerce, EPA, the Gestapo IRS, etc., would win my support. He is well informed, however it is Newt who is gifted with the ability to render the complex comprehensible.
States are Sovereign and we are being robbed of the ability to vote with our feet. The Federal Government has become the enemy of all that I value. It is no longer a servant. It behaves like the master and the bureaucracies are their overseers and America has become the land of the enslaved who exist under a veneer of freedom.
I love my country, I love our Founding Documents and I want things fixed for the sake of my 13 grandchildren. I have come to abhor and despise the Federal Government. It is not my competitor. It is not my adversary. Barack Obama’s Federal Government is my enemy and it would do me and my children harm.
I need Newt to articulate this deep passionate distrust of the coercive and corrosive existence of an imperial Federal Government. I want to see his gifts and vision make the case for leadership of freemen using persuasion, not coercion, and I need to hear him articulate this in no uncertain terms.
In other words, there are some things, even arguably attractive activities, that the Federal Government might undertake but which come at the expense of compromising the Constitution. Even these good things become evil if they come at the violation of principle.
This is what I am waiting for: leadership articulating a vision achieved through a methodology that is based on cooperation among private and public entities but not coercion; not even by “tax policies” that “nudge”. If Newt agrees with these premises and he could make this crystal clear using his command of ideas, facts, experience and language, I would feel comfortable making the commitment of time and money to his campaign.
No more negative ads against fellow Republicans. Save the mudslinging, if it becomes necessary, for the war against the least competent and least principled leader of our age, the Marxist interloper, President Obama.
I want to see principles articulated and the concept of how marvelous results can be achieved without coercion explained so the average American can understand. We are angry and fearful of a government out of control, able to issue search warrants without judicial oversight, and the control of our money creation in the hands of a private cabal.
I need to see Newt get passionate and angry about Washington, about the Senate’s unlawful negligence in failing to pass a budget, at Obama’s extremist agenda and imperial usurpation of power, and finally, (as he has done reasonably well) articulating the dangers of the Judicial oligarchy which has usurped the prerogatives of the Legislative Branch.
I want to see the passion he directed against Romney directed against the real enemy: the unconstitutional behemoth of the Federal Government and its Enabler in Chief, Barack Hussein Obama.
America has reached the point of no return and the enemies of limited government and individual liberty smell blood. History teaches a painful truth at this point: America is at a do or die precipice.
Newt has big ideas and he has addressed the issues of a corrupt Washington culture. I want him to take it one step further. It's not just the culture that is corrupt, it is the creature which has morphed into a ravenous beast and it cannot be tamed, it must be slain and the Founders' original intent resurrected.
Nothing less will get my support. Newt spent so many years in Washington that I need to see irrefutable evidence that he has not been contaminated by the D.C. swamp juice. I hope he does it. He is a man of vast capabilities. Used to Constitutional ends, his talents could change America for the better.
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