2012 Republican Presidential Primaries

Stop Blaming Politicians

I can’t think of a better example than this primary season, of how easily the people can be manipulated into doing something, while still making them believe they are in control of their decisions. A man who republicans don’t trust, who represents exactly what is wrong with politics, who will say anything to get elected, is about to become the republican nominee, at a time when the people are supposed to be sick and tired of politicians. Continue reading

How the Original Tea Party is Co-Opting the Establishment

Rand Paul Tea Party

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“As soon as they get here, we need to co-opt them,” said former senator and current lobbyist, Trent Lott in 2010, referring to the new Tea Party republicans that were about to enter Congress. As Wikipedia says, “a co-option is an act of absorbing or assimilating. It is normally used in the context of a group of persons assimilating a weaker or smaller group, with the intention of neutralizing a threat from the weaker group.” Continue reading

Is Ron Paul Gunning for VP?

Ron Paul 2012

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“A brokered convention is now our stated goal, and winning the nomination for Dr. Paul at said convention will require extensive politicking” said Jesse Benton, Ron Paul’s campaign chairman. And if Ron Paul can’t get the nomination? “We’re looking potentially for Ron to be the vice presidential nominee” said Benton. A cabinet position or major changes to the party platform are also things the campaign is considering. Continue reading

What Happened in the Virgin Islands? Did Ron Paul Win or Did Romney?

Ron Paul won the popular vote in the Virgin Islands, but the media is reporting that Romney won. How can this be? In most caucus states, there are two parts to the process. First, the people vote for the candidate of their choice. Then, those who stay for the second part, get to vote for the people that they want to send as delegates, to the convention. Continue reading

Santorum Makes a Complete Insider Out of Himself at the Debate

Rick Santorum

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I had yet to see a candidate this entire campaign season, admit to millions of people that he basically has no principles. Santorum admitted on Wednesday that he voted to fund Planned Parenthood because it was part of a “larger” bill that contained things he both liked and disliked. His solution? He added more government intervention to the bill to balance it out. Wow. Continue reading

Sports Fans and Political Fans: The Similarities

I’m writing this right after watching the New England patriots lose to the Giants. I’m not a Football  fan at all but I usually catch the Super Bowl game. (The Super Bowl commercials, except for maybe two or three, were awful, by the way)

Anyway, I couldn’t help but think of the similarities between sports fans and people who affiliate themselves with a political party. The reason that people back a particular sports team seems so arbitrary. If you’ve lived in Boston your whole life you’re more likely to be a Patriots fan. If you’re from New York you might be a Giants fan. Other than some irrational loyalty to a geographical region, there really isn’t any philosophical reason why you would back one team over another. Another reason that comes to mind is personality. Yankee fans and players, for example, are sometimes seen as very arrogant, and for that reason, many dislike them. Continue reading

Why Do People Vote Against their Own Beliefs?

Small government, free markets, no bailouts, no mandates, balanced budgets, cutting spending, all things Republican voters claim to believe in. But what do they vote for? Candidates that supported bailouts, mandates, big government, and with no plans to balance the budget. Many Democrats were protesting illegal wars and the Patriot Act not too long ago. Now, they are mostly silent on these issues. How can we explain this? Continue reading