Why I support Ron Paul instead of Herman CainSubmitted by spacehabitats on Wed, 06/29/2011 - 15:53
In light of the recent buzz about Herman Cain and his straw poll victory in Florida, I thought it might be time to update and bump this email I created to explain to my friends why they should support Ron Paul instead of Cain:
I don't usually go in for head to head comparisons. But there seems to be a lot of enthusiasm for Cain from the same people who should be Ron Paul's strongest supporters.
Naturally much of what Cain says sounds good. True, he doesn't have a 30 year voting record backing his statements of belief. But I'll give him the benefit of the doubt.
(Quotes are from Herman Cain's website)
"Because we are such a free and prosperous people, we are the envy of the world. Many regimes seek to destroy us because they are threatened by our ideals, and they resent our prosperity. ...They only have one objective, namely, to kill all of us."
This is the type of statement that could just as easily have been made by Obama or Hillary Clinton.
Cain's stance is just a restatement of the big lie that has been used to justify the endless wars in the Middle East, threatens to drag us into similar military conflicts around the world, and will inevitably bankrupt our nation.
If you accept its basic premise, then our only hope for "winning" the war on terror would be invasion, endless occupation, and genocide on a global scale.
No one has ever strapped a bomb to his chest or flown a passenger jet into a tower because he was jealous of our prosperity or thought we were too free. They have and will do such things because they hate and FEAR us. We support their enemies financially, meddle with their internal affairs (including assassinations and CIA-sponsored coups), invade and occupy their countries, desecrate their holy lands, and sponsor trade embargoes and sanctions that have led to the mass starvation of their friends and family members.
It never seems to occur to Cain (or any of the other neoconservative candidates) that many of these "terrorists" might consider themselves true patriots and freedom fighters who want nothing more than to be left alone in a country of their own.
By the way, if there had been any hope of North Korea or Iran voluntarily giving up their nuclear programs, our intervention in Libya would have put an end to that. Qaddafi gave up his nuclear weapons and now he will probably pay for it with his life. It seems that our current foreign and military policy is designed to make diplomacy impossible and drag us into war.
(After describing some of the bad things caused by illegal immigration.)
“We must secure our borders, enforce our laws and promote the existing path to citizenship.”
That’s it? Talk is cheap but the devil is in the details.
What Cain does NOT say speaks volumes.
Ron Paul says, “The talk must stop. We must secure our borders now. A nation without secure borders is no nation at all. It makes no sense to fight terrorists abroad when our own front door is unlocked.”
Ron Paul's plan:
Enforce border security - Bringing the troops home from overseas to guard our own borders would be a good start.
No amnesty. - Cain does not mention the “A” word. Why not?
Abolish the welfare state. - This is a major draw for illegal immigration and a great strain on our treasury.
End Birthright Citizenship. - This is HUGE. What good does it do to have a fence if a pregnant woman in labor can legally drive across the border and have a little American citizen for free at any Texas hospital? Chinese women are paying thousands of dollars to stay in America until they can deliver. Every one of these “anchor babies” is used to leverage dozens of their relatives into the U.S. LEGALLY. Who needs illegal immigration when you have a legal loophole like that?
Nothing he says here is wrong, as far as it goes. But once again what he does NOT say (or won’t admit) is too important to ignore.
He doesn’t mention his support for the TARP bailouts or nationalizing banks.
But even worse, talking about the American economy without mentioning the Federal Reserve is a little like giving a weather report without mentioning a category four hurricane that’s blowing through town. Interest rate manipulation is arguably one of the most powerful influences on our economy and has been the cause of the escalating boom and bust cycles that have led to the worst recession since the great depression and also given us the exploding deficits that we are all so upset about. Every time the Fed chairman hiccups the stock market rises and falls precipitously. Without the Federal Reserve to finance the deficit spending, the government would be forced to put their fiscal house in order. Instead they can create money out of thin air, stealing through inflation what the Congress refuses to fund through taxation. This all amounts to an economic shell game with every American taxpayer playing the unsuspecting mark. (Weren't there some people who fought a war of independence to end "taxation without representation"? Oh that's right, it was "We the People".)
Herman Cain: “Some people say we ought to audit the Federal Reserve. Here’s what I do know. The Federal Reserve already has so many internal audits its ridiculous. I don’t know why people think we’re going to learn this great amount of information by auditing the Federal Reserve.” He goes on to advise people who want to know more to “call ‘em up and ask ‘em”.
This statement is either disturbingly evasive or dangerously ignorant for a former Federal Reserve board member and someone who will have such power in guiding our national policy.
On the other hand, Ron Paul is one of the most respected experts on monetary policy and the Federal Reserve in the nation. He has been studying them, writing books about them, and grilling their chairmen during congressional hearings for DECADES.
Ron Paul: “Congress should act to remove taxpayer support from the housing GSEs before the bubble bursts and taxpayers are once again forced to bail out investors who were misled by foolish government interference in the market.” September 10, 2003 (!?!?)
Statements like these were ignored by establishment politicians from BOTH parties until 2007 when the house of cards came crashing down. The same politicians (with approval from men like Herman Cain) responded by showering Wall Street bankers with hundreds of billions of dollars borrowed from my children’s future.
I have to stop now. This is taking longer than I had planned.
If you’d like I could continue this later.
But this is all for the benefit of anyone who would think of supporting Herman Cain instead of Ron Paul.
Personally, four years of watching and listening to Dr. Paul's statements and actions has only increased my respect for him.
For me, looking to find a better presidential candidate would be as silly as me looking for a better wife. Why should I even look when I’ve already got the best?
Yours to "Restore America Now", John