W ith Herman Cain out of the race, his supporters are looking for a new home. Which of the remaining GOP candidates should they now support? Who would best exemplify their values, address their concerns, and forge the kind of future they envision for America? Could the answer be any more clear? Ron Paul would make the best choice for them out of the remaining presidential hopefuls.
Here are nine reasons why (see what I did there?):
1. Anti-Establishment – Cain’s supporters liked that he was anti-establishment. Out of the remaining candidates, which one would you describe as the most anti-establishment? Certainly not Newt Gingrich, the very definition of a Washington-insider, who’s made millions in lobbying fees working for the U.S. government. Neither Mitt Romney, whose campaign coffers are thick with funds from wealthy Wall Street friends. Only Ron Paul, who has always stood against the establishment, even when it was unpopular, could fairly be described as anti-establishment. Ending up on the losing side of enough 434-1 votes earns you the right to claim that title. Tired of Congress? Pick the candidate who has gone against Congress the most.
2. Limited-Government – Cain’s supporters tend to support limited government. Which remaining candidate would best carry out their wishes as president? Not Newt Gingrich. He had his chance at the helm of this republic’s federal policies and what did we get? As Cato Institute president Ed Crane noted in 2000: “the combined budgets of the 95 major programs that [Gingrich's] Contract with America promised to eliminate have increased by 13%.” We certainly can’t trust Mitt Romney either, who introduced socialized medicine to Massachusetts as governor and whose health care model formed the basis for ObamaCare. There’s only Ron Paul, who has never voted to raise taxes, never voted for an unbalanced budget, never voted to raise congressional pay, and has been repeatedly named the “Taxpayers’ Best Friend” in Congress.
3. Problem-Solving – Herman Cain’s supporters loved his emphasis on practical, common-sense problem solving. They should look no further than Ron Paul. Mitt Romney’s socialist-style, 59-point economic plan isn’t problem solving. It’s problem creating. Government doesn’t need to be made more complicated, it needs to be streamlined and made more efficient. Newt Gingrich has never solved a problem in his life. Like Obama, he’s a bloviating intellectual who will talk about his grand theories and ideas ’til the cows come home, but when given a chance to solve America’s problems in 1994, he only let the problems in government get bigger and more numerous. Ron Paul has advanced a DETAILED plan (not just a promise) to cut $1 trillion from the federal budget in his FIRST YEAR as president and balance the budget by Year 3 of a Paul Administration.
4. All American – Herman Cain’s supporters, and even some of his detractors, couldn’t help but admire just how “American” he was. A good southern man from Georgia with old-fashioned southern values and a way of talking that might remind you of your grandpa, Cain’s distinctly American charm is endearing. Does anyone honestly get that same vibe from Gingrich and Romney, or do they remind you more of 2004′s “French looking” candidate, John Kerry? Ron Paul, by contrast, is as American as apple pie. He’s an excellent baseball player, he served in his country’s military for five years during the Vietnam War, and his favorite dessert is chocolate chip cookies. He looks like a dust bowl era farmer from the midwest, he acts like your grandpa, and he talks like Thomas Jefferson.
5. Business Experience – Herman Cain’s supporters liked his real-world business experience. Newt Gingrich is a lifelong politician and lobbyist. Mitt Romney talks about his business experience, but fails to mention that it involved working for a big financial company that took a $10 million bailout from the federal government and laid off hundreds of employees. Does that sound like the kind of business experience that good, conservative, hardworking, taxpaying Americans want? By contrast, Ron Paul spent many years running his own medical practice, a small business in which he delivered 4000 babies and never accepted government payment from Medicare or Medicaid, opting instead to work out deals with customers and even provide some service for free to those who couldn’t afford it without government aid. That’s real world business experience. That’s integrity.
6. Tea Party – Many Tea Party Republicans supported Herman Cain. Who should they support now? Why not the guy that started the Tea Party? Ron Paul. His 2008 campaign laid the groundwork for the Tea Parties with even mainstream media figures like Chris Wallace acknowledging that Ron Paul is the godfather of the Tea Party movement.
7. Defeating Obama – Herman Cain’s supporters were really looking forward to a debate between Cain and Obama. Any debate involving Newt Gingrich or Mitt Romney, however, will just be a debate they’re having with themselves as Obama points out their past support for big government policies like the TARP bailouts and universal health care. They’ll have no credibility to really stick to Obama and criticize his big government agenda with all the moral authority of someone who really means it and has always meant it. Ron Paul will sweep the floor with President Obama in any debate. His appeal is also broad and includes many Independents and even Democrats who believe in his principles-first, practical, problem-solving mentality, and not the same, tired, old, establishment, partisan sniping that we can expect from Newt and Mitt. Ron Paul has the best chance of providing a true alternative to President Obama and defeating him in 2012.
8. Finance – With a faltering economy, Cain’s supporters liked his experience in the finance industry, hoping it would translate into solid financial policies for our republic under a Cain Administration. The one remaining candidate in the race with the most solid record of finance experience and knowledge is Congressman Ron Paul, who chairs the Monetary Policy Subcommittee in Congress, who has always made finance a central issue even when it wasn’t something that most Americans were talking about, and who predicted the housing bubble, financial crisis, and credit crunch while the rest of the mainstream media and politicians were ridiculing him for his dire warnings. A Ron Paul presidency would finally get our nation’s finances in order.
9. Taxes – If you liked 9-9-9, you’ll love Ron Paul’s plan: 0-0-0.