PREFACE: As Ron Paul supporters, we are going to begin to hear this type of "plea" more and more from the GOP and even from some fellow supporters. Mr. Osterman is suggesting that we "take one for the team" and vote Republican just to avoid more Obama. What he does not understand is that we will NEVER make any progress by "giving in" and continuing the status quo. Ron Paul's ideas are now more popular than at any other time in a generation! We did not get to this point by laying down and playing nice. We understand that this is a REVOLUTION, and the only hope for our country is the type of change that Ron Paul would bring to the Presidency. Ron Paul or NO ONE! - Ron Paul U.S.A.
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES | Walt Osterman | March 7, 2012
Rumors are flying, and I'm certain they're based on fact, that Ron Paul supporters are going to sit out the general election.
Paul is my first choice, also. The man has intelligence, integrity, an intense love for the Constitution, a correct understanding of it, and a beautiful vision for America. I hope he will be the Republican standard-bearer in November.
That is probably not going to be the case. If those of us who support him sit the election out, Obama wins. The president will capture the vast majority of the black votes, gay and lesbian votes, Muslim votes, metropolitan votes, welfare recipients' votes, Social Security recipients' votes, female votes, unemployed folks' votes, and votes from nearly everyone whose IQ doesn't reach 100.
Sitting out the election guarantees Obama II.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi wanted Obamacare to pass so we could all find out what was in the bill. Isn't that sweet? After November's election, barring a correct Supreme Court decision, all Americans (especially successful, productive, working ones) are going to feel the shackles tighten as all of those clandestine details come into the light.
An Obama win also means a Democrat Congress. In that case, Obamacare grows stronger. We'll also have a president who has nothing to lose. He'll be empowered, and America will sink deeper into the disease of socialism. Heaven forbid.
Can we talk?
We Republicans are in the minority. We need every vote we can get. Having a bunch of spoiled children in the party who want their way, or who won't play, sickens me.
Hundreds of thousands of brave American military folks have given their lives so that you have the privilege to choose between the worse president we've ever had sit in the Oval Office and the Republican candidate.
If you want the perfect candidate, you have a long wait. Immaculate politics aren't going to happen on this planet. Suck it up and vote for the better of the two candidates.
That's a pretty easy call this November (unless it's Romney vs. Obama). Santorum is my second choice, by the way, and I've lived long enough to see, over and over and over again, that party splits result in that party's defeat.
Wake up and smell the coffee. Here is a trite expression that's very true: If you keep getting up from the canvas, after they've hit you with their best punch, you're not going to lose. You may not have won this round, but there'll be several more. Please don't quit.
Walt Osterman is the author of "Not Home Yet: A Tale Concerning Israel's Rebirth." He served in Vietnam and is a Bronze Star recipient. He lives in Wyoming.