I have been on a bit of a hiatus from the Swash the last two weeks, as I had to go to a major trade show for my paying job. I apologize for my lack of presence lately but paying bills takes precedence. If it makes any of my loyal readers happy, I had a miserable time in Orlando, FL where the show was held. Although, I did eat incredibly well and racked up a hell of a lot of expensive tabs throughout the city that my employer was quite reluctant to pay. A special shout out goes to Capital Grille, Maggiano’s Little Italy and all the other establishments I treated myself like a king in.
Moving beyond my work trip shenanigans, the first thing I want to talk about has to do with something I wrote two weeks ago. In my last article “A Country Divided, Yet Unified” I gave President Obama props for not using the Aurora, Colorado tragedy as a tool to pimp out more gun control. Obama, immediately after the shooting, said that we didn’t need any new gun laws. Well, there I go trying to give a punk motherfucker the benefit of the doubt because not even an hour after posting that article, Obama went before a huge crowd at a civil rights conference in New Orleans and pledged that he would review gun control and called for leaders from both parties to work towards a solution to gun violence. He went on to say that he respects the 2nd Amendment but that the sale of guns to criminals and the mentally ill should be prevented. Here we go with the bullshit hollow rhetoric!
Realistically, it is hard for a criminal and a mentally ill person to get a gun legally. Being frank and honest, I have to ask.. how many criminals do you think go through the system to acquire guns legally? Also, the Aurora shooter was mentally deranged and even though the school he went to was apparently aware of this, did they do anything about it? No, they did not. So how the hell can the state prevent the kid from loading up with firearms then? The truth is, el presidente’s words are nothing more than empty fodder to garner support from those in his party he pissed off with his previous comments on the issue as well as being a shallow attempt at further dividing the left from the right while trying to pass his message off as something bipartisan. Truthfully, it’s a really sad failure at trying to gain a political advantage while exploiting the victims of the shooting. It is painfully obvious that the Obama Campaign is desperate and willing to try anything to regain the thunderous support they had four years ago. This brings me to my next point.
Now while on my trip, it was hard to keep up with everything in the news but I managed to squeeze in some Bret Baier and Sean Hannity for five-to-ten minute segments in my hotel room. While catching as much news as I could, I was treated to a new ad from one of the many PACs that are trying to slam Romney and push Donkey Shoes Obama. This ad painted a heinous and disgusting story of how Mitt Romney was somehow responsible for the death of a woman who contracted cancer. In typical attack ad fashion, this ad reached to severe lows and used vague and incomplete implications to make Romney out to be worse than Satan. Apparently Mitt’s business actions caused some dude to lose his job and therefore his insurance and because of that the cancer that killed his wife was Romney’s fault. They of course don’t mention that the woman had her own job and her own insurance. Frankly, the Obama Campaign has reached new lows and if this advertisement doesn’t piss you off, regardless of how you feel about Romney, then you are a partisan hack that needs to stop filling your crackpipe with sheep wool and zombie flesh. The Democratic Party and those behind this advert are complete dickheads.
Now don’t get me wrong here, the Republican Party has also been practicing the art of douchebaggery and their status as complete dickheads is very much intact. You see, the Republican National Convention has dropped a shitload of names on us, as to who will be speaking at their long-winded affair in Tampa at the end of the month. Nowhere has Dr. Ron Paul been mentioned however! Why not? I mean, he is still running and is technically on the cards as an eligible candidate at the RNC. Is the establishment really so scared that they can’t let the graceful and lovable leader of the libertarian and constitutional movement within their own party have their big event as a platform for what would probably be his final speech before riding off into the sunset – a retired freedom fighter who did more for this country and its people than Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum combined?!
We all know that Paul is eligible and has amassed a lot of delegates but we also know that he will not get the GOP’s nomination. Despite all that, it doesn’t mean that you don’t give the guy some serious respect and let him speak. I mean shit, the Republican Party should be bending over backwards for those Ron Paul supporters who want nothing to do with their “limited government” charade. Not that Paul supporters are dumb and gullible enough to bow down to King Romney but many of them are registered Republicans that just want their party to return to the days of when it truly represented the things it claims it still does. If the Republican elite can’t see the forest for the trees, well then they deserve to have their asses handed to them by those on the verge of defecting from the party. What’s most astonishing is they are finally, in some aspects, coming around to Paul’s philosophy, especially in regards to the Federal Reserve and economics. I wrote about that more in-depthly in my article “Ron Paul’s 2012 Victory“. As time goes by, Ron Paul is seeming less and less “crazy”.
The point is, snubbing Dr. Paul and those who believe in what Dr. Paul believes in is only going to weaken the GOP and thus, give Obama enough of an edge to walk away with this thing. And I don’t mean that Paul supporters will jump on the Obama bandwagon but there is a chance that they just won’t show up in November and honestly, I don’t fucking blame them. Then again, this could also be incredibly beneficial to Libertarian Party candidate and former Republican candidate Governor Gary Johnson.
Looking where we stand today, Johnson is doing well in the big polls at this stage of the game and he is nearly halfway to where he needs to be in order to get into the big debates in October. A Libertarian Party candidate has never gotten more than one percent of the vote in a presidential election but Gary Johnson is consistently polling at five-to-seven percent and the number keeps rising. Sixty days from now, he could be at the big dance eyeing down Ol’ Mittens and Barry O.
Now even though I don’t think that Johnson will win the election, his explosion of support really goes to show how the political climate in America is changing and if the message of liberty continues to be carried and promoted by capable individuals, we could see a real third party threat rise over the next several years. Shit, if Gary Johnson can just maintain this amount of support going into the election and walk away with just five percent of the vote, he will have earned himself $90 million and that could take the Libertarian Party a long way if Johnson uses the money to keep the LP well-armed financially going into the future. Realistically, this is the best chance we’ve had since Ross Perot (if not better) at shocking the two party system and bringing the power back into the hands of the American people and not leaving it in the claws of a two-headed leviathan parading itself around as a pair of contrasting choices.
Hope is still alive and I don’t mean that bullshit fakey changey hope that the liberals believe they’ve somehow achieved. I’m talking about real hope that the tide is actually turning and that government is shrinking – not by policy or the political decisions of our appointed leaders but by the voices of the people who are fed up with the game itself and are working to effectively alter it.