While I was driving back home from the 2012 Libertarian Party of Florida Convention and Presidential Debate in Orlando, the rest of the country (or just those few who care) were watching the results of the Maine caucuses. It was a toss up as to who would win between Ron Paul, who had been campaigning there for weeks, or New England’s favorite Michigan-born son, Mitt Romney. Despite the projected performances, I found myself pretty much scared shitless that Rick Santorum would help display the insanity of many conservative Americans once again and run away with another state. Thank God that his streak of three was ended this past Saturday. Although he finished third, he only walked away with three delegates. Gingrich laughably walked away with nothing, as once again, he fell flat on his face in another state. If Newt hadn’t won South Carolina a few weeks ago, racking up twenty-three of those twenty-five delegates, he’d be out of this race. He’s still in second place however but Santorum is only one delegate behind him after the last four states and Ron Paul is still on everyone’s heels. It’s a very close race for second place but in all honesty, after a few more states, Newt should be in last and on his way out – leaving Paul and Santorum to battle it out in the delegate race to catch up to Romney.
So where does that leave the top half of the field in Maine? Well, the finish was quite controversial actually. The official announcement is that Romney won Maine with less than 200 votes over Ron Paul. The race was incredibly close and in essence was a virtual tie. I mean, when Romney won Iowa and then it was announced that Santorum had in fact won the state, Ol’ Mittens himself called it “a tie”. So with Paul being so close to Romney, I am calling it “a tie”. Unfortunately though, Romney walked away with nine delegates to Paul’s seven. So why is this controversial?
Well, I don’t think that there is a single state so far that hasn’t been suspected of voter fraud. I’m not trying to stir the pot here but the validity of these primary elections has come into question at every stop on the 2012 campaign trail. Oddly, almost every time that eyebrows are raised, Romney seems to be the benefactor. In Iowa, votes were lost or missing and Mitt just edged out Ricky Boy. In the end, the votes magically re-appeared and Santorum got the win. In New Hampshire, zombies were found voting, as many dead people casted votes for Mr. Romney. Mittens won that state. There were claims that the dead voted in South Carolina and in Florida; Romney won the latter. Nevada was also suspected of voter fraud, which got a lot of publicity last week from various news sites. Who won Nevada? Well, it was Romney. Follwoing Nevada was the trifecta win of Rick Santorum in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado. I’m of the firm belief that if Santorum won, there has to be foul play involved – I mean, people aren’t THAT crazy, right? Maybe those steering this suspected corruption decided to throw the guy a bone, as it couldn’t really hurt Mitt in the long run and they didn’t want their tinkering to be obvious. Besides, Santorum rising up amongst the ranks, only makes Romney a stronger candidate as Santorum scares the everliving crap out of anyone that isn’t a creepy bastard like the fascist big government Bible thumper himself.
Following the announcement of Romney’s victory, many Paul supporters were upset. Some were heard shouting “Liar!” while others shouted “How many dead voted?!” It was a grim display and Paul supporters had a right to be pissed off based off of the fact that the road to the White House has been littered with what appears to be some very serious attempts and successes at electoral corruption. In fact, it was pointed out that the caucuses in several counties were shut down and not counted. Washington County, a place were Paul was projected to do extremely well, was one of the counties whose votes weren’t counted. Paul campaign chairman Jesse Benton suggested that the Romney people were instrumental in the cancellation of certain caucuses. Benton said:
It’s not completely insidious, but they knew we were going to swamp it up there.
According to Politico:
The state GOP said that the caucuses were cancelled due to inclement weather.
Also worth noting is that there are 505 municipalities in Maine and just 420 have caucused thus far. So there are nearly 20 percent who haven’t even voted yet! Yet, Mr. Romney has been declared the winner with less than 200 votes over Paul! The fish in Maine are stinking like something gross and unnatural right now.
After Maine was awarded to Romney, Paul’s campaign manager John Tate sent out an email where he trashed the mainstream media for jumping the gun and announcing Mitt Romney as the winner when only 84 percent of the vote had been counted and there were only 194 votes separating the two men. Tate wrote:
The national political establishment and their pals in the national media will do ‘anything’ to silence our message of liberty. Tonight you saw dueling examples of how much the establishment is scared of Ron Paul and his message of liberty. The truth is, Ron Paul will win the most delegates out of Maine tonight. In fact, he will probably even win the ‘beauty contest’ Straw Poll the media has already called for Mitt Romney – even before all the votes have been tallied. In Washington County – where Ron Paul was incredibly strong – the caucus was delayed until next week just so the votes wouldn’t be reported by the national media today. Of course, their excuse for the delay was ‘snow.’ That’s right. A prediction of 3-4 inches – that turned into nothing more than a dusting – was enough for a local GOP official to postpone the caucuses just so the results wouldn’t be reported tonight. In fact, if you were watching one major network, they cut off their telecast of Ron Paul’s speech right when he began mentioning this fact.
Tate was referring to MSNBC cutting off Dr. Paul in the middle of his post-Maine speech. Tate’s email continued:
This is MAINE we’re talking about. The GIRL SCOUTS had an event today in Washington County that wasn’t cancelled! And just the votes of Washington County would have been enough to put us over the top. This is an outrage. The truth is, there is no length to which the GOP establishment won’t go. There is nothing the mainstream media won’t do.
Take all that for what you will but Mr. Tate makes some solid points. The fact of the matter is that the GOP and the mainstream media are going to continue to use their dirty tricks to push this man out of the race and whether you are a Paul supporter or not, that alone should sicken you. The choice of who to elect should be ours and ours alone. It shouldn’t be dictated to us and a winner certainly shouldn’t be announced under these sketchy circumstances. Yet, somehow, these crooked bastards continue to get away with their shenanigans time and time again! How much longer do we have to wait before the Internet overtakes television and the mainstream media’s establishment propaganda is swallowed up by the truth brought forth from the ever-growing alternative media industry? The time is coming but it will be too late this election. If only we could rely on people to educate themselves and not wholeheartedly sponge-up the misinformation being poured into them daily. If we truly are a nation of sheep, it’s time to steer the herd over the cliff because there is no saving us. However, if we are a nation of free thinkers that can make our own decisions and embrace personal responsibility, we might just have something left to keep fighting for. Either way, this is all coming to a head quite rapidly. It was Bob Dylan who said, “The times they are a changin’.”
Ron Paul’s full uncut speech after Maine announcement: