Paul will have trouble with conservatives in these areas:ImmigrationIsraelDefense in generalStreet drugsLike his father,
he has a strong ground game and fiercely loyal supporters.Like his father,
he will be a footnote in the primaries an dilute the GOP vote slightly.Like his father, Libertarians garner little interest in our elections and must
co-opt one of the two parties to get any media attention at all.As a
result they become minor spoilers in the primaries and non-entities in the
Republicans have a group of excellent candidates to run for president. They
bring new, solid ideas for America's future. I wish it were 2016 already!
@davidnew sold ideas? really? where were they a few short months ago when
they lost? the grand OLD party has not had a new idea in decades.
sorry that was suppose to be solid not sold but kind of still fits.
Tolstoy,I read your post with a smile. As I read the papers I see
the freshman and "younger" Republicans leading the debate. The older GOP
guard is diminishing.Did you watch Marco Rubio on Sunday? He is
articulate, intelligent, and patriotic--he loves this country. I feel great
hope in the rising group of Republicans and again state that I believe them to
be a solid field of presidential candidates.Meanwhile, the Democrats
and liberals will put forward an old group that apologizes for American
greatness, is bent on government control, and appears to care little for the
enslavement that federal spending is putting upon our children and
grandchildren.Liberals have the advantage in presidential elections
because they offer free stuff, and American voters want free stuff. Also, the
liberal media bias greatly aids liberal candidates. These (voters wanting free
stuff and liberal media bias) are legitimate and formidable obstacles for the
GOP to overcome. But as for being able to debate the principles of
the constitution, the principles of freedom, and the principles and economics
that have made this country great, and still hold the greatest promise of future
greatness, Republicans will dominate the old liberal positions.
@david So then you do realize you went right back to every old talking
point that the republicans have been using for a very long time right? Here is
the thing I do not mean to be disrespectful and I do not wish to get into yet
another debate about who is giving away what etc. as it is right back to the
same old conversation I referred to in my last post what I can honestly say is
it would be refreshing to have a new filed of GOP leaders that do actually have
something new and useful to the conversation (although the same could be said
for democrates much of the time) as I would truly like to have the ability to
have a productive conversation and actually have a reasonable alternative rather
than going with the democrats because they are ever so slightly less out of
Tolstoy,Do you not clearly see that both parties buy votes?
Democrats give citizen welfare by government redistribution through programs.
Republicans use lower taxes to attract voters. Many economists & many
Americans feel entitlement spending trajectories will bankrupt our nation. I
just mentioned 3 GOP talking points that may sound "old school" to you:
entitlement spending/redistribution of wealth, taxation, & federal spending.
But these "old school" points are central to policy. How can you avoid
them?When I say the new GOP candidates have good ideas, I mean to
say that they "sound" like they really mean to change things, as opposed
to most candidates who tell you what you want to hear, then do little to
actually do the right thing. Instead they spend most of their time in office
repaying supporters.Liberals simply hold to a different philosophy
than I ascribe to & believe is right. I am encouraged by the younger GOP
because they seem passionate, articulate, historically & constitutionally
sound, & seem to propose things that will improve our country. In too many
ways Obama has simply furthered the divide in our nation. I'm tired of
@david So then bottom line you wish to continue the same old conversation,
to bad I thought there may actually be a chance for a meaningful ideas.
Ron and Rand complain about the platform and candidates of the GOP but use it as
a stage for relevance.Opportunists!