Sunday, August 14, 2011

Why I (might) care about Republicans

This election season, for the first time in many years, I am starting to pay attention to the Republican candidates. Usually I don't care who their nominee is, as I mostly vote Libertarian. I don't vote Libertarian because they are a Libertarian, but they usually espouse my political philosophy better than the Republican or Democrats.

Now, I'm not going to get into a comparison of Libertarians vs. everybody else (at least not right now), but I know the reality of the situation. Next November, the race will be between a Democrat and a Republican, the Libertarian won't be in the fight. We know the Democrat will be Barak Obama (he might get a primary challenger from the left, but he will be the nominee). I also know that my state (Georgia) is a "Red" state, and it's electors will go to the Republican.
All of that we know, what we don't know is who that Republican will be.

Normally I don't care who the nominees for the D & R parties are, sometimes I will get behind a candidate such as Regan, or vote against a candidate such as Ford. (OK, I'll admit it, I voted for Carter in '76. I did it because Ford pardoned Nixon. I later realized that Ford did the right thing for this country to get that scandal behind us.), but for the most part, I don't care which candidate from the major parties won. Democrats and Republicans are equally evil and terrible for this country.

This time it's different. Obama is not just terrible for the country, he is dangerous. For the first time, we have a President who I believe is trying to purposefully destroy our economic system so he can implement a new one, one that is more Socialist than what we have now.

Thus, I feel that it is important to help pick the Republican nominee; one that I may or may not vote for in the general election. I do not have anybody in mind yet, I need to both hear their positions and assess their "elect-ability", because it doesn't matter what their position is if they have no chance against Obama (Palin, Paul, etc.). I hope to still hold to my principals and try not to vote for someone who may be on the right fiscally, but on the left socially.

Now that Perry is in the race, and Pawlenty is out, things are starting to get interesting. I hope to create a list of likes and dislikes and post them here in the near future.

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