Presidential Election 2012

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Which candidate do you think you will vote for President?


I have been a Democrat all of my life. One of my favorite presidents was Ronald Reagan though. He once said “I did not leave the Democratic party, they left me”. I am starting to feel that way now.

I remember I could not wait to get Bush out of office. I wasn’t really too keen on either of the two candidates at the last election though. On one side you had Obama and on the other McCain. At the time I was thinking well surely neither one of them can do worst than Bush, right? Boy was I wrong. Bush loved to get on television and use scare tactics on us. He also believed that if he said the same things over and over enough times that we would eventually believe him. Obama on the other hand loves to be on the television. He practically gets on there every other day and tells us what all he is going to do. This would be great if he actually did any of them. Hell if he spent a quarter of the time actually trying to do something instead of telling us what he plans to do, this country wouldn’t be in this state.

I have been reading different articles, websites, and watching different channels on the candidates. It seems that most of them tell you whatever you want to hear just to get into office. Then once they get in office they worry more about staying in office then running this country. But with that aside, there is one man that has been preaching the same thing for over 20 years. That man is Ron Paul and I am really starting to lean towards him. He is known for upholding the constitution to the fullest. He isn’t like most of Washington who either try to find loopholes in it; or they tell us we are too dumb to understand it. There are a few things that stick out when I read about Ron Paul’s agenda. They are smaller government, axe the Federal Reserve, and his insights on the economy.

A smaller government, in my opinion, is what we need in this country. If you have ever read the constitution it believed in smaller government as well. Ron Paul wants to put most of the decision making back in the hands of the American people. He wants to abolish income tax, which was against the constitution to begin with, and the Internal Revenue Service. Instead he wants to use excise taxes and non-protectionist tariffs. Now excise taxes would usually be hidden in the price on something we pay. For instance a company sells an item for $3.50 and there was an excise tax on the item for say 10%, then they would sell the item for $3.85. As for the non-protectionist tariffs, I have no clue what he means. If anyone out there does, I would be happy to hear about it.

Axe the Federal Reserve is the best thing I have ever heard a politician say. Whether or not he could actually pull this off is another story. The Federal Reserve has many politicians in its pockets. And if they do not have enough money then they just print more of it. They have been sticking it to us since their inception and getting richer off of the American people ever since. I could write a book on how corrupt the Federal Reserve is. For some more information on the Federal Reserve click here.

Ron Paul’s insights on the economy are pretty fascinating. He actually uses logic and common sense. Now that is a rare trait to have on the hill! He wants Washington to freeze the budget and make actual cuts. He says if he gets in office he will veto every unbalanced budget congress sends him. He will not raise the debt ceiling so politicians can blow through the money. If he gets rid of the Federal Reserve we will be able to print actual money for the first time since Kennedy was in office. He will eliminate the income, capital gains, and death taxes; this is a big one in my opinion. This will ensure you actually get to keep your hard earned money and be able to pass it down to your family; without the government having their hands in your cookie jar. The list goes on and on. I honestly believe that he could do a great job in office and get this country headed back in the right direction.

What do you think? Do you believe that Ron Paul is a good candidate for the Presidency? If not who are you leaning towards?

At this point in time who would you vote for?

Who would you vote for?

  • Ron Paul
  • Herman Cain
  • Michele Bachmann
  • Hillary Clinton
  • Newt Gingrich
  • Rudy Giuliani
  • Barack Obama
  • Randall Terry
  • Kent Mesplay
  • R. Lee Wrights
  • Jack Fellure
  • James Hedges
  • Jon Huntsman, Jr.
  • Mitt Romney
  • Jonathon Sharkey
  • Rick Santorum
  • Buddy Roemer
  • Tim Pawlenty
  • Jimmy McMillan
  • Thaddeus McCotter
  • Andy Martin
  • Fred Karger
  • Gary Johnson
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preston7153 5 years ago from Tennessee

Nice hub! I agree with you on alot of what you said. I could not vote in your poll because I am just not sure yet. I voted for Obama last year, he has not really done any of the things I hoped he would. Though, I do not totally fault him, as you said, Bush had things so messed up I do not know if anyone could have righted the ship in 4 years.

Like you I am leaning towards Ron Paul, for alot of the reasons you mentioned but also I love his stance on illegal immigrants.


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daskittlez69 5 years ago from midwest Author

Thanks for your comment Preston. We will see how it goes. Only time will tell.


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someonewhoknows 5 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

I'm more Interested in local cadidates for congress than president.We are supposed to have a representitive government.No one person should be the sole focus of the people unless they are all nearsighted or blind.

I like Ron Paul,but will he be able to win? Last time around he didn't.Why?

Don't forget vice president is almost as Important as the president if something happens to the president.


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daskittlez69 5 years ago from midwest Author

Thanks for your input someonewhoknows. You are right a vice president is important if something would happen to the President.


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wba108@yahoo.com 5 years ago from upstate, NY

There alot to like about Ron Paul. He believes in much of what I believe in, smaller government, limited government, the Constitution. I need to study his economic plans in more detail.

I'm not sure we can remain the world power without our military being able to enforce treaties and trade agreements worldwide. I also don't know if his laise-faire social policy would harm the country. But I definitely think he would be an improvement to our current president.


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daskittlez69 5 years ago from midwest Author

Thanks for the comment WBA108, I agree about the military but I doubt we will be a world power if they keep it up. We are already losing a lot of ground where that is concerned.


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

Informative hub....I cast my vote for 2012. It wasn't Paul or Romney :) Thanks for the follow also!


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izettl 5 years ago from The Great Northwest

your first paragraph describes me...many years ago I changed my mind. I think of myself as Independent conservative- no, I didn't like Bush either. I now do the research and decide on the best candidate but I am not pleased with any candidates lately. Donald Trump would have been a decent choice.

I definitely saw the way Obama used the media to get people in favor of him- he is more celebrity than president and he does love the TV, but now we've all caught onto his overusage of the teleprompter.

Smaller government and more power within the state and city. The government has become such an elusive territory that the average American feels apathetic about changing things and most have given up. It feels likes it us (Americans) and them (government).


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daskittlez69 5 years ago from midwest Author

I would have voted for Trump just to see what he would have done. You never know though, he may run for office one of these days.


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uncorrectedvision 5 years ago from Indiana

I appreciate your hub. I may not agree but I liked the tone. I cast my vote. Time to add Rick Perry. Keep on eye on Palin, Christie and Ryan - one or more of them will be declaring shortly.


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daskittlez69 5 years ago from midwest Author

@uncorrectedvision Thanks for your input


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daskittlez69 5 years ago from midwest Author

I tried to add Rick Perry but it said it would have deleted all of the votes already cast.


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RavenBiker 5 years ago from Pittsburgh, PA.

Bravo!


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Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

I hate that campaign season is never-ending now -- who the heck can make any kind of decision at this point. We don't even know who's running. Well, as a Dem I don't. I seriously considered McCain until he picked Palin for his VP. I voted for Obama (I'm a Dem, remember?) but always felt Hillary Clinton was the better choice of the two.

I told my husband years ago, "there will be a black man in the White House before there is a woman." What is it about this country that we still can't take a woman candidate seriously?


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uncorrectedvision 5 years ago from Indiana

Seriously, I find it incredible that one would dismiss Palin and embrace Obama but criticize the country for not taking a woman seriously. It appears to be Democrats who don't take their women seriously.


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daskittlez69 5 years ago from midwest Author

@Danette I think Hillary would have been a lot better President than Obama.

@uncorrectd No offense but I think Palin is a complete idiot. I don't mind a woman running for President or a man of any color or ethnic background. I do want them to be qualified for the position though. The only reason that McCain picked her is because Hillary was running. I think that McCain was smart picking a woman, but he should have picked a different one. I can see where you link her and Obama together though. He is great at shaking hands and earning funds for a fundraiser or being a local street organizer. If I was going to vote for a qualified black man in the last 15 years then I would have wanted it to be Colin Powell. He would have done wonders for this country.


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uncorrectedvision 5 years ago from Indiana

I am puzzled by the visceral reaction to Palin. She has had an actual life, a successful political life(since being nominated for V.P. is a resume enhancer - Geraldine Ferraro) and a successful business career. How is she any more an idiot than any other political figure with cameras always on them. Obama has said some stupid things and I don't think he is an idiot.

Think about how the 24/7 attention would catch you or me in fumbling over words, stumbling, getting our facts twisted. She may be unpolished but I don't think she is an idiot.

I am a firm believer that the only job that can qualify one to be President of the United States is being the POTUS - it is an incredible job for which no analog exists - okay maybe Pope. That having been said, the only candidate running in the last election with any experience running anything was Palin. Governors responsibilities and powers vary from state to state. The governors of New Jersey and Alaska are two of the most powerful.

The problem with the McCain ticket was McCain.


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daskittlez69 5 years ago from midwest Author

We are not going to see eye to eye on this one. I do not know how you can sit here and say that McCain was not qualified but Palin was. That I find very funny. If it wasn't for McCain no one would have ever heard of her. Palin couldn't even name what countries were in North America, really? She didn't know that Africa was not a country. And you say being the Alaskan governor is one of the most powerful offices. There aren't even 700,000 people living in the whole state. Not too mention she quit her sworn office and abandoned her constituency for the most venal of reasons: money. Lots of money. Had she not been picked up by McCain and made a name for herself, she'd have finished out her term and possibly served a second one. She was condemned by all sides of the political spectrum for this move, particularly in Alaska. All of those volunteers that were backing her and that put in all that time to help her just got slapped in the face so she could get more money.


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uncorrectedvision 5 years ago from Indiana

Your most valid point is that she quit the office. I think this is a big reason why she isn't running right now. She has gained influence without running.

The power in governors offices is not a measure of the size of the state's population but the authority the governor has within his own state. Alaska's governor has more authority than the governor of California. The governor is the chief executive of the state but some state legislatures enjoy greater power than others.

John McCain is a Senator. A Senator is one of 100 votes, protected and coddled by a staff, lobbyists and political allies who crave their vote. If a program or policy fails there are few consequences for the Senator unlike a mayor, governor or president. There are very few Senators who emerge as good presidents because Senatorial experience is very different than executive experience.

As for verbal gaffs - are their 57 states? Do Austrians speak Austrian? I had a list of three people I hope McCain would have chosen - and not one of them would have avoided being destroyed by a press that abandoned any vestige of objectivity. The three names were Bobby Jindal, Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin - this was before McCain even hinted at a VP choice.

I appreciate the honest and decant tone of our disagreement. It is obvious that neither one of us is happy with the current occupant.


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daskittlez69 5 years ago from midwest Author

UCV, "It is obvious that neither one of us is happy with the current occupant." On that I can agree with you


Brenda Durham 5 years ago

As of now, I think...I'd vote for Bachmann. I voted so in your poll. Time may change that, and knowing more about the Candidates.

The moral issues are just as important to me as the economical etc. issues. Matter of fact, MUCH of the economical issue hangs ON the moral issues...

Ron Paul, from everything I've read, is too wishy-washy on the moral issues. He does believe in States' rights over Federal rights, apparently, and while that might not be bad in some ways, it's bad in others.


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daskittlez69 5 years ago from midwest Author

Thanks for stopping by Brenda. As always I appreciate your input.


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hubber088 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

I don't think Paul is a good candidate. He's too extreme with his want to legalize drugs and abolish all things Government. I do like him personally though and feel like he is more honest than most politicians.

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