The 2012 election is an opportunity for the American people to change the national direction, get government under control and stop the progress of statism in the form of progressivism. There's much pressure for a Romney/Obama presidential race next year. The status quo defenders of power want to avert a transition from inteventionist, professional politicians to citizen representatives who vow to limit government and establish free market principles. Ron Paul has been a politician for a long time, but he's a different kind of politician in most respects -- my point here is not about Ron Paul, but what Ron Paul represents.
The Fed has operated wrapped in mystique for decades, and we're living now with the consequences. The military/industrial complex has operated without appropriate oversight, especially since 9/11 gave government a license to violate freedoms, intervene overseas and kill with drones at will. Regulations have frozen economic growth as American businesses search for more profitable endeavors in the global economy. Government has finally conquered the healthcare industry by creating a structure on which to hang their policies of management and control. The US welfare state has broken the inner city poor and their families, and Democrats have established a voting bloc of dependents across the country. The War on Drugs has filled prisons and created a war on our borders more deadly than the wars in the mideast -- government officials have even armed the drug gangs in Mexico. Our national debt is at 15 trillion dollars, and our unfunded liabilities could be as high as a 100 trillion. Public schools are hit and miss, mostly miss, and young Americans are left behind in a global technological boom. We're stopped from producing our own energy, although we have more sources of energy than practically any nation on earth, while government wastes needed resources on schemes to produce green energy in a nonexistent market.
Ron Paul's ideas address these concerns, yet national attention is drawn to salacious allegations regarding Herman Cain and silly performances by a Texas Governor. Republicans of all stripes are getting nervous and folding under the pressure. Although Ron Paul wins straw polls, the conventional wisdom is that he's extreme and unelectable. The American people can decide to do something extreme and change the nation's direction, or they can follow political pundits who focus on yesterday's politics and "winning". What have we won if Republicans get a moderate statist elected, and the result is nothing changes? If there's no true oppostion to progressivism, then it doesn't matter who wins -- moderate statism is not opposition, it's just a slower process of power expansion. These are extreme times and the solutions have to be extreme. Embrace your inner extremist and support Ron Paul. Send a message of opposition to both Establishment parties. In a real sense, the current Democrat direction is not progressive -- it's just plain old power expansion. If social justice is your bag, you won't find it in our current statist system. Liberals should support Paul as well.