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The Dream Team

October 27, 2011 by  

The Dream Team

During the run-up to the 2008 Democratic Presidential nomination, the relationship between the competing Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama campaigns plumbed impressive depths, culminating in now-Secretary of State Clinton’s poorly worded intimation that Obama might not serve out his entire term.

But President Obama managed to bury the hatchet (although perhaps not in the precise spot for which he was aiming). The two camps put aside their differences with Obama’s nomination of Clinton to the Nation’s top diplomatic post. With Clinton relegated to the State Department, Obama could focus on his top priorities: blaming others for his failures, remaining “unaware” of malfeasance in his cabinet, grubbing for cash with Lady Gaga and playing golf.

Nonetheless, with America waking to the reality that Obama makes Jimmy Carter look like Andrew Jackson, Obama better start bringing his A game. Otherwise, he and Hillary can discuss what might have been over coffee in the Berkeley poli-sci department. Meanwhile, I thought it might be fun to imagine what might be. Therefore, I humbly present my ideal version of the leadership of the nation post-2012.

I did not include the entire cabinet in my musings. On one hand, I suspect most of you share my opinion that the Office of the United States Trade Representative can be filled by almost anyone who recognizes that prostrating ourselves before the ChiComs is a bad idea. On the other hand, in my utopian Presidency, there is no Department of Education, so the Secretary thereof can go back to colluding with teachers’ union thugs.

Meet the Presidential ticket: Cain/Paul 2012. That’s right, I said Herman Cain and Ron Paul, not the reverse. Cain’s close ties to questionable institutions like the Federal Reserve will be reined in by his close proximity to the brilliant Paul, and Cain will present a much more electable face than Paul, who is less palatable to moderates. Cain also possesses a certain presence which Paul — who looks every one of his 76 years — lacks. Additionally, Cain is better suited to the diplomatic obligations of the Presidency. I understand that many of you are die-hard Paul supporters and will, therefore, curse a blue streak at my conjecture. To you, I say: Think of it as a co-Presidency. It could hardly be worse than the last one; Hillary isn’t involved.

Serving at the pleasure of President Cain and Vice President Paul will be the following:

White House Chief of Staff: I could go the same route as Obama did and select a spectacularly profane man who looks like an extra from a zombie film. However, Rahm Emanuel is busy in Chicago, and Carl Paladino would scare off all the interns. I suggest the anti-Rahm: Representative Eric Cantor (R-Va.). Cantor is bright, direct and reliably conservative. He possesses the same grit and determination that Emanuel displays, with neither the crippling liberalism nor the visage of Nosferatu’s younger brother.

Secretary of State: Ambassador John R. Bolton. Bolton possesses diplomatic acumen forged through years of foreign service, and he is specifically versed in the worst of growth industries: weapons of mass destruction. As an added bonus, Democrats so abhor the man for his unwavering belief in American greatness in the global arena that they filibustered his U.N. nomination, forcing President Bush to recess-appoint him. That has to be a plus in any conservative’s estimation.

Secretary of the Treasury: Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.). With both Paul and his father close to the top of the Administration, the American economy will benefit from the presence of not one, but two Horatios at the bridge. Senator Paul is the type who would assign his Secret Service protection detail to keeping a 24/7 watch on the national checkbook. Something tells me he would also revoke the Fed’s visitor passes. At the very least, I’ll bet he can navigate the logical labyrinth that is the TurboTax® software.

Secretary of Defense: former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. If you thought Donald Rumsfeld was tough, say hello to his iron-willed sister. Rice has already proved she knows no fear, and her presence in the Administration will make our more-organized enemies (think the ChiComs and whoever is in charge of the increasingly unhinged Russian Federation) remember their place. Rice engenders universal respect, which is a powerful resume addition when dealing with both military leaders and the lowest-ranking service members.

Secretary of Homeland Security: Joe Arpaio, the sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona. Give Sheriff Joe six months, and the 38th Parallel in Korea will have to hand over the Most-Heavily-Militarized-Border-on-the-Planet belt. If Arpaio gets the nod, buy stock in electric fencing and anti-personnel mine manufacturers. And gone will be the days of airport security personnel who are fat guys with mustard stains on their shirts. Instead, the guys at the metal detector will be Navy SEALs who will look twice at the dude wearing the dishdasha, but won’t molest your 4-year old.

Secretary of the Interior: former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. We’ve all seen the helicopter-coyote-hunting videos. Who better to handle the trials of wildlife policy than someone who has actually seen wildlife in places other than documentaries? As for resource exploitation: “Drill here, drill now.” Yes, ma’am, Madame Secretary.

Attorney General: For the nation’s top cop, I initially considered former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. However, his views on the 2nd amendment don’t necessarily jibe with mine, and that’s a deal breaker. I want an Attorney General who is tough on crime, tough on terrorism, tough on immigration and will pursue real bad guys without wasting time and tax dollars on harassing the enemies of the President and his cronies.  I wonder if former Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez would consider returning to the Justice Department?

Secretary of Health and Human Services: former Senator Bill Frist (R-Tenn.). He’s a doctor, not a lawyer, which means he’s head and shoulders above anyone associated with Hillarycare, Obamacare or any of the other socialist systems the Democrats seem to have lifted from the let’s-be-just-like-Cuba playbook. Judging by his performance during the regrettable Terri Schiavo affair, he’s also capable of delivering diagnoses via photograph and video. All right, that’s silly; but it’s no sillier than letting the ambulance-chasers take control of the people waiting for the ambulances.

Secretary of Agriculture: Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels. Daniels possesses real executive experience at the Federal level as the former Director of the Office of Management and Budget. He’s the Governor of a grain and farm belt State. In addition, he stood up to the Scientologists, which has no bearing on his potential effectiveness as Agriculture Secretary, but it does mean he’s not big with the Hollywood crowd. That must count for something.

Secretary of Labor: Raymond J. LaJeunesse Jr. Who? Vice President and Legal Director of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, that’s who. In the Cain/Paul Administration, the focus will be on productive and working Americans, not union thugs. It’s about damned time someone sat down in the Secretary’s chair who knows that Taft-Hartley isn’t a prep school in New England.

Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs: How many of you were even aware that Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs is a cabinet-level post? The way the Democrats treat the military, I suspect Secretary Eric Shinseki spends a fair amount of time polishing his medals. Let’s replace him with the war hero whom the Democrat-controlled Senate promised not to reconfirm as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: Retired Gen. Peter Pace. As the old sage says: Send in the Marines.

I am aware that I left a few cabinet posts unaccounted for. Some were excluded for lack of space. Others didn’t make the cut because President Cain and Vice President Paul took the proverbial axe to their departments. Who needs an Ambassador to the U.N. after we evict the U.N. from its cushy Upper East Side digs? And with the Cain/Paul Administration wresting control of the Nation’s education from the grasping paws of bureaucratic functionaries, the Department of Education is rendered as useful as Joe Biden at a Mensa conference.

You’re all welcome, as always, to offer your own suggestions. Mr. Livingston doesn’t delete even the remarkably absurd remarks from the comments section below. After all, this isn’t Dailykos.com. I am aware that many of you will take umbrage with some of my choices. Keep in mind, mine is a somewhat utopian concept of what government might look like after 2012. Think of it as hope… for a change.

–Ben Crystal

Ben Crystal

is a 1993 graduate of Davidson College and has burned the better part of the last two decades getting over the damage done by modern-day higher education. He now lives in Savannah, Ga., where he has hosted an award-winning radio talk show and been featured as a political analyst for television. Currently a principal at Saltymoss Productions—a media company specializing in concept television and campaign production, speechwriting and media strategy—Ben has written numerous articles on the subjects of municipal authoritarianism, the economic fallacy of sin taxes and analyses of congressional abuses of power.

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  • s c

    Ben, your suggestion isn’t any worse than some I’ve seen lately. My suggestion to you is that if Paul becomes VP, his main task will be to rip apart the Fed. Anyone who has a reason to continue the Fed’s presence missed a basic lesson in economics a long time ago. Audit fans, quit dreaming.
    My basic goal is to see the current W H criminals out of the W H and/or behind bars. Let us save America while we can. There is much damage to be undone, and we have very little time left to do that.

    • Vic Bailey

      “RON PAUL OR NOT AT ALL”, what is wrong with these stupid people, I will elect the truth over any other qualifing trait of any candidate, which Ron Paul has the most qualifing qualifications of all the candidates put together and he has proved that since the beginning of his political career, and HE’S NOT A LAWYER, he is a working man! He loves thei country and it’s people and not for the ELITIST! He believes in our Constitution and our way of life! A vote for anybody else is a vote for the DEATH OF AMERICA! Semper Fi.

      • Alice

        Amen, brother! Write in Ron Paul, if necesary,and it probably WILL be necessary!

        • 11Bravo

          RON PAUL as President, Cain for VP – maybe. But Cain is the Fed. You don’t get to be the head of any Fed Bank without being a banker and government insider.

          • Teresa

            Cain was a board member not “the fed”

        • Jason

          Why not argue that Reagan should run for a third term? He has as much chance of winning as Ron Paul does. I know this blog is about conservative ideals and all that, but if the GOP caters to you guys you WILL be enjoying another 4 years under Obama. You need moderate voters to side with you or you are done. Especially with mediocre minds like Perry and Cain in the spotlight. Your best shot is Romney, which ain’t saying much.

      • Liberty Minded

        Right on, Ron Paul is the only candidate. Herman Cain is so opposite of Paul, Cain wants to fix the establishment instead of restore our country to its original constitutional moorings which Ron Paul will do.

        • Opa

          Those of you who scream “Ron Paul or not at all”, will get your wish. And it will be Obama. Do you think that no one else in the republican group is capable of doing good things for this country? Right now, I believe a Cain/Bachmann ticket would be the best for this country. But I would vote for Ron Paul in either position if he were the nominee. Why? Because we have to get rid of the current socialist regime at all costs. Anybody but Obama. If you write Paul’s name in in the general election you are cutting this country’s throat.

          • Rhondar

            Nope Opa…that’s the pigeon hole the get us in every time….we aren’t voting to elect someone we are voting against Obama that way. I’d just as soon have Obama as any others but Paul.
            Cain is a moron. He flip flops in the middle of a sentence.

            RON PAUL OR NOT AT ALL for me !

          • JTB

            I agee with you. I’ll vote for whoever gets the GOP ticket. We HAVE TO GET obama and his gangsters out of Washington. We can’t take another 4 years of his corrupt business. Quit bickering about Cain, Paul, Bachman, Perry whoever and let’s stick together to make this happen. The best GOP candidate will prevail!

          • The Traditionalist

            Opa: writing in a name is not such a bad idea, especially when you consider that most of the presidential candidates we are being forced upon us by the national media and the socialist dominated Democart and Republican parties. A large number of the presidential candidates are members or former members of globalist organizations such as the CFR or Trilateral Commission. If they are not members of either organization you can rest assured they work closely with people who are members or former members of these organizations. Both presidential candidates running for president in 2001–Kerry and Bush– are members of the Yale secret organization “Skull and Bones,” another globalist organization. In 2007 I refused to vote for either McCain or Oboma– I left it blank. Cain is an insider of the federal reserve, do you think someone like that is is really a genuine American patriot–No way. The federal reserve is an unconstitutional organization that was illegally foisted off on the American public, and organized by banksters of which some are current or former CFR members. Don’t be fooled by high sounding patriotic speeches. Ron Paul is the only gunuine patriot that is running who has the record to prove it.

          • Jibbs

            obama and gang to prison.

          • JoanBarry

            Personally I think Gingrich is the only candidate that can deliver on the promises being made by the field of conservative candidates and can beat Obama in any debate. But, Cain has really connected with economic and social conservatives. I’d like to see a Cain/Gingrich or Gingrich/Cain ticket! Although I personally like Dr. Ron Paul, he is against everything and don’t really think he could dismantle our current system of government…we can’t go back to 1776. Bachman would definitely do a wonderful job as President, I personally admire her, but I’m unsure if she could beat Obama…she’d also be a good choice for VP with Cain, since she is so knowledgeable about domestic and foreign affairs.

        • Poorman

          Sorry, but I can’t support Ron Paul who doesn’t not have a clue about having international friends like Israel as he is ready to throw them under the bus just like Obama. I agree on dumping our Muslim loving enemies who constantly vote against us and I like Paul’s conservative plans for in country. It is his view of the military and Israel in particular that keeps me from voting or supporting him. I’ll take Cain/Gingrich ticket. Gingrich is the smartest of the bunch and supports the Constitution, but he is not electable. Cain is the business guy (needed in our Gov) and Gingrich steers him through the rat holes of Congress.

          • Truthseeker

            Cain is more of the same. Former fed employee, will continue elite establishment rule. They know this and are presenting him in the best format in all mass media. Ron Paul is the only candidate who is not bought and paid for by the establishment elite. Vote for Cain and the mess will continue and the control and suffering will remain. Vote for Paul and we begin to free ourselves from the strangle hold that has been upon us.

          • Rhondar

            Our friend Israel bombed the U.S.S. Liberty and tried to sink it …and would have if that Russian ship hadn’t happened by to witness the 3 hour attack….Israel even straffed the lifeboats when our sailors tried to save themselves….with friends like that we don’t need enemies.

            Oh yeah…Israel sold our nuclear secrets to China too.

            This blind support of Israel is sickening. AMERICA FIRST….ALWAYS

          • JeffH

            Poorman, I suggest you read a little more on Ron Paul and his policies regarding Israel and Iran.

            Ron Paul: The Most Pro-Israel Candidate
            http://www.ronpaul.com/2011-08-14/ron-paul-the-most-pro-israel-candidate/

          • JeffH
          • JeffH
          • JeffH

            Ron Paul: How Foreign Aid Creates Instability and Isolates America
            http://www.ronpaul.com/2011-02-06/ron-paul-how-foreign-aid-creates-instability-and-isolates-america/

          • JoanBarry

            I also do not think Ron Paul should be our candidate because of his statement that he would not support Israel, our best friend and only ally in the middle-east. Also, to turn a blind eye to Iran’s support of terrorism and the growing influence of radical Islam in the area and in the USA!!

          • http://donthaveone Beberoni

            Rhondar – Bill Clinton sold our secret technology to China, not Israel. Bill Clinton was the guy.

          • newspooner

            You need to read directly what Ron Paul has written on his positions. Also, he has received more contributions from military people than all other candidates combined. He is by far the best choice.

      • Sam

        He also couldn’t put two cohesive sentences together. When he isn’t spot on with his comments, he’s somewhere out there in left field. If an electable person stood in his place and stumped for only the achievable half of Paul’s diatribe, I would support the agenda.

        • DaveH

          Sam,
          If you’d do more studying and thinking about Ron’s agenda, you would come to realize that he isn’t out in left field at all. Unless of course you think Thomas Jefferson’s ideas were left field.

        • http://donthaveone Beberoni

          Sam, I have to disagree with you. Though Im not a Ron Paul guy, he can put two cohesive sentences together, and he doesnt need a dog gone teleprompter to do it. His platform has very good ideas, and if followed through on, would be very good for this country. I am against his stance on military, as I know without a strong military, we are doomed. I could care less about what people say about his foreign policy being lacking, big deal. All these foreign countries need to know, is dont mess with us or we will slap you down in self defense, and there is nothing wrong with that. I agree with his wanting to get us out of these places all over the world, where we are spending billions protecting countries that sponge of us daily, then spew hated against us. Cut that foreign spending, close a bunch of those foreign bases, but still keep our defenses strong. But I totally disagree with you about him putting cohesive sentences together. You are wrong in that aspect.

          • newspooner

            Ron Paul is for a strong military — ours! Most of the other candidates continue to be for strong militaries for other countires. We need to stop all foreign aid. Most military people agree with Ron Paul and me. Get the US out of the UN, and get the UN out of the US. Otherwise, all liberty will be lost.

      • DaveH

        Ron Paul is the only candidate with a real plan to shrink our Bloated Leviathan Government:
        http://www.ronpaul2012.com/the-issues/ron-paul-plan-to-restore-america/

        The rest of the candidates are only promising things to get elected. We have the Establishment Republicans running scared. They are coming up with all sorts of things (999 plan, 20% Flat Rate Tax, etc.) that they have never considered putting on the table before, because they know the electorate is pissed and is not going to accept business as usual any longer. Don’t fall for their scams.
        Only Ron Paul has the record of honesty that we can trust.
        Note that I think Gary Johnson is also a man of integrity who would indeed shrink Government, but the MSM has effectively silenced Gary, which is just as well for this election because he would just cannibalize Votes that would otherwise go to Ron Paul.

        • ALL AMERICAN

          I’ll have to vote for whoever gets the ticket, but don’t you see that the stress of being POTUS would do him in… Isn’t he a little too old to be POTUS for even one term? Herman Cain is not a moron, as someone stated further up. They should do some research. Mr Cain has a degree in engineering and mathematics, plus is a good businessman. We need more of a businessman right now than we do a politician. Mr Cain’s beliefs and values will help out America with what she has lost. Look closer people. Paul doesn’t care about a nuclear Iran or N Korea??? WTF? …BAD JU JU PEOPLE.

          • DaveH

            The stress of not having somebody like Ron Paul will do me in. Cain is a Trojan Horse, much like his 999 plan. You need to read some real history books (those not written by Court Historians) to get an idea of just how morally bankrupt most politicians are. This article will give you a slight clue, but you need to dig much deeper:
            http://mises.org/daily/5580/Lincoln-and-Roosevelt-American-Caesars

          • moonbeam

            All American, “Mr Cain has a degree in engineering and mathematics,”

            Yep, his math is so good that he had to go back and rethink his 9-9-9 plan when it was revealed that the poor working class gets hit, yet again, with higher taxes.

            Cain will go the way of Obama and is not what this country needs. Running Godfather’s Pizza is one thing and running a country is quite another. It’s like comparing apples to oranges.

          • http://donthaveone Beberoni

            I cannot put my trust in Cain, because of him having been the head of the Federal Reserve bank in Kansas was it? That would mean, no doubt, that he has tie in’s with the Federal Reserve, and we do not need that. We need someone who will oppose them and make them null and void, not someone who is entrenched with them.

          • newspooner

            The last time I was with Ron Paul was in early April. He was as mentally sharp as ever, and still does 6 mile bicycle rides whenever he gets the chance. It would be nice if in the next debate they had all the candidates have a pushup contest. Ron Paul would win easily. The Establishment wants all of the anti-Obama people to believe that Ron Paul is too old. We should not proliferate their propaganda.

        • TimN

          If Ron Paul gets the Republican nomination it would be a good idea for him to pick Gary Johnson as his running mate. We will have two men of integrity and principle in the White House. They also have the knowledge, skills and motivation to reign in the Federal government. Gary Johnson is also young enough to succeed Ron Paul in 2020 or in 2016 if Ron Paul dies in office or ages too much to run for a second term.

          The only alternative candidates for Vice President that I know of are John Dennis and Justin Amash. They too have the knowledge and motivation required to reign in the Federal Government. Alas, I suspect they lack the skills and experience required to be successful as number two.

      • http://bellsouth.net Oakley Mann

        Vic, good, I hope folks don’t lose sight of the fact that there needs to be a small step to begin on any path toward righting our Country. What I hope people think about is if their dream team is not the one chosen, who will they vote for? Will the masss be split allowing Obama another 4 yrs and certain ruination of all freedoms we now enjoy. Obama is doing his best to split us all. Remember his form of government by definition and really dig deep to see if that is what want. Thanks
        Ineptocracy(in-ep-toc’-ra-cy) a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain thmselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.
        Please remember the word diminishing, and remember that folks who are not producers and on welfare or other social programs are the group who Will most certainly elect the next President if We The People can’t come together. We The People have to stick together, even if a small step at a time

        • JoanBarry

          All of the candidates are principled social and economic conservatives who have come up with some good ideas on how to get our country back to greatness. I hope they all back the chosen team and continue working for them throughout their term. I agree, we (the people) need to get behind the Republican candidate, even if he/she is not our personal choice. Our vote in the 2011 election is more important than ever. It may be our last chance to change the path that is taking our country down.

          • moonbeam

            I will vote my conscience, for the Constitution and for truth, Ron Paul. I will not vote for someone who is not my personal choice. To vote for someone just because he is the chosen of the party but may not be my personal choice is ridiculous.

          • newspooner

            At least 3 of the Republican candidates are quite shaky, and possible Establishment plants meant to lead us astray. Remember George Quincy Bush and John Compromiser McCain. Play it safe and support Ron Paul. Even his enemies admit that he is the most honest politicain in America.

        • http://bellsouth.net Oakley Mann

          moonbeam, good for you. It is excellent we do not have an autocratic form of government, each of us can try and sway the other to see our way of thinking, but in the beginning and until the end of our lives, we are individuals. Thanks for your input

      • Patriotic nut

        Tell us how you REALLY feel there Vic… Mr. Paul has some very intelligent arguments that I agree completely with but also has some ideas that make me go, huh? Legalize pot, leave Iran alone if they want a nuke, get rid of the fed ( what’s he going to replace it with?), close all our over seas bases and cut the military back….

        • Rhondar

          Now that’s an ignorant statement. Drugs should be legal because the WAR ON DRUGS IS A FAILURE.

          Paul says the states should regulate drugs and I agree. That way we can vote with our feet if we don’t like it….we have more people in prisons than any country in the world….do you by any chance work for the prison industry?

          • realist

            I like some of Pauls ideas; I don’t like others. I Voted for his son in both the primary and general election. Not because I liked everything he had to say but because he was closest to what I beleived that was on the ticket. These last three words are critical. Those of you who want Paul or no one are naive and immature. Your argument is right up there with taking your ball and going home. The choice for us as a nation is an electible “R” or Obama. The nation can not handle 4 more years of Obama. Pauls problem is Hubris as is yours. You take pride is being immovable in your policy picks. That is fine in a county or state but will not work at the federal level. The goal is 270, not 27 electoral votes. Paul is not electible. He is admirable, he is principled, but he is not electable. If you insist on carrying out your threat of “Ron Paul or not at all”; all you will be doing is handing the dems another 4 years of blank checks and our country another 4 years of multi trillion dollar deficits. So go ahead and be princilpled; put that head into the sand just a little deeper; but when you come up for air and see the Obama version of the KGB/IRS prowling the streets I think that your many principles will not make you feel any better nor keep any of your tax dollars out of the money grubbing hands of the FED Reserve.

        • Rhondar

          What a naive statement…Iran is a signer on the Nuclear treaty…Israel is not. We have never been able to inspect Israel’s nuclear sites. So what if Iran gets a nuke…Russia had over 30,000 and we handled that the right way….the Ron Paul way.

          • moebears

            Rhondar, you took the words right out of my mouth. Might I add, what’s wrong with closing overseas bases and cutting defense spending? We are wasting trillions overseas, when we need to protect our own borders, and we’re broke. We have no business, militarily, in other countries. All aid needs to be ended, as well. We’re giving aid to Israel, who can defend themselves very well, and we’re also giving it to Israel’s enemies. How convoluted is that?

      • bobby

        I agree that its Ron Paul are none. If you love america, you have to be for Ron Paul. He has great principles and a record that proves that he will stick by them.

      • Roy

        I like Ron Paul ! But not all his policies. A lot of them are very good, But a couple of them are to radical. One off them the current adminstration is hunting for vote’s in which he is making the troop’s withdrawel ahead of him,anyway. And by that bad judgement goes along with the point of the presidency. That was one of the worst decision’s any president could ever make. I go along with the troop withdrawel, but let’s not forecast a time, ,and let’s for sure not get into such a hurried position. I guess the vice presidency, would not be that bad, and keep him 2nd in command

      • Mad Max

        I Agree. I will not vote for Cain Paul, but that will never happen. What is it with Herman Cain, the guy is as status quo as it gets. His so called 9-9-9 plan would raise aggregate tax revenues for the federal govt. by 26%, as well as instituting one of the most regressive tax plans ever(9 percent federal sales tax in addition to your local sales tax- for me that comes out to 18.25% sales tax- aka no more shopping for me). So no I don’t like Herman Cain, he is a fiscal liberal-flip-flop that is playing the game. I find this article to be inflammatory given Mr. Cains willingness to join the NeoCon Establishment, and forsake all principles of integrity for a step up the political ladder, spend, spend, spend, and then blame Ron Paul, and the media would say poor Herman Cain getting stuck with an old cooke, and Herman would say “I can’t help it some of my supporters would be so unreasonable, but I would be open to getting a new VP”. And, so the status quo would continue, would our economy? Do people really just want a guy that gets an economic plan from his stock broker, because the guy that actually studied economics sounds controversial, well where do people draw the line, I don’t know anymore. If I had the chance though I would Vote fro Ron Paul for President in 2012 hopefully with Gary Johnson the Governor with a real track record for success.

        • Mary

          I agree. That 999 will turn in a 666. The only one who will make a different for this country is Ron Paul. We have to take care of ourselves first. Unfortunally we all know the media and the corrupt republicans don’t like him. He won’t be in the ticket against Obama. I don’t substimate the stupidity of the people that’s why I’m not sure about not having Obama for four more years. All the fleabaggers vote. All the people in welfare do too. I believe there is no hope no change in the future. We will have more of the same with or without Obama . The train has no brakes.

      • Phil

        Vic, if it’s Ron Paul or not at all, it will be not at all, which means Obama again. I’ll aggree with you about Ron Paul, I wish there were more in D.C. like him. Problem he just can’t win a general election at his age, 77 at election time. Middle America who determins presidential elections outcome, just won’t go for someone as old as he is. I wish he had stayed is congress where he can be effective instead of running for President. We could get much closer to what you and I want if Ron would drop out and support Hermin Cain. Ron would be great in his cabinet.

        • newspooner

          Ron Paul is not too old at 77 Can you bicycle nonstop for 10 miles? Can you do 50 pushups? Ron can. I don’t think that Herman Cain can. But even though Cain can’t, that isn’t why I am not enthusiastic about him.. Ron Paul is just so much better than any of the others. We must not let the Establishment con us into helping to spread their anti-Paul propaganda.

    • Mike Houst

      Nothing wrong with the audit fans. Most of them also support dissolution of the Fed; but support the audit as a stepping stone in the right direction. Consider the audit a full scale inventory to determine just how much is really missing before we shut down the Fed business. (It ain’t gonna be pretty.)

      • s c

        Mike, please reconsider your position whle you can. First, in an ideal world, we can audit the Fed, we can get Obummer to tell the truth, we can force Soros to donate all his wealth to charity and we might even get a wholesale conversion of utopians so they can learn to love freedom and renounce their insane philosophy.
        Second, this is not an ideal world. Odds are that the Fed shows our Washington criminals how to properly ‘cook the books.’ The Fed criminals have had since 1913 to cook their books and cover their tracks. They will let the Fed be audited when hell freezes over.
        Trying to get the truth from the Fed will be like trying to invent a time machine so we can change history. Mike, an audit of the Fed is a pure waste of time and effort. It will never happen.
        I say this in a sincere effort to get you to understand what is involved and why it is impossible. I’m not trying to “preach” to a braindead utopian. If THAT was the case, I wouldn’t bother.

        • eddie47d

          SC doesn’t seem like the type of person who would donate anything to charity yet has the audacity to tell others what to do.

          • johnk

            you mean like the hollywood elite and washington d.c.?

          • DaveH

            Eddie’s first comment of the day, and it’s a personal attack. How trite.

          • JeffH

            eddie, when you open your chops, all I hear is a “HYPOCRIT”!

            In sc’s case, his “audacity” is a sign of boldness or daring, a daring or willingness to challenge assumptions or conventions or tackle something difficult or dangerous.

            Your own audacity is called impudence which is a total lack of respect in somebody’s behavior toward another person.

            eddie you are exactly what you so often accuse others of being, and you actually believe you’re above all of it. Fortunatel, you fool no one but yourself. I realize opinions are just that, opinions, but you’re constant “do as I say, not as I do” blurbs is nothing more than your own hypocritical bellowing to the nth degree.

          • JeffH

            Oh, and before I forget…eddie’s narrow focus was on sc’s comment about “charity”, speaking of not getting it.

          • eddie47d

            How many more insulting people are you going to get in bed with Jeff. We know you hop in the sack with hedge fund crooks so it doesn’t surprise me you are charmed by SC.

        • Rhondar

          First the fed needs to be audited so we can FINALLY find out what they did with OUR MONEY….then we need to transition them out and repeal the ammendment that allowed them to be created. We need a national central bank….not international bankers.

          Never happen….hide and watch….you are the reason they have robbed us blind…submitting to it is weak

        • Mary

          There you go. Herman Cain said: Just call the Fed and they will tell all you need to know. This guy is insulting everybody “inteligencia”. Imaging what he’s going to do if he gets the presidency.

    • Vagabond

      sc I doint want and or. I want them behind bars at hard labor for 40 years and one day, they deserve it for what they have done to our country and are continueing to do,

      • eddie47d

        Then gather up the handcuffs and march into the halls of Wall Street and begin arresting.

        • DaveH

          What have they done to you, Eddie? Did they force you to buy any of their products? Did they defraud you? If yes, please tell us how.

          • Rhondar

            Are you joking…they defrauded all of us with TARP

          • moebears

            TARP was a gift to Wall Str from our very own Fed and D.C. Not that the banksters are angels, by any means, but they took the gift that our govt had no business giving them in the first place. It starts with the politicians.

          • DaveH

            All of them, Rhondar? Aren’t you being just a little prejudiced?
            I asked Eddie that question, because I want some specific answers on his generalized trashing of all things Wall Street. It seems like you’ve fallen into the same trap as Eddie.
            There are market capitalists and political capitalists. The political capitalists (Crony Capitalists) get ahead with favors from their Big Government buds. The market capitalists get ahead by pleasing the consumers. You can’t just lump them all together unless what you’re advocating is Communism, or some other such collective system.
            As Moebears said, it starts with Big Government.

          • eddie47d

            I gave you answers yesterday Dave so stop being an ignorant trollip. Are you playing dumb or is it for real?

          • DaveH

            As usual, a nonsense answer from Eddie the Troll.

        • Tina

          Perhaps instead of arresting those who work on Wall Street, maybe we should arrest those who’ve enabled all that people like yourself claim to loathe about Wall Street & Corporate America? Who bailed out the banks with OUR money? DC. Who bailed out Wall Street with OUR money? DC. Who bailed out the auto makers with OUR money? DC. Who began the chain of events that brought us the housing bubble? DC. Well, Slick Willy to be precise. Who warned us about the coming housing bubble & the crisis it would bring all the way back when we could’ve still done something about it? Republicans. Who claimed that there was nothing to worry about & that everything was fine with Fannie & Freddie? Democrats. We see where that got us. Well, those of us capable of critical thinking do.

          Now gee – maybe it’s just me, but it would seem that anyone with a brain in their head & a grasp on the reality of the ROOT OF OUR PROBLEMS would understand that DC is the root. Time to rip up the diseased portion of the root so we can get back on track. If the “occupiers” had one shred of a single clue about what is truly wrong in this nation then they wouldn’t have christened themselves “Occupy Wall Street” – they’d have christened themselves “Occupy Washington DC”. But, alas, most of us understand that the OWS crowd are nothing more than a bunch of useful idiots who don’t have the first clue that they are being played & used to further an agenda.

          • moebears

            Tina, I agree with most of what you say. My one “complaint” is that it wasn’t the Repubs as a whole who warned us about the housiing bubble, nor the Dems as a whole who defended Freddie and Fannie. It was a select few, Ron Paul chief amongst them, who warned us. Everyone laughed at him, including fellow repubs.
            In other words, this mess we’re in isn’t a repub thing or a dem thing, it’s a politician thing. Very little difference between the two parties, that’s why I look at the individual, not the letter after his/her name.

    • Charles

      Just think…If Ron Paul is elected as Vice President he would be eligible to be elected as President in the future. This means we would have Ron Paul’s influence and leadership in a Top Executive Branch Position for multiple four year terms (up to 16 years). That’s pretty cool!

      • DaveH

        Ron Paul is 76. He doesn’t have that much time left to save us from our ignorance.

        • amagi

          Dear Dave H,
          Lost my best friend recently; she was 94 and active, ran her own
          businesses, wrote letters to the editor nearly every day. published
          two books, one just a short while ago – among other things. Goes to
          show that people age differently. Milton Friedman was in his 90′s
          too and sharper than most younger people, I’d say. No ? I have seen no
          slowing down in Dr. Paul either.
          By the way, thank you for many fine comments.

      • Rhondar

        This is our last chance….it’s now or never for Paul

    • DavidL

      “Corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.”
      Abraham Lincoln, 1864.

      And Teddy Roosevelt, another Republican, had similar ideas…hence the nickname “the trust buster”. What has happened to the Republican Party?

      The Conservative/Republicans came to power promising jobs, jobs, jobs. All they have given us is guns, gays, abortion, self-serving political obstruction, and more attempts to accumulate wealth at the top by gutting our social safety net like Medicare and Social Security. 999 guts both. The flat tax guts both.

      There is a revolution and a cleaning of the house coming. It just won’t be the one you think. I paid into Social Security for 45 years. It is going to be there for my kids and grandkids, Pal!

      • moebears

        Holy Toledo, keep taking the blue pill, pal. Me, I choose the red pill. (A reference to The Matrix, where the blue pill kept you in blissful ignorance, and the red pill freed you to the truth).

    • http://bellsouth.net Oakley Mann

      Amen s c!!! My thanks for your wise comments at the lead

    • http://bellsouth.net Oakley Mann

      s c, my comment to you on your lead statement went way down in yonder somewhere for reasons I don’t know. I said Amen!! I thank you for your wise comments at the lead

    • Old Henry

      This morning I heard Representative Ron Paul interviewed on a Chi Ka Go radio station for about ten minutes. It was a fairly done interview and he came across VERY well. His answers all logical and made a lot of sense.

      I think he was in town for one of those fund raiser breakfasts.

  • Sal

    Plausible but highly unlikely, the only one in the group that has the intellect and experience is Newt, that’s a fact.

    • UPCHUCK

      Newt is a member of the notorious Council on Foreign Relations.

      • mark

        ^^^^^^ good work…expose all the corrupt candidates!!!!

    • ChristyK

      He also cheated on and delivered divorce papers to 2 different wives who were in the hospital. Does this sound like someone who cares about anyone but himself? Electing the smartest person only works if you can trust him to work for your best interest. We can’t with Newt. He’d make a great press secretary, but I don’t think he would ever consider such a “lowly” position.

      • Rayma Dorsa

        You are probley right there,but there is someone else running who they refuse to give media time,who I believe is greater than Ron Paul and that is Buddy Roemer of LA..first one I have heard that would throw out the LOBYISTS.He was Gov and also in Congress..I wish someone would listen to him…

    • theotherrhalf

      LMAO

  • ron

    Ben you are right/ reich where I thought you would be on this issue. Two Idiots and a dummy (the dummy being Cantor) Ron Paul filling our pockets with gold dust and watching for visitors from outerspace and Cain doing the Koch brothers bidding. Then one day he makes the mistake of not doing what the brothers want (Koch brothers) and you Ben convince them to impeach him for not being a good lap dog. Ron Paul resigns when the Koch brothers will not agree to end the use of the dollar bill for gold dust.

    • s c

      Good morning, comrade genius. So, give us the benefit of your experience and broad knowledge. If I mention names like Kissinger, Zbig and Soros, do your knees start to knock? When I say Peanuts Carter, do you get a tingling sensation in your legs? Typical utopian. If you were half as smart as you think, you’d be a fricking’ RINO. Whiz off, comrade.

      • John

        Absolutely Clueless!!!!!!

      • ron

        Wow SC your pumps on too tight. Of course anyone who disagrees with you Over achievers is off base.

    • Jeryl

      Spoken like a true socialist.

    • fiscalsoundbiteme

      Ron, be a good boi and drink your kool-aide! Then you can talk a stupidly as you’d like…

      • eddie47d

        Not much different than the way SC talks but go ahead and spin onward.

    • Alex Frazier

      That’s about the most ignorant and uneducated response I’ve ever read. Did you even graduate from elementary school?

    • Patriot Diva

      I’d rather see politicians do the Koch brothers’ bidding than George Soros’ bidding any day!

    • Lost in Paradise

      Wow a liberal! How boring!

    • Von Richtofen

      You’re an idiot communist wake up, The $ is and has failed. Ron paul wanting to base our money on precious metals is the only sensible idea out there basing the the worlds currencies on credit hasn’t seemed to work has it. Honestly you all better start stocking up on commodities because in the end a bushel of gold won’t be able to by a bushel of wheat. Get ready for a very rough ride regardless of who holds the office in ’2012!

      • Rhondar

        Yep…the bible does say men will be throwing their gold into the streets in the end. But for now gold is the only way to shore up the currency and you are right about commodities too…we need both.

    • DaveH

      Oh yeah, Ron, we don’t need no Gold standard. I mean what do we want with sound money? Imagine the audacity of expecting to buy as much with our money in 10 years as we can buy now?
      We are much better off with the Federal Reserve. Thanks to them, we can now buy 1/20th (that’s right, one twentieth) with our dollars of what we could buy with them in 1913 when the Fed started.
      Why would we want to preserve our buying power? It’s not like we can take it to grave with us.

  • Sal

    One never ceases to be amazed … when I volunteerd to join the military I had to produce more identification to join for 4 years of Active Duty, U.S.M.C. 1964-1968 than Barack/Barry-Hussein-Obama-Soetoro has yet to. Who is this man anyway? Where did he come from? Yet now we all know why.

    • Doc Sarvis
      • MSgranny

        There a still a few who simply do not have the mental capability to read and understand the Constitution. They can’t understand that it says a president must be born to parents (notice parents is plural)
        who are citizens themselves.
        A fake birth certificate does not satisfy the demands of the Constitution.

      • KJQ

        I’m Canadian not American, hence no vested interest in the debate about Obama’s place of birth. He may well have been born in the USA, but as an IT professional I’m telling you that I’ve personally examined the birth certificate Acrobat file posted on the White House web site and it’s a FORGERY. Many others with even more expertise than me have published detailed analysis proving the forgery. Add that to his concealing all his school records, and a SSN that is from a state he nor his parents ever lived in (Nebraska), and there are genuine serious doubts raised.

        • Capitalist at Birth

          His ssn # is from Conn. not NE.

      • Lost in Paradise

        Liberals and fools Jeez!

      • Martha Benton

        I bet you still believe in the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus, don’t you? Drink your Obama kool-aid like a good little boy, and maybe he’ll put you on his welfare list. Free house, free education, free medical care, everything FREE!! Then you can sit on your a$$ and rot away like the rest of the Obama idiots.

      • johnk

        You realize that that BC proves without a doubt that he is a dual-citizen. That point alone disqualifies him from presidency.

      • http://www.keysinsurance.com Linda

        He produced a phony birth certificate. He has a phony social security number(s) as well.

      • Rhondar

        That b.c. is fake Doc….I’ve got 2 graphic artists who opened it and said it’s a patchwork

      • Jibbs

        obamas BC is just another lie behind a trail of many.

    • http://www.daybydaycartoon.com/ Tucci78

      Point of clarification, Ron.

      Our Fraudulence-in-Chief isn’t named “Soetoro.” That’s the name of the Suharto political thug who married Stanley Ann Dunham and legally adopted her kid when he was summoned back to Indonesia in 1965 to take part in Gen. Suharto’s coup d’etat.

      Understand that the naming convention among Muslim males in Indonesia is to give a boy a single legal name – no patronymic – and then accord him a sort of “semi-official” nickname, used among friends and family.

      Thus Soetoro (our Mombasa Messiah’s adoptive father) had the nickname of “Lolo.”

      When Stanley Ann’s product of her first alien Mac Daddy was formally adopted by Lolo Soetoro to make the kid a citizen of the Republic of Indonesia (thereby obliterating whatever claim U.S. citizenship the little bastich may have ever had), his given legal name became “Soebarkah,” nickname “Barry.”

      Got that? He’s not “Barry Soetoro.” He’s Barry SOEBARKAH.

      He’s still Barry Soebarkah. Y’see, after he got shipped back to Hawaii to grow up in the household of his maternal whiter-than-Wonder-Bread grandparents, he never did get his legal name changed back to “Barack Hussein Obama II,” and he never did get naturalized as a U.S. citizen.

      “Soebarkah” was the praenomen on the Indonesian passport old whats-his-real-name used to make that trip to Pakistan in 1981. You didn’t know that?

      And there’s a whole helluva lot more that us constitutionalists want to know about Barry Soebarkah. Or “Harrison J. Bounel.” or “Jean Paul Ludwig.” Or whatever alias he’s using at the moment.

      Birthers, unite. You have nothing to lose but a criminal fraud masquerading as the President of these United States.

      • Lost in Paradise

        Amen brother!

      • Von Richtofen

        Amen!! I wish our media was as profficient at spreading the truth! Oh wait their just Goebbles ( BHO) propaganda machine.

      • eddie47d

        Thousands of Americans change their names and many more were encouraged to do so as they immigrated to America in years past. (shorten your name so you will fit in as an American citizen) That shouldn’t even be an issue anymore.

        • bp

          eddie47d: La-la liberal! The TRUTH lives forever. Can’t wait to see him on death row for treason & insurrection. The only good news is that everything he signed will be null & void.

  • Doc Sarvis

    You wrote; “Cain’s close ties to questionable institutions like the Federal Reserve will be reined in by his close proximity to the brilliant Paul,…”. Since when has a Vice President reined in his boss the President? I don’t like Cain’s close ties with the Fed.

    • John

      The Federal Reserve is not federal nor does it have any reserves, The fed is run by the two international banking institutions, the Rockefellers and the Rothschilds. I disagree with Herman Cain that the Fed can be reformed. It must be abolished and Congress should be in charge of our nation’s money. The Federal Reserve Act Is unconstitutional. Woodrow Wilson Gave in to the international bankers in signing the bill into law in 1913. Ron Paul is right on target about in abolishing the Fed. I want Ron Paul for our next president. The Rockefellers and the Rothschild banking families have the economic power to set up a one world dictatorship govt. via the United Nations run by them to keep people into debt and to promote new wars for them to fight! Thats a awful future if you ask me.

    • Doc Sarvis

      Spoke too soon; Cheney. That worked well…NOT.

  • Mike V

    With the exception of Newt’s name,I see only arguments against the choices. No one has offered their choices/substitutions. At this rate there is no party combination anyone will be satisfied with. What happened to “Bring complaints but bring alternative solutions as well”? It is a dying art.

    • Dagney

      Actually, any one of the candidates vying to supplant the Marxist in Chief will be an improvement. So, it doesn’t really matter WHO does it, just that it DOES happen.

      • DaveH

        Not so, Dagney. If we had elected McCain, for instance, it probably would have been worse for us because he would have grown Government more slowly, less perceptively. And it would have been more likely that the people wouldn’t have awakened as they have thanks to Obama.
        We need to avoid any candidates who aren’t going to do the necessary things to shrink our Gargantuan Government. Otherwise it will just keep growing. We no longer have the luxury of allowing any further growth of Government without kissing our Freedom goodbye permanently.

        • Dagney

          This is 2010, not 2008. The point is that the people are AWAKE. I actually think that electing BO to office was one of the best things that EVER happened to this country in the last 100 years. Now they actually see what the communist takeover of the democrat party looks like. But, even if we get a McCain re-do now, he wouldn’t be able to get away with the crap that he would have starting in 2008. I repeat, ANYONE would be better that BO.

    • http://www.keysinsurance.com Linda

      I wish Donald Trump would reconsider running.

      • bp

        Lind; Yes, that’s who I was missing! Donald Trump has international business experience; we need him to receive an appointment as well.

      • Rhondar

        Trump is a crook.

        • JTB

          Trump is a crook? YOU want to see a full fledged crook? He lives in the white house and some people call him president, but I don’t and never will! Now there’s a crook! Corruption at its finest!

          • JeffH

            JTB :)

  • Thomas

    Apparently, Ben, from that list, you’ve stacked the deck with a lot of murdering neocon warmongers. I doubt either of the Pauls would ever consider joining such an administration.

    Homeland Security and the whole police-state apparatus needs to be completely dismantled, the Patriot Act repealed, and our fundamental liberties restored. This is not the team to achieve that. It is the polar opposite.

    • Jimbo

      Touche

    • Rhondar

      BRAVO THOMAS !!!! YOU ROCK

  • terry

    I read the above comments, equating Nazism to your article. They are very wrong and you are very right. Ron Paul is who we need to get this Country back to the greatness it once had. Cain, I am unsure of but, with Paul in the mix, I would vote for him.

    • MSgranny

      I agree. A Cain/Paul ticket would win in a landslide against Obama.

    • DaveH

      Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.

      Cain is dangerous to our Freedom. Wake up, read his issues page. That man is no Government Shrinker.

  • Ruth

    I thought you were a freedom-loving, constitutionalist…but I guess I was wrong. We don’t have to vote for a ‘slick dressing, media pampered front man or woman with no original ideas of their own’ just a liberty-minded genius who can get us out of this mess on all fronts (economic, foreign policy and morally-minded = Ron Paul), right? Right?!! Where is it written that we have to give up our standards to win over those on the dark side?

    • Jimbo

      Ruth, I agree. It is the “lesser of the two evils” mentality that has us where we are. A cabinet full of neocons, sprinkled with a taste of Pauls will not work. We need to stand by our principles.

    • DaveH

      Ben has leaned towards the military state, Ruth, ever since I’ve been reading his articles on Personal Liberty.

  • voteright2012

    I believe you have a commendable approach. I take issue with “Cain’s close ties to the Fed”; Cain was the civilian (non-bank) head of the Kansas City Fed — whose most prominent action (as far as I know) is to host the Jackson Hole Conference. Re: Treasury I like Steve Forbes; he will take the 9-9-9 and morph it into a growth oriented Flat Tax. Sheriff Arpaio — a brilliant choice for Homeland Security — concurrently with securing the border he can eliminate TSA and put profiling as the choice for airline security. For Education I would like to suggest Dr. Larry Arn (of Hillsdale College) with a mandate that he close down the the department and return education responsibility to the States and Parents. For HUD I would suggest Star Parker (the founder of CURE — Center for Urban Renewal and Education). She would also have a mandate to shut down that department and put in place a strong state and local influence for cleaning up the inner cities; in other words get the Feds and Slum Landlords like Tony Rezko out of the picture. I would like Sen. Coburn for Health & Human Services; and Gov. Palin for Energy again with a mandate to make the US energy independent and close down the department in 4 years.

    • ChristyK

      I like your list better than Ben’s.

    • Stickwoman Red

      My Dream Team for the next Administration would be Bachmann as Pres.; Santorum as VP; Gingerich as Sec’y of State; Guilani as Att’y General; Ron Paul Speaker of the House; Cain Sec’y of Commerce; Palin Sec’y of Energy, Romney Sec’y of Treasury; General Petraeus, Sec’y of Defense; Hoekstra Sec’y of Homeland Security and if we could get Bill Bennett out of retirement, back as Sec’y of Education.

      • Rhondar

        Goody…then we can have more wars

  • Fox

    Personally, I like your selections with one exception; US Navy Seals are far too valuable to waste standing in an inspection line.

    I would suggest using “US Army rapid deployment force troopers” that we don’t need anyway, since we have always had the very best rapid deployment force in the United States Marine Corps.

    As for “racial profiling”, what ever happened to the phrase, “If one walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and is seen in the company of other ducks, one must assume it’s a duck.”

    Semper Fi, Mac……..

    • MSgranny

      Since all terrorist acts have been done by Muslims, why not just deport them? Then we would not need anyone feeling us up at airports or on highways, proms, ball games etc.

      • Dan

        Timothy McVeigh was not a muslim. Dangerous to presuppose that only muslims are capable of terrorist attacks.

        • MSgranny

          I stand corrected. Now you can KMA!

        • DaveH

          Don’t forget Janet Reno and her terror attacks on the Waco children.

          • JeffH

            …and the Weavers at Ruby Ridge in Idaho…

          • moebears

            MSgranny obviously does not like to be corrected.

        • bp

          Dan; Yes & no. Not all “are Muslim”, but McVeigh & other non-Islamists aren’t trying to import Sharia Law & grow up other terrorists. It’s about loyalty & patriotism. Mosques need to go, too.

    • Lost in Paradise

      Semper Fi! LMAO!

  • Suzanne

    I don’t like Cain either, because of his close ties with the Fed. He’d probably be willing to allow lobbyists to infringe on the Senate and Congress as they do now. Paul has never taken money from Big Pharma, Big Food, Big Agri, Big Biz and never will. That’s great in my book.

    • bp

      S: Haven’t trusted Cain since he said he would “change up a little” the ‘Hail to the Chief’ because it’s “traditional”! We need to go back to our Constitution & Founding Fathers’ principles!

  • http://Personalliberty Tony

    To Everyone:
    Wow!! Either this writer is a sorcerer, who read my mind or he must
    of look at some posts i wrote on this website. This is the best informed article i’ve read on this issue. Thanks!!

    • bob wire

      Having more to do with “birds of a feather flocking together” then brilliance, I would think.

      Little question to this illusion of brilliance when applied to self.

      Lofty platitudes superseded only by arrogance is Crystal’s
      stock and trade offered up in unlimited supply as he speaks of humble opinions.

      There is not a humble bone in Ben Crystal’s body as he champions subversion under the guise of personal freedoms in defense of corporate masters and the predatory interest of middlemen.

  • Rose

    I agree Bob

  • http://www.easyinvest.co.za peter

    Nice try Ben. Personally I stay with what I said before. The candidates make one stare in to space in disbelief, Between the occupant of the white house and the contenders there is not one worthy of the title President Of The United States. The present occupant shames the Presidency! Still waiting for the FBI to arrive. I think that’s them at the door now. Got to go! Catch you guys!

    • bp

      PETER: Wake up! If we don’t evict the current occupant, we won’t have a country to call home in four more years! PLEASE!

  • Jiles

    Newt/Cain would be a better ticket!!

    • Patriot Diva

      Sorry but Newt is a NWO guy. He’s a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He’s a smart man to be sure, but he supports the New World Order.

    • Lost in Paradise

      Ding Dong, Ding Dong, Bing Bong you missed the target! Too bad so sad.

  • Don

    Ben, I whole heartily applaud your candidates. I am writing them down and will have the list with me when I go to vote. These are choices I know I can live with and during their term America will become the country we all know and love.

    Thank you Ben!!

    • Alex Frazier

      You don’t vote the cabinet. The president chooses them.

    • Lost in Paradise

      Hmmmm, can’t think for yourself? Aye, I rest my case.

  • fiscalsoundbiteme

    bachman trump! aka slice n dice! think about it!!! The rest of the cabinet makes good sense…esp Sherif Joe!~

  • Dan

    Nope, cant get on board with that idea at all. Cain simply is not presidential material and is out of touch with the common man. Ron Paul is the only one who has the qualifications to be commander in chief. he’s got my vote. If he doesn’t get elected, well, don’t blame me when the sh!t hits the fan.

  • T. Clancy

    Love the article, had me chuckling out loud a few times, and the choices, though I wish there were a place for Newt. His knowledge is too precious to go untapped and unused. Of Newt, Ron Paul, and Cain, Cain probably has the best chance on the “national” stage at the top of a ticket. After Cain/Paul change Washington, they can re-name the Republican Party and disenfranchise all those moderates to go find their own roost.

    • DaveH

      Except Cain isn’t going to change anything. At least not for the better. What part of former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City do people not get? Cain is an insider. We can expect nothing from him in the direction of us gaining our Freedom back. He is an Establishment Republican in Black Sheeps’ clothing.

    • Rhondar

      Newt is an embarrassment….he got let go as speaker of the house for ethics charges. The Heritage Foundation called him the biggest traitor to the republican party and a Clinton enabler.

  • Thomas B

    You forgot Michelle Bachmann who is a true American, who has great faith in God and is a true patriot. She knows what our country is all about. You forgot Mitt Romney whose business expertise will quickly re-jump start the economy. We need strong Americans with red blood. We must erase any trace or seed of liberal/commie element and exterminate them once and for all!

    • eddie47d

      I think flip flopper Romney was deliberately left out.Bachmann would be the Joe Biden of the Republican Party (foot in mouth disease).

      • http://Personalliberty Tony

        To eddie47d:
        Actually Eddie, Joe Biden has more brains than Michelle ButtHead and that’s not saying much. Thanks!!

        • http://bellsouth.net Oakley Mann

          Tony, Biden is a dumb mutt, period. He is so dumb that he is dangerous. He would not have any problem taking away our free speech or anything else because he doesn’tunderstand. If he is asked a question about a lie he has told, and then stutters and stammers trying to uphold the lie, then finally gets mad and stomps off muttering and feeling ill used, and finally tries to see if the reporter broke any laws or rules so as to punish the reporter any way he could, that is a dangerous man because he is so stupid.
          Michelle Bachmann is far and above Mutt Joe’s level as far as smarts.

    • MSgranny

      Romney = flip flop, flip, flop
      Plus he has no idea what it is like in the world of working men/women.

    • Rhondar

      Israel comes first with Michelle….divided loyalties are not needed anymore

  • Pat Bright

    It is hell getting old. The best and brightest I have known are all deceased.But, the best and brightest currently available are Newt Gingrich/ Ron Paul.I like Cain, but I want a President with experience in handling DC, not pizza pies. I concur with your other choices.

  • Alex Frazier

    Ben, I don’t disagree in general with your opinion on the winning ticket. Cain/Paul might be more electable than Paul/Cain due to the unfortunate fact that people are stupid and would vote for someone due to a handsome face or because of name recognition. Heck, there are people on these threads/blogs who are clearly politically active, and even they prove themselves to be uneducated. So while voting based on popularity isn’t the wisest thing to do, your plan has some merit. After all, 9-9-9 got Cain to the top of the polls, while Paul, rather than adding an extra tax, plans to get rid of the one we already have by shutting down the IRS and getting rid of income tax (as well as capital gains tax, the death tax, etc.), and yet, we’ve still haven’t had the privilege of seeing him have his day in the sun, except in the Iowa poll when he was second place and only one percent behind Bachman, which the media promptly dismissed.

    But make no mistake, Ron Paul is the only candidate who is tested and tried, who has been consistent and constitutional, and who wants to restore this country to what it was. He’s the only one who actually wants to restore full freedom to the citizens of the this country.

    I would vote for a Cain/Paul ticket if that was my option, but I have every intention of voting for Paul in the primary and contributing towards a Paul/? ticket instead.

    • Linda

      Yes, Ron Paul has proven himself to the people. A man of his word and follows the Law of the Land. What more could you want in a leader? Please open your eyes to the false choices we the people have previously made. Age is wisedom, knowledge,experience and respect! If anyone can find anything dishonorable about Ron Paul, I would like to know.

  • mark

    I am going to delete this website all together. The thought of a FED insider, dough slinging, double talker becoming President makes me sick to my stomach. For this site to say elect Cain is irresponsible!!! Cain has worked for the FED for 20yrs. I thought the responsible reporting duties were to DO YOUR HOMEWORK before writing on the issue.

  • mark

    @ Thomas B….are you kidding? Mitt Romney’s biggest campaign contributors are the BIG BANKS….DO YOUR HOMEWORK!!!! More sell outs. They are all sell outs except RON PAUL..the last true statesman!

    • JeffH

      mark, mark, mark…I thought you were going to delete this website?
      Bye, bye!

      • DaveH

        I don’t get it. I thought Mark was a flaming Liberal. Is this maybe a different Mark?

        • mark

          Everything I stated are what Ron Paul believes in….So Liberal…You can slap any name on it but….I support Constitutionalism

          • DaveH

            Are you talking about this particular article, or past articles that you’ve commented on? Because Ron Paul is for Free Markets — you know, Capitalism. In the past you’ve not presented yourself as being for Capitalism.

          • DaveH

            But if you’re changing, great, I applaud you for that.

  • http://bobLivingston Power to the People

    This piece is sending the Obumma lovers running for the duct tape so they can tape their heads before their socialist brains explode. What a great thought! I just hope we can get a new administration that will undo Obumma’s disasters, rein in the out of control Congress, bring many of our proud men and women home, cut the budget with a chain saw and shut down at least 40% of the federal agencies including Education, TSA, HUD, Commerce to name a few. Anything less will be a continuation of can kicking. Oh, and someone who tells the truth for once would be quite nice. “Freedom”

    • moebears

      Ron Paul is the ONLY candidate who will do everything you mentioned, and more. Cain panders to whomever he’s talking to at the moment, plus he’s a former Fed. Most of the rest of this “cabinet” are a bunch of neocons. A Paul/Napolitano ticket would be kick-ass.
      I just started getting this newsletter, and I thought from the title that it truly was a liberty-loving newsletter. After reading this article, I’m considering canceling. What crap.
      Good Lord, people, it’s more important to vote for someone who looks good, rather than someone with a proven record of standing up for the citizens, saying what he means, doing what he says, not corporate-owned? How sad. Ron Paul 2012, or we’re doomed.

      • Linda

        I am ashamed of our MEDIA and the GOP for not getting behind an honorable man like Ron Paul! He has wisedom, experience (inside information), knowledge, support and respect of the people!

        • Alex Frazier

          Not to pick at your post Linda, but it’s wisdom, not wisedom. The power of the written word loses its punch when it’s left open to ridicule over something petty like a badly spelled word. Typos happen and can be overlooked, but that’s twice you’ve spelled it that way.

          Sorry to make issue of it publicly. Private email isn’t an option on this blog format that I’m aware of.

          • JeffH

            Alex, always gotta be a spelling and grammar cop trolling somewhere around the field. Give it a rest Alex…who really cares but you!

          • bp

            to JeffH: Me; the English language needs to make a comeback, too! Thanks Alex, you are a gentleman to openly apologize for the correction. “He who is faithful in little is faithful in much.” Luke 16:10.

          • amagi

            Mr. Frazier is right; words have meaning (as Ayn Rand said). Perverted words may lead to perverted thinking if allowed to
            continue unchecked.

          • JeffH

            bp and amagi, Mr. Frazier isn’t right in publicly correcting anyones grammar or spelling, especially in a blog. How about you two using a capital letter in your in your initials and name? After all, turnabout is fair play isn’t it?

      • DaveH

        Don’t leave, moebears. Ben has always leaned to the right (at least since I’ve been reading his columns). I think Bob Livingston tries to have a mix of writers to appeal to those who aren’t quite ready for Bob’s style of unequivocal Freedom.
        Ben Crystal leans to the right, and John Meyers leans to the left.
        Bob is right where I think he should be. And so is Chip Woods.
        I’m not so sure about the rest.

        • moebears

          Thanks, Dave. I think I will hang in there. :)

  • m

    Losing ticket. Trying to fight black with a black brilliant LOL

  • Clif

    Ben, you’re almost right on the money. I will agree that Cain has the panache to give the presidency some sense of legitimacy but it would only work if he was just a figurehead for the public and let the Paul boys run the show. All he needs to do is mouth the words given him by team Paul like Obama uses his teleprompter and this country could get back on track. All the other choices—-spot on.

    • moebears

      Nice idea, but Cain’s got too big of an ego to let that happen. He probably knows the Paul boys are way smarter and better equipped to handle the myriad problems we face, but his ego would get in the way. We’d end up with more of the same we’ve had for decades, flushing our country further down the drain, all because of ego.

      • DaveH

        I think people need to wake up and realize that most of the Politicians are in it for themselves. They will feed us whatever pablum they think will keep our loyalty but little more than that. Ron Paul, I believe, is an exception to that.
        People are easy. Critical thinking isn’t a common thing with the masses. That’s why they’ve been so easily sold on the “Honest Abe” scam even though right in front of their faces they knew that he killed (or got killed) over 600,000 Americans in his vain efforts to “save the Union”. That includes an estimated 50,000 civilians. Sherman and others razed whole towns with little care about the civilians that got in the way. If another country did similar things, our own Government would consider them to be war criminals.
        If we ever do accomplish educating the majority of the citizens, then things could very well improve.

  • mark

    Alex…I think you might watch to much FOX and CNN. They have Paul down in the polls when in fact its just not true… They want the public to know as little as possible about this guy.. They will not give him a fair shake bc the media is owned by the same guys behind the FED. They are scared that Paul will do what is right for this country and the people in this country and that is to bring down the zionist control!!!!

    • Alex Frazier

      I’m aware. Those poll numbers only mean as much as the media makes them out to mean. They merely reflect the percentages of those who voted in the straw polls. I’m a Ron Paul supporter. I haven’t voted in a straw poll yet. But I’ve contributed to his campaign, I’ll vote for him in the primary, and I’ll vote for his presidency if he gets the nomination. If he doesn’t get the nomination and runs independent, I’ll vote for him as an independent assuming the independent ticket has a chance of success (I’m in South Carolina, so that might not be an option. The electors will likely vote for the Republican candidate despite my independent vote). If the independent doesn’t have any chance of success, I’ll keep my fingers crossed that the Republican option given to me isn’t as bad as Obama, because it’s important to me that we get this spendthrift out of office before he completes the ruination of our country and declares himself dictator for life.

    • DaveH

      Mark,
      The Fox Business Network gives good press to Ron Paul, especially Judge Napolitano.

      • mark

        If good then VERY LIMITED!!!

        • DaveH

          Do you watch Freedom Watch, or Stossel, or America’s Nightly Scoreboard, or Follow the Money?

  • mark

    @ Cliff…Cain is not credible enough to give the presidential spot any sense of legitimacy….HE WORKED FOR THE FED FOR 20yrs

  • mark

    Cain = Obama

    • moebears

      mark, you are right on about everything you just said. And I just clicked on the link you posted, got a gander at the picture…had a good laugh. Too true! And sad.

  • mark
  • Lost in Paradise

    I really got a laugh out of this B.S. In the firs place, Cain reminds me of a chained up BULLDOG. Look out if they release him from his chains. I also think he is another SUPER CON FROM KENYA. He is not as True Blue as Ron Paul is, no way.

    If we could be so lucky to have RON PAUL for president, there would be no need to appoint people to these other positions, as those departments would be eliminated. I also do not believe that PAUL is as ignorant of foreign policy as people think. I also think he understands how much of a failure diversity is in this country. I would rather see a PAUL/BACHMANN ticket, or a Paul/PALIN. Rommney is a joke and a disaster waiting to happen as well as Perry who is also owned and trained by those in control.

    • mark

      ^^^^^^^agreed. But the VP spot should really go to someone who thinks the same way as Paul in regard to giving the People back the Constitutional rights and shutting this globalist agenda down for good

      • Lost in Paradise

        I think that would be Palin.

        • moebears

          No, that would be Andrew Napolitano or Gary Johnson. Palin is a wanna-be, not trustworthy.

          • Lost in Paradise

            Another libdick

          • moebears

            No need for rudeness, Lostinparadise. You lose credibility when you name-call.

          • DaveH

            Actually, Lost, I agree completely with Moebears.
            Do you think I’m a Liberal?

          • JeffH

            moebears, I don’t agree with you that Palin is a wanna-be and not trustworthy. I do b that Palin’s demonization by the leftist biased media has certainly diminished her popularity with those who rely on the MSM as their sole news source.

          • DaveH

            Sarah Palin is a sweetheart and a hard worker, but I think she’s still growing. Maybe in a few years she will be a Libertarian (I hope).

          • eddie47d

            Oh yes death panels Sarah so honest and trustworthy.

          • DaveH

            You ignoramus, Eddie, you’ve been around here long enough to know better. Death Panels was a euphemism, but the panels that do decide who gets what treatments under the healthcare law do indeed hold the power of life or death for those whose care my be denied.
            By ignoring that fact, you are showing what a truly uncaring person you really are. It’s no wonder you’re suspicious of the Rich, because you know what a creep you are, and just assume others are like you.

    • JC for Freedom

      A bunch of confused people in here. Including the host may I add.
      You can’t bring in the same Globalist-supported politicians to the
      next administration. 99% of all mentioned are members of the ruling
      class Counsel on Foreing Relations, Bilderbergs and Trilateralists.
      The only cadidate who’d bring change is RON PAUL.Let’s make him
      electable. I agree with Lost in Paradise.

    • mark14

      Right, every African American candidate for president isn’t a real American and is actually a con man born in Kenya. So typical of this site.

      • Lost in Paradise

        Do not twist things to your own thinking. Cain is not from Kenya, but is sound funny considering. In addition, blacks do not show me &^it. I look at their history, and their behaviour, and get turned off. Now look, we have one for president and it is a disaster happening. Would another be different??? NO! CAIN IS FOR BLACKS. Do not kid yourself. Most of us are tired os supporting them in some form or another.

        Good grief, even when they are millionares, they cannot play by the rules and end up in Prison. ARGH!

        • mark14

          You just keep providing more and more proof of your racism.

          • JeffH

            …gotta agree with you…

          • moebears

            Like I said, rudeness and name-calling, not to mention outright racist statements, make one lose one’s credibility.

  • mark

    @ Don…do your own homework….its clear who the sheeple are

  • CP

    All I see and here in here so far are people who want to take this country back, not to the 1960′s, but the 1860′s. Where the man who owned the company controlled everything in his grasp, including where his laborers lived. Notice, I did NOT say employees, as he had none of those, unless maybe a clerk or two to sort payroll and make sure his workers always made just a little less than it took to pay their rent and company store bill. Of course, these same people owned, and bragged about owning, their very own state and national representatives in the government. Again, I am not talking about hirelings, but the actual representatives, and in many cases, senators as well. The going wage for a working man then was a dollar a day, while the cost for living in a company town was about a dollar and a nickle. I don’t want to see those times again, but the groups I have seen proposed for white house and congress would most certainly do their best to take us back to them.

    • Lost in Paradise

      YOu liberals are just not getting it are you?

      • eddie47d

        There are times when you don’t get it either LOST. Basically we all live in company owned towns and owned by corporates.Not nearly as bad as in yesteryears but in some ways the same. I never knew Wall Street was an elected position yet they control much of what we do.

        • Lost in Paradise

          Eddie, how many hours per week do they allow you to use the computor in your institution???? I would say too many.

          • bob wire

            W a y ~ off topic, PC access is a non issue.

    • Alex Frazier

      You shouldn’t buy into the lie. Corporations are the job creators. In the situation you describe, where someone makes $1.00 a week to live in a $1.05 town, what you fail to realize is that they supply a job that pays $1.00 a week. Without that company providing that opportunity for labor, the worker would make nothing at all.

      Corporations don’t establish the cost of living. We do. If the cost of a house goes up, it’s because the people demand bigger and better houses, with more utilities, comforts, and conveniences. The cost of a house wouldn’t be going up very much at all if one were content with a one bedroom home, a single bath, well water, and no electricity (that’s what the Amish choose to live in).
      If we weren’t too lazy to butcher and perserve our own meat, to raise and tend livestock, to work gardens or fields, then the cost of food wouldn’t be so high.
      If we didn’t insist on having the latest pair of $100.00 Nike’s, we might be able to make a single pair of $15.00 shoes last quite a while.

      So the $1.05 cost of living you mentioned is relative to the personally chosen expectations of comfort, convenience, and grandieur in the quality of our individual lives. $1.00 might be more than satisfactory if we were willing to lower our standards, save, and then open a business of our own where we can pay someone else $1.00 a week.

      • bob wire

        “If the cost of a house goes up, it’s because the people demand bigger and better houses, with more utilities, comforts, and conveniences.”

        I know that you are attempting to make a point while keeping it simple. But this understand of value and how value is determined is so over simplified you missed your mark.

        A taxing government entity determines the value of property. That the end consumer is left to contend with highway robbers and pirates for houses you are electing to place the final responsibly on the victim.

      • bob wire

        again, “Corporations don’t establish the cost of living.”

        This is true, ~ “markets do” and markets are controlled by government working hand in glove with “Corporations” That is why Corporations pour so much money into politics.

        So again , Alex, you have the cart in front of the horse.

      • bob wire

        “The cost of a house wouldn’t be going up very much at all if one were content with a one bedroom home, a single bath, well water, and no electricity (that’s what the Amish choose to live in).”

        Hmm? so why would I experience a $12,000.00 increase in taxes in 15 years while I only replace a porch lamp?

        and I’m lucky to not live in Arlington Texas and see even greater increase as the people of Arlington foot the bill for Ranger Stadium.

        Your thinking regarding to how value is determined is greatly flawed.

        To assume value by what can being extorted is not indicative of “worth”

        I sold a 12 oz. glass bottle of coke cola for $55.00 dollars once.

        I was a soldier and had spent weeks in the big middle of nowhere and buddy wanted it more then I did. But a coke is not worth $55.00.

    • DaveH

      The 1860s? Those were the days of Lincoln and Crony Capitalism (called Mercantilism in those days). For Free Markets, you need to go back further.
      If a man puts his money and sweat into a company, why shouldn’t he make the decision of who he employs, how he employs them, and what he pays? Since Free Markets are voluntary events, the employee has the right to say no if he dislikes any of those conditions. Or he can invest his own money and start his own company. That’s not so easy these days, when Big Government regulates the bejeebers out of our companies and it is darn near impossible to start your own.
      It amazes me how truly blindered so many people are. The Governments are spending 40% of our money, and they use much of that money to set up roadblocks for the employers, thus hampering their productivity which costs our economy even more. Yet, the Liberals put the blame on the people who provide their jobs, and turn a blind eye to the people who are really causing our bad economy (Big Government).
      Hitler was right on the money when he said “How fortunate for leaders that men do not think”.

  • Joyceann

    It sounded good to me – they would provide Yen and Yang in the spots each is not so hot at and together would do the job quicker. Cain has more business sense and has Leadership one must be born with and doesn’t get on that last nerve like Paul does. Otherwise, they pretty much see our USA in the same light. With Cain, we would care if Iran and Sharia takes over America and Israel wouldn’t go under the bus. I like Cain/Newt too.

    • mark

      WOW Joyceann….your head has been filled with a lot of pollution.

    • Matt

      Spot on Joyceann!

    • moebears

      Cain gets on MY last nerve, that’s for sure!

    • Lost in Paradise

      NEWS FLASH FOR JOYCEANN!!! DING DING Cain is sympathetic to Muslims.That is very bad.

    • DaveH

      Cain has more business sense? You surely must have meant more Political sense, Joyceann, because Cain is one of those who succeeds by sucking up to the PTBs instead of pleasing the consumers.
      When it comes to Economics, Ron Paul would run circles around Herman Cain. When it comes to schmoozing the correct Politicians, well, Ron wouldn’t do so good.
      Who do we want in office, a man who will get our Freedom back, or a man who will please the PTBs?
      I choose Freedom.

  • mark

    CP…are you crazy? So your in favor of big govt, centralized banks, and the capitalistic society that has corrupted our politicians so badly that they work for the big corporations and not the people?

    • DaveH

      Actually, Mark, it’s the other way around. The Politicians are the responsible party. Without them, the Crony Capitalists would have to please the consumers to get ahead.

      • mark

        DaveH…are you crazy…do you know what lobbyist are? Do you know who gives lobbyists money…do you know who passes laws to protect and help big corporations…So DaveH..think again!

        • JeffH

          mark, you’re confusing capitalism with crony-capitalism…once you understand that the rest is pretty easy to figure out.

          • DaveH

            I’m guessing that Mark is in his twenties and still has a lot to learn.

        • DaveH

          Mark,
          You’re a babe-in-the-woods when it comes to knowing as much about Politics as I do. It all starts with Government, both Politicians and Bureaucrats.

  • former walmart person

    Cain probably will win more of the black vote who almost never vote republican.

    • DaveH

      That’s nice. Let’s give up our Freedom, so the blacks will vote Republican.

  • mark

    Cain is a racist! He said during an interview when asked how he would fair against Obama…..Cain said he would tell Obama that he has never experienced BLACK America?!? What does black or white have to do with the important agendas in the whitehouse?

    • Wu Ming Ren

      What?! Cain says he hasn’t experienced the so-called “black America” that the Left describes because he has not played the victim. He is talking about the “two Americas” that the Left portrays and is saying he isn’t a part of that. How in the heck does that make him a racist? It sound more racist of you to suggest that because Cain has not played his “proper role as a victim” that he is somehow living outside his race, making him a racist. That is so weird.

      • mark

        Hey…He said it not me…

      • DaveH

        Wu,
        I’m afraid I’m going to have to agree with Mark on this one.
        Read what you said again — “Cain says he hasn’t experienced the so-called “black America” that the Left describes, because he has not played the victim” — and think about it. That was indeed a racist remark.

        • Wu Ming Ren

          I added the part about playing the victim, as that is the part that the Left expects all black Americans to play, not that I believe they are victims of conservative racism. They are victims of racism alright, but it is coming from the Left. Come on, people, it is the Left that says black Americans have to play their proper role, i.e., being victims, and that any black who doesn’t play that role has “stepped off the plantation.” Black liberals are calling Cain an Oreo because he has not stayed on the plantation. Are you saying that because Cain did not play the proper role of the stereotype created and nurtured by the Left that he is therefore a racist? What Cain has said is that he is not an Afro-American, but that he is an American who happens to be black. He claims to be an American, no hyphen required. Does that make him a racist? Get off the race issue, why don’t you?

          • DaveH

            Wu,
            I just took you at your word for what you said that Cain said. I give people the benefit of the doubt if I don’t know they are dishonest. But I think that I do remember Cain saying something like that, implying that he was different than other Blacks. I’ll see if I can find it.
            Okay, here’s one: “African-Americans have been brainwashed into not being open minded, not even considering a conservative point of view” – Herman Cain
            Yes, that’s racist. Now, if he’d said “many African-Americans” or even “most African-Americans” that would have been more defensible.

            While looking, I ran into this statement by Herman Cain:
            “I’m a little troubled by police officers being able to go into a home without a warrant or a court order… But that being said, I would rather error on the side of detection – in terms of making sure that we have every opportunity to detect as well as anticipate any threats toward this country. I do believe in individual rights. I believe in privacy. But I also believe that we’ve got to give our intelligence agencies the leeway in order to be able to protect us. If I have to choose between political correctness or doing what’s right to protect us I’ll go with doing what’s right to protect us every time.”
            That was a boatload of equivocation. Does that sound like a guy who will fight to protect your Constitutional Rights?
            Remember what Ben Franklin said — “Those who sacrifice Liberty for Security deserve neither”

  • Lost in Paradise

    Mark if you are a black running for president, it has plenty to do with the White House, and what it will provide for the blacks. IF you pay attention to cain he almost admits his agenda is to provide a better life for blacks.

    • mark

      Thats what Obama said too….Cain has worked for the FED for 20yrs. Dont buy his crap that he is just like us and started cleaning toilets. He is a FED insider and thats it

  • JIM SMITH

    GREAT IDEA ABOUT THE UN BEN. I HAVE SAID FOR YEARS WE SHOULD EVICT THEM. THEY ARE THE MOST USELESS INTERNATIONAL RELATIONSHIP WE HAVE.

  • Lloyd

    Cain/ Gingrich

  • rosina

    Funnily enough, I also was listing towards these two, Cain and Paul.
    Cain because he is a REAL black and could capture the black vote now given to the Imposter. I also believe that is a REAL debate===not the idiocy now in vogue, he could wipe the floor with the Bummer-especially without that teleprompter.
    I really like Paul best but am afraid the people will not elect him due to his age and so see him as Head of the Treasury, to control the money.
    Love Arpaio as Homeland Security, and Condoleeza Rice as Secretary of State again. She was a great one before and can restore confidence in the US again.
    Attorney General? Not certain but need a tough one who will not be as biassed as the present one letting off muslims (Major Hasan-wahtever happened to him?)and the Muslim brotherhood etc. and Black panthers.
    And spokesman for the WH? Someone who does not doublespeak but is HONEST and outright tells the truth!
    Newt has to be in there somewhere and one of top Generals for Defense.

    • mark

      Funily…..hmmm, I like it?!?

  • Don

    Good thoughts. Whatever is done on the R side of the election, we had
    better get behind the effort and win the election. If we seek for a perfect President, we will never find one, and we will end up with another four year of Obama destruction to our nation.

    • mark

      The only problem with that Don is…it doesnt matter which side your on the right/left…Dem/Rep….they are all there to carry out the same agenda….and that is what the Bilderberg Group, the Trilateral Commission, and the Counsel on Foreign Relations tell the next president what to do…and that goes Dem or Rep

      • Adrian

        Am a republican and its crystal clear that Ron Paul’s Economic plan is the best.
        As President, Ron Paul will lead the way out of this crisis by:

        * Vetoing any unbalanced budget Congress sends to his desk.

        * Refusing to further raise the debt ceiling so politicians can no longer spend recklessly.

        * Fighting to fully audit (and then end) the Federal Reserve System, which has enabled the over 95% reduction of what our dollar can buy and continues to create money out of thin air to finance future debt.

        * Legalizing sound money, so the government is forced to get serious about the dollar’s value.

        * Ending the corporate stranglehold on the White House.

        * Driving down gas prices by allowing offshore drilling, abolishing highway motor fuel taxes, increasing the mileage reimbursement rates, and offering tax credits to individuals and businesses for the use and production of natural gas vehicles.

        * Eliminating the income, capital gains, and death taxes to ensure you keep more of your hard-earned money and are able to pass on your legacy to your family without government interference.

        * Opposing all unfunded mandates and unnecessary regulations on small businesses and entrepreneurs.
        Ron Paul 2012 or Nothing

        • Linda

          I have been a Democrat and a Republican, they both are stupid! WE the people must vote for the man/woman that can do the job for the people! So far, one candidate stands out. Our country is not a SPORT game (democrats v republicans), it is a life and death situation to many people. Abolish the “Parties” and politics that are ruining our country. Show that it does not take big money (corruption)to run as a Public Official and HONOR will raise its head.

          • DaveH

            I understand your sentiment, Linda, but abolishing the party system would not have good consequences.
            It is basically branding. Say, for instance, you like Apple products, and you’re looking for an E-reader. Knowing that Apple makes good stuff, you can confidently buy their brand without necessarily doing a lot of research on that particular model. By all means, it would be better if you put in the research time, but maybe you don’t have that luxury of time.
            Voting for Republicans or Democrats is very similar. You roughly know what you can expect to get without doing a lot of research. Again, it would be better if you did, but how many voters are going to do that much homework?
            When I vote blindly, I vote for Libertarians, because I know that I will get a decent, freedom-loving candidate without having to do a lot of research.

    • JTB

      Don, you’re so right. and God only knows we can’t handle another 4 years of obama and his corrupt czars!

  • James Hay

    Herman Cain On Top Of Being Black And Virtually Unknown Is Not The Frontrunner In The Race For The Presidency.When I say Because Of He Being Black Is Not Intended In Any Way To Be Racist But After The Damage Done To This Country By Obama I Think That Many Americans Would Be Less Inclined To Vote For Mr Cain Who Is Most Probally An Very Upstanding American But The Fact Remains That Most Americans Don’t Know Him From Adam And That Will Be An Great Challenge For Him.And Being Associated With The Infamous Fed Does Pose An Big Problem For Mr Cain But Good Luck And Best Wishes To Him Just The Same. All I Am Saying Is That Obama Is An Albatross Hanging Around His Herman Cain’s Neck That Will Play Havoc On His Campaign For The Presidency.I’d Most Probably Be Inclined To Vote For Him If I Knew More About Him And If He Was Sincere About What He Would Do To Begin Restoring This Country Back To It’s Original Form. I’m Not Being Racist But An Cautious Realist.

  • theodorej

    Racist my ass ….. this term is bantered about whenever the left is frustrated by the success of a conservative … I would like to see my race advanced by the success of one of my own … Does that make me a racist? Whether you like Cain or not he is consistent and honest with his intentions …. of course there are those who want to keep the free load going while enriching themselves with fat government pensions and cushy do nothing Jobs under written by folks who work and pay taxes to this left leaning behemoth of government….

    • mark

      Yes that is a racist statement!!!! If I said…I want Ron Paul to win bc he is white..then that is racist…get it???

      • mark

        Dont be fooled on who he really works for HE WORKED FOR THE FED FOR 20yrs…that means he doesnt care about your race…he doesnt care about you or me

        • JeffH

          mark, I’m not a Cain fan but I think it’s important to not just toss factless figures around like “Cain worked for the fed for 20 years”.

          That’s just not so! In 1992, he joined the board of directors at the Kansas City branch of the Federal Reserve. In 1994, he was chosen to chair the board.

          From 1992 to 1996 Cain was involved with the KC Federal Reserve but it seems that there are several versions of his connection to the Fed.

          In his book, This Is Herman Cain!, the candidate calls himself a former “head of the Kansas City Federal Reserve.” According to Alex Jones, from 1992 to 1996 Cain was “Kansas City Board President of the Federal Reserve Bank.” According to a Cain fan at Ricochet, Cain was merely a “member of a Federal Reserve District Board.”

          According to the Atlantic, he was a “Federal Reserve Chairman.” According to the Huffington Post, he was a “director of the Kansas City Fed.” It was Cain’s only high-profile government role, and 15 years after he finished it, the public that might make him president has no idea what it was or meant.

          Regarding an audit of the Fed…”Some people, I believe, think there is some sort of smoking gun or some sort of secrecy that the public doesn’t know that goes on behind those closed doors and the reason why that is not one of my big issues is, I don’t think they are gonna find anything. I know that the internal controls of the Federal Reserve are as tight as a drum, that’s what I learned serving on the Federal Reserve board for 5 years ” – Herman Cain Minneapolis, MN on June 18th, 2011 There should be no doubt by anyone that Herman Cain endorses the Federal Reserve

          Although they do have regular audits, the auditors are extremely limited in what they can actually audit which makes them irrelevant altogether. Contrary to Herman Cain’s claim that calling the Fed will provide all the answers, the reality is that all past requests for information have always been met with arrogance from Fed chairmen, turning them down, as if the requests were outrageous.

          Mr. Cain, if time and time again the government has been wrong in the allocation of our capital (nasdaq, housing, stimulus), then how can we trust them to be right in the future? How can we trust you?

          http://danbeaulieu.blogspot.com/2011/10/herman-cain-exposed-fedral-reserve.html

          • mark

            ok sorry 19 yrs…do your own math if you can

          • mark

            you didnt have to copy and paste a big section of the article you read and that nobody here is going to read just to make yourself sound intelligent and up to date with the fact. I knew he started working w the FED in 92. We probably worked in some way, shape, or form before that too. So when I say 20 yrs. It is fact!!!

          • JeffH

            mark, 1992-1996 is 19 years? Maybe you ought to take a math class too! As for the copy and paste…not trying to make myself feel intelligent at all(your envy is showing), rather, it’s much easier to post it straight from the horses mouth rather than mis-quote…as for your facts…maybe you could enlighten all of us with a link(as I did) to support your “19 year fact”!

          • JeffH

            mark, mark, mark…”We(He?)probably(is that conjecture mark?)worked in some way, shape, or form before that too. So when I say 20 yrs. It is fact!!!

            Excuse me while I chuckle!

    • http://Personalliberty Tony

      To theodorej:
      Right on bro!! It’s time these fools hear the truth. Also, if Ron Paul wouldn’t want to be VP. Then, another good choice would be Bobby Jindal. So, eithe Cain/Paul or Cain/Jindal in 2012. Thanks!!
      P.S. To Mark, Lost in paradise, M. why don’t you’ll take fly leaps into one of the Oceans and don’t come back you hear. Yakty-Yak.

      • mark

        all im asking is you look beyond your race and ask what is good for the people and this country…you asked if you made a racist statement and i said yes u did…well,,you did!

        • http://Personalliberty Tony

          Dear Mark :
          If anyone is judging by race, then it’s you sir. Look this isn’t about a person ethnicinity, it’s about getting this country on the straight and narrow. It seems from reading your comments that deep down you want a society based on white supremacy and inequality that got our country in this mess from the get go. Thus, using my typical line “increase your awareness”. Thanks and bye.
          P.S. To Lost in Paradise, you don’t have the abilities si to be a butt
          -wipe. Think on that if you can. Now get loss Hoss.

          • mark

            Tony….hahaha…i was writing what Cain himself said and using that in a comment that someone else wrote…if you check my comments i say that its not aabout black or white…right or left…dem or rep…its about a globalist agenda…Tony are you a psychologist or a mind reader?

      • Lost in Paradise

        I will if you join me a$$wipe. LMAO

      • DaveH

        The truth, Tony?
        Here’s the truth:
        http://www.hermancain.com/the-issues
        “Strengthen our National Security”? What? Are we in for Strip-Searches? How could our National Security be any stronger and more oppressive than it already is?

    • theotherrhalf

      If you actually study his tax plan, the only thing he is about is making more money, taxing the middle guy, and making sure the Fed stays where it is. Has nothing to do with color. Cain is the FEDs pick. Cain is how the Fed/ big govt/ big business are all going to keep the hamster wheel turning.

      Notice, the Fed doesn’t like Paul, big businesses & media corp don’t like him, most congress people don’t like him. Why? because he tells the truth. And they become naked around Paul. They cannot hide so they choose to ignore.

      • Linda

        Amen

      • mark

        thank you to theotherrhalf…..i agree…its not about color or race its about their globalist agenda

      • Lost in Paradise

        That is the straight up truth. Ron Paul would balance the budget the way most of us would like. By reducing the size of the government!!

    • moebears

      Cain is anything but consistent. He has flip-flopped all over the place. Just google his stance on abortion, the fed transparency, those two for starters. The guy panders to whomever he’s talking to at the moment. Hell, even in the same interview he can’t decide on his stance on something.

  • Sharon

    U R CLOSE–CAIN & NEWT COMBO THEY COMPLIMENT EACH OTHER’S STRENGTHS WITH BUSINESS/POLITICS..PAUL 4 SEC. OF TREASURY OR FED.RESERVE CHAIRMAN, BACHMANN 4 SPEAKER OF HOUSE,

  • http://personalliberty.com/wildhorses-and-blackswans Marty

    I stopped reading when you stated your choices for president and vice president. Anyone so totally
    wrong about the obvious can only be confused (at the least) about all the others. Your reasoning is
    even less intelligent than was Perry’s reasoning for voting for Jimmy Carter in the 70′s.

    • Linda

      Since you brought up Rick Perry:What has he really done FOR the people? He talks the talk but can not walk the walk!
      Example:September 21, 2011

      To my Governor of Texas, Rick Perry
      Office of the Governor
      State Insurance Building
      1100 San Jacinto
      Austin, Texas 78701

      Dear Sir,

      I desperately need your help. I am in possession of a Land Grant/Patent that is being violated.

      Barring specific reservation and subject to pre-established servitudes, a government land patent to an individual vests legal title and right to the located property to the extent it was held by the State or United States. It is considered in the nature of a compact and is an executed contract. It is a covenant that cannot be resumed, annulled or later modified by the grantor through legislation or otherwise. (A right vested, cannot be divested. Cited, 2 Dall. 297, 304; 9 Cranch 52; Green v. Biddle, 8 Wheat. 1; Fletcher v. Peck, 6 Cranch 136.)

      A patent, once issued, is the highest evidence of title, and is a final determination of the existence of all facts. Walton v. United States, 415 F. 2d 121, 123 (I0th Cir. 1969)

      I have been severely damaged by public officials and their Corporate Attorney’s that are ignorant of the Law of the Land . Besides interfering with my Civil Rights, they are committing fraud and interfering with a Federal Contract derived from a Treaty. My “Homestead” is not much but it is mine and all papers are certified and filed at the courthouse.

      The Governor’s Office and the Commissioner of the General Land Office have both signed and affixed their Seal to this particular Patent. Please help, the only thing left for me is to contact anyone in the media that will listen.

      Looking forward to hearing from you as soon as possible.

      ___________________

  • Average Joe

    I can agree to everything except Herman Cain…Andrew Napolitano would make a better match to run with Ron Paul…in either order (Prez / VP)..everything else, I am agreeable with…just get Cain off of the ticket (besides, With Herman Cain, Iam not sure if he has a tax plan or trying to sell me a pizza for $9.99 (either way, I am sick of hearing it).

    OK Ben, click your heels together three times and repeat after me…There’s no place like home….There’s no place like home….There’s no place like home……There’s…… ;)

    • bob wire

      It is not intended for Cain to win anything, and he won’t unless the American people are just brain dead.

      Have you ever heard of hedging your bets? Don’t permit your lying eyes to deceive you. Just more of the Koch brothers skunk works in action.

  • Capitalist at Birth

    Ben, You couldn’t have chosen a worse ticket. I agree with most of your cabinet selections, but I cannot nor would I vote for a Cain/Paul ticket, if by some miraculous chance they were to be nominated. Obama would chew Cain up in any debate. Cain was a part of the problem. The Federal Reserve has and is about creating inflation, the most regressive hidden tax that affects the middle income and down more than the wealthy. As would Cains 999 plan. Gingrich is the best choice for the nominee. VP could be Bachmann, Palin, Rubio, Ryan, Forbes, or Daniels. I would not want Paul for any position other than Secretary of the Treasury. Cain does not have the right experience for any position in government and us too shallow.

    • Lost in Paradise

      Obama could’nt chew up a Twinkie!! Unless he had an earpiece in, and a person of real intellect coaching him.

  • Donald

    The nomination of this pair is a democrat’s dream come true. Crystal has become a stealth Obama supporter with this ticket!

    • theotherrhalf

      Why is this a democrat dream come true? Are you crazy? Dems don’t like Cain at all.

      • moebears

        I think he means, with Cain in the no. 1 spot, Obombya would sail to his second term.

        • Capitalist at Birth

          That would be correct.

  • http://sprint kittycat78

    Now I know there’s something going around. Akin to some type of bad virus. Some of the picks are pretty good and show thought but my God a Cain/Paul ticket? That’s probably the last thing this country needs. Some of Pauls ideas are ok. but overall he sometimes comes off as a nut job on enough things to make me cringe. He’s not a Biden but he’s about as diplomatic to have running around loose. I am still not sold on Cain and unless his plus side of the sheet can exceed the minus side I don’t buy it. What has happened to the thought process of the American people. The reasoning is missing. Be nice to think about someone who can think on their feet no matter how complex the situation. Cain? It would have to be “wait a minute while I run to the right advisor and find out how I should answer that”. Anyone out there understand that he himself does not have the answers? He has ideas. Some of them very good. But that does NOT make up for his personal lack of knowledge. Its electing on his personality and not his qualifications. We have one of those just elected on that basis. So how’s that working for you?

    • mark

      How is ending the immediately not diplomatic….stop believing what you see on FOX and CNN

      • mark

        **ending the FED and the warS**

    • DaveH

      Diplomatic?
      What’s your idea of diplomacy, Kitty, bombing the hell out of your opponents?
      Ron Paul wants to trade freely and make voluntary friends around the world, NOT intervene militarily in their politics to support the Military Industrial Complex.

  • RM

    While I am heartened to see an increased interest in Dr. Paul and his unwavering fidelity to the rule of law, I cannot begin to imagine he would agree to be VP under Herman Cain. Herman Cain, without going into a lengthy dissertation, is NOT what he is presenting, nor is he the advocate for change Neil Boortz, Limbaugh and others in the clap would have every self-identified conservative believe. There is real hatred in the country. It isn’t the always dependable “racist” this or that that people throw around all the time, rather it is a hatred generally borne of ignorance and apathy. The insults contained within some of the postings in my opinion illustrate ignorance, hatred, fear and frustration.
    Chill a little folks. Read about who ALL these people are before you get on their band-wagon because they’re “knowledgeable” and well spoken(Newt, for example). Odd though that Newt worked pretty tirelessly to pass NAFTA…that’s an excellent example of a man who proclaims a constitutional identity but worked precisely in the opposite direction – frankly, that is a hallmark of his career. He KNEW it would begin the process of gutting the American production output, perhaps now he would likely feign some surprise over the consequences of doing so.
    Contrast them ALL to Paul and the outcome BASED UPON THEIR RECORDS, respectively is pretty striking. The only man, in my view who deserves the trust of the people of the United States is Dr. Paul.

    • mark

      ^^^^^^^^^^^RON PAUL 2012^^^^^^^
      end NAFTA
      end the FED
      end the war
      end Monsanto
      ETC.

      • theotherrhalf

        Yea!

      • mark

        end the PATRIOT ACT
        end fiscal irresposability
        end the stripping of our Constitutional Rights

        RON PAUL 2012

        • mark

          Bring back the original 16th Amendment

          RON PAUL 2012

          • mark

            end the IRS

            RON PAUL 2012

    • moebears

      Right freakin’ on, RM!

    • Linda

      Amen. Spoken with research!

  • http://www.dahlquistB2Bcopy.com Raf Leon Dahlquist

    I’d love to witness Ben Crystal as Presidential Spokesman slaping some sense into the Lame Stream Media.

    • Average Joe

      Maybe once Ron Paul is elected President, he can make Ben Crystal head of the FCC….wouldn’t that be fun?….lol

      • mark

        LOL…or FEMA before he shuts it down

      • DaveH

        What FCC? That will be one of the Departments that Ron gets rid of eventually.

        • mark

          Thats why I said put him in charge of FEMA and then Ron Paul will shut it down. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Klqv9t1zVww check it out

        • MNIce

          The physics of electromagnetic communications systems operating below the UHF band means they inherently involve interstate commerce (radio and TV signals readily cross state lines). Some regulation is necessary because otherwise the various transmissions would interfere with each other and make it all useless, just as eliminating Federal regulation of transportation across state lines could result in bureaucracy-caused traffic problems at state borders. For shorter-range UHF equipment (business and local government radio, cell phones, radio control systems, etc.) perhaps a federal regulatory agency could theoretically be avoided, but in practice it is a convenient means of avoiding costly conflicting standards in alternative state and local regulation.

          This is not to say everything the FCC does is defensible, or that it has not overstepped its authority, or that it hasn’t ever over-regulated. Like any government agency, it needs a periodic house-cleaning and legislative review of its entire body of regulations. The FCC does have a constitutional role, but it must be restricted to that.

          Come to think of it, when was the last time any agency, commission or department got such a thorough review by Congress as I just proposed? Sure, some defense programs have gone through a Congressional Committee proctoscopy, but other than that I can’t recall any.

          • DaveH

            No, we don’t need FCC regulation. Government could simply grant licenses to areas of broadcast similar to real estate property ownership. If a broadcaster encroaches on the area of another broadcaster, the victim of that trespass could adjudicate the case in court.
            But even if that was an FCC duty, it has nothing at all to do with their intrusion into the broadcast content of their licensees.

  • Insurgent

    If the GOP wants to reclaim the White House, this is THE ticket. If they do not got with this team, they can watch the chigger win re-election and finish his destruction of America.

  • theotherrhalf

    Stoopid idea, just stoopid. You already know that according to the Constitution the VP is NOT to have the power that the president has, he should be just the tie breaker.. Over time the senate has screwed the role up, and then just look at how Cheney managed to mangle the office. So if you are a strict Constitutionalist, you should go with RP as president

    No, I’d like to see Ron Paul and Bernie Sanders. If he’s gonna stick to party he should choose John Huntsman, at least he’s a MODERATE republican. Hillary should remain in the very same role, in general the Clintons are well received around the world. And we need someone who has those connections. You will not want to be a complete isolationist nor do we want to continue with the militaristic attitude of the past Republican PNAC people. She will give Paul some balance. I think you should keep Huntsman in some kind of role. In order to beat Obama, and pull in your average independent, Paul is gonna have to swing a little progressive. The military likes Paul.

    We need someone other than Cain who we know will control 99.9% of all the money, who wants to tax the middle class people more, just like Romney does. Is that liberty? More tax? You do not want a ex federal reservist in the place where they can make decisions about the federal reserve, you actually think he would abolish that institution? No, he knows how it works and will give them even MORE power.

    You do not want my gov Perry, who abuses money, will not listen to his comptroller and then takes a government bailout, wanted to force vaccines on us, NO. That is not liberty.

    At least with Bernie he was on board with auditing the fed. And though he calls himself a progressive, he works for the working man. I think him and Paul have a lot of the same ideas and would work well together. The country has what 300 mil people? How can you really have a small govt and no taxes?

    As bizarre as Paul sounds sometimes he makes sense, he makes sense to the people who actually used to be able to pay for a doctor out of their pocket. I paid a hospital bill off myself years ago. It took me three years, but I did it. It was a heck of a lot cheaper than insurance premiums.
    He makes sense, student loans are sky high. I used to be able to work and pay for college the first go round. Now, no one can do that. I am in my 50′s gone back to school and have student loans to pay off, because the tuition rates are ridiculous, even at a state school. We are creating a society of uneducated masses of consumers, who compete for low level jobs because there are no more manufacturing jobs available here. This has to stop.

    People need to start thinking about what is best for the country as a whole and stop playing party politics before we implode.
    I’m a democrat but I see that Paul as a huge advantage to the country. I don’t necessarily agree with all his beliefs but I do think he is a person of integrity, has years of experience, knows what is going on behind the curtain.

    The collusion between Big govt and Big business/wall street must end. The Fed must end. I think Paul is the man to do this.

    • Adrian

      Am a republican and its crystal clear that Ron Paul’s Economic plan is the best.
      As President, Ron Paul will lead the way out of this crisis by:

      * Vetoing any unbalanced budget Congress sends to his desk.

      * Refusing to further raise the debt ceiling so politicians can no longer spend recklessly.

      * Fighting to fully audit (and then end) the Federal Reserve System, which has enabled the over 95% reduction of what our dollar can buy and continues to create money out of thin air to finance future debt.

      * Legalizing sound money, so the government is forced to get serious about the dollar’s value.

      * Ending the corporate stranglehold on the White House.

      * Driving down gas prices by allowing offshore drilling, abolishing highway motor fuel taxes, increasing the mileage reimbursement rates, and offering tax credits to individuals and businesses for the use and production of natural gas vehicles.

      * Eliminating the income, capital gains, and death taxes to ensure you keep more of your hard-earned money and are able to pass on your legacy to your family without government interference.

      * Opposing all unfunded mandates and unnecessary regulations on small businesses and entrepreneurs.
      Ron Paul 2012 or Nothing

      • mark

        Loving it…a key thing too is keeping lobbyists outta DC

        RON PAUL 2012

    • moebears

      I agree with much of what you said. HOWEVER…please look up the definitions of the following words: isolationist and non-interventionist. RP is the latter, not the former. He believes, as our founding fathers did, that we have no business butting into other peoples business. We should make friends and trading partners with them. That’s not isolationism, that’s non-interventionsim.

  • Adrian

    I just can’t believe anyone with half a brain would pick Herman Cain. Him and his 999 nonsense alone drives me nuts. His 999 so called “plan” would give a huge tax brake on the Rich and while giving the lower and middle class an additional tax.In other issues he just doesn’t make any sense at all. He would never beat Obama if elections where held today. I truly believe the establishment wants to put someone that would loose to Obama on 2012 to keep the “status quo”. The only candidate fit to give Obama a fight and win is Ron Paul. Ron Paul is America’s only hope. Please don’t let greed ruin our kids future. Vote Ron Paul 2012

    • mark

      RON PAUL 2012

  • http://Personalliberty Tony

    To Insurgent:
    You’re right about this being the ideal ticket. However, that “chigger” remark has to go. How would you like it if someone said that ” hilly crack” in the W.H.? Increase your awareness.

    • Lost in Paradise

      I do not think wise cracks bother most of us whites , like the n name bothers blacks.You need to learn to roll with the punches.

      • http://Personalliberty Tony

        To Lost in Paradise:
        Look save your”wit” for someone else for you don’t have any. We, as all Americans, need to overlook this race/ethnic issue or our nation will go the path of Bosnia/Herzgovinia. Run along now!!

        • mark

          Thats funny that you and the other one..were the ones to bring it up…wanting to see your race succeed? Thats what the other really smart guy said….If I said i want my race to succeed (white) then that would be a racist statement….this is called reverse racism Tony and Theo or whatever your name is

          • http://Personalliberty Tony

            Dear Mark:
            You obviously need to comprehend better. If you could look at my posts, i’m not talking about “any race” succeeding. What i’m talking about is what needs to be done to get this nation on the right track. You Know people,such as yourself, will be responsible to why Obama will win re-eleection. That’s because others will read your inane remarks and say never mind, i’ll stay with the incumbent. Please, think about that in the future. Thanks!!

          • mark

            Tony…u and Theo said I was making racist statements.. I was not. Theo was and you backed him up. You are redundant repeating what i am saying…its for the country and the people of the country. Obama is a joker

    • MNIce

      From http://dictionary.reference.com we have
      “chig·ger   [chig-er] Show IPA
      noun
      1.
      Also called harvest mite, redbug. the six-legged larva of a mite of the family Trombiculidae, parasitic on humans and other vertebrates, sucking blood and causing severe itching and acting as a vector of scrub typhus and other infectious diseases.
      2.
      chigoe.
      Also, jigger.
      Origin: 1735–45, Americanism; variant of chigoe”

      It seems disrespectful to compare a government authority figure to an irritating and sickening blood-sucker, although I think quite a few people would consider it to be all too apt at present, considering how he gets under our skin. There is nothing anti-black racist in the remark (some linguists believe the word is of African origin), but I would caution insurgent that reviling is still immoral.

  • RonS

    Ben, I like it! It’s a winner! I don’t know about Condi though. You need a real hard ass in that position. I didn’t see Newt on your list??

  • RM

    It is remarkable to me how effective media is at framing the attitudes and installed beliefs in well meaning people. For those folks who believe Ron Paul to be a “nut job”, “kool aide” drinker, etc. Might I suggest a comaparision of his views and convictions of those who sacrificed life and treasure for the cause of individual liberty. Many of their names can be found to be associated with the Constitution, and the Declaration of Independence…No to foreign aid; NO to foreign interventions; NO to the membership in the UN; NO to farcical “free trade agreements” whose intent is to decimate the country’s capacity and its attendant middle class – which they’ve clearly done, while delivering to the American experience a dangerous dependence on others. Viewed fairly and honestly there isn’t much nutty about what Dr. Paul’s stands for. It is in fact, in my opinion, the ceaseless fear mongering and identity politics most others are victim of that seems to skew and slant rational thought. RM

    • moebears

      Right on, right on, right on!
      The problem is, most people have been taught by the public school system (a.k.a. the govt brainwashing institutes). They don’t teach about true liberty, which is what the founders of this country fought, died, and bled for.

  • Buddy

    It’s undoubtedly a wish for some magical result in trusting some specific people to turn around the failing direction of the USA union. At this point, there is no turning back; the growing, vibrate USA as we would hope could be resuscitated is too far gone.

  • Patsy Cochran

    One of the best articles I have read in a long time. I agree with all your appointments and I believe that Cain/Paul can turn this country around. They will compliment each other like no other pair that I can think of. Conaleesa Rice has the fortitude and guts of someone like Hercules and will not bow to any foreign leader. Sherrif Arpaio has the strength and bravery of a Lakota warrior and will count coup on anyone trying to come into the US illegally. A more brilliant list of candidates than I could ever imagine. Lots of education, lots of experience.

    • mark

      Sorry Patsy…but you watch to much FOX and CNN..so it sounds like you believe what you see on tv and not the truth

  • Emilie

    Ben,

    Great read, but… I don’t want Ron Paul in the back seat. I want him right up front where he belongs.
    As to Cain…NOT A CHANCE IN HE11…
    As for VP, I don’t know… none of the others in contention are worth a darn, so I’ll take a stab here and say Jesse Ventura… (wait guys, give me minute to take cover)

    • Adrian

      Sounds good but I think is will not work.
      Ron Paul 2012 Bros!!

      • mark

        RON PAUL 2012!

      • DaveH

        If it doesn’t work, at least you will know that you voted for Principle instead of caving to that ridiculous propaganda of voting in the lesser of two evils (which is still just evil). One thing is for sure, we can never hope to gain back our Freedom if we don’t vote for the people that will work towards that goal.

        Ron Paul 2012!
        And if he doesn’t get the Republican Nomination, we need to encourage him to run as an independent, or as a Libertarian (if it isn’t too late for that).

        • mark

          Im with you DaveH…I just dont see how this isnt a clear cut arguement??? Ron Paul should have 99% of all the voters

          • moebears

            The 99% are too busy occupying Wall Str, yelling for more govt. to take away yet more liberties.

  • Patriot

    I want to know each candidates stance is on; One World Government, Reforming the Banking Industry and these Wars that seem to go on forever, what is the strategy and mission? Also, which candidates are members of the IMF, CFR, Tri-lateral and any other secrete societies, if they are influenced in any way by these organizations, I do not want to support them. Also, I would like to abolish any campaigning by a sitting President, if they cannot stand on their record then they do not deserve another term, this is a complete waste of time and our resources! Principles and core values trump any rhetorical BS!

    • mark

      Exactly…these globalist issues are the root of the problem…America is paving the way for a bigger problem…

      • mark

        its not about being Dem or Rep…they are a diversion from the truth and that was designed to keep us going back and forth about left and right issues when we have much bigger issues…they may be working for the same people…Dem or Rep. left or right

        RON PAUL 2012

    • Linda

      Why, they lie to get elected!

      • mark

        Linda….the Presidents are not e-lected they are se-lected by the rich zionist globalists

    • moebears

      Exactly! I especially like the no campaigning for a sitting pres. He should be running the country, for crying out loud. But maybe in O’s case, it’s better that he’s not spending so much time on the country…

  • DaveH

    Cain/Paul? Get real, Ben.
    Herman Cain is just another establishment Republican who might change the way Government does things, but won’t decrease the size of Government one iota. If anything, Government will grow under Herman Cain. He states in his own issues page that he thinks we need More “national security”. More? Unbelievable, like we haven’t already lost enough of our Freedom to the Government Spooks. And he has also stated he wants to increase the Drug War efforts. Increase? After 40 futile years of expensive (both in terms of lives lost and money) Drug Warring, what do they have to show? This for sure:
    http://www.cato.org/raidmap/

    The last thing we need is Herman Cain, no matter who his VP is.

  • daniel

    Are you crazy? You are saying Cain pro Federal Reserve is going to join with Paul anti FR. That wuld be by far the worst combination you could have come up with out of the candidates up there. I would rather see a Paul/ Romney ticket. That is not going to happen though.

    • mark

      @ daniel….Romney is bought and paid for by the same people (FR) as you put it….Check to see who Romney’s biggest campaign contributors are….THE BIG BANKS….different people same agenda…

  • Matt

    Ron Paul is the only man running that takes these issues very very seriously. I don’t trust Cain, he thinks Alan Greenspan was a good FED chairman…. HE CREATED THE MESS WE ARE IN RIGHT NOW!! We need principled people in office that tells the truth no matter how unpopular it sounds. When was the last time we had that……?……JFK? Paul is Principled! Sorry Ben, and Condi Rice has shown her incompetence in the past with 9/11 and “not knowing that they would fly planes into buildings” even though there were government documents/memos showing this, and the military had been running drills for years simulating planes being used as missiles, specially flown into the WTC”. She can’t be trusted either!

    • mark

      All the others…Timothy Geithner…condi…blah blah…are all globalist puppets…the Pres picks his cabinet..and a president that works for the globalists are going to picks a cabinet full of globalist puppets…PERIOD!!!

  • R

    Dream Team -

    I’ve had the same thoughts about Cain & Paul. I think they would compliment and balance out each other.

    I’ve really not paid attention to Paul until this year and it is clear the media is black listing him, and has been for years. He is right on in his diagnosis of what’s wrong with this country and how to fix it.

    What’s frustrating to anyone who can think is the fact that the problems are obvious and the solutions are more so.

    The Washington establishment is in the way and needs to be done away with for many reasons, but when they conspired to allow Obama, or whatever his name is, into the presidency, they crossed the line.

    Their actions are treasonous and they must and will be held accountable. The more they realize that the truth is getting closer to the surface, the greater are their efforts to maintain control, which is why nothing has changed in Washington since the last election.

    Cain & Paul represent a huge threat to the corrupt Washington establishment, be they Democrat or Republican, and Cain & Paul are an unacceptable threat. Watch for massive disinformation originating from the establishment against them.

    • Linda

      Research,research, research! Paul/Palin is a dream team

      • moebears

        Research, research, research! Both Cain and Sarah Palin are bought and sold, not to be trusted, status quo. Ron Paul 2012.

  • http://none BAP362

    I don’t care if Paul looks every day of his 76 years. Paul does not react to things emotionally. Watch the debates and watch how much more emotionally effected Cain is on many questions. Paul thinks things through and with his experience in life I think will make the correct decisions 999 times out of every 1,000. Cain is slowly looking less presidential all the time and more amateurish, and soon within the next month or so his star will fade.

    I feel the same way as Vic Bailey it’s Paul or not at all. If Paul is not on the ballot on election day 2012 I will write him in, and please everyone Donate, Donate, Donate again and again to Paul’s campaign. I have and will do so again and again. Unfortunately it takes so much money these days to run a successful presidential campaign.

    • Linda

      GOOD idea! You can write him in? To hell with the MEDIA, if he is not on the ballot – I am going to write him in!

    • moebears

      I agree, BAP362. I’ve never given to a politician or party before Ron Paul, and I’ll continue to give as much as I can. As for writing in his name, I live in a state that doesn’t “allow” write-ins on the ballot. Talk about lack of freedom!

  • R

    P.S.

    I need a job.

  • Earl, QUEENS, NY

    I half agree with you. Herman Cain is right. But why Ron Paul, who seems like a George McGovern when it comes to foreign policy?? In this way, he’s unlikely to be better than the current Traitor-in-Chief who’s always badmouthing and apologizing for America. I’m also now hearing that Rick Perry is also contemplating a flat tax similar to that of Herman Cain, with a modification – you can keep your current tax filing if you wish. While we may not totally agree with Perry, this sounds good to me. I really trust that Perry is honestly saying “you can keep …..”, unlike BHO saying “You can keep your current health plan ….” Under Obamacare. I’m sure BHO must’ve read that off of a teleprompter; without which he would’ve been hesitating and stuttering. Unlike Perry, we know BHO is a liar.

    Of course, Ron Paul sounds much better than our current Marxist-in-chief on other domestic issues. At this point, my choices are Herman Cain, Michelle Bachmann and/or Rick Perry. It’s also obvious to me that the worst GOP choices would be the RINOs Huntsman and Romney. As for the latter:

    RIDDLE: What do Mitt-nitwit Romney and Dirty Harry Reid both have in common??

    ANSWER: It is said that both are Mormons. But, if you take the middle ‘m’ out of Mormons, that’s what the two of them both really are!!

    • Linda

      Gee, you are easy to buy off. What has Rick Perry done FOR the people? He talks the talk but can not walk the walk! Example:September 21, 2011

      To my Governor of Texas, Rick Perry
      Office of the Governor
      State Insurance Building
      1100 San Jacinto
      Austin, Texas 78701

      Dear Sir,

      I desperately need your help. I am in possession of a Land Grant/Patent that is being violated.

      Barring specific reservation and subject to pre-established servitudes, a government land patent to an individual vests legal title and right to the located property to the extent it was held by the State or United States. It is considered in the nature of a compact and is an executed contract. It is a covenant that cannot be resumed, annulled or later modified by the grantor through legislation or otherwise. (A right vested, cannot be divested. Cited, 2 Dall. 297, 304; 9 Cranch 52; Green v. Biddle, 8 Wheat. 1; Fletcher v. Peck, 6 Cranch 136.)

      A patent, once issued, is the highest evidence of title, and is a final determination of the existence of all facts. Walton v. United States, 415 F. 2d 121, 123 (I0th Cir. 1969)

      I have been severely damaged by public officials and their Corporate Attorney’s that are ignorant of the Law of the Land . Besides interfering with my Civil Rights, they are committing fraud and interfering with a Federal Contract derived from a Treaty. My “Homestead” is not much but it is mine and all papers are certified and filed at the courthouse.

      The Governor’s Office and the Commissioner of the General Land Office have both signed and affixed their Seal to this particular Patent. Please help, the only thing left for me is to contact anyone in the media that will listen.

      Looking forward to hearing from you as soon as possible.

      ___________________

      • MNIce

        Linda, would you please explain what sort of fraud you allege is being committed in violation of your land patent? Would you please tell us how Governor Perry is involved? Your duplicate posts don’t tell us anything about what you have against him, so they are so far useless to our decision-making process.

    • http://Personalliberty Tony

      To Earl,Queens, NY:
      This would be the idel ticket. If Cain took Ron Paul as a V.P. he would have the ultimate compliment on the issues whether domestic or foreign. However, Rick perry at best is semi-literate to at worst, he can’t complete a rudimentary statement. Obama at his worst sounds like a Phd scholar compared to Rick Perry at his best. In addition, Rick Perry talks about secession and how he has conversation with the Lord everyday. Whew!! I believe in the Lord of course plus prayer but that goes over the top. Thus, Cain/Paul is where it’s at. Thanks!!

      • mark

        Tony…I think you have not a clue as to what you are saying….Cain/Paul…it would never happen they have two different beliefs…the first is bought out and the latter wants to get rid of the problems

        • http://Personalliberty Tony

          To Mark:
          This is the last time i’m going to respond to you but just give a rest will you for you sound silly like your colleague Lost in Paradise. That person is definitely lost. See ya’ and i don’t want to be ya’.

        • mark

          Well Tony you are REALLY smart

          • bob wire

            The only belief Palin might have worth consideration would be her moose meat chili recipe. Palin is about Palin and if you are under her spell you are too!

            Su~sanne, takes me down, ~ to a place by the river.

    • moebears

      Earl, you need to do some research on Ron Paul, not to mention our founding fathers. They have identical foreign policies, which is to say, they don’t believe in butting our noses and military into other’s business. Make friends and trading partners, instead. That way it’s a mutually beneficial relationship. Works for me!

    • newspooner

      Having spent important time with both Ron Paul and George McGovern, I can tell you that they are very different. George came across as anti-military because he bought the Tom Hayden line. Ron Paul is pro-military. That is why he has gotten more campaign contributions from meilitary people than any other candidate. But he really does know how to cut wasteful spending, even in defense budgets. McGovern just wanted to cut defense spending so it could be applied to “social” spending (i.e. welfare, entitlements, etc) That is the difference between a constitutionalist and a socialist.

  • Howard

    Awesome! Bring the arguments about the selections made to the dinner table of your South Dakota hunting trip and you have a dream weekend. This is the stuff political junkies live for.

    • mark

      I see it like this….EVERY person has a patriotic duty to stop our country from falling into the wrong hands

      RON PAUL 2012!!!!!!

  • Charles

    I would do it like this. I would make it Cain/Gingrich and make Ron Paul the Secretary of the Treasury. Having Paul that close to being President just scares me, but having him in a postion to rip the Fed daily sounds like fun to me. I like alot of the cabinet postions that you selected. I have said that if you could take the best ideas from the field of Republican candidates and meld them together, you would have a pretty strong platform. You even take the rest of the field and have them in your administration.

    • moebears

      What “scares” you about a Ron Paul presidency? That he would end the wars? Cut the debt severely? End the fed? End the IRS? Restore our liberties taken by past administrations? If he isn’t the pres, this country will be getting more of the same…God help us.

  • American Taxpayer

    I believe that you have a winning ticket there, Ben!!!
    Ron Paul fans may throw their support behind Cain and
    will help Cain be a more effective president.

    • mark

      You’re crazy…Cain is pro FED….Paul anti FED two opposites

    • Linda

      Please take off your rose colored glasses.

      • bob wire

        They are a gullible bunch, aren’t they?

        These a sucker born every 5 minutes they say. How did they all get here?

  • Diana

    I love your idea of getting rid of the Department of Education. There are a few more to get rid of also I am sure. You have some really great suggestions with some very good back up information to support them.

    • Linda

      You are so right! Try calling a Government Office for help. All I get is, “that is not our Department”. When asked what department I need to contact – they have no idea. Ron Pauls Office was very efficient, when I had no where else to turn, his office helped me (not their Department).

  • http://bellsouth.net Oakley Mann

    I would prefer Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul, but will vote for any team that can displace the foreigner set upon ruination for us all

  • Ken

    Won’t work! Looks good on paper, but won’t work. Cain will not do what needs to be done regarding the Federal Reserve and Paul would not be able to sign the bill into law. You can start your investigation here:

    http://dailybail.com/home/gao-report-federal-reserve-is-riddled-with-corruption-and-co.html

    This info ultimately comes from Senator Bernie Sanders. At this point, I question whether or not Cain is corrupt. I know Paul isn’t.

    We must audit then end the Fed!

  • Relievetheidiots

    Those who really think that Ron Paul would ever consider a VP position under Cain just simply are not paying attention. It will not happen.

  • FreedomFighter

    “Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” — Albert Einstein

    Laus Deo
    Semper Fi

    • http://bellsouth.net Oakley Mann

      FreedomFighter, I thoroughly enjoy your comments and quotes, uugggh!! Really great. I hope We The People will come together for the purpose of defeating Obama even if their dream teamn is not chosen. We The People hav to come together or welfare and other beneficiaries of Fedral Govt indulgence will surely elect or reelct the next President.
      As I stated in another post above, do we want Obama’s form of government as defined below?
      ineptocracy: a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.
      Everyone please remember, we need to be as one or our country will be a welfare state with little, if any freedoms. We need to mass vote for the team most likely to defeat Obama and not fly helter skelter in all directions. Thanks

      • FreedomFighter

        “Everyone please remember, we need to be as one or our country will be a welfare state with little, if any freedoms.”

        Then they will kill us by the millions, and enslave the remainder to false gods, them.

        Laus Deo
        Semper Fi

        • http://bellsouth.net Oakley Mann

          Freedomfighter, Everyone can choose their own brand of poison, free country. I myself will go with who has the best chance to beat Obama, and will not even consider someone who has <10%. I had thought maybe Libertarian but they have no chance. You may say I prefer to die by the millions, but you would be wrong. I prefer getting Obama out a there.

          • FreedomFighter

            Obama must be removed.

            IMHO if returned to office, time to leave.

            Laus Deo
            Semper Fi

  • Linda

    It seems that most of us agree that Ron Paul is above reproach and honorable, qualified and respected. The main thing is to support and vote for Ron Paul and let his wisedom lead him on other choices.

  • jopa

    Cain has been a speaker at Koch events for years and his campaign is loaded with Koch cronies and dollars.As I have said before “Think of Koch Cain (Cocaine) a real dopey solution for America.We have already tried stupid in America(Bush) and that didn’t work so well.A lot of lying and dying due to ignorance.If you could have a private candid meeting with Paul he wouldn’t have a thing to do with a Cain/Paul ticket.He is much wiser than that.

  • Vaalbos

    Right on, Bob but as far as I’m concerned, Ron Paul and Rand Paul are switchable. Bolton and Arpaio are awesome choices If Condoleezzia won’t take it, I suggest Alan West. Also, Palin could use some support so good nominees are needed as Directors of the EPA and Energy, that is, unless we do away with those two useless departments.

    • libertytrain

      Did you mean Ben?

  • FreedomFighter

    NWO killing by the millions, with “softkill” We had better get some fighters in office, they want to kill our children:

    http://www.youtube.com/user/TheAlexJonesChannel

    Laus Deo
    Semper Fi

    • mark

      Thank you FreedonFighter…couldnt have said it any better

      • FreedomFighter

        This guy got it right, like Infowars.com, this man has been right so many times it is chilling to the heart. For futher reading if you have not already:

        http://www.stevequayle.com/index1.html

        Laus Deo
        Semper Fi

        • mark

          I am on Alex’s sites daily and in depth…I have seen all his documentaries….you are certainly right about what you say and its sad the the govt is getting away with what they are doing to us and the sheeple just sit back and say vote for Cain….Its sickening

        • mark

          Georgia Headstones…deadly mandated vaccines….GMOs…CAFO….the list goes on and on

  • Karolyn

    I there any state other than SC that allows anybody to vote in the republican primary no matter what their party affiliation. I heard this on the news the other day and was flabbergasted. Apparently someone is trying to change it.

    • libertytrain

      Wisconsin did when I lived there. Am guessing they still do.

      • libertytrain

        I’m a little confused though by your words. You’re calling it a Republican primary…. I thought a primary was a primary but I guess it’s just because so far no demo has filed to run against the current pres.

        • Karolyn

          That’s right. I think it’s really weird that people registered with one party can vote in another’s primary.

          • http://Personalliberty Tony

            To Karolyn:
            They have the open primary in Wisconsin. That’s where you can vote in any primary. I think it’s good. People should be able to vote for a cnadidate regardless of party. Thanks!!

          • libertytrain

            Karolyn – I didn’t say it was weird, you called it a Republican primary, it’s not. and there are about 17 States – from Ron Paul’s website:
            Alabama; Arizona (Semi-closed, with primaries open only to unaffiliated or unrepresented voters, except for the Libertarian primary; Arkansas; Georgia;Hawaii (Open primary for state, local, and congressional races; caucus system for presidential races.); Idaho;Indiana;
            Massachusetts (All races’ primaries open for “unenrolled”/unaffiliated voters only); Michigan; Mississippi; Missouri; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; Vermont; Virginia; Wisconsin

        • newspooner

          You obviously haven’t heard of Vermin Supreme.

  • DaveH

    This is profound for those who advocate Liberty:
    http://mises.org/daily/5758/Depoliticize-Everything

    • Rhondar

      Dave….I read your article…that’s baloney. If Ron Paul hasn’t been corrupted in 30 years and votes 100% with the constitution then this statement is beyond belief. Just indulge me and go to the NEW AMERICAN FREEDOM INDEX and check Paul’s record. And by the way he doesn’t even accept the cushy retirement package and refunds excess funds from his congressional office that he prudently doesn’t spend….you are full of beans mister.

      Republican or Democratic, nothing changes. The tea-party movement, the Green Party, the Modern Whig Party cannot change anything. Neither can the Libertarian Party or its favorite Republican son, Ron Paul. Government institutions eventually overwhelm and corrupt the principled politician.

      • Rhondar

        Dave…that article you posted just says bend over you are doomed….well I don’t believe that for a second. Americans are going to wake up.

        • mark

          ^^^^AGREE^^^^^^^
          The article was junk

      • DaveH

        I’m full of beans, Rhondar?
        First of all, I didn’t write the article.
        Second of all, the author didn’t disparage Ron Paul. He was simply saying that the Juggernaut (Big Government) is too big for even Ron Paul to change.
        Third of all, I am hopeful that Ron could do the job just like you are, but I don’t confuse my Hopes and Dreams with reality. The reality is that Government has been growing ever larger for over 150 years now, so if Ron could reverse that it would be a monumental feat indeed. I won’t hold my breath waiting for that event.

        So don’t be an ignoramus, Rhondar, and launch personal attacks on me.

        • mark

          Any author that recommends Cain as President has not done their homework..does not know what he really stands for…supports the globalist agenda…supports our rights being taken away from us
          supports the FED.etc. The article was one of the worst articles I’ve read in a long time……YOU’RE FIRED!!!!

          • DaveH

            Are you high, Mark?
            We were talking about the article I linked to in an above comment.

          • mark

            My fault…you’re right….I was talking about this article

      • MNIce

        There’s a lot of talk here about Bilderbergers, the CFR, NWO promoters, the central bankers and various allegedly inappropriately influential individuals (e. g., George Soros). But the biggest obstacle to forcing the Central Government back to its proper federal role may be within the rank-and-file government operation. Does anybody remember what a fight Ronald Reagan had with the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization? That was small potatoes compared with the vast armies of bureaucrats at HUD, DOE, HHS, etc.

        These people are closely allied with life-time professional Congressional staffers. They also maintain connections with state and national political party officers to make sure compliant politicians get the support of party leadership. They control the flow of information to Congress, the President and the news media; they write the bills and the reports to favor themselves (naturally they make the bills hard to decipher to discourage any investigation into their real intent). Their interest is not the preservation of our liberties, but “Can we sell this story?” Thus, power devolves more and more to the administrative state, and Congress and the rights of the people become increasingly irrelevant. This is why so often the Republicans appear to cave to the leftists; both sides are manipulated by the bureaucrats.

        Read “The New Road to Serfdom” by Daniel Hannan (UK member of the European Parliament). It’s a real-life chiller about how our liberties are being destroyed by our civil servants, especially now that they have one of their biggest supporters in the Oval Office. The glimpses and hints of actions by the big-money cabals serve as a distraction from the main force of the opposition. (Think of the Indian chiefs whooping and hollering on the ridgeline while the rest of their warriors are sneaking in behind.)

        Some say Ron Paul is our only chance. Ron Paul has no chance to do it by himself. President Reagan spent much of his career in a behind-the scenes war with the mid- and upper-level federal bureaucracy that could and did sabotage him every at every chance. We need a Congress that will aggressively pursue the restoration of Constitutional limits on the federal government, and We the People must make it clear that we will no longer tolerate an illegitimate unelected fourth branch that usurps legislative, executive and judicial powers for itself. One of the first things the next Congress should do is enact a sunset on all existing regulations unless they pass Congressional review. The next is to identify which agencies serve an identifiable Constitutionally authorized function, cancel appropriations and authorizations for the rest, and cut the survivors down to a manageable size. The third is to enact time-in-office term limits for senior management level civil servants and Congressional staffers. They will be sure to bemoan the loss of “institutional memory”, but with the large-scale changes required to save our constitutional republic, institutional memory is probably grossly overrated.

        The hardest part is getting the people on board. Far too many in this nation think life is about attaining comfort and pleasure. No, life is about making the best use of one’s talents to glorify our Creator. That is a prerequisite to the desire for liberty, for it is more comfortable to acquiesce to the demands of the administrative state if only it offers sufficient pleasurable distractions in return. John Adams asserted, “This system of government is wholly unsuited for any other than a religious people.” By this he meant people who govern themselves because they are grateful for God’s blessings and are aware that He judges their actions can maintain a society of liberty, but an irreligious people will degrade into licentiousness and give away their birthright of freedom.

        Electing Ron Paul or whomever is not enough. You need to do your part. You know who in your neighborhood freeloads on the taxpayer and who genuinely needs help to survive. Persuade the freeloader that it is more uplifting and dignified to support himself by whatever legal means are available, even if it means a reduction in his standard of living, and give your personal assistance to the disabled and needy, either by yourself or with local volunteer organizations. Look for opportunities to make better use of the personal resources God has given you, especially in ways that benefit others (and if there is material profit as a result, don’t forget to thank God for it). If enough of us so seek to live in a personally responsible manner, we won’t need the swarms of officials to “help’ us.

  • Buck

    Floats my boat Ben , lets get it done . With Cains 999 and Ron Pauls trillion dollar savings plan it would be a great ticket .

    • Rhondar

      9-9-9 WON’T FLY

      Makes a good slogan too.

    • moebears

      Cain is establishment. He’d never let RP make those cuts. He’s owned.
      RON PAUL 2012.

  • JeffH

    This is for all of the Obama believers and the Wall Street haters…

    In yet another typical Obama hypocrisy, Obama hired long time Wall Street lobbyist Broderick Johnson as his new senior campaign advisor.

    For the past month, Obama has openly supported the Occupy Wall Street movement and joined them in pointing the finger at Wall Street and the banking elite. Yet, in another move that defies logic, the very elite that are being blamed for our economic woes are among some of the largest contributors to Obama’s re-election campaign.

    So now Obama stands in front of one microphone and crowd siding with the Occupiers all over the county and then runs over to another microphone and announces that he has just hired one of the enemy’s most active lobbyist to help him get re-elected.

    So who isn’t Obama lying to? Is he lying to the Occupiers or to Wall Street? If you ask me, he’s lying to everyone, including himself. He’s lied to the health care industry, he’s lied to the military, he’s lied to the financial world, he’s lied to big business, he’s lied to farmers, he’s lied to environmentalists, and he’s lied to every American.

    from – 10/27/2011 Godfather Politics

    • JeffH

      …forgot to mention…Ron Paul/Judge Andrew Napolitano 2012!

      • Rhondar

        Now you are talking !

        PAUL / JUDGE NAPOLITANO

        That’s the ticket !

      • moebears

        True, everything you just said. Unfortunately, the Obomya crowd can’t bring themselves to step away from his altar, even though they privately know what a stinker he is.
        I’m with you on the Paul/Napolitano ticket!

        • bob wire

          That’s a wild unfounded statement. ~ I don’t see anything other the Ron Paul even worthy consideration and 44 is no stinker, that’s probably something else your are smelling. Did you wash your hands?

          Ron Paul will have a hard time capturing the nomination, there is just too many dimwitted people on the GOP side to make it happen. A shame too, I’d give him my greatest consideration.

          • moebears

            bob, sweetheart, drink some more koolaid.

  • Old Henry

    Cain / Paul??

    It appears that Mr. Livingston is off on vacation for a week.

    Bye-bye Ben. It’s been fun.

    There is one glaring omission in your “Cabinet” – Chuck Norris.

    Hopefull President Cain will ELIMINATE the Dept. of Homeland “Secruity” as well as 90% of the Cabinet as they are un-Constitutional.

    Electric fence? We don’t need no stinking electric fence. Sherriff Joe would simply post several thousand border guards with orders to shoot ANYTHING coming north.

    We could also put Soetoro and his administration in Sherriff Joe’s camp down there, feed them bolona sandwiches, let them hoe the garden and clean the pens at the county animal shelter. Great mental picture of that bunch in pink boxers!

    • JeffH

      Old Henry, once again you’ve “made my day”!

      Ron Paul/Judge Andrew Napolitano 2012

      and appoint…John Stossel to head the United States Department of Health and Human Services

      • Rhondar

        Stossel would be a good secretary of the treasury too.

  • Rhondar

    What the h*ll IS he saying? He’s contradicting himself over and over again…..it’s her choice but it shouldn’t be legal…what does that mean ?

    Is this guy SURE he’s not a politician?

    Sure sounds like one to me…it just goes to show you what idiots the public are if he’s the front runner
    He should be laughed off the stage at the debates but I’ve never seen anyone flip flop faster than this before…Romney can’t even do it this fast

    http://youtu.be/YSGLBAinETc

    • moebears

      Rhondar, I saw that video. I’m as confused as you are. In the VERY SAME INTERVIEW, HE CONTRADICTS HIMSELF! This is good stuff!

      • MNIce

        I think you missed the qualifier: “I believe it should be her choice,” refers specifically to the case in which the mother’s life is at risk if she continues to carry the child. In all other cases, Mr. Cain unequivocally states that abortion is wrong (it should not be a capital crime to have a rapist for a father!). You have to follow the discussion closely because the audience applause distracts at crucial moments. (I had the advantage of first reading the transcript at another site; I think it was cnsnews.)

  • guidepost

    All you blockheads should realize Cain’s nine-nine-nine introduces new taxes into existence. That is all the Liberal Democrats need. When a Democrat becomes president in the future , he/she will definitely raise the tax. Haven’t you morons had enough of liberal rip-offs? The less said about taxes, the better, except to say; how about a fair flat-tax for everyone? That will never happen because the Lawyers, IRS, and lobbyists would not allow it because they make too much money. Wake-up, Obama and the socialist Democrats remain a threat, disaster, and disgrace to this great country of ours and I observe a moronic voting public. The Republicans are nothing more than a bunch of globs allowing this Obama continue his blame mode. I find it sickening!!! God bless our future America. Boy, do we need it!!!

  • http://www.TomBlairEA.com Thomas Avery Blair

    My conscience could easily accept a Cain/Paul ticket. And how about Michelle Bachmann as Majority Leader of the House? The Republican Party itself is not the solution but is instead a major cause of the problems of the USA, but a conservative wing (The Tea Party) of what used to be the Republican Party has the medicine and potential cure for the disease that is enfeebling our nation and its’ economy: socialism and economic insanity (a/k/a/ “The Fed” and so many wasteful and unConstitutional federal departments (like Education, just to mention one of the many) as well as foreign aid to the proven enemies of this nation.

    I also truly hope that the Tea Party will publish at some length the voting records of each and every candidate for any and all federal elective office a week or so before the November 2012 election.

    At least food for thought, is it not?

    Respectfully submitted,

    Thomas Avery Blair, EA

    • Bill Lee

      What conscience? R Paul is pro-prostitution and drugs. Says he’s 100% biblical. He lies. Cain with RP? Too diverse. Cain / Perry is much better. I vote based upon record, not what people say. That’s what got us into trouble last election.

  • Mark

    Memo to America: Stop waiting for Democrats and Republicans to save you. It’s bad
    for your health and your future. Can’t you tell?

    “WAKE UP PEOPLE!”
    Read “Common Sense 3.1” at ( http://www.revolution2.osixs.org )

    • mark

      Sounds like something I would say…lol

      • mark

        Except I would have said Sheeple not people

  • Capt.

    R Dar
    Maybe deprived or abused: Certainly should lay off the weed!

  • Capitalist at Birth

    What a waste of time. All of the Ron Paul loons are dominating this site. He doesn’t stand a chance of getting the Republican nomination. What will you do then? Write him in an insure Obama’s re-election? He turns many people off with his naive approach to foreign policy and defense. We live in a big integrated world, and we can no longer to be isolationist, nor protective of our markets. NAFTA was a good idea as all free trade agreements. I will no longer read any of the comments on any of the political related articles.

    • mark

      Sounds like you support illegal aliens getting a free college education too

      • mark

        Well then Capitalist at Birth….I guess the People have spoken!

  • Capt.

    JeffH
    He will recite anything they put on the teleprompter!! He probably hasn’t a clue whether it is a lie or not. The damage is done either way.

  • Ken Salvack

    Any of the candidates are better than Obama but: (1) Romney is almost a democrat & way to liberal (2) Huntsman is the same as Romney (3) Bachmann is unelectable because she is to far right & won’t bend on issues (4) Santorum, please stop with the tantrums & go home (5) Cain & 9/9/9 makes him unelectable. Obama will tear that plan apart. A 9% sales tax on FICA for seniors when spent will lose most of their votes. Go with a 10/10/10/10. Make the first 10k in each catagory untaxed & yup even the rich will end up paying a little more. Ron Paul? Heck then I say get Don Trump & really shake it up. Set aside the wives issue & Newt is the best man for the country. Whatever think straight on the issues & remember that a president hasn’t that much power & Pelosie & Reid ran with all the bad laws with Obama’s backing. Go GOP!!

  • nw

    Hey, has anyone looked at Gary Johnson and what he did as governor of New Mexico? I read an article yesterday, a presidential candidate that no one talks about. I would like to see Ron Paul with Johnson as VP, not Herman Cain. Ron Paul has even endorsed him before Ron made his decision to run.

  • nw

    You can get voting records of all congress at http://www.govtrack.us

  • John

    Ron Paul as President and Judge Andrew Napolitano as VP is the real dream team.

    I’d walk through fire for those guys. They obey our Constitution and have consistent principled integrity.

    Cain would be a good option IF he was willing to obey our Constitution 100%. The way I figure, our political representatives ought to obey our Constitution 100% just as they expect the rest of us to obey the law 100%. Cain doesn’t really fit that requirement in regards to obeying the law / Constitution. And his position about the Fed, that those of us who want to audit then end it are idiots, is bad policy to the extreme. Cain was a Federal Reserve chairman, though, which explains why he is more supportive of them even after Ron Paul’s efforts to audit uncovered $16 trillion of secret unauthorized money being given to other governments, foreign banks and foreign companies.

    I’ll pass on Cain, but Paul/Napolitano would be absolutely fantastic!

  • http://google Sandra Henley

    SERIOUSLY: I am still observing all the candidates. Does anyone remember the movie or book “The Spook Who Sat By the Door”? Herman Cain was an insider at the Federal Reserve – that could be useful knowlege. And yes, the FR needs to be audited – we have a right to know what’s up.

  • CJM

    Ben: I love it…and the line-up is superb. Who knows, it might come true and if it does, the US is on its way to a fast recovery. Thanks for a great article…and a little ray of hope.

  • http://deleted Claire

    Cain????!!! Egads, he is the last person on earth I would vote for. Didn’t I hear that he “forgot” to pay his taxes in 2006?? Our normal folk have to pay ours. Nope, he will never get my vote. I do not trust him, I never have.

    • bob wire

      me to Claire! I wouldn’t eat his nasty pizza either! What wrong with these people? ~ Let’s face it, some people buy packaging! and he is being packaged and sold today.

      But really it’s Christmas come early for the DNC, so shhhhhhhhh! let’s be Cain people too! Let’s keep it a big secret!

      Go Cain & Newt! Cain Can! Let’s start raising Cain!

    • Bill Lee

      Claire, back-up your e-gads with facts. Your conjecture stinks. Cain has a great record. You just knee jerk because you watch too much lib TV and regurgitate your bias. ontheissues.org is a great place to start your research and enlightenment.

      • http://deleted Claire

        Bill Lee– You have your opinion, I certainly have mine.

  • http://www.USAQH.com Sandra

    Michelle Bachmann for the Supreme Court !!!

  • Don the Canuck

    I took the time to read each nd every comment here. Have to say that as a Canuck, I will not have the honor of voting for Ron Paul, but if I were an American, it would be a no-brainer for me. One only need stick to the basics and ask oneself. Which other candidate has been able to say that he has voted one way only, and that way is based on the fundamentals of the only document that protects the people of the U.S.A.

    Strange how many people simply do not really understand his foreign policy, yet it is simple and logical. No more wars unless congress approves them, no empire building, but make everyone you can a friend and trade with them. How many times do we hear bad things about for example Finland, Sweden, Norway? Never, because they mind their own business. Oops…..I do understand though that due to the 3.1Million American people working in industry connected to wars there may be some big resistance to a RP foreign policy. Then again, one need as oneself the following question there as well………Why does RP receive more money from the military than all other candidates combined? Maybe it is time that the U.S. step back a bit and start taking care of business at home for a change.

    The choice is so clear if America wants to change the 5 monkeys (look it up if you don’t know what the 5 monkey theory is) that we here up north really don’t get why anyone would even question how the best person is to lead the U.S. back to it former glory of a free and brave society of people who work hard, play hard, and have the heart and soul to take care of themselves instead of moving towards Socialism where all individual incentive is lost with time. Whatever happens, if you guys don’t want him, we would love to have him up here so we could clone him and send one to every province.

    • bob wire

      “Why does RP receive more money from the military than all other candidates combined?”

      Because few hate war more then a warrior? especially warriors that feel they have been misused and abused and their counsel falling on deaf ears.

      or Ron Paul is the only one that has indicated he has a lick of sense and willing to tell it like it is even if it’s not flattering or unpopular?

      and you read every post?

  • CStar

    If you truly want freedom, you will consider Governor Gary Johnson for President in 2012.

    • http://www.daybydaycartoon.com/ Tucci78

      Gov. Johnson might have some attractive policy positions, but insofar as I’ve been able to determine he simply hasn’t the base to contest the “establishment” candidates.

      As the constant neocon bitching about “Paulbots” demonstrates, Ron Paul does.

  • Marty S.

    Bob, not a new idea- I posted this suggestion a couple of weeks ago after one of your articles. I still think it would work and appeal to multitudes of voters and trump the race card which the left constantly uses. Now if only we could these two presidential hopefuls on board with this.

  • Bill Lee

    R Paul is pro-prostitution and drugs, too wacked-out and unbiblical for me. Cain / Perry is my choice. Cain has the top record of a non-politician running and Perry the top record of any governor running as conservatives. Both will balance and compliment each other better than grouchy old man and upbeat pizza man together. The rest of your picks are good and hilarious to read I might add.

    • http://www.daybydaycartoon.com/ Tucci78

      Bill Lee</b – yet another idiot – writes: "R Paul is pro-prostitution and drugs.

      No, putzie. He’s pro-Constitution.

      Do you have any idea of what the expression “rule of law” means? Nah, of course you don’t.

      It means that if an authority and duty is not explicitly specified in Article 1, Section 8 of that charter, or otherwise in the Amendments, the federal government is not allowed to assume such an authority.

      It doesn’t mean that “prostitution and drugs” can’t be criminalized (though doing so is stupid, for whatever reason), but that the U.S. Congress – and therefore the federal executive branch and the federal courts – have, under the rule of law, nothing whatsoever to do with them. Never have. Absent suitable Amendments, the federal government never will.

      I repeat, Bill Lee, that you’re an idiot. A festering, witless, brain-dead specimen who might be worth something as an organ donor.

      You’re walking around with tissue of which other people can obviously make better use. Go get harvested.

      • Bill Lee

        Wow, love you too. Thanks for the compliments. I wonder if you were to run for office how far you’d get with those kind of generous compliments. My guess is you don’t have a business, you’re not a leader and you’re pissed off at everything that moves. And BTW, maybe you could stop communicating like a lawyer. That’s why Cain has my vote. I have three sons all of which I’m trying to teach right from wrong. If you think that it’s impossible or not worth legislating morality, then you should take a visit to North Korea. Our country was founded on legislating a basic set of morality and it did fine with out people watering it down with mindless theory.

  • Linda C.

    Our only hope is Ron Paul as President, with appropriate people supporting him – but NOT Herman Cain. No, no, no – he must NOT be part of the administration. We need to abolish the Federal Reserve, not get a high-ranking official in place whose motive is to keep it alive and thriving (read: business as usual).

    I like all the other suggestions in the original article, particularly Condoleeza Rice, Joe Arpaio, Rand Paul, and Sarah Palin.

    I’d like to see Donald Trump in the mix somewhere, though.

    I don’t know enough about Napolitano, but if his ideas and motives are the same as Ron Paul’s, then I would back him as VP.

    • http://donthaveone Beberoni

      The same Donald Trump that lives off bank’s money, that has filed for bankruptcy like 3 times now? No thanks. If a guy cant even manage his own companies finances, we sure dont need him messing with our countries finances.

      • http://deleted Claire

        Beberoni: Agreed.

  • http://donthaveone Beberoni

    I vote secretary of defense to Ted Nugent. He at least knows who our enemies are, no doubt.

    • http://www.daybydaycartoon.com/ Tucci78

      No “Department of Defense” has ever won a war (remember, neither the Korean Police Action nor the Gulf War nor the conquests of Afghanistan and Iraq were declared wars, and Vietnam was a loss).

      I say break it back down again into a Department of the Navy and a War Department (and while we’re at it, fold the Air Force back into the U.S. Army).

  • Palin16

    I like Ben Crystal’s choices very much. Ron Paul may be a “perfect choice” for president, but let’s face it, he won’t win the nomination. He is in the second tier of likely prospects, with only single digits in the straw polls. Although only 15 years older than me, I wonder how much support he could get from 20-somethings. The most important goal is to dethrone Barack Husein Obama. Herman Cain is the man that can do that. Ron Paul could be VP and offer sound advice to president Cain.

  • Kevin Beck

    Since I wasn’t nominated for Secretary of the Treasury, I will accept the post of Commissioner of Internal Revenue.

    My first campaign promise is to work to render my job as useless. As such, I am willing to accept a paycheck based upon performance. I will perform as I just promised, and contribute my entire salary to the Treasury to pay down the nation’s debt. After all, I don’t need the $10,000 the job is worth to live on each year.

    My second promise to the people is to work for the establishment of the Fair Tax, which I believe to be the most equitable method of collection of government revenue devised. This will allow for the elimination of 99% of the employees stuffing the offices of the IRS throughout the nation, and will immediately reduce the harassment of citizens. It will also result in the elimination of many laws relating to the federal government being able to create a financial profile of citizens for the purpose of harassment during audits. And it would result in the elimination of citizens having to talk to us.

    My third promise is to rein in the BATFE, since this thugocracy only harasses people. The Second Amendment specifically says that the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, so there is no need to have any type of federal approval to own a firearm. Agents will be strictly limited to the collection of excise taxes for alcohol and tobacco, and will be forbidden from carrying guns.

    These steps will be accomplished on my first day on the job.

    On the second day, I will terminate the excess jobs that exist at the agency after their chances to ruin our lives are severely reduced. There will only be a total of 500 employees required for the functions that will remain after the first day, so there is no reason to keep the others just hanging around.

    • http://www.daybydaycartoon.com/ Tucci78

      I want Secretary of Commerce.

      On the first day, the pink slips go out, top to bottom and wall to wall. No notice. Clean out your desks and your lockers, turn in your I.D. tags and other items assigned to you, and get the hell out.

      On the second day, every building and other element of real property goes on the market, without exception.

      On the third day, I ask President Paul for reassignment. If he hasn’t got any other hatchet work he wants done, I depart the public sector “to spend more time with my family.”

      • Palin16

        Hey, sounds like fun!
        I’ll take US Ambassador to Icelend.

  • metalflyer11

    Herman Cain!!! The Pro-FED!!! I do NOT want anyone electable, I want the right person for the job and the only one is RON PAUL. The rest are more of the same. A BUNCH OF CLOWNS IN SUITS

  • RightGunner

    This response is very late but may still be of interest. I hope Ben reads it, because his article could be called “Crystal balls”. This is not meant to be disparaging because we do need more men with the full complement.

    I am not sure that the other responders recognize that the problem we have is that we do not require ourselves to live within our means. While regaining our freedom is very important, developing a sustainable economy while living within our means is a first requirement. It necessarily precedes regaining the freedom once provided by the Constitution. And that Constitution must be understood by the meaning of words the founders understood when they signed off on it.

    Besides eliminating borrowing, in order to regain a sustainable economy we must also criminalize counterfeiting. The definition of counterfeiting is the printing of money that has not been earned, and has no worth. The main culprit is the Government ordained counterfeiting, which is usually called fiat money. This is the source of inflation, which the people in charge of the counterfeiting claim each year to tell us how bad they did it to us. Most everyone believes their official inflation number is vastly understated, for the Government’s own benefit.

    There are many things the new Congress and Administration must do to begin to redevelop a sustainable economy and recover our freedom. For fun here is a wild idea that could be called “Unoccupy D.C”.

    Unoccupy D.C means the seat of Government should be moved around the country. Each year or so, take bids from cities around the country to be the seat of Government for a year or so. Why the graft flowing from such a procedure alone would pay off the National debt in no time. Ask anyone who participated in winning a location for the Olympic Games.

  • no3bho

    Ron Paul for Chairman of the Fed. Give him 4 years to dismantle it and propose meaningful reforms (NOT like Dodd Frank which was written by lobbyists for lobbyists)and he can retire in a blaze of glory. I personally like the idea of Cain-Gingrich or Gingrich Cain. I LOVE Cain’s outspokenness and so-called gaffes. Some of the proposed cabinet appointees are brilliant Palin for Dept of Interior? love it. Condi for defense? Likewise. The Right-to-work guy for Labor?? Yes!!!!! For Agriculture, someone from the organic growers, subsidies for organic crops and small farmers ONLY, if at all. For FDA someone with NO ties to Big Pharma and Monsato, someone who will allwo smaller companies to produce vitamins ans supplements without threatened over-regulation. And yes, lets get rid of education and the EPA.

  • no3bho

    Oh yes, regarding write-ins/third party attempts, if you live in a state with a later primary that doesn’t count much, register Democrat. I’d write in Micky Mouse for president but I need him to replace my congressman Chakka Fattah, so I’ll probably write in Bill Cosby like I did last time.
    ANY of the Republican wannabies, including Romney (my last choice), would do a much better job than BHO.

  • http://www.gillysrooms.blogspot.com Gilly

    When I read the various comments and debating opinions about the candidates your supporting and the various tax related reduction offers they are offering, I’m thinking the Republican candidates are not going to win this time because most people and voters are looking for stability and don’t care if taxpayers pay more tax and certainly dont want them to pay less tax. Obama on other hand is the front runner to win again even though his support looks soft at this stage.

    Do you think I should blame Obama for a very soft retailing economy in Australia? Surely not and in my opinion neither should you Americans, because it is a mood of fear which is racing throughout the world which is affecting everyone not just American and no amount of tax discounts is going to sway the majority of voters to install a Republican President. It might make for good media chat in this forum and TV show chats to get votes from your converted, but it wont win it for you, I’m sorry to say. The republicans don’t seem to be a committed team with any real message to sway the uncommitted swinging voter at the appropriate times as they smile at you while voting the opposite.
    The Republicans and some of you debaters are scaring the public more by your doom and gloom. As I see it the Republicans have already dirtied they copy book by stalling what your President was /is trying to achieve so far and Obama is not getting the blame for what the Republicans are doing in Congress is my take on proceedings so far.

    I’m reading Australian newspapers of one journalist Andrew Sullivan from the Australian Newspaper is suggesting ‘ The Republican candidate epitomises how the party has become a wing of Fox News’ Cain …he’s a symptom of a reality-show politics that really isn’t politics at all’..It’s a performance art.. he wrote. ‘To put it bluntly, the Republican Party sometimes feels like an entertainment company based on a religious identity masquerading as a political party’..he said. Is he right? from Gillysrooms from St Arnaud Vic 3478 Australia. Ancient City of Gold.

  • PhilB

    Attorney General: former Governor Gary Johnson. He’d have the Sheriff handling national security while Johnson could focus on crimes that have actual victims. Bet that would save some $$$.

  • Alex

    This is an alright idea though i do believe Cain is IN THE POCKETS of the FED!

    Flip-Flopping, The Fed And Foreign Policy: Cain Is More Than Just the 9-9-9 Pizza Man
    http://theintelhub.com/2011/10/18/flip-flopping-the-fed-and-foreign-policy-cain-is-more-than-just-the-9-9-9-pizza-man/

  • mslouise

    All this talk about Ron Paul, Cain, Romney…. why not think of the smartest man on the stage as almost everyone agreed is the smartest candidate running this race…. Newt Gingrich. Yes, he has some baggage but that does not affect his ability to tell it like it is, has had years of experience in the government, but does not support all the cronyism that is attached to it and the “ONE’ who could tale Obama on and make mince meat out of him. We need to forget the baggage and elect the one that could win and also do the job in the best and most efficient way. I am sure we would all be ready to party after. Even better could be a Gingrich/Cain or Cain/Gingrich ticket… preferably the first. THINK ABOUT IT EVERYONE. We all may be looking at the wrong candidate. Gingrich is steadily moving up in the polls and even the media is saying this.

  • Tom Price

    A Cain/Paul ticket would be a winner, but I won’t waste my time on this blog again. It is a Ron Paul cult audience for the most part. Ron Paul is WRONG for President, but under a stong Conservative like Cain, he could be good for votes and working to shrink the size and scope of government. The only question is…could he be a team player? Apparently, most of his supporters CAN’T!

  • mjhmj

    I’m thinking Bauchman/Paul

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