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Opinion

Friday, November 30, 2007

Smokey Briggs

Sage Views

By Smokey Briggs

You cannot have
your cake and eat it too

And that is why I endorse Rep. Ron Paul for president

Grandma always said, "You cannot have your cake and eat it too." After 42 years of sucking up oxygen on this earth I have come to the conclusion that Grandma was right.

That is why I am endorsing Ron Paul for president of the United States.

Yes, I know, right now we are only in the primary stage, but it does not matter – Republican or Democrat – he is the only candidate that speaks the truth.

I think that is why hardcore Republicans and Democrats respond so viciously to him – his message exposes the silliness of their parties’ positions.

If you give either political critter enough time, they eventually paint themselves into an ethical corner. At that point the smoke billows, the mirrors flash, and the sidestepping starts. If you do not believe me just watch any of the ongoing debates for either party.

Why? Because they are in the business of telling the party faithful what they want to hear, and that requires sidestepping.

Republicans want to hear that we can be a liberty-loving, freedom-rich, constitutional republic, and yet support taxing and inflating our nation into the poorhouse to pay for a foreign policy that would make the Roman Empire blush.

Democrats like to hear that theirs is the party that stands between us and the jack-booted, neo-nazi Republicans, yet they never met a liberal social engineering reform they were not willing to shove down our throats at gun point.

Republicans like the sound of supporting the constitutionally guaranteed right to bear arms, yet suddenly become deaf and dumb when other constitutional guarantees are gutted by the Patriot Act.

Democrats like to hear that flag burning is constitutionally protected speech, but somehow become illiterate dolts when they try to read the Second Amendment, or the Tenth.

The list of contradictions could fill this page.

What it comes down to is that the hardcore party members want to have their cake and eat it to. They want to tax and spend and wage war and/or hand out goodies while they pay lip service to a constitution that they secretly do not have much use for. They do not want freedom – they want everyone to behave like they think they should behave, whether that be supporting the so-called war on terror, or providing free abortions for elementary students. And, they want to be able to force everyone else to toe the line, and pay the freight.

This is what the fight has been about since the first time I became aware of politics.

Our elections have become a winner take all scenario, where the winner gets to force the loser to live by his rules for a couple of years.

To win, to be the big guy that gets to kick sand in the losers’ faces (and spend all the money), the whores we call politicians will tell us anything they think we want to hear – anything — even if it makes a mockery of our Constitution and contradicts the next plank in the party platform.

All but one, that is.

Ron Paul.

Ron Paul is the only horse in the race that actually has principles, will tell you what those principles are, and has lived by those principals his entire public life.

You know where he stands on every issue, and why, whether his thoughts are popular, or not.

When he reads the Constitution he somehow manages to read the whole document, not just the parts that give him a warm fuzzy.

And, he points out the unpleasant contradictions in both parties’ platforms simply with his principled and unwavering positions.

He opposes the big government warfare state of the current Republican party, and the big government welfare state of the Democratic party.

Instead he represents the idea that no government, not one led by Republicans or Democrats or Martians, has the right to involve itself so deeply in our lives and our pocketbooks as ours is today.

That is the choice we have at the moment – the welfare-warfare-free immigration-sell-America-down-the-river-for-a-dime government we have had for at least 30 years, or the Constitution.

You cannot have both. You cannot have your cake and eat it too.

Take your pick.

I’ll take Ron Paul and the Constitution.

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