Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Protecting (Sigh) Democracy

Dennis Kucinich is asking for a recount in New Hampshire, as he is suspicious of the vote count. He doesn't think that a recount will change his vote much (obviously, he got two percent), but thinks Obama actually might have won. Just a public service by the Kucinich campaign.

Actually, in a sense, there is something commendable about Kucinich's efforts. To my knowledge, there is little evidence of vote tampering. However, we should always be vigilant in the cause of protecting democracy. Dennis Kucinich is wholly crazy, of course, but he is, at least in this case, also honorable and consistent.

There are, however, Ron Paul supporters who do think Paul won, but was robbed of a victory. They have evidence and everything too. Apparently, a election official made a mistake in vote reporting, costing Paul thirty-one votes. Out of 920 cast in that district. Yeah, that is going to make a difference.

Now, Ronulans are smearing that election official's name across the Internet, and bleating about the subversion of democracy and conspiracies designed to hurt the Paul campaign. The center of this firestorm-and many, many otherwise normal people are falling for this- is actually conspiracy theorist Alex Jones's website. Jones is a notorious conspiracy theorist who actually makes Rosie O'Donnell look like a hardened realist.

Ron Paul supporters need to come back to reality. The reason Paul is getting six percent in the polls is not because he has millions of supporters, all with cellphones who aren't being contacted by pollers. The reason is that-surprise!-only six percent of the country likes him. The reason his vote totals aren't higher is because the polls are actually right about him, not because there is a massive, wideranging conspiracy to end his campaign. Paul's fantasy world is fun, but his supporters need to come back to this one. Ron Paul's fifteen minutes of fame are about up.


At January 16, 2008 at 9:43 PM , Blogger Beth said...

Paul's supporters are kids with the attention span of a gnat.

At January 16, 2008 at 10:05 PM , Blogger KineticReaction said...

Paul's supporters want a stronger America.

Libertarianism is vindicated by history. socialism is condemned by history. Life expectancy increased by 20.9 years from 1900 to 1950. It increased by only 8 years from 1950 to 2000, when things like government funded health care came about.

In all free market industries, prices go down every year (e.g. computers which are thousands of times cheaper and millions of times more advanced than they were in 1960). Health care and education meanwhile see their prices INCREASE every year. Health care costs 10X more per capita today than it did in 1960, before government got involved in a big way.

At January 17, 2008 at 7:21 AM , Anonymous Scott742 said...

No, you're off track entirely. We never said we had 80% support. We said that when the polls were showing us with 1% support that the polls were wrong. We've been averaging 8% in primaries so far, well ahead of both Giuliani and Thompson.

We said that you were wrong when you said that we had no fundraising ability. Raised more than any other candidate in the last quarter. So far, we've been proven right at every juncture.

There's no argument that we deserve victory. What we do deserve is to treated as real supporters of a real candidate, instead of spambots. This idiotic marginalization campaign is complete falsehood, and the election results have proven that.

When you've been proven wrong, it's time to shut up. All your arguments are pointless and empty. Yes, we haven't won the election yet. At this point, however, we have a much better chance than at least two of the so-called front-runners, so I think you need to take a step back and take a look at reality. In this kind of uncertainty, anything is possible.

At January 18, 2008 at 6:04 PM , Blogger MTHorvat said...

I am not a Ron Paul enthusiast, but I believe in conspiracy theories, like anyone who has read serious works about Freemasonry or the Illluminati. Every Catholic believes in the first Grand Conspirator, Satan. It only makes sense he would have a plot to destroy the blessed effects for mankind of the Redemption.

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