Anybody that has seen Sesame Street is probably familiar with these lyrics:
One of these things is not like the others,
One of these things just doesn’t belong,
Can you tell which thing is not like the others
By the time I finish my song?
Did you guess which thing was not like the others?
Did you guess which thing just doesn’t belong?
If you guessed this one is not like the others,
Then you’re absolutely…right!
Given that, let’s look at the four men involved in the presidential campaign. President Obama, Governor Romney, and Representative Ryan seem to have no problem with being passionate while staying mature and civil. Then there’s Joe. I don’t get it. His boss isn’t modeling that sort of behavior. His opponents don’t behave that way. Why is it OK for Joe?
I put the four men’s behavior to a simple test. Would I tell a ten-year-old to behave like the person on stage? The three men I mentioned would easily pass that test. Biden interrupted Ryan and the moderator 81 times. If a child interrupted his or her teacher one tenth that many time, that child would be in the principal’s office. Furthermore, if Biden is so comfortable with being so rude, what is to say he won’t cross one too many lines when he is outside of the debate hall?
Lastly, shame on my fellow native from Queens, NY, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, who said that Mr. Biden was behaving “vice-presidentially.” Since when does rudeness and sarcasm make someone vice-presidential? She is a mom. Would she really tolerate her kids behaving during a school debate like Mr. Biden did? I doubt it. She said that Mr. Biden was demonstrating gravitas. She needs to get her Latin straight. Mr. Biden was showing he is an asinus.
The ideal result for 2012 is that Ron Paul would win and for eight years, he’d return the country to a Constitutional Republic where the Constitution is the rule of law and populist prejudices fade into the realm of repealed unconstitutional laws.
However, the shallow conservatives and RINOs won’t vote for him because they won’t dig 2cm past his elderly exterior and whinely voice to notice that he is the only person among the campaigners that understands the concept of liberty, even when it is inconvenient and uncomfortable.
Chris Christie is too smart to run now. As much as I love Sarah as a person, her abdication of Alaska’s State House mid-first-term will always we be seen as a fatal flaw, even though Barry’s abdication of the Illinois junior Senator seat was identical. I predict Christie will run in either 2016 or 2020. 2016 will be the year if Barry wins 2012. It will be a Reagan-esque landslide. Also, if a weak RINO wins in 2012, Christie has enough backbone to challenge that person in 2016. 2020 will be the year if a decent Two-term Republican wins 2012.
Apart from the unlikely election of Ron, the best thing for the country will be for Barry to narrowly win re-election and accomplish next to nothing while Congress prevents him from enacting anything too stupid. The House and Senate will both get bumps toward the GOP and in 2014, the GOP will own both houses. The takeover of the Senate will be lead by truly conservative Republicans. Ron Paul’s highly visual but unsuccessful run and Rand Paul’s growth as a champion of libertarian ideals in the Senate will make many of those GOP senators “liberty-minded.” The Tea Party will cease to be the litmus test for true Republicans. Instead, conformance to many libertarian ideals will become the standard. Liberty-minded Democrats will also come on the scene. By 2016, the country will practically beg for a Chris Christie/Rand Paul ticket. The defeat of the Democratic ticket will be of Reaganssque proportions. The two poor losers will be the next Dukakis/Bentsen.
2016 to 2024 will become a Renaissance of Constitutionalism, the likes of which the country hasn’t seen since the 1700’s. If the Rapture happened somewhere during that time, it would be profoundly awesome!