A perusal of the blogs and news services this morning produces some interesting insight. For one, the Romney campaign is feeling more and more secure regarding the inevitability of his nomination for GOP presidential candidacy. This blog is a new one, but from its inception I predicted that Romney would be the nominee for the Republican Party.
That makes the Virginia GOP primary all the more interesting. It appears that a lawsuit filed recently by an independent legislative candidate in the state is a challenge to the Republican Party for not confirming the qualifying signatures submitted by candidates. Now that the party is doing so, the last-minute change has virtually guaranteed that only two candidates will be on the Virginia GOP primary ballot: Mitt Romney and Ron Paul.
In my estimation, Virginia has become a perfect icon for the American political experiment–and perhaps whether or not that experiment is on the verge of failure. Two names and two names alone may appear on the GOP ballot there, and if this truly is the case, then it represents the choice before the Republicans today. They are two capable men, but with very different agendas: one a big-government manager who will probably bring business savvy and efficiency to the leviathon of bureaurocracy and one who has vowed to severely curtail the size and power of government.
As with the game of badminton, Republicans and Democrats have bounced the presidential birdie back and forth between the parties. The overall product has been federal government so massive that even the President and Congress don’t know everything that is going on. This monstrous apparatus is directed and influenced by untold amounts of cash from big banks and large corporations, and the revolving door between big government and big business never ceases to swing as the powerful players go back and forth. The result, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, is that the dollar is worth only 5% of its value from a hundred years ago. We wrongly assume that such devaluation is the normal course of history.
Mitt Romney is not perfect. Ron Paul is not perfect. They stand in stark contrast to one another, and as some of this blog’s readers have suggested, the upcoming GOP presidential race may come down to these two men. Once in office, either of them would have to make certain accommodations. I still believe the GOP will choose Romney. Powerful players who make their living from big government will not allow Ron Paul to get the nomination. Despite my concerns about Paul’s foreign-policy statements, I am wishing more and more that this were not so.