As a Ron Paul supporter, I'll have to take a deep breath and dive into the artificial reality created by the mainstream media in which Mitt Romney has already won the GOP nomination. Yes, the Associated Press delegate totals show that Mittens has clinched the GOP nomination. But, fortunately for those of us who cherish liberty and the future of our country, those delegate totals are merely projections based on the popular vote. The truth is, we won't know who the GOP nominee will be until we get to Tampa.
All that delegate business aside, I would like to address the recent obsession with who Willard Mitt Romney will select as his Vice President. Does it really matter? Of course, picking a likable VP would balance out the ticket -- and Mitt Romney definitely needs help in the likability department. But what net effect will Romney's VP choice have in the grand scheme of things?
What great impact did Dan Quayle have as the VP in the first Bush administration? Did Al Gore accomplish anything outside of 'inventing the Internet'? The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), that Gore championed in the 1992 campaign, resulted in 700,000 lost jobs. Perhaps the so-called 'free traders' should have listened to Ross Perot's warning of a 'giant sucking sound'. And what of Darth .. excuse me, Dick Cheney? He accidentally shot a guy in the face and helped fill the coffers of war-profiteering corporations everywhere, including Halliburton, where he was the CEO (1995-2000). And gaffe-machine Joe Biden, with his persistent foot-in-mouth disease, should put to rest the assumption that a VP selection is 'a big f---ing deal'.
Let's take a look at other, more important factors to the Romney candidacy, shall we?
Mitt Romney's ties to financial giants, such as Goldman Sachs, should serve as a big red flag to Americans who are tired of the same old puppet politicians. With millions invested in Goldman, and Goldman being the top donator to the Romney 2012 campaign, is there any reason to believe that a Romney administration will prevent Wall Street from continuing to loot Main Street? In fact, Goldman Sachs was one of Obama's top contributors in his 2008 campaign. Maybe this explains why the Obama administration has refused to go after the beneficiaries of the 2008 collapse.
According to the first ever partial audit of the Federal Reserve, brought upon by Congressman Ron Paul's efforts, Goldman Sachs received $814 billion in secret loans from the Federal Reserve.
Regardless of who Mitt Romney picks for the VP position, the American people can be assured that our military involvement over seas will not end. While our brave men and women are sent to foreign lands in the never-ending war on terror, the military industrial complex that President Dwight Eisenhower warned us about will continue to rake in billions of dollars in profits. Potential Romney VP Marco Rubio has even stated that the American people need to be 'prepared' for war with Iran.
When asked in a Republican Presidential debate whether or not he would sign the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, Romney said "I would have signed." Section 1021 of the NDAA that President Obama signed on January 31, 2011, authorizes the indefinite detention of "a person who was a part of or substantially supported al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners." Please, someone define 'associated forces' for me. This language is intentionally vague and unconstitutional. Recently, a New York federal judge ruled the indefinite detention provision unconstitutional. As Mitt Romney famously said, referring to Ron Paul, "Let's ask the Constitutionalist."
Now, with Mitt Romney supporting the indefinite detention of American citizens, it's safe to assume that he supports other government interventions in the name of 'national security'. It is very unlikely that Romney would address the molestation/radiation combo that is dealt out at our airports via the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). What about drones? The FAA projects that by the end of the decade there will be 30,000 drones in American airspace. Will a Mitt Romney presidency do anything to protect American citizens' reasonable right to privacy? I highly doubt it.
Romney is a Keynesian, just like Obama. In case the reader isn't familiar with Keynesian monetary policy, Keynesians believe in central economic planning. This planned economy, something Austrian economist and Nobel Prize winner F.A. Hayek strongly urged against, creates malinvestment of capital and distortions in the market place -- which creates the business cycle. The boom and the inevitable bust. For more information see Keynes vs. Hayek. Also, see Ron Paul's prediction of the 2008 housing bubble that cost thousands of American families their homes. The short term benefits of an inflationary monetary policy are much like the short term benefits a drug addict receives from another injection of heroin. Yes, their is some temporary relief, but there are diminishing returns on the effectiveness of this relief. John Maynard Keynes summed up his economic philosophy quite nicely with the phrase, "In the long run, we're all dead." Much like the heroin addict who refuses to stop injecting heroin, our economy, with the inflationary/Keynesian monetary policy set by the Federal Reserve, will die a painful death unless the much needed correction is allowed to happen.
Of course, Mitt Romney could change his positions on foreign, domestic, and monetary policy by the time you read this article. With a gust of the political winds, Mittens could all of a sudden be the limited government, fiscally conservative candidate that mainline GOPers want to represent them. Then again, he could just as easily revert back to the moderate, Obama-lite candidate that he is today.
Romney's VP selection should be the least of American's concerns.