Ryan James Girdusky

The truth is we are a nation in decline, a people lost to the false god of our own decadence. We can deny it, we can call those who believe it “unpatriotic“, to that this writer believes the greatest difference between pessimists and optimists is that pessimists are usually more well informed.

Sobering times such as these require a serious, thoughtful conservative. That is why the only candidate who can help America to reduce the size and scope of government and bring back basic conservative principles that man is Congressman Ron Paul.

The congressman has his faults, such as hand gestures during his debate for example. There are the newsletters, which for every political observer should love for only the fact that it has made the mainstream media play to republicans racial sensitivities, these being the same republicans the media has accused of racism at every opportunity since President Obama was candidate Obama. There’s Ron Paul’s foreign policy, some view as a flaw and a weakness. It is not so much that Ron Paul is pursuing a weak foreign policy as much as he is not like the rest of the Republican field which plays to the insane and insecure voting blocs of the party.

The largest issue that seems to hang over the Congressman Paul’s head is that of electability. This an understandable concern, yet it is one that has been created by the media. Mitt Romney only one term as governor of Massachusetts and in the 2008 Republican primary he won 11 out of 30 competitions, most of them being caucuses. Despite his lack of real victories the media has created this hype that he can appeal to moderates and democrats. Ron Paul is the only Republican candidate that appeals to such demographic. It’s Ron Paul’s anti-war, anti-wall street, populist message that has the widest appeal for a general electorate.

In a recent Des Moines Register poll, Ron Paul is viewed as the most concerned about reducing government debt (42%), most consistent (35%), most likely to reduce spending on war and foreign aid (61%), the least ego driven (28%), the best at relating to ordinary Iowans (20%), and the most dedicated to limiting the influence of government (44%). If this is an election about heart and character, Ron Paul already won it hands down. Republican primary voters need to vote with their heart instead of what the media-industrial complex has put in their head on Paul‘s supposed unelectablity.

To reiterate the question, if the election was George W. Bush running again, should Republicans vote for him? I say no, they should not.

For all the horrible things you can say about Barack Obama as a president, he has given the Republicans a chance to find some principles again, principles they lost when one of their own was expanding government recklessly. And if the Republican Party is given another chance at the oval office, it should at least be someone who will uphold conservative principles while they are there. Big government Republicanism creates apathy amongst the general public and cynicism amongst the base.

I don’t have to make the decision of big government vs. bigger government. Dr. Ron Paul cured my apathy.

Ryan James Girdusky

Ryan James Girdusky writes from New York City. He has been published in the Christian Science Monitor, The Daily Caller, The American Thinker, and World Net Daily. He is a contributor on the radio show "Living Truth with Gina Loudon."