I don’t think I have ever been as disappointed in an election result as I was in the GOP primary result in South Carolina Saturday night. If you’ve seen any of my previous posts you know I’m a Ron Paul supporter, but it wasn’t his finish that disgusted me about the race. It was the fact that South Carolina Republicans chose Newt Gingrich as their prime choice for President.
Frankly, I didn’t expect Paul to do very well in South Carolina (or in the South as a whole). Conservatives here in the Bible Belt don’t really seem to care much about the economy or civil liberties or freedom in general, for that matter. Bible Belt Conservatives (BBC’s) like war. No doubt this is a carryover from when the South was dominated by Democrats being that for almost 100 years (from McKinley to Bush ) they were the warmongering party. BBC’s like Jesus but they don’t like freedom of religion. Apparently too much Puritanism made it’s way South over the years. I’m pretty sure most BBC’s would feel pretty good about burning unrepentant Muslims or Hindus or atheists at the stake, but not Jews. They need the Jews around because they’re the key to the entire unfolding of the apocalypse. Well, Jewish Democrats can burn…others are ok. BBC’s would also rather focus on issues like abortion and drugs, both issues about which they simply can’t comprehend the straightforward position Paul has that these are state issues…not federal issues. Oh, and marriage. That one’s pretty important, too. Well, not so much marriage as an institution but just keeping marriage between a man and a woman (I guess I should add burning homosexuals to the list above). On this issue, BBC’s are obviously quite tortured, because the man who won the South Carolina primary has no respect for the institution of marriage, having divorced two wives after they were diagnosed with debilitating conditions–cancer and MS (so much for sickness and health, huh?)–and marrying his third wife after he had cheated on his second wife with her. So, no, the fact that Ron Paul was fourth didn’t really surprise me and I was pleased that he drew several times more votes this year than in ’08. At least some South Carolinians are paying attention.
No, my disappointment stems from the fact that BBC’s (and perhaps other “conservatives”) are so blatantly inconsistent that it means they’re either ignorant (not stupid, ignorant in that they don’t know much), gullible (and fall for Newt’s manipulation of the media, the debates and the issues), or are patently not conservative and should give up the moniker.
Gingrich supported bailouts (TARP). Newt supported an individual mandate in healthcare. Newt “earned” almost $2,000,000 from Freddie Mac, the eye of the real estate bubble hurricane, as a “consultant.” On top of these issues, the ignorance of BBC’s is compounded by the fact that Newt has said that FDR was “probably the greatest president of the twentieth century.” That’s right…this self-proclaimed “Reagan Republican” credits FDR as being the greatest president of the twentieth century. (Not to mention that Gingrich also sees himself as a Wilsonian, which would be bad enough.) And this is the man that self-proclaimed Tea Party supporters (64% of the SC voters) chose by a wide margin (45% for Gingrich). On top of this, Newt used revelations of his sordid past in wanting an “open marriage” to his advantage. John King (stupidly) opened the debate Thursday night with a question to Gingrich about it and Gingrich (rightly or wrongly) used the opportunity to pitch a fit. Gullible voters would easily interpret the scene as a left-wing media attack on Gingrich, making him a hero in their eyes and possibly winning their votes if they hadn’t already been duped by him. It would be laughable if it weren’t so shameful.