My neighborhood

map110 At my precinct caucus, I found that I live in a Ron Paul rich neighborhood; if you can call 5-30 acre lots a neighborhood. Out of our group we had 7 or 8 for Paul, 2 for Romney, 5 for Huckabee and 0 for McCain. We ended up sending 3 delegates for Ron Paul and 1 for Huckabee.

With the lack of support, and even interest, in John McCain; I realized how much conservatism is in my neighborhood. There were really only 2 issues on the table: Christian values topped the list for Huckabee supporters and “never should have gone to Iraq” topped the list for Paul supporters. It also seemed that most people were voting their conscience at this point rather than playing politics. I found later that the goose egg for McCain was an oddity, as other precincts had all McCain and Huckabee supporters and none for Paul.

I hear that caucus numbers were strong for both Democrats and Republicans, so we are probably heading for an exciting race once the parties make their final choices. I hope that the strong opinions and positions so far translate into strong unity behind the eventual Republican candidate. Just the other day Ron Paul wrote this:

Of course, I am committed to fighting for our ideas within the Republican party, so there will be no third party run. I do not denigrate third parties — just the opposite, and I have long worked to remove the ballot-access restrictions on them.

But I am a Republican, and I will remain a Republican.

Even if we can’t all agree on the finer points of conservatism, I think we can all agree that any Democrat is a step in the wrong direction and any Republican choice is a step in the right direction.

5 thoughts on “My neighborhood

  1. Johnny Tremain, I have no idea what part of this post you are commenting on?

    Bellinghammer, the Ron Paul supporters in our group could have dominated and perhaps walked away with 3 rather than 2 delegates, but they were civil and fair. I’ve never met a Ron Paul supporter I didn’t like. We just disagree on a major issue.

  2. Squabbling is devisive.
    The facts are:
    -There were little or no weapons of mass destruction. How can you be 100% sure they are there and 0% sure where they are?
    -There were no links to Alkaida (sp?), there were little or none there then, now there are more and the longer we’re there the more there will be. There’s no indication this trend will change.
    -They’ve elected their own government. I’ve seen the ‘thumbs’ when they voted. Let them rule themselves.
    -This is a mistake of enormous proportions. Estimates are 80,000 Iraqi’s dead or wounded. How many more Iraqi’s do we need to kill? Never forget there are collateral damages in war. There’s NO WAY there were 80,000 Alkaida in Iraq.

    Opinion:
    If he’s the best the Republicans have to offer there’s NO WAY we will win against the Democrats when 60 to 70% of Americans oppose the war in Iraq.
    McCain is a straight shooter but he’s mistaken on this issue and it’s a big one for many Americans.

  3. My precinct consisted of a majority of Paul supporters 8, 3 Huckabee supporters, and 2 McCain supporters. We ended up with all Paul delegates going to the county convention. I’m proud to say I’m one of those Paul delegates.

    Even though we could have forced through all Paul delegates I was willing to vote for a representative for McCain or Huckabee to go to the County Convention, but none of their supporters were interested in being a delegate.

    Speaking as a Paul delegate I would say my number one issue is federal spending (including domestic and foreign). I’m also ashamed how much the federal budget has ballooned under a Republican president. President Bush was the first President to submit a 2, 3, AND 4 trillion dollar budget AND he doubled the size of the department of education. Aack! Now HE wants to tell us that McCain is a conservative? Maybe compared to him.

  4. I agree with your list. If you could use a few smaller words you would have a quiz that people could take and see if they really want to vote Democratic Party.

  5. It comes down to:
    1) Am I for Individual Liberty or Collectivism?
    2) A free market economy or a redistribution of wealth?
    3) Do I feel that Western Civilization is under attack or not?
    4) Do I believe that we are a sovereign nation or should the UN have authority over us?
    These 4 questions may answer which candidate one wants to support.
    Besides, I could never be a Democrat, my parents both have the same last name, and I know who my father is…