According to a recent Rasmussen Reports poll, indicates that Americans might be ready for a change. In a hypothetical election between Obama and Constitutional Republican Ron Paul, it would be a virtual dead heat between Obama, with 42% of the vote, and Ron Paul taking 41%. 11% would vote for another candidate and 6% are undecided.
Now that people are learning that the new “free” health care is not free, that it requires chip implants, that it does not cover children and Congressmen and their staffs are exempt, perhaps they are hoping for a change.
Paul, an anti-big government libertarian who engenders unusually strong feelings among his supporters, was an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008. But he continues to have a solid following, especially in the growing Tea Party movement.
But Republican voters also have decidedly mixed feelings about Paul, who has been an outspoken critic of the party establishment.
Obama earns 79% support from Democrats, but Paul gets just 66% of GOP votes. Voters not affiliated with either major party give Paul a 47% to 28% edge over the president.
Many Republicans express fear, generated by the elected elite, that if they cast a protest vote for a Ron Paul, it would split the vote and cause the election to go to the Democratic party. They refer to the Reform Party of Henry Ross Perot a few years ago. They do seem to forget, however, that it lead to the election of Jesse Ventura as governor of Minnesota.
This is one of the reasons that George Washington expressed regret that the government was moving in the direction of a party system at all. It stupefies people into a narrow, limited thinking pattern.
Perhaps people are learning that their vote does actually count. Perhaps people are becoming smart enough to know that is time to vote for “other.” There will still be the election fraud in New York, Chicago and California, but with Paul probably taking Texas and a majority of the more rural States, he could take the election if an honest election were held. Of course, the U.N. would not send Jimmy Carter in to observe the election.