This being a poker blog and all, I won't usually venture outside the realm of the game, but I think this is important:
Being a Canadian, I find the way American's choose their president to be somewhat better than our way of choosing a prime minister. And whomever American's pick for their president actually has an effect on my life due to our countries being linked so closely economically and politically. I like the fact that American's get to vote directly for whom they want to have as president, but I am a little troubled by the role that the media plays in all of this. I watch and read a lot of mainstream news and I took a lot of socio-political/history classes when I was working towards my degree.
From the start of this race for party nominations, the media has consistently told their audience who the "top tier" candidates are and many out there have accepted these as the only viable candidates. In effect, the media is choosing who you get to choose as your president.
I am not going to hide who I feel is the best, and I feel only real choice in this race; unfortunately I cannot vote. I have been watching and reading about Ron Paul's campaign and platform and it is the only one that makes sense to me.
That being said, the media and the Republican party seem to be absolutely terrified of having Ron Paul as president. The media has basically censored him out when they are not asking him irrelevant questions. I have read articles and watched news stories regarding the Republican nomination where he is not even mentioned and it is now being written as if it is a 2 man race.
Take for instance the first 2 debates. Online polls from the host news sites showed that he won both debates. Then there was the FOX debate which he was excluded from even though his support was higher than Guiliani, who was in the debate.
And the sealer for me that the Republican party is actively working to make sure he is not the nominee among other things was Romney's withdrawl from the campaign being in 2nd place and still very viable according to the media, effectively squashing the chances for a brokered convention in which Paul might actually have a shot. Who does that? This speaks volumes about the morality and integrity of the party as a whole. As Ron Paul said, "The party has lost its way."
Because of this media blackout and work being done to censor Paul, many are still out there saying Ron Who? without even getting a chance to hear what his platform is nevermind think about voting for him in a primary.
IMO he is the only candidate that would fit the role of a president that could get American policy, foreign and domestic, back on track as he is the only one who has shown by his voting record and his platform that he will actually uphold the oath of office, that being to defend the Constitution.
I encourage everyone who is still asking Ron Who? to check out his campaign site and find out what his platform is www.RonPaul2008.com