Who’s really destroying the Republican Party?

I first became a conservative by listening to Rush Limbaugh as a teenager, a  habit I picked up from my mother. Those were exciting times, and I remember  Limbaugh, the fiery outsider, supporting renegade Republican Pat Buchanan and  his presidential challenge to incumbent George H.W. Bush in 1992.

Four years later, I supported Buchanan’s 1996 presidential campaign, which  Rush would have no part of, and as the years went by I would continue to support  conservatives who challenged the status quo — while my one-time radio hero  seemed to become more comfortable with it. For the next decade I spent my time  looking for the next Buchanan, while Rush would reflexively defend George W.  Bush and constantly praise Donald Rumsfeld. He even broke his no-interviews rule  for an hour-long interview with Karl Rove.

In 2007, I found my new Buchanan: Ron Paul. After the GOP presidential debate  in Iowa last week, Limbaugh said the following about Paul on his program: “I’m  sorry, but this Ron Paul is going to destroy this party … this is nuts on parade …” Limbaugh criticized Paul’s foreign policy and particularly the Texas  congressman’s hands-off position towards Iran. But Limbaugh did not criticize  the positions taken by the other candidates — many of whom strongly implied that  war with Iran would be necessary to prevent its regime from promoting terrorism  or producing weapons of mass destruction.
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I wear many hats but history, economics and political observance have always been a passion. I am a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Business with a degree in Information Systems and Digital Business with a minor in European History. I work for a small mom-and-pop IT consulting and software design company. We deal in servicing mostly government funded non-profit mental and behavioral health care agencies in the state of Ohio. In this I deal with Medicaid and Medicare funds and have a little insight on the boondoggles of government there. Thankfully the undemanding nature of my daily profession gives me ample time to read and stay aware of our current state of affairs which I find stranger than fiction in many instances. In addition to being in the IT field, I have also been self employed with a small contracting company so I might know a thing or two about the plight of small business that employs 71% of the American workforce. I however don't draw my knowledge from my day jobs, which I have had a few; I draw it from an intense obsession with facts and observation about the world in which I live. I do have formal education in things such as history, economics and finance particularly as it pertains to global issues, but I have come to find much of what I thought I knew from the formalities of a state university I had to unlearn through much time and independent research. I hope you enjoy what I bring you which is not often heard in the mainstream news outlets. I would like to think my own personal editorializing is not only edifying but thought provoking while not at all obnoxious. That last one may be a hard to achieve.

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