By Wayne Allyn Root, Former Libertarian Vice Presidential Nominee
The mainstream media seems to love the traditional status quo robots (Bush, Clinton, Gore, Bush Jr., Obama, Romney) who got us into this economic crisis of epic proportions — while despising and disregarding non-traditional candidates such as Ron Paul and Herman Cain.
They make sure that only a Mitt Romney or Barack Obama with a certain look (well-groomed, attractive, nice suits, good hair), certain education (always Ivy League), and certain views (support the Fed, support corporate welfare, won’t cut spending too much, won’t rock the boat) are portrayed as “popular mainstream candidates.”
The candidates who don’t fit this traditional role are portrayed as crazy, kooky, and extreme with “no chance of winning.”
Yet, those status quo elitists with their Ivy League degrees and orthodox views led us right into this Great Depression II. Those “traditional” views about everything — taxes, spending, entitlements, Social Security, bailouts for billionaire bankers, the Fed, wars — led to the insolvency and bankruptcy of this great country.
Why would we celebrate and elevate the very same traditional thinkers who brought us to this point of disaster?
Even more damning, these same beliefs (taught at every Ivy League economics department) have led us down the very same path as Europe, which is right now at the edge of Armageddon.
Whether the masses of U.S. voters realize it or not, Europe’s very survival is at stake over the coming days — all because of too much debt, spending, entitlements, taxes, free healthcare, and government employees with outrageous pensions.
Look back at the past few years. We have lurched from a bank debt crisis to a corporate debt crisis to now a much worse crisis — a sovereign debt crisis with entire European countries on the edge of implosion .
When banks and big corporations go under, countries save them. But who will save the countries? The world economy is at death’s door. And, there is no cavalry to ride to the rescue.
Look at the leaders of each insolvent country now in crisis. They are the same person, cut from the same cloth. This “group think” of Ivy League spoiled brats, almost all born with silver spoons in their mouths, is at the root of all that ails America and the world.
World leaders lack common sense or blue-collar roots. Few have ever run a business. Even fewer are self-made. These types have destroyed the world economy. It is time to change our thinking . . . and change our leaders.
It is time to merge anti-heroes like Ron Paul and Herman Cain to create the perfect president. No traditional thinking found here. This newly merged “Herman Paul” is the kind of non-traditional, non-status quo president we desperately need.
Ron Paul was not just the first, he was the only politician to predict the debt bubble, housing crash, banking crisis, student loan crisis, and economic tsunami we are now experiencing.
He predicted the Community Reinvestment Act, Fannie Mae, and Freddy Mac would destroy the housing market. He predicted reckless government spending would drown the nation in debt. He predicted the high cost of college, driven by student loans, would enslave college graduates. He railed about “crony capitalism.” He predicted the Fed would keep printing until the value of the dollar was destroyed. He was right about everything.
You’d think the media would celebrate Ron Paul as a hero, hailing him for his courage. But instead he is despised for making the Ivy League elite look foolish, ignorant, and reckless. He embarrassed the smartest guys in the room, showing them to be the dumbest guys in the room. They will never forgive him for it.
So, the media elite do the bidding of their former Ivy League classmates, painting the guy who was right about everything as “dangerous” and “extreme.” So the very guy whose brilliant insights are most needed right now is slandered and ignored.
Then there’s Herman Cain. No spoiled-brat privileged background here. He’s the son of a maid and chauffeur who became CEO of Godfather Pizza — a self-made success. Those are the perfect qualifications for a president.
But the D.C. insiders, big business, and media elite hate Herman. Why? Because he is not a member of their snobby little club. He climbed the corporate ladder based solely on talent and relentless spirit. He makes the elite feel guilty and insecure.
So, they belittle the “simplicity” of Cain’s 9-9-9 tax plan. They forget to tell you that Hong Kong has the best economy in the world with booming revenues and almost no unemployment — all based on the simplicity of a 16 percent flat tax, plus zero capital gains taxes.
Likewise they forget to tell you that the simplicity of Ronald Reagan’s tax plan to cut income taxes from 70 percent to 28 percent turned the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression into the greatest economic boom in world history.
Simplicity and common sense are exactly what we need right now in a president. We need the kind of blue-collar common sense that comes from a country baby doctor Ron Paul and a son of a maid turned CEO Herman Cain.
We need to run away from elitists with traditional ideas and orthodox thinking who have destroyed the U.S. economy.
America desperately needs a President like “Herman Paul.”
Wayne Allyn Root is a former Libertarian vice presidential nominee. He now serves as Chairman of the Libertarian National Congressional Committee. He is the best-selling author of “The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gold & Tax Cuts.” His web site: www.ROOTforAmerica.com.