By now, most of you have probably either seen or heard of Rick Perry’s legendary brain freeze in last week’s GOP primary debate. Perry announced that he would eliminate three federal agencies if he were elected President and, for 53 agonizing seconds, was unable to recall what the third agency was. Now, I understand that everyone has a bad night. I understand that public policy is a whirlwind of facts and to remember all of them all the time is next to impossible.

However, the idea that Perry cannot remember the names of three major federal agencies that he would eliminate under a plan that he supposedly created is ridiculous. And Perry is not the only Republican candidate whose actions should make us question their ability to govern our country. He has proven himself to be merely the best coiffured of a disappointingly unimpressive Republican field.

Michele Bachmann is on record for saying that the first shots of the Revolutionary War were fired in New Hampshire (it was actually Massachusetts). While her apparent lack of knowledge about the period of history from which her whole candidacy draws its inspiration is troubling, what is downright pathetic are her past statements on gay and lesbian issues. Bachman has stated that she believes that homosexuals suffer from “sexual dysfunction” and “sexual identity disorders.” Her husband operated a clinic that subscribed to the idea that homosexuals could be “cured” of their “disease.” Not only are such positions extremely bigoted, they also reveal ignorance about basic facts.

Rick Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, has added his own unique perspective to the issue. He has equated homosexuality to bestiality. That should be enough to make us question his fitness for the highest office in the land.

Herman Cain, a former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, has recently garnered attention for his surprising rise in the polls. Cain based his candidacy on his business experience and economic expertise. He admitted that he did not know much about foreign policy. However, trivializing what is constitutionally the main function of the presidency by claiming the irrelevance of knowing the name of the leader of “ubeki-beki-beki stan stan” is idiotic and irresponsible. The fact is, foreign policy issues, most of them mind-numbingly complex, will command most of the next president’s attention.

Far more alarming, Cain has been beset by multiple accusations of sexual harassment. And Cain is not alone in his questionable sexual morals. Newt Gingrich had the gall to carry on impeachment proceedings against Bill Clinton for lying about sex at the same time as he was having an affair with another woman. Even more disgusting, he tried to negotiate divorce proceedings with his first wife while visiting her in the hospital where she was recovering from surgery.

Ron Paul seems more interested in gutting the federal government than running it, as the libertarian congressman wants to eliminate everything from the Department of Education to the Federal Reserve. John Huntsman claims he has foreign policy experience that none of his competitors can match, including the ability to speak Mandarin. It turns out that when one actually translates what Huntsman says (as was done when he appeared on the Colbert Report) it comes out as meaningless gibberish. That lie alone should give us pause.

All of this brings us back to Mitt Romney. On the surface, Romney certainly comes the closest to our archetypal ideal of a presidential candidate. He comes from a political family, went to good schools and has a mix of government and business experience. He even looks like our classic vision of a president. All of this ultimately comes to naught however, because Romney has consistently shown a lack of conviction. There is scarcely any issue of importance in this race that he has not at some point taken both sides of. More troubling is the fact that Romney has flip-flopped on abortion. He defended abortion rights when he was governor of Massachusetts but now presents himself as a pro-lifer. The fact that Romney is willing to flip his position on an issue that supposedly touches on our most sacred ethics betrays exactly how much of a craven opportunist he is.

Given all of this, it is my opinion that none of these candidates are fit to hold the office of the President. The fact that these men and this woman have come to dominate one of our venerable political parties speaks to exactly how broken our political process is.


  • JerryCurl

    Ron Paul has logical explanations for everything he wants to do

    • SAM

      Getting rid of Federal Reserve is logical.

      1 Federal Reserve did not create the financial collapse.
      2. Federal Reserve cannot solve lack of long term fiscal policies that have to be passed by Congress.
      3. President cannot work with aDo-Nothing Congress

  • Sanjay

    Obomba = Romney = Perry = Cain = Gingrich = different puppets, same federal reserve master.

    Romney = commie medical care, racist quotas, bailouts, TARP, abortion laws, gun control, bloodthirsty war-lust, campaign funding by Banksters.

    Perry = Gardasil for little girls, free health/ education/house/food for 3rd world aliens, niggerhead on his farm, “oops” in his brain, “bank-of-america helping him out”.

    Ron Paul will end the wars, end the empire, end the federal reserve, end racist quotas, end unconstitutional departments.

    Sound money, liberty, free enterprise, local government, strong traditional families, western civilization.

    • SAM

      hey, what happened to my existing medical condiitonsince I have diabetes. The first guuy to take care of it was the Obama bill. Otherwise I would be dead in the water! The sobs could not take care of such a minor problem for more than 50 years! What a shame! So they are not the same after all. I think Sanjay needs a crash course in arithmetic more than anything else and what about the auto industry rescue. These SOBs in Republican party would have let Detroit go bankrupt! If it crony capitalism, just talk to those guys working in auto industry. Not only thre three auto companies but thousands of people working in industries closely connected to auto industry will be thankful, I am sure.

  • Don’t mind me

    agree with Ron Paul’s philosophy regarding monetary policy (Classical liberal economics not this new Keynes Bullshit) [Turgot had it right] and foreign policy advocated by Washington/ followed by John adams/ TJ and crew. I think the real problem here at wesleyan is that many people just don’t know the plain old difference between corporatism and capitalism. When government gets in bed with corporations and gives them subsidies/special privileges well we’ve got a game changer here. The job of gov is too make sure all companies play by the same rules, not favor them and give some benefits while letting others fail. Good business skills have nothing to do with it anymore, just whether the gov is your friend or not.