Before I begin, I must be very clear that I am not a conspiracy theorist kind of guy nor an anti-Republican! Therefore, it is an internal struggle to put this out there, but after several months of introspection I feel it is time. The Republican Party seems to have conspired to keep Buddy Roemer out of the race for president. He would never come out and say it because it opens him up for an all out attack from the party. He would then have an even smaller chance to win an election.
What are the facts?
Buddy Roemer has all the experience you would want for a commander-in-chief. At Harvard, he earned a BS in Economics and later an MBA in Finance. From 1981 to 1988 he served as a Congressman. From 1988 to 1992 he served as Louisiana’s Governor. While there he cut the unemployment rate in half, reformed their campaign finance laws, and balanced the state’s budget. I don’t mention this to get readers to vote for him, but to show how qualified he is to have been a candidate. The problem isn’t what he has done, it is what he hasn’t: He has never accepted Super PAC, or special interest money. Matter of fact, this has been his platform to get elected. The fact that he doesn’t accept this money makes him an enemy of the state, if you will.
Imagine running Buddy out there when his platform of campaign finance reform and getting SuperPAC’s out of politics could make your party look bad, as a whole. Fox News network, a GOP slanted news network, hasn’t even hinted that Buddy Roemer exists. He was left out of all debates. Why you might ask? At first they told him he wouldn’t be allowed in the debates until he officially signed on as a candidate. That makes perfect sense until you realize that several others hadn’t that they allowed in debates. So, Buddy officially announces his running. Then they told him that he had to have at least 2% of the votes of a given state to qualify. Again, you might think that this is a fair request. We cannot have everybody and their brother in a debate, but you have to know that when they required this from Buddy, John Huntsman, Michelle Bachmann, and Rick Perry didn’t have 2% yet they were invited into these debates. Despite the hypocrisy of the situation, Buddy attained the 2%. Then they said he had to have 5% of the votes. At this time only Perry and Bachmann didn’t have the 4% but they were allowed in the debates. Matter of fact, Buddy was ahead of both of them in the polls. You still saw no mention of his existence on Fox News and he wasn’t allowed into the debates. Buddy Roemer was working hard to get the 4%, and then they dropped the bomb. They told him that he had to have a minimum amount of money raised for his campaign to get in the debates that was far beyond what he had raised to that point. This, they knew, went directly against his platform. He will not accept more than $100 per campaign donation.
As a result, Buddy Roemer has dropped out of the GOP race and decided to run as an Independent via the American’s Elect process. Although I’m voting for Governor Roemer and love his platform of Campaign Finance Reform, this is not my point. I hate the fact that politics has come to this. Republicans snubbed one of their own because he was a threat to their pocket-book. Democrats would have done the same thing if the situation was reversed. It is a bi-partisan problem. They will do anything they can to “keep the money in.” This is why we, as a Republic, have to fight our own apathy and do something about it. We have to support someone like Buddy. Even if you don’t plan on voting for him, you should want a man like him in upcoming presidential debates. His take on money in government shouldn’t be silenced or big corporations will continue to own our democracy. We have to get the money out, and supporting people like Buddy is a way of going about it.