I’ve been looking for a 2016 Presidential candidate on the GOP side–and at this point, Maine Governor Paul LePage looks like it. Whether or not Governor LePage is considering a run at this point, who knows? If he’s not, let’s hope he gets drafted.
We need this guy.
“We” meaning the United States of America and the U.S. Constitution.
Here’s a photo of Paul, plus one with his family, just to give you a couple of visual reference points.
In case you haven’t noticed, our nation is in trouble. The current Commander in Chief, Barack Hussein Obama, is about as effective as a gang of termites–wonderful if you’re looking to produce sawdust, but not so great for maintaining a strong home structure. With Hillary Clinton looking to follow up in 2016 for the Democrats, ideologically prepared to finish the destruction Obama has so thoroughly begun, the Republican nominee is going to determine whether our constitutional Republic is facing sunset or sunrise.
Certainly, the mess the GOP made of the 2012 campaign must not be repeated. Mitt Romney was hardly a great candidate, but he was what we had–and he faded in the stretch, gaining a slim lead in the polls and then trying to stall until the game buzzer sounded. True, the mainstream media was more than complicit in helping with the Benghazi coverup, Candy Crowley decided it was her job as debate moderator to jump into the conversation on the side of the incumbent, and all that.
But it was Romney’s timid tactics coupled with New Jersey GOP Governor Chris Christie hugging Obama on camera in the wake of Hurricane Sandy that hammered the last few nails into Mitt’s campaign coffin.
That, and the unbelievable fact that whole hordes of Republican voters stayed home on Election Day rather than cast their votes for a candidate (Romney) of whom they did not approve. That was so unbelievably stupid…there are no words to express it.
But we know all that. What we do not know is where to find a candidate for 2016 who can call it like he sees it–what my friend, Simon Anderson, the CEO of DreamHost, refers to as “shameless honesty”–and rally the people so strongly that he overpowers the media attacks.
Until now, that is.
A friend sent me one of those “viral emails” that got my attention. I liked what I read so much that the Canon PowerShot went to work. Take a look.
That’s not all of the email I received, but it’s enough to get the point across.
Obviously, a man like this one doesn’t just pop up out of nowhere. He has to have a history. And does he ever have a history! Check out what Wikipedia has to say about LePage’s early life:
LePage was born in Lewiston, Maine, the eldest son of eighteen children of Theresa (née Gagnon) and Gerard LePage, both of French-Canadian descent. He grew up speaking French in an impoverished home with an abusive father who was a mill worker. His father drank heavily and terrorized the children; and his mother was too intimidated to stop him.
At age eleven, after his father beat him and broke his nose, he ran away from home and lived on the streets of Lewiston, seeking shelter wherever he could find it, including in horse stables and at a “strip joint”. After spending roughly two years homeless, he began to earn a living shining shoes, washing dishes at a café and hauling boxes for a truck driver. He later worked at a rubber company, a meat-packing plant, and was a short order cook, and bartender
It’s pretty clear young Paul LePage had no idea of stopping there. He eventually got a college education, polished up his English to become truly bilingual, and worked his way up the ladder in both politics and business. He’s been a city mayor and a CEO (of Marden’s discount stores).
His record as mayor of Waterville is worth noting in that when he took over, the city had a million bucks in its “rainy day fund”. When he left…it had ten million.
Well, folks, that’s enough for the moment. This page is really nothing but a place marker, a reminder for later on, especially when the great, grinding political machines begin chewing up and spitting out the remains of candidates for President of the United States. After all, Paul LePage may have no interest in the Presidency.
But if he does run, he’ll have my vote.
UPDATE: September 22, 2013
This post was noticed Mario Maretto of stateandcapitol.bangordailynews.com (Thanks, Mario.). His post (plus the Editor’s note) mentioned a few things worth repeating here:
1. The viral email shown in the above photos was found by Snopes to contain “a mixture of truth and fiction”. I’m no big believer in the infallibility of Snopes, but their conclusions are quite likely accurate in this case. Very few of these emails turn out to be 100% correct in their statements, as most readers in this day and age understand.
2. I was (understandably) referred to as an “anonymous” blogger from Cochise County, Arizona, but I’m not really all that anonymous. My name is Fred Baker. I’m a registered Republican and Tea Party activist, living off grid, one mile north of the Mexican border. Years ago, when I was taking an online marketing course, they taught us to go with user names on various sites. I did, and “Ghost32″ became a bit of a brand over time; that’s all there is to that. In other words, I’m in no way trying to hide behind the cloak of anonymity.
3. You may note that the writing error, listing Waterville as Watertown, has been corrected. One of the early commenters pointed out my mistake, which I appreciate.