Posted by Brad @ 1:59 am on January 3rd 2012

Ron Paul for the Republican Nomination

I was going to write up a long post, as usual, making an endorsement, but at this point I feel like I’d be flogging a dead horse.

Mostly, what I want to say is entirely contained in this post by Glenn Greenwald (which is not an endorsement), and which should be read by any progressive, left-leaning libertarian, or civil libertarian who can’t find it in themselves to pull the lever for Ron Paul.

There are very few political priorities, if there are any, more imperative than having an actual debate on issues of America’s imperialism; the suffocating secrecy of its government; the destruction of civil liberties which uniquely targets Muslims, including American Muslims; the corrupt role of the Fed; corporate control of government institutions by the nation’s oligarchs; its destructive blind support for Israel, and its failed and sadistic Drug War. More than anything, it’s crucial that choice be given to the electorate by subverting the two parties’ full-scale embrace of these hideous programs.[…]

Paul — alone among the national figures in both parties — is able and willing to advocate views that Americans urgently need to hear.

I am trying to find a single compelling counter-argument to that, and cannot. I am also trying to find any more imperative, vital issues on the docket, and similarly failing.

This year, I’d have been happy to vote for either Gary Johnson or Jon Huntsman. But the former is out (and still my golden parachute for the general!), and the latter might not even be in the race come Pennsylvania (although in the extremely unlikely event of a late Huntsman surge, I reserve the right to change my mind). But if anything, I’ve been more inclined to move towards Paul over the last few weeks since the newsletters stories came up – for the third time, with no new information. Because it struck me that the motives of those pushing the story or using it as an “out” were operating on a completely different political calculus they would never employ in the case of, say, a mainstream Democrat vs. Republican contest, or even a relatively centrist intraparty one. And for all the reasons (and more) that Greenwald mentions in that article, I start getting angry, because for all the howling we do about how Bush Jr. and Bush Jr. Jr. are uniquely rewriting the entire American experiment in a way more fundamental than I believe we’ve seen in 75 years, it really is more about us than the politicians we hire to do these things to us / for us.

And even if you think that Ron Paul is a secret racist or horribly inept or whatever it is you think about the newsletters, the fact is you have to compare that to what you know about the other candidates – that they will all, to a man, further enshrine in our national charter all the worst excesses and offenses of the Bush administration and beyond, without argument or even spirited debate, fundamentally ending, for all intents and purposes, of the original American experiment.

I know that Ron Paul is the only candidate left who is bringing those issues to the table. I think he’s the only one with a chance of jolting us out of our complacency on them. I think the next two presidential elections are the last chances we have before Dick Cheney’s understanding of America becomes fully enshrined as America’s view of America. But I don’t know that we’re not there already.

And I know I don’t care about anything else.

1 Comment »

  1. tl;dr

    Comment by James — 1/3/2012 @ 4:37 pm

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