Garbage in America’s ‘FREE AND INDEPENDENT PRESS’ (lol)

Originally published as:The Ron Paul Delusion
A certain gesture of frustration:
by David Harsanyi

One of’s lovely models with a charming message in their advertisements…

What are we to make of the Republican Party’s future now that libertarian Rep. Ron Paul won the presidential straw poll at the well-attended Conservative Political Action Conference last week?

Is the GOP about to transform into the party of the gold standard?

Let’s, for a moment, forget Paul (and how I wish this could be a permanent condition, considering the congressman is neither a serious politician nor — and I can’t stress this enough — a serious thinker).

Libertarianism offers conservatives — many of them new to political activism — an earnest ideological alternative to the process-heavy politics that dominate Washington.

It allows Republicans to cleanse themselves of the GOP’s failure to deliver on promises of smaller government and fiscal restraint.

None of which is new. The 1964 Barry Goldwater would be considered a libertarian today by many measures. The National Review constructed a “fusionist” effort to bring the parties together. Ronald Reagan explained to Reason magazine back in 1975 that “the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism.”

Two sticking points preventing this fling from turning into something more serious have been social issues and war. Has anything changed to alter the dynamics of the relationship? Probably not.

Go here to read the rest of the…ummmm…I can’t say–my mother told me if I couldn’t say anything nice, to say nothing at all…


  1. morphoyle

    February 24, 2010 at 11:45 am

    No, nothing has changed, and TRUE libertarianism will probably not catch on, as much as I would like it to. Too many people are afraid to be responsible for themselves. What happened to us over the past couple hundred years? We (as a society) have become a bunch of helpless children just begging for someone to tell us what to do. It seems like people don’t even want their freedom anymore. I feel rage and sickness towards them sometimes, and that dark part of me wants to retreat and watch them all go to hell – like Rome burning… but I digress.

  2. sherry

    February 24, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    I feel your pain all to well brother! Doing something along with prayer gives me relief from those horrible feelings you describe. I’ve been wanting to say something about that topic, but the words are stuck…and have been for a year now. It’s a long mourning process– losing your mother land… Watching her sell herself–her very soul– in Babylon. I stand struck dumb by it all…but I do stand. I do what I can, but I myself can’t speak without sounding like a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. So I bring a box for others to say what they can and applaud all that I find that is righteous.

  3. morphoyle

    February 24, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    I think the best something I can do at this point is try to educate my friends, family, and peers. I have no power, and am up to my ears in student loan debt, so have no money either, lol….

    I would be in mourning as well, but I think the United States I was educated about died long before I was born. I’m just angry at this point, the main source being that “they” feel like they can sell us a fake bill of goods, and we will all swallow it. It is insulting!

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