The post I hesitate to write
OK, with the caveat that this is not a fully-formed thought, but
rather a starting point for forming one, I wish to throw out the
following heretical proposition for your discussion in the comments
section: As desirable as a Ron Paul presidency would be in principle,
it has the potential to be a disaster in practice.
Here's what I mean.
Isn't the economic system so thoroughly broken down that it will
require massive pain before the economy is restored to health? And
wouldn't a President Paul take the brunt of the blame for that pain?
Is it not likely that Paul's programs would be so thoroughly
compromised, corrupted, and distorted by the political process that
they would lead to potentially disastrous results, giving the
principles of liberty a bad name for generations to come? Libertarians
don't want to be put in the position of old-line communists who plead,
"But it's never really been tried."
As I say, I haven't thought this out all the way. And I've seen
Paul say a few things that indicate he's been thinking about this
himself — ways of effecting a seamless transition. Still, as the
fundraising and polling figures get better and better, it's something
perhaps more of us should think about.
So… Fire away in the comments area. In the meantime, I wish all of our readers a happy Thanksgiving.