For Republicans, there is a silver lining to the re-election of Barack Obama. The door is now open for real change in 2016. The recently adopted Romney Rules at the RNC, which would have locked out any true democratic participation and guaranteed eight more years of GOP establishment, top-down, Brahman-style, domination, are now moot. The gate is open.
The change that will be debated in the next presidential election will not be about tax percentages, or troop withdrawal timetables, or welfare for Big Bird, or who should be the next chairman of the Federal Reserve. The change that will be debated will be about fundamentals, about monetary policy, about the philosophical underpinnings of our foreign policy, about the relevancy of the American constitution and where we are headed as a people.
It will not be the red team against the blue team, espousing the same things in different degrees, rather it will be about real differences.
Should the Federal Reserved continue to operate in secret, manipulating the monetary system be creating wealth for its own board members and their corporate cronies, robbing the poor and the middle class? Or should its work be transparent and accountable? Remember, 80% now want the FED audited, it was not even mentioned by either candidate.
For the first time since it began, the housing collapse, which so devastated the wealth of the middle class, may actually be addressed.
Corruption on Wall Street, K Street and in the corridors of Capitol Hill will become issues.
One man can guarantee this discussion.
After three elections in which winning candidates have promised to end nation building there is a potential president who might actually do it, bring home our soldiers to guard our own borders instead of the borders of Pakistan and Afghanistan. For the first time, finally bring home our troops from Germany and Japan where since World War II they have been stationed, pumping their money into local economies, while America descends into the economic toilet.
One man can stop the wars without end.
One man will champion civil liberties, reverse the fast paced trend toward ever more powerful, centralized government, that dictates what our children think, what we wear and eat and how we flush our toilets. One man will raise the issue of how government is relentlessly trying to snuff out our conversation online.
One man , an accomplished doctor from a family of doctors, born and raised and tutored in liberty, has both the character and the political skill and fundraising base to get elected. And that one man is Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky.
Oh yes, I know, Liberty fans, he endorsed Mitt Romney for president. Too early for some of us. But then that is exactly why he is now positioned to actually win the 2016 GOP nomination and the presidency. Because a Rand Paul campaign would be inclusive and supportive and generous in spirit. And to win it he will need all the support he can get.
This is the lesson of this past election. If Romney and those recalcitrant GOP bosses didn’t need us in 2008, we will need them in 2016. And we will have to forgive them and honor them and cherish them.
A Rand Paul campaign won’t shut out the evangelical Christians and tell Sarah Palin she isn’t wanted or needed at the national convention. It won’t hire thugs to infiltrate our opponents campaigns and wear their clothes and pass out phony ballots even after we have won. A Rand Paul campaign will be generous in victory.
In a Rand Paul campaign, Peter Thiel will sit down with David Lane. It will be about liberty, everybody’s liberty and the protection of each other’s God given, Constitutional guaranteed rights. And this campaign will win.
In some respects, we are the weak link. We in the Liberty Movement will have to decide whether we are willing to become more than theorists but also successful, winning, political activists. Some of the debates will get scary as our candidate may decide that we need to cut our military bases from 900 to 75, instead of zero. He will be backing us away from the abyss, on his own timetable and it may be too rapid for the general public and not enough for some of us.
But in the end, we can’t govern American if we can’t govern ourselves.
The point is this, our dream is still alive. And in a way, it is still in our hands. And now there is a very real chance of victory. Now the real work begins. If this country is to have another rebirth it is up to us. Ron Paul will either be forgotten, a name swept away in history like Autumn leaves blowing across a lawn, or his statues will stand in public parks, as the father of a reborn nation and the father of our most popular president.
So, get a good job. Make some money. Lots of money. And get ready for the next installment of the Liberty story. In a few years, or a few months, the real work begins again. Run Rand Run.