Dr. Ron Paul is technically still in the presidential hunt, as we haven’t gotten to the Republican National Convention yet and the man hasn’t dropped out like the rest of the competition that was vying for the throne that is nearly within Mitt Romney’s grasp. In fact, the Republican Party announced that Ron Paul would indeed be on the ballot for the RNC next month. His delegates will be present, his voice will be heard and he will not go quietly into the night as Mitt Romney officially takes the reigns of the giant red elephant in Tampa.
It’s unfortunately damn near impossible for Paul to get the nomination at this point but his arduous battle to victory hasn’t been unsuccessful. In fact, despite not getting the nomination to lead his party against Barack Obama, Ron Paul has won. He has achieved the greatest victory of his life and done so for those of us who understand what real liberty is about. Ron Paul has reinvigorated the masses like no one else has in decades, if not centuries – going back the the days of our Founding Fathers.
Ron Paul hasn’t just energized the people, he has changed the shape of his party. Sure, majority still rules and the majority is mainly comprised of neoconservative establishment shitcocks but the Paul Effect hasn’t left any of them unscathed. While I personally feel that converting the Republican Party back towards the ideals of Ron Paul – and more importantly the Constitution – is exhausting and improbable, little by little a shift has happened. Because of this shift, Dr. Paul has been victorious, whether the big wigs in the GOP have noticed or not.
The rhetoric in the field of economics has changed within the GOP, as the people now understand Paul’s message and embrace it because it makes sense and the policies Paul promotes are the best solution we have to our financial crisis. Because of Dr. Paul, kids are reading Mises, Rothbard, Hayek, Hazlitt and other Austrian economists’ works. I mean shit, some old dude named Ron Paul has made economics cool and has in turn, exposed the fallacies of Keynesianism and the bullshit rhetoric of economists like Paul Krugman. Furthermore, this Austrian economic following has grown throughout sectors of the Tea Party, Young Republicans clubs, libertarian clubs and gone on to reach many of the politicians the Liberty Movement promotes. Essentially, Ron Paul has effectively altered the political landscape to the point that people now have to take him seriously and explore his ideas. Hey, maybe the establishment will see the error of its ways on foreign policy next.
Now at the end of his political career, as he is retiring after his current congressional term, Ron Paul has reached the peak of Liberty Mountain and finally educated enough people, Congress included, on the tyranny of the Federal Reserve. You see, Ron Paul has submitted the Audit the Fed Bill and the Republican-led House of Representatives is actually taking it seriously! In fact, the entire House is looking at it thoroughly, as it currently has 270 co-sponsors! House Majority Leader Eric Cantor even announced that it is coming up for a vote soon! My god, what the fuck has happened?! Are we really headed for brighter days in this country? Are we truly learning the error of our ways? Could politicians actually be changing their tune? That last question is doubtful but it does look as if the bill has a very solid chance of passing through the House and going on to the Senate. The Senate is where the problem lies however and of course after that, the bill would have to contend with the president and that’s a whole other story.
The positive side of this however, is that it isn’t just House Republicans that are seriously backing this bill, which would force transparency on the part of the Federal Reserve, but many of the Democrats are backing it too. Will this bi-partisan support filter over into the Senate? Probably not but the fact that this is a real bill that is really being voted on and considered after 99 years of Federal Reserve tyranny is astounding! This goes to show just how far the message of liberty, as carried by Ron Paul and now others, has grown. This personally gives me some hope for the future, as I have obviously come of as completely pessimistic from time to time.
The entire American political system certainly is far from being fixed and the two-party shitshow is a beast that needs to be neutered but if ever there was an argument that libertarian ideas and Austrian economics could somehow transform the Republican Party from the inside out, this is a prime example of how that might be possible. Hell, the fact that this has rubbed off on some of the Democrats just goes to show that maybe the old adage that states “you can’t run from truth” is accurate.
With more and more politicians embracing these truths, we sure as shit can be happy that our dark days could very well collide with some light. The war is far from over, people will continue to reject the truth but if those in the fight continue to carry the torch after Paul steps away, we may get out of this deep hole yet. If the Gary Johnsons, Rand Pauls and Justin Amashes keep up the fight and keep enlightening the masses we can only have brighter days ahead.
In time, someone else will have to step up and fill the massive void left behind by Dr. Paul. Maybe it will be Johnson, the younger Paul or Amash or maybe it will be someone else. Regardless of who it is, someone will certainly step in and maybe all the hard work that Ron Paul has put in to his last two presidential campaigns as well as his decades in Congress won’t be in vain. Truthfully, to even think that is foolish, as one thing is definitely certain: Ron Paul has rebuilt the foundation that this country needs and there is a lot of room for all of us to stand in and fill that void.
The hard honest truth is that the next Ron Paul is us.