In an interesting and informative interview with MSNBC on Valentine’s Day, Congressman Ron Paul talked about government spending, cutting government services and military spending. He also talked about how most Tea Partiers are not fully libertarian, and are parading around under a sign of libertarianism that disgraces the libertarian name.
Ron Paul described government spending like a bad drinking addiction that can’t be cured by weaning back slowly. I agree with him that government spending is just like this, and following the analogy, it only follows to reason that when the addiction gets bad enough, the user will start to get aggressive, combative and forgetful. Then when the people who care about the user, try to help the user break free from the addiction, the user will get violent and cruel to try and stick with their vice. It’s time to cut down on gov spending now, before things get that much worse. Just like a bad drinking addiction, you can’t just hope it’ll cure itself in time.
Ron Paul brought up several good points about the Tea Party Movement. Although it was founding under libertarian principals of small government and more individual freedoms, the Tea Party has transformed into most a movement that simply picks and chooses what things it doesn’t like, and tries to get rid of them. Such as the ObamaCare act. Ron Paul spoke of many of the Tea Partiers who are actually democratic, and are too afraid or just don’t want to cut social services such as welfare but want the ObamaCare bill repealed, as well as Republican’s in the Tea Party who want lower spending but don’t want to repeal many of the Bush era medical increases or defense laws.
Basically, Ron Paul is calling out all the chickens within the Tea Party who jumped on the band wagon in an attempt to get a change, but without actually having to sacrifice anything. Although Ron Paul isn’t exactly a true libertarian himself, he brings up a good point. If you’re going to demand massive changes, you have to change too. It is exactly this kind of behavior in voters and politicians, that have let the government get as corrupt as it is now. Welfare is a good example. In principal, welfare is supposed to decrease poverty by decreasing need. In reality, it actually increases the needs of the people and the size of the government, which creates more poverty. It’s an endless cycle.
After winning the Straw Poll twice in a row, Ron Paul has again been asked if he will run for president in 2012. He didn’t quite say that he would run, but he very confidently felt that he could win against President Obama the “war mongerer” who continues to pursue wars overseas, as well as the patriot act. With or without the unbalanced tea party, Ron Paul feels that he can win a 2012 presidential election. He banks on the will of the new generation of voters, who are becoming more and more libertarian every day. Those Americans that are noticing that the more power the government gets, the less power the people get. You can wrap it in pretty bows and use fancy names, but it still equals out to less freedom when the government gets more power.
Will Ron Paul win the election in 2012? I don’t know. Though I will agree that a vote for him seems brighter then a vote for any of the other apparent candidates….