In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this
Rand Paul endorses Mitt Romney and furthers Libertarianism
The fact that Rand Paul endorses Mitt Romney, remainsa thoroughly contested subject within the libertarian movement. Browsing through dozens of libertarian websites and blogs, I have come across an unbelievable amount of hateful vitriol against Rand Paul.
A substantial number of libertarian bloggers continue to take a fundamentalist approach, and all-or-nothing-right-now-and-here attitude that does not allow for any compromises. Unfortunately, this kind of philosophy does not take into account that profound social and political changes required decades to be effected.
Even the so-called liberals and progressives did not achieve their objectives overnight; it took us several decades, yes, almost a century to degenerate into the pathetic state of affairs that we have the misfortune to witness nowadays.
Likewise, a libertarian transformation of society and politics will not be an overnight event. Thanks to Rand Paul’s father, the libertarian idea has taken root again in American society and it is up to all of us to ensure that the impetus so suddenly gained will not be wasted.
In this context there are a few points well worth emphasizing:
1. Rand Paul is a GOP senator, a constitutionalist and libertarian.
2. Rand Paul has always been clear that he would support the eventual GOP nominee.
3. Only the very delusional would dispute the fact that Ron Paul has no chance to become the GOP nominee.
4. The one objective that unifies all wings of the Republican Party is to vote Obama out of power.
5. After months and months of a grueling presidential primary, in which the respective GOP candidate’s stopped at nothing short of disemboweling each other, it is time to focus on the common objective. Unfortunately, there is no libertarian candidate in sight who would stand a chance to beat both Obama and the Republican candidate in a general election.
6. As a Republican senator, Rand Paul has chosen a long time ago to further libertarian interests from within the GOP. Thanks to his father’s and his own efforts he is now in a unique position to do so.
7. By endorsing Mitt Romney he preempts social conservatives within the GOP from accusing him of not being a true Republican.
8. If Mitt Romney wins the presidential elections, Rand Paul will have ensured that libertarian ideas will play a bigger role than they have for decades; his father’ s admirable campaign will have laid the groundwork for that.
9. If Mitt Romney loses the presidential elections, Rand Paul will have positioned himself very well for 2016 .
10. Not endorsing Mitt Romney would have meant the risk of delegating the libertarian movement to many more years of existence alongside the fringes, and – even worse – would have contributed to an accelerated decline towards the Greek condition in the US.
To sum it up :
by endorsing the presumptive Republican nominee, Rand Paul – undoubtedly with the explicit approval of his father – further the interests of constitutionalists and libertarians to a degree that he would not have been able to achieve, had he decided otherwise.
In my humble opinion, he has chosen the only possible, feasible, and promising strategy to give libertarians a true hope for change.
The fact that he did so despite the undoubtedly anticipated opposition within his own ranks is proof of character and integrity – the lack of both of which we have been lamenting for so many years in politics.
My best wishes go out to him and his father, together with my respect and admiration.
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