Posts Tagged ‘Future’

Rand Paul & A New Awakening

In Recent News on May 19, 2010 at 9:37 PM

Yesterday was the big day for Paul supporters across the country from each party and independents alike, however it centered around a single state, Kentucky, and the GOP.  Rand Paul, the 47-year-old ophthalmologist (eye doctor) and son of the more famous Ron Paul, took on former Democrat and Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson in the Republican Primary in the state. Normally little attention would be paid to a GOP senate primary half a year before the mid-term elections, however this was an exception. This was not just a contest between two candidates vying for the chance to enter the elite club that is the US Senate, it was a contest that could define the Republican Party for years, if not generations to come.

Grayson seemed the ideal candidate to the Republican leadership, he was a former Democrat, had few strong ideological positions, and was running as a yes man for the party establishment, they figured they could shuffle him in, win a few center-left independents along the way, and add another political robot to their supporter ranks in the senate. He quickly won the endorsements of everyone from Mitch McConnell, the Republican Senate leader, to former VP Dick Cheney, to one time presidential hopeful and moderate Republican Rudy Giuliani. The establishment was completely and 100% behind Grayson and he was ready to repay them by playing their game, however it did not exactly go according to plan for those in Washington.

Rand Paul may not have been backed by the GOP establishment, but he had something much more important on his side, the grassroots supporters. He, like his father Ron Paul did in the ’08 presidential campaign, set fundraising records by raising $433,509 in a 24 hour period, shattering any amount raised by a Kentucky senate candidate before and this was before the general election had even begun. The proverbial big figures may have thrown their support early and often behind Grayson, but the little man proved that it is he who controls this country. Finally, last night, when push came to shove, not only did Rand Paul manage to defeat Grayson, he did so by a massive margin of 23.4%

So perhaps you are still wondering why this single election was important, sure Rand Paul is against the party establishment, and sure he beat the odds and when, but what does it prove, what does it mean, why should I care? The fact is that, alone, this race proves nothing and accomplishes nothing, however you must look at it as part of a broader trend. Any self-respecting political “expert” would have put his money on Grayson, he had the name recognition, the establishments backing, and the ‘moderatism,’ by which they mean lack of truly substantial positions on most topics, to reach out to independents. However the people of Kentucky were unaffected by these traditionally deciding factors, they actually took some time, researched the candidates, looked into them and thought about who really deserved their vote and who they really wanted in Washington and by a massively overwhelming majority they backed the underdog, senator-to-be Rand Paul.

However, as I said, one must look at this as part of a greater trend. I’m not just talking about a right-wing/libertarian trend, though it tends to come from that side, a side which I identify more closely with, but also the left. Arlen Specter, former Republican, now Democrat, and one of the ultimate political ‘players’ and establishment figures, gone in the primary. In Utah a long time ‘moderate,’ again the term means that he has no real strong political views or opinions, Senator Bob Bennett, gone in the primary. Senator Blanche Lincoln in Arkansas, forced to a run off. You can even look at the Florida gubernatorial race where Christ, a well established RINO and current state governor, had fallen so far behind in the polls that he abandoned the Republicans altogether for the prospect of an independent campaign. Traditionally this would signal an easy Democratic win, with the right-wing vote split, however the Dem in the race there is polling at a measly 18% as opposed to Rubio and Christ who are both in the 30%s (Rubio ahead by several points).

The fact is that the American people are experiencing a new awakening, unlike any they’ve had in years. Regardless of ideology or party identification, they have begun to realize that it is not the establishment parties that control the country, the elitists and fools up in Washington don’t control the United States either. We the people of the United States of America control this country, our elected officials in Washington are our employees, they serve us, not the other way around. John F. Kennedy once said: “Do not ask what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” I have a slightly different phrase; “Do not ask what your government is going to do, tell your government what it is to do.” Long ago George Washington warned, in his farewell address, that political parties were a great threat to democracy and a detriment to the people’s ability to rule their own country. Now, well over 200 years later, I think the American people are finally awakening and realizing the danger that comes with a political duopoly.

The Reason Behind Liberty

In Ideology on May 16, 2010 at 8:28 PM

When one comes across an argument in favor of individual liberty and freedom from government intervention, both fiscally and socially, the argument usually centers around practicality.  The comment “socialism is great in theory but it just doesn’t work” has become all to common in my opinion. Take that and combine it with the old, “communism is the perfect form of government but it goes against human nature,” and you have a dangerous trend. True, though it may be, that socialism doesn’t work and that communism is against human nature, the other half of these statement are so very wrong. Saying communism and socialism are idealistic and would be perfect makes them into something beautiful and something to be striven for.

Communism and socialism, and their daughter with fascism, progressivism, are not in any way perfect, or idealistic, or in any way something to be striven for. The entire concept of any of these ideologies is that a man is incapable of running his own affairs, that individual rights and liberties are not only not a necessity but also damaging to the all mighty greater good. Fascism, which it is without doubt most people see as the world’s most evil ideology (partly thanks to the joint US-Soviet post WWII propaganda campaigns which focused on fascism and ignored the USSR’s own atrocities), is really no different then communism in all aspects but one, the fact that communism seeks a single world government, while fascism seeks to establish a single ethnic government but seeks to ignore the other nations. Both communism and fascism, and socialism for that matter, are evil. The goal is to wipe out the individual. Everyone is to think, act, speak, and live as simply part of the whole, part of the machine.

However, while these seemingly common arguments that socialism and communism would be perfect persist, the arguments for liberty and freedom are becoming weaker and weaker. The typical argument coming from the pro-liberty side of the great political spectrum is that a government that favors the rights of the people and the individual is more efficient and less debt ridden. For that matter the most ideological argument that comes from that side is that liberty is American and has always been American and that America should remain a land of liberty. Obviously both these are true, socialist economic systems have always ended up a muddled mess, leaving millions starving and hungry and very few people with a possession to their names, and America has always been that great shining city on the hill for all the world to look up to in terms of liberty. However we should not argue in favor of liberty because it is practical, or because it is American, or, for that matter, even that it’s what the founding fathers had in mind or that it’s what the Untied States is based on.

Those who make that argument that liberty is classically American should look back, really look back, at the founding fathers. They had no precedent to build off, they had no nation to conserve. Their goal was not to preserve liberty but to create it. This fact has become muddled in history and that great liberty they fought and died and risked it all for has become not only forgotten but cast aside, perhaps for one reason more then any other, those in favor of liberty no longer really argue in favor of liberty. It is time that we freedom minded peoples of this country changed our argument and tactics. As I said America should not have liberty simply because it has always had liberty or because a smaller government is a more efficient government.

America and everyone, for that matter, should have liberty because it’s what’s right. Everyone should have the right to themselves, to do as they please with their money and their land, so long as it hurts no one else. The ability for man to control his destiny is the fundamental goal we should be seeking.  We must begin to argue, as the founding fathers once did, that liberty and freedom are to be sought because the right to oneself is the single most fundamental and democratic right their ever was. The right to be able to tell the whole world you don’t care what they think and to do things the way you see fit. We must be wiling to engage socialists and communists and progressive and fascists in ideological debate. Because my idea of a Utopian society is one where the government doesn’t care what you do as long as you hurt no one else, a society where everyone controls themselves and I think that this idea greatly trumps that socialist utopia of everyone living as a single unit.

We must be willing to really defend liberty, defend the real reason behind it. Only when we start to engage them on their own battlefield, the battlefield of idealism, will we truly be able to ensure that the rights of life and liberty will forever be ensured to ourselves and our posterity.