Those Americans watching the Republican / Democratic Presidential Debates Saturday night were treated to an important, but unintentional, revelation as to the true nature of our major political parties.
At the end of the Republican portion of the debate, right before the Democrats were to come on stage and do their thing, the narrator of the debate, Charles Gibson, surprised everyone by having the Democratic candidates come out on stage while the Republicans were still milling around shaking each other’s hands in the process of departing the stage. Gibson brought the Democrats out to mingle with the Republicans, and his purpose was to demonstrate to the viewers at home how much unity and magnanimity there was between the two parties — that after all, their true interests were for the country, their overwhelming concerns were for “we the people” at large.
So out streamed Hillary, Obama, and the lefties to glad hand and play nice-nice to the Republican combatants who were beginning to descend into the audience, and had to hustle back up on stage to put on airs for the TV moguls in charge. What ensued was a blatant show of the disingenuousness we have all come to despise in the American political arena. There they were, the leaders of the statist establishment, trying to convey to the world that they really had the interests of the country as their number one priority.
I’m sure millions of viewers bought into it, but they are the Americans Judge Andrew Napolitano is talking about in his recent bestseller — A Nation of Sheep. This writer personally found Gibson’s ploy disgusting. But what are we to expect from one of the more enthusiastic of Washington’s Big Media lackeys?
So there they were, Democrats and Republicans hugging each other, shaking hands, smiling pompously, and partaking in trumped-up, animated conversation with alleged adversaries (which unfortunately could only be seen, not heard by the viewers). Congressman Ron Paul must have been horrified at having to perform so unctuously in front of the American people.
Why was this glad-handing show so disgusting? Because the participants were not Democrats and Republicans up there milling about as Gibson and Big Media were trying to portray them. They were not members of two ideologically different parties meeting magnanimously in front of the nation to demonstrate solidarity and a heartfelt desire to “serve the people.”
With the exception of Ron Paul, what we saw on that stage gushing out pseudo-pleasantries and plastic smiles were brothers in constitutional carnage, comrades in criminal usurpation of the rights of Americans, accessories to the inflationary theft of our wealth. What we saw were not Democrats and Republicans with distinct differences expressing diplomacy toward the opposition. What we saw were DEMOPUBLICANS possessed of the same ideology, the same amorality, the same economic ignorance, the same ruthless expediency, and the same cavalier callousness toward their ever-increasing regimentation of our lives in America today.
The Fairy Tale World of American Politics
What Charles Gibson and other media pundits are unable to face (and what they strive to hide from the American people) is that our revered two-party system is not at all what it claims to be. Democrats and Republicans have become merely two divisions of the same party because they are the same in principle. They have been carbon copies of each other ever since LBJ defeated the constitutionalist Republicans under Barry Goldwater in 1964, which led to Richard Nixon and the transformation of the Republican Party into a big government party like the New Deal Democrats.
This shift of the Republicans into the Democratic way of thinking effectively established a ONE-PARTY STATE that now adopts ever increasing authoritarian policies with each election. Our schools and our media spin this process as “two separate political parties” promoting the American Way, and the party leaders maintain such a fiction by waging phony battles every four years — all of which most of the public buys into. Yet every election year no matter who wins at the polls, government grows larger and more dictatorial. Therefore, all talk about which party is better than the other is senseless sophistry because they both subscribe to the same fundamental goal — the continual expansion of federal power in Washington.
Congressman Ron Paul, of course, has the capacity to change this. Can he do it? Stranger things have happened in history. The desire for freedom, common sense, and integrity in government is still present among the people. If anybody can tap into that desire, it is Ron Paul. The transcendence of this man over his fellow candidates on the campaign trail is dramatically apparent to anyone who has a sense of history and an appreciation of why the Founders designed a “limited” government.
Actually Paul is not challenging the Democrats; he is challenging the Demopublicans. And on Saturday night, ABC’s Charles Gibson showed why Paul’s campaign is resonating with the American people. He showed what is so egregiously wrong with our system of government. He gave to us a subtle (but to the perceptive viewer a revealing) picture of our ONE-PARTY STATE. This is the crucial issue of our time — the merging of Democrats and Republicans into one party with two meaningless divisions — and it needs to be vehemently confronted if we who believe in free enterprise and the Constitution wish to reverse America’s drift into an authoritarian state.
Here is where the immense significance of Congressman Paul’s campaign lies. He has launched the beginning of the end of the corporate-statist, Demopublican establishment for which the Charles Gibsons so assiduously travail. Whether Paul wins the nomination (and we all pray that he does), or whether he makes a valiant stand and is denied in the end, is actually not important. What Congressman Paul is doing here is, for the first time in history, registering on the establishment’s radar screen a genuine “political” challenge to the 20th century’s hideous Planned Society. Goldwater before him was too bellicose on foreign policy. Reagan was too compromising on domestic policy. Paul, however, echos the Founders perfectly. He may not possess Goldwater’s square jaw, or Reagan’s mellifluous oratory, but he is leading the first real political charge in the New American Revolution.
A Bold Contrarian in a Corrupt and Conformist World
In a gutsy, provocative speech to the House of Representatives on July 10, 2003, Dr. Ron Paul established himself as the ultimate standard bearer for genuine political-philosophical reform in America. The speech was titled, “Neo-Conned,” and in it he carves out the substantial differences between his small government (libertarian) conservatism and the big government (neo) conservatism of the George Bush administration. “Preserving the state is their goal,” said Paul, “even if the personal liberty of all individuals has to be suspended or canceled.”
Paul ended his compelling oration with the following: “Spending, borrowing and printing money cannot be the road to prosperity… It’s never worked anytime throughout history. A point is always reached where government planning, spending and inflation run out of steam. Instead of these old tools reviving an economy… they eventually become the problem. Both sides of the political spectrum must one day realize that limitless government intrusion in the economy, in our personal lives, and in the affairs of other nations cannot serve the best interests of America. This is not a conservative problem, nor is it a liberal problem — it’s a government intrusion problem that comes from both groups.”
Scintillating words from a bold contrarian in a corrupt and conformist world. As the rest of this campaign for the 2008 presidency unfolds, we must remember that revolutions the scope of what Ron Paul is launching are not won in one campaign. Whatever the outcome of these primaries, we can rest assured that a prodigious shot has just been fired across the bow of the U.S.S. Gargantua. The Demopublicans, who sat and smirked so derisively Saturday night as Paul castigated them for their monetary obtuseness and foreign policy imperialism, were showing the first faces of fear. Those in power, who lack integrity in their soul and justice in their policies, always smirk and attempt to laugh off the revolutionary who is calling them to task. We saw a lot of collective smirking from John McCain, Fred Thompson, Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, and Rudy Giuliani on Saturday night.
What is coming is a dynamic expansion of the Ron Paul Revolution well beyond 2008. The fight has just begun. The Internet is going to light up the sky with this cause, which had its intellectual roots way back in the 1940s with the Old Right of Robert Taft, John T. Flynn, and Garet Garrett. The heroic novels of Ayn Rand, the magisterial economics of Ludwig von Mises, the metaphysical wisdom of Richard Weaver, the inspiring works of Rose Wilder Lane and Isabel Paterson are what launched this resounding political movement we see coalescing around America’s modern day Cincinnatus. And the Demopublicans have a good reason to show fear of it. The ideas of freedom are rapidly reaching critical mass in America after decades of philosophical dissemination out among the people, which is always the time of radical reform and paradigmatic change in a society’s way of life.
The era we are in today has a parallel in the founding era of the 1770s. Just as the political rebels of ’76 were spawned by the works of Locke, Montesquieu, and others of the previous 80 years, so also are we today the product of the intellectual outpouring starting 70 years ago with the anti-New Deal intellectuals of the 30s and 40s.
Victor Hugo wrote in the 19th century that, “There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come.” I believe we are seeing that kind of power taking shape in this most historic of campaigns. America’s Jeffersonian individualism has, for the first time in over a century, a true political champion. The upcoming years are going to be tumultuous and probably devastating in an economic sense. But the cause of American salvation has been politically launched. We who advocate genuine freedom and constitutional government are now on the POLITICAL radar screen of America. The intellectual revolution spawned in the 40s by Mises, Weaver, Rand, et al is now manifesting in its political incarnation. This is a tremendously important step. No longer can the Founders’ vision be ignored. The more that the McCains and Giulianis smirk, the more the American people (especially the young) are going to investigate what they are smirking at. And it is ideological sanity and brilliance that they will find.
This is the way of history. When those of tyrannical bent try to suppress, try to laugh off, try to ignore those who are pointing out the rank injustice of their policies, all they succeed in doing is to inflame even more interest in the injustice that they are attempting to spin as “necessity” and “security.” The Demopublicans’ days are numbered. This brave maverick from Texas has fired the first, big, impressive shot in what promises to be a profound paradigm shifting period for the people of America.