I am not over Ron Paul
Barack Obama is not the first human being to be rewarded with power for the sheer power of his banality. The new president is a very expensive home demonstration of the public persuasion that delusion is preferable to pain, and that people, left to their own lack of self-discipline, will elect a bruiser to discipline them. What did Obama have that the people wanted? A largely anecdotal track record of organizing other people’s lives.
But disillusionment inevitably follows delusion, and Ron Paul, the steady-tempered advocate of liberty ordered by discipline and a refined patriotism that abhors statism, remains on the scene, his reality tested and proven, his scoffers mumbling in his dust.
Ron Paul’s polemic is not shrill; it remains cogent and it remains true. If people desire liberty, they must take responsibility for their families, for their finances, and for their health. If they want the State to take responsibility for their families, finances, and health, then they have thrown open the drawbridge for the State to enter their lives and take over.
We have a lot to recover from as a nation: we’ve just elected, after an entire year of campaign combat, a group of people who might have been 18th-century novelists for their delicate threading of haphazardly crafted mazes leading constantly to dead ends of art and reality. But Ron Paul is still standing, his message intact.
The President of the United States is running an automobile company. If the American people are able to see the absurdity and true peril of this, then Ron Paul’s message has fallen on hearing ears.
I don’t miss Ron Paul, because he is very much among us, and more people than ever are attentive to his message. He is far brighter than Sarah Palin, more reputable than Tom Coburn, and uniquely capable of influencing American thought. If his message resonates, it is because on some level, Americans have not really abandoned their fundamental identity as free, responsible, charitable, productive people. This makes me specifically optimistic. I cannot believe that our lame American fervor for liberty will not rise again and walk. I don’t miss Ron Paul, but neither am I over him.