This article was written exclusively for The Daily Paul by: Wes Messamore
With all the talk of March Madness brackets and fantasy football leagues, I had a totally awesome idea to design a fantasy government with all my favorite picks to fill its many seats and offices. (Yes I realize that's actually pretty lame and that it says a lot about me that I'm literally salivating at the idea.)
So the following is a rough sketch of how it might look:
My fantasy government would include President Gary Johnson, a Republican Governor who radically transformed the State of New Mexico for his eight year, two-term tenure in the 1990s. He vetoed over 750 pieces of legislation (that does not include line items, which go into the thousands)! That's morethan the vetoes of all 49 other states' governors over the same period combined. He never signed a tax increase into law, he didn't add a single government employee, and he cut the rate of government growth in half- all this with a Democratic state legislature hell-bent on growing government and blocking Johnson's agenda of privatization.
His Vice President would, of course, be the Republican Congressman Ron Paul. This is the classic winning strategy in Presidential elections: pair up a young, Washington outsider (usually a governor) with a wise Washington insider as a VP. In my fantasy government, Johnson would appoint Campaign for Liberty President, John Tate as Chief of Staff. The Cato Institute's Malou Innocent would be Secretary of State. Financier and U.S. Senate candidate, Peter Schiff would be appointed Secretary of the Treasury. Iraq War veteran and U.S. Congressional candidate, RJ Harris would be the Secretary of Defense.
Judge Andrew Napolitano would be tapped for U.S. Attorney General (and later appointed to the Supreme Court when a seat opened up). Indian rights activist, Russell Means (Lakota name, Oyate Wacinyapin) would be Secretary of the Interior. Food and Farm Freedom activist, Shelly Roche would head up the Department of Agriculture. Cato Founder and President, Ed Crane would be offered an appointment as Secretary of Commerce (if he'd accept it!). For Secretary of Labor, Johnson would appoint National Right to Work President, Mark Mix. The Secretary of Health and Human services would just have to be Whole Foods CEO, John Mackey.
These are just a few of the positions in the Executive Branch that I'd like to see filled with great, liberty-loving experts in their fields. In the Legislative Branch of my fantasy government, Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul from Kentucky would be the Senate majority leader of a filibuster-proof, 80 Republicans in the U.S. Senate. Republican Congressional candidate BJ Lawson from North Carolina would be the House majority leader. It would be awesome. Oh yeah- and John Stossel would be the White House Press Secretary.
While I've exaggerated throughout this piece, and not all the details would be exactly the same- a vision for a government like this isn't all that far-fetched. We could have a true revolution in our Federal government if this movement keeps pressing forward. While you shouldn't walk around with your head in the clouds, dreaming big like this is important to do and can be very inspiring. Motivated? Get out there and start working your butt off for candidates that will bring real change to Washington! They abound, and The Daily Paul is one of the best resources you have to get plugged in and take action for your country's future.
Now share some of the details of your dream team in the comments below:
Wes Messamore blogs at The Humble Libertarian