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Fantasy Government

This article was written exclusively for The Daily Paul by: Wes Messamore

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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

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Oh, that sounds pretty good to me.

I would like to see Adam Kokesh in there, gee we have lots of great people if the Powers that Be don't threaten or blackmail them.

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So who's setting up the website with the brackets?

dude! This could actually be a moneymaker!!!

It used to exist

There used to be a Fantasy Congress. The problem is though it's not as easy to see who "wins" with government as it is with sports. With fantasy congress you got points if your picks passed legislation and whatnot, but sometimes it's better not to pass legislation. So basically, the people that "won" didn't pick the best congressmen necessarily, which would be impossible to judge anyway since everyone disagrees on who is the best

This fantasy should be our goal

Most of us have been starving for some bigger picture to strive for.

Just getting Ron Paul elected is nice, but we want real change once he is elected.

So seeing this 'fantasy' actually solidifies the vision, the goal of what we want to accomplish.

We need more of this type of stuff...especially from Ron Paul.

Last time he just ran for office to 'send a message'...and he got a ton of support.

Just imagine if he started speaking about how he would change things as a package. Not just end the DOE in one interview, legalize MJ in another...but a real bonafide plan. Nothing that gives away so much that others can destroy him with the info, but you see what I mean.

And I like the idea of a Gary Johnson/Ron Paul ticket...that is genius.

My fantasy government is one which doesn't exist.

Literally.

How many of those politicians you fantasize about would steal (that's 'tax' in governmentspeak) your property (and mine) to fund what they wanted?

I like it but mine would

I like it but mine would switch the VP and Pres.

I am out of touch with most Americans precisely because I am not out of touch with reality.

Agreed

Ron Paul is the only politician/Washingtonian/gang of 535 (not sure what to call him) I trust.

During a recent "current events" conversation, a friend said, "I'm not sure who to trust anymore..."

I said, "me either -- the only one I know I CAN trust, is Ron Paul..."

RP would be the greatest president in our lifetime, but alas, I don't think we can get enough of the neo-con, T-partiers on board. And even though I don't know much about Gary Johnson, except that he endorsed RP in the 08 primaries, which is just about enough for me) I think the the "R party" will need a less divisive figure, if we are to secure a populous vote.

i LOVE Dr. Ron Paul and his family, especially his wife, Carol -- THEY ARE AWESOME AMERICANS (this cannot be overstated), but the neo-cons will never swallow their pride and admit they were wrong about GW and the foreign policy that ensued. This will be their legacy and they don't have a GOOD way out, yet...

Additionally, I don't know about all these cabinet appointees -- I thought "we" were going to do away with ALL these unnecessary bureaucracies?? I guess Lew Rockwell would be too divisive for chief of staff?? (sorry hadn't kept up w/C4L since the election, but have kept up with lrc.com...)

Love the post -- especially since most of the men in my life spend TOO much time in the "fantasy:football, baseball, basketball, etc" world!

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The best place to shop around is in the marketplace of ideas...

The best place to shop around is in the marketplace of ideas.

I trust Bill Cooper and Ron

I trust Bill Cooper and Ron Paul. Bill Cooper's dead.

I am out of touch with most Americans precisely because I am not out of touch with reality.