How Ron Paul and Gary Johnson can fight for the ConstitutionSubmitted by DeMolay on Tue, 10/09/2012 - 02:54
SAN DIEGO, October 8, 2012 — I’ll never forget the old Laurel and Hardy movie, in which those two lovable buffoons were ordering dessert in a restaurant.
“What kind of ice cream do you have?” asked Stanley, the slimmer, dopier one.
The waiter replied, “We have pistachio or vanilla.”
With a gleeful, child like enthusiasm, Stanley said, “I’ll take chocolate.”
Life can be that way at times. Much as we’d like to believe we can have it all, much as we think we’re entitled to unlimited choices, the list is not always as big as Ben and Jerry’s. Many assume, as Stanley did, that because they like chocolate, the restaurant must offer chocolate. Indeed, we can be in so much denial, that we do not even hear the waiter. But deep preference will not miraculously turn two flavors into three.
While this observation may be obvious while discussing dessert, it hides more easily when strong convictions collide with political reality. Many Libertarians and Conservatives are standing by Ron Paul and Gary Johnson because they see little difference between Obama and Romney. They are mistaken. There may be reason to conclude that neither choice is ideal, but anyone who sees no difference at all must have been asleep during last week’s debate.