Rand > RonSubmitted by gee_blee on Fri, 03/08/2013 - 11:19
Hold a sec. Don't get your balls in an uproar.
*I revere everything about Ron Paul, and in ways that I doubt Rand can ever approach.*
What I mean by my subject heading is this:
When Ron first announced in '07 for the prez campaign, I was licking my chops. A libertarian would be on the national stage for such a campaign for the first time in at least decades, and the 18-month campaign would turn the media establishment and American culture on its head.
Issues like the Income Tax, War on Drugs, size, scope and role of government, etc. would FINALLY get an airing, and there'd be robust debate.
The liberal media would contort in fascinating and entertaining ways in response to a REPUBLICAN calling for an end to the Drug War and to a major scaling back in foreign intervention and military budgets.
The conservative media (such that it exists) would rally behind a TRUE champion of fiscal freedom.
The floodgates would open, hypocrisies revealed, phonies exposed, real debate and discussion commenced. It was to be CRAZY.
But, as we all know, thru two prez campaigns, Ron instead was overtly ignored. In the few instances he wasn't, he was ridiculed and marginalized. There would be no robust debate and discourse. Ron and his message were buried. It wasn't Ron's fault. The corruption and neglect was staggering and frustrating.
Fast forward to '13 and, for reasons I still can't completely wrap my head around, Rand is being treated differently by media, and this week's filibuster and aftermath has contained a greater volume of national, actual genuine debate and discussion on albeit the narrow issue of drones, and related civil liberties, then Ron was able to pull off over his two campaigns.
As a result of the filibuster, left media/politicians are attacking left media/politicians. Right media/politicians are attacking right media/politicians. It's great!
Of course Ron can take credit, perhaps even the lion's share. After all, Ron's '08 campaign is the reason Rand won his seat in '10. Ron *has* tweaked the culture, with no help from the media/political establishment, making the masses more receptive to Rand's message this week.
But my point is that Rand is sitting on a potential to stir the media/political establishment - which is how mass culture is changed - that Ron, for whatever reasons, did not possess.
This was confirmed in a big way this week, and the possibilities from here are endless.