Ron Paul = Genius :-)Submitted by Bastiat08 on Thu, 09/11/2008 - 03:01
Leaving aside the issue of Bob Barr's harebrained 'no show' at today's press conference, I've really gotta hand it to Dr. Paul for once again demonstrating sound judgment in prioritizing issues and thinking strategically. This event was an attempt to unify the 'fringe' candidates in opposition to the corrupt duopoly that rules American politics. So long as the two major parties retain their prejudicial institutional barriers to competition, it simply doesn't matter who else is running for president. With today's campaign-finance laws, echo-chamber debates, and costly ballot-access requirements that bankrupt most insurgent candidacies before the campaign season even begins, challengers to the status quo don't stand a chance -- regardless of how exemplary the character, principles, and track record of the challenger. We have decades of experience that prove the point, so an exclusive focus on this particular election cycle is ultimately self-defeating.
Dr. Paul recognizes that if we're ever to restore our liberties and Constitutional government through the political process, we have to give 'our' candidates a fighting chance -- and that means repealing the rules that require them to compete with both hands tied behind their backs. By aligning this year's third-party candidates in a public showing against these practices, the Good Doctor hopes to strike a blow for genuine democracy and free elections. And who knows? If the candidates and their supporters can share common ground on this crucial point, rather than sniping at one another over transient minutiae, perhaps it will.
Equally clever was the idea to have the third-party candidates sign a public agreement on matters of foreign policy, civil liberties, the national debt, and the Federal Reserve. The agreement not only highlights Dr. Paul's priorities while illustrating the failings of McBama, it reads like a Cliff's Notes version of the "The Revolution: A Manifesto." Of course, we don't know if the candidates would actually honor their pledge if they found themselves in the Oval Office, and some hold other views that are deeply flawed -- but the statement will bring additional attention to the most urgent issues of our time. For that reason alone, today's press conference was a success.
Kudos, Dr. Paul. Viva la Revolution!
Statement of the Candidates:
Press conference video:
PSSST! Do you think for yourself?: