SEARCH BLOG: LIBERTARIANS and RON PAUL
From The Economist:
The government of the Netherlands collapsed after Geert Wilders, a right-wing populist whose Freedom Party had supported the coalition in parliament, withdrew from budget talks. Mark Rutte, the prime minister, will stay on in a caretaker role until early elections in September. See articleObviously, the U.S. does not have a coalition-type government that requires a majority for the president to stay in power. Unlike Parliament, we have an Executive Branch that can remain in power despite no support from Congress. But the U.S. does have a Libertarian faction, a Tea Party faction, and an amorphous, poorly-defined Independent pool of voters who tend to lean one way or the other.
Interestingly, those who support Dr. Paul have certain "principles" that prevent their participation or the acceptance of the concept that Dr. Paul should participate as a candidate for Vice President. For them, the notion that Dr. Paul would compromise his principles and run in with a "statist" candidate for President is incomprehensible... and would result in the loss of all support for Dr. Paul.
The point here is that, although the U.S. does not have a formal coalition system of government, there is an inherent coalition system that has operated since the beginning of this country's government. No one agrees with everyone all of the time. Yet, curiously, Libertarians seem to agree with no one all of the time... and prefer to go into the corner and pout rather than participate with someone whom they term a "statist"... even if the alternative is far worse.
They are very proud of this curious mentality.
As a result, it is highly possible that the Republican candidate for President... a "statist" in the minds of Libertarians regardless of who he is... will lose to incumbent President Barack Obama. This may happen one of two ways: the Libertarians actively oppose the Republican candidate or the Libertarians withdraw from the election process. This is essentially the same thought process of Geert Wilders' Dutch party... only more extreme because Wilders' party can participate in the government without heading the government. In the U.S., this means the Libertarians remain an isolated fringe group.
It is all about principles... and nothing about consequences. Better the Devil than the agnostic.
Ron Paul For Vice President