Originally Posted by svnipp
I never said they wouldn't.
I totally agree with your assessment on the limited government. How do you propose we get there? The third party route is pretty much a deadend. We have tried that path before and it has never gotten anywhere. I keep looking back to Ross Perot, and all that really got us was Clinton who really wasn't that bad of a President, at least he was WAY better than what we are stuck with at the moment. My contention isn't that we don't need change, and drastic change at that. My arguement is that I don't think the third party route is the way to effect this change. Your cartoon demonstrates my point perfectly in the fact that the "End Evil" box has no line. I think Ron Paul realizes this and hence why he was trying to work within the framework of the Republican party. I think his weakness is his absolutist rhetoric. That and of course his foreign policy.
A third party winning is not unprecedented in history (see Abraham Lincoln), but it was arguably easier then than now, as the 2 major parties have essentially colluded to exclude all 3rd party challenges.
I think Ron Paul is and always has been about spreading the message of liberty to as many people as possible. It's never been about him, and it wasn't so much about working within the Republican Party as using it as a platform to draw attention to the message. Besides, we saw the fraud and corruption the establishment Republicans engaged in when Ron Paul supporters tried to work within the party.
What you call Ron Paul's weakness is actually his greatest strength: his ability to tell the truth about what needs to be done to restore the republic. He tells the truth about the negative repercussions of our meddlesome, interventionist foreign policy. That appeals to more people than you want to admit. His campaigns have resulted in the growth of the liberty movement, especially among my generation (30 year olds) and younger. It was because of Ron Paul that I discovered libertarianism, voluntarism, agorism, anarchism, the non-aggression principle, classical liberalism, and other liberty-centered philosophies.
I am hopeful that the younger generations will play an important part in breaking the stranglehold the 2 party system currently has on our country.
Referring to that cartoon, I do have the courage to change to the "End Evil" line. If enough of us do so, we might have a chance of saving our country. Have the courage to join us.