Monday, January 4, 2010
Ron Paul’s ideas no longer fringe
Here’s sweet vindication for Ron Paul. From the Los Angeles Times:
For three decades, Texas congressman and former presidential candidate Ron Paul’s extreme brand of libertarian economics consigned him to the far fringes even among conservatives. Not a few times, his views put him on the losing end of 434-1 votes on Capitol Hill.
No longer. With the economy still struggling and political divisions deepening, Paul’s ideas not only are gaining a wider audience but also are helping to shape a potentially historic battle over economic policy — a struggle that will affect everything including jobs, growth and the nation’s place in the global economy.
And with this year’s congressional election campaign looming, the Texas congressman’s deep-seated distrust of activist government has helped fuel protests such as the tea-party movement, harden partisan divisions in Washington and stoke public fears about federal spending and the deficit.
But that’s just the beginning. The financial crisis that forced the mainstream to take notice of Paul’s message has not only revealed the inherent flaws of the Federal Reserve system, multiculturalism, and interventionism at home and abroad, but of the ideological megastate that imposed them. Big government is the ultimate cause of those failed policies, and there’s only one solution, and that’s yet another of Ron Paul’s formerly fringe ideas — secession