As you know, I've been watching the candidates for the Republithug nomination for president, while secretly entertaining the hope that Secretary of State Clinton will toss her hat into the ring for the Dummycrook nomination, just to make things interesting. One thing comes home to me more and more, is that the establishment of the Republithug party (and that means just as surely the same establishment behind the Dummycrooks), are scared to death of Ron Paul.
Well consider the fact that he captures the young vote that is disenchanted with the politics as usual, even some of us older folks,myself included. Paul's message of scaling back the American Empire resonates with many who have begun to see through the whole war on terror as just another means of promoting that empire, and his messages about the Federal Reserve have begun to hit home as never before with the all-too-visible corruption within the financial sector. Lastly, but by no means least, Congressman Paul's staunch libertarianism vis-a-vis social issues appeals to independents and those on the political left that view the Republithug Party's reliance on the right wing evangelical block with deserved suspicion.
Enter former Senator Rick Santorum, who is on record as viewing the recent assassination of the Iranian nuclear scientist as a "wonderful" thing, and who has now come out and revealed his true fascist colors when it comes to social issues, namely, that America is "all about imposing values" on people:
Really, senator? Would you be so quick to adopt this point of view if, say, a majority of Americans decided that churches ought to be required to ordain women lest they be found in violation of federal equal rights policies and tax exempt status? Would you be so quick to endorse this view requiring a change in your own church's doctrine and practice?
I think not. Santorum, of course, states his views because he knows he can get away with it; they are the views of most Americans, until those Americans realize, however, that the implication of Santorum's "philosophy" is tyranny. Ron Paul has it right: the American experience is of personal liberty, and he is the only candidate making that the philosophical first principle of his bid for the presidency.
But the real message Ron Paul is sending is, in my opinion, even deeper, and that message is that his message is not going to go away in the long run, no matter what repressions are put into place to do so.