I make no apology for quoting from Thomas Woods again, he’s one of my favourite writers. He’s a fervent Ron Paul supporter, and I’m hoping Paul wins the Republican nomination as well, though my support is a little more qualified. One reason that makes it hard for Paul to win is that he is unlikely to compromise. This makes him a very principled candidate, but likely to remain forever a candidate.
What doesn’t make sense to him, and to me, is how so many voters think that the problems facing America (and indeed most of the Western world) can be fixed by voting for another mainstream candidate – whether of the Left or the Right. More of the same failed policies, more of the “change we can believe in”.
He lists 26 things that non-Ron Paul votes are effectively saying:
(3) Vague promises to cut spending are good enough for me, even though they have always resulted in higher spending in the past.
(6) I am opposed to bailouts. Therefore, I will vote for a candidate who supported TARP.
(8) Even though practically everyone was caught by surprise in the 2008 financial crisis, which we are still reeling from, it’s a good idea not to vote for the one man in politics who predicted exactly what was bound to unfold, all the way back in 2001.
(14) If someone has a drug problem, prison rape is the best solution I can think of.
(19) Indefinite detention for U.S. citizens seems like nothing to be worried about, especially since our political class is so trustworthy that it could never abuse such a power.
(24) I want to be spoken to like this: “My fellow Americans, you are the awesomest of the awesome, and the only reason anyone in the world might be unhappy with your government is because of your sheer awesomeness.”