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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Rand Paul on Ron Paul 2nd Place: Libertarianism gaining ground in Iowa?



I hope I'm not too late to comment on Ron Paul's strong 2nd Place Finish in the Iowa Straw Poll on Saturday. I was at my Little Brother's and Sister in Law's wedding last weekend and on vacation, so I think I have a good excuse and I wouldn't have done it in any other way. I predicted that Ron Paul would win Iowa Straw Poll and came within nine tenths of a percentage point and two hundred votes of being right. So I feel pretty good about my prediction not that Ron Paul is my candidate. I'm not a republican or a libertarian and Ron Paul is a libertarian in the Republican Party. But I believe he's by far the best Republican Candidate for President they have which isn't saying very much. But Rep. Paul is a very strong Presidential Candidate and is very honest and I have a lot of respect for his Freedom Message and belief in Freedom of Choice. And when he says he's anti Big Government, you better believe him because Rep. Paul is anti all forms of Big Government. With his strong showing Saturday tells me that in a State like Iowa where the Religious Right is still very strong there. And to me they represent a form of belief Big Government with their stances on Social Issues. That a libertarian like Ron Paul who did as well as he did, that maybe libertarianism is on the rise in Iowa. The few libertarians that are in the Republican Party, aren't there because of Political Ideology. They have strong disagreements with the Religious Right and Neoconservatives and the Tea Party to a certain extent that have merged with the Religious Right. Like Michelle Bachmann and Sarah Palin to use as examples. These Libertarian Republicans like Ron Paul and his supporters, are republicans pretty much in name only. So they can have a major say in American Politics, instead of being trapped in a Third Party like the Libertarian Party. That forty years later is struggling just to find relevance in American Politics. So because of how well Ron Paul did at the Iowa Straw Poll, tells me that libertarianism is not only on the rise in the Republican Party but the country as a whole. And the better that libertarians like Ron Paul do in American Politics, whether they are in the Republican Party or not. The better they'll do in American Politics and the more relevance they'll have.

The Ron Paul showing on Saturday is good news for libertarianism and the Republican Party, because the better libertarians and Classical Conservatives do in American Politics. The more mainstream the GOP will be and it will truly be an anti Big Government party, that Barry Goldwater once said. Believes that "government should be out of our wallets and bedrooms" and let Free People live freely in a Free Society. Without Religious Conservatives and Neoconservatives telling us how to live our lives. Because the better libertarians do, the worst off Religious Conservatives and Neoconservatives will be in the Republican Party. Because they both can't do well in the same Political Party, because you can't have one faction thats anti Big Government and two other factions that support a form of Big Government. Because their message goes against what the other believes in.

Click on the link of the blog to see a video of Sen. Rand Paul on his father's showing at the Iowa Straw Poll