Charles Krauthammer: “This is not a libertarian country”
September 24, 2011 § 1 Comment
A while back, Fox News analyst Charles Krauthammer was asked to explain why Ron Paul was essentially being ignored by the media, despite his strong showing at the Iowa straw poll. His response is interesting.
“Ron Paul is not going to be president of the United States. A libertarian is not going to be elected. We are not a libertarian country.”
His answer is rather telling. In fact, like many other statements we hear from the media, it raises more questions than it answers. Primarily; If the U.S isn’t a “libertarian” country, then what type of country are we? Who decides this? What gave these individuals the right to make this decision for millions of Americans?
Obviously, these are questions that Krauthammer couldn’t answer with any type of sincerity on national television. Still, his point is well taken. Essentially, Krauthammer is correctly claiming that most of Ron Paul’s ideas are foriegn to a large percentage of Americans– and hence, they would never accept such ideas. So logically, it’s the media’s job to keep such ideas from the American public. You know, for their own good.
The so-called “gatekeepers” of the major American media are doing their job. That is, to sustain the status quo in this country. Granted, this isn’t some grand conspiracy, it’s just a by product of a somewhat oligarchic mainstream media. There’s only so many sources that mainstream Americans go to in search of everyday news. Frankly, if it weren’t for the internet, Ron Paul wouldn’t have anywhere near the following he now has(think Gary Johnson lite).
This is the next great movement in human society. The internet has opened up so many new portals for communication, and states across the globe can’t regulate it fast enough(a good example can be found here).
Of course, there are certain “interests” in this country that have a vested interest in preventing the ideas of liberty from reaching average citizens. But to chalk up every negative statement from the media as part of some complex conspiracy is a bit much. It’s actually simpler than that.
The multiple interests who oppose Ron Paul’s policies, whatever their reason, are all competing for the most influence in this country whether it’s in the form of legislation, the media, etc. Obviously, these groups aren’t solely fighting against Ron Paul. It just happens that Dr. Paul’s ideas threaten many of the major interests that have taken root in the United States. Fox News, MSNBC, the New York Times, and the Washington Post can be bought off just as easily as any politician. And because all of these media outlets tend to repeat each other, all it takes is a single article or negative news piece in a major publication,and it will be in every other news outlet in the nation.
That’s a simple explanation for the many misleading(or flat out wrong) labels that the media has given Ron Paul(the whole isolationist label can probably be explained by this phenomena. Because, you know, anyone who is opposed to invading any nation that could pose a threat and believes that having over 800 military bases across the globe is unsustainable must be an isolationist.)
The good news is, for the first time in a long time, Krauthammer and his ilk are losing this battle. The ideas of liberty have already permeated the American public, whether they enjoy it or not. And ultimately, it’s the people who decide what type of country they live in, not the high and mighty Pulitzer prize-winning political pundits.