Republican Establishment: Anyone but Paul
December 18, 2011 § Leave a comment
If it came down to it, the Republican establishment would rather have four more years of Obama if the only alternative was a Ron Paul presidency.
At least, that’s the image that they seem to be presenting.
Fox News analyst Chris Wallace recently claimed that a Ron Paul victory in Iowa would “discredit” the caucus in that state. Of course, if Michelle Bachmann were to somehow pull off the upset, Wallace would be one of the first to dub that lunatic as a potential frontrunner.
Let’s be honest here, Wallace and the rest of the characters at Fox News(Napolitano being a notable exception) have a vested interest in suppressing Ron Paul’s ideas. Mainly, his views on foreign policy are a direct threat to the Republican establishment that media outlets like Fox News do their damnedest to defend. At the risk of sounding what seems to have become a cliche complaint, the neoconservatives have invaded the party and it’s major media outlets. Fox News, The National Review, and the anti-intellectual henchmen of the American Right; Mark Levin, Rush Limbaugh, and Sean Hannity, have all become either influenced by or entirely a part of the neocon movement.
The neoconservatives and the Republican party more generally, really could give two shits about issues like the Federal Reserve or civil liberties, and they sure as hell want nothing to do with a candidate who holds anti-war positions. At the most, you will see candidates like Rick Perry and Newt Romney pay lip service to these ideas, but they certainly haven’t been talking about this publicly since the 1970’s.
From what I can tell, the GOP is giving up long term success in the name of short term appeasement. Rather than tapping into the obvious intellectual and popular shift towards libertarianism and the principles of the Old Right, the party is clinging to a dying breed of “conservatism” that can not and will not stand the test of time. As the word appeasement suggests, this has little to do with any kind of thoughtful strategy, and a lot to do with the inability of the party to separate itself from the interests that have more or less guided it since the aftermath of September 11th. Granted, it’s unlikely that the party could ever fully gain the support of the growing libertarian movement among American’s aged 18-35. Unlike the evangelicals that have been successfully swindled by sly Republican politicians time and time again, the “Paulian” wing of the American right wing is likely too principled to vote for a “party” rather than a candidate. In fact, it would be surprising to see even a small number of the Paulians continue to vote for the Republicans in the decades to come. That is, unless the party can embrace the type of politician that Ron Paul very well emulates(ahem….Justin Amash). Indeed, Krauthhammer couldn’t be more wrong when he claims that Paulians will eventually “grow up and become conservatives“. Of course, we’re used to Krauthammer making remarks like this. As one of the most prominent members of the neoconservative movement, it’s his duty to make dishonest remarks in an effort to comfort the 50&over Fox News viewers as well as the evangelical Zionists who are frightened by Ron Paul’s bold stances.
I’m not convinced that Ron Paul can win the nomination, but a Ron Paul victory in Iowa would in no way “discredit” the caucus. To the contrary, it would be the first major indication that the American Right is getting back to it’s roots and rejecting the blatant statist nature of the Republican party in it’s current form.
Or to put it in a way that my neoconservative brethren might better appreciate; a Ron Paul victory in Iowa would indicate an increasing number of Americans have broken their chains and discovered that the shadows on the cave wall are nothing more than a shell of the true reality.
Here’s to hoping that the Republican party drowns in it’s own stubborn nature, and that Ron Paul continues to revive the libertarian movement in a way never seen before.
I’ll have to check back in 30 years and see if I’ve matured into a conservative, as Krauthammer suggests will happen. Anything is possible, but I’m quite confident I’ll never be the type of “conservative” that Krauthammer and his ilk pretend to emulate. And thank goodness for that.