Jonah Goldberg’s petty sniping is getting ridiculous. First there’s this:
The Republican presidential logjam has finally broken.
Donald Trump, who believes not only that he would make the best president but that he could win, declined to run because making money is his true "passion." It's as if Cincinnatus loved his plow too much.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee also bowed out, with class and dignity even his friend Trump could not buy.
Ron Paul, the libertarian Harold Stassen, is in for another go, presumably on the mistaken assumption that America has turned into Tea Party Nation. (If only!)
Then there’s this:
Oh, the "tea parties" will have plenty of candidates. Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, the founder and head of the House Tea Party Caucus, will almost surely run and do quite well. Herman Cain, the black former business executive, remains a tea party rock star. On the more libertarian side, there's Rep. Ron Paul of Texas and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson. If those two have their way, the dollar will not only be backed by gold, it will be printed on paper made from hemp.
I do not understand why neo-cons have such a hard time coming to grips with Ron Paul. He is pro-life, believes in limited government and the constitution (and appears to be the only politician to have actually read it), and is gung-ho about cutting spending. Yet, for some reason, neo-cons like Goldberg are all caught up on his goldbuggery and “pro-drugs” stance.
Furthermore, these clowns do not seem to realize that Ron Paul is the most viable candidate they have. He polls well against not only all the other Republican candidates, but against Obama as well.
In addition, he is one of the few politicians with a coherent and consistent political philosophy. The reason why Ron Paul is sold on the gold standard (or, more accurately, market-based currency) is because he has recognized that the government monopoly on money is the fundamental reason why the government is able to spend so much. The whole reason why the government has turned into such an unbreakable behemoth is because only the government controls the money. If you break the government of this ability, you break it of all other abilities.
Incidentally, the reason why all budget reform efforts are doomed to fail is because the government still controls the money. It can lend itself money if it wants to, and it can basically hold the American people hostage as well. Apparently Goldberg and his ilk are incapable of recognizing this, and so they mock Ron Paul. Eyes that can’t see and all that.
And in regards to drugs, let me make two simple observations. First, no matter how hard the government tries, there will always be drug users. Deal with it. Second, even if the government could eliminate drug use, doing so will require the government to utterly trample individual rights. Is that what neo-cons really want? Because once one group’s rights disappear, there’s no reason your rights can’t disappear as well.
The ultimate irony of Goldberg’s petty sniping is that it is self-defeating, in the sense that Ron Paul’s policies would do more to promote social conservatism than any neo-con politician’s ever would. But that’s mostly because neo-con politicians have no spine.