January 28, 2016—Not all that glitters is gold, or so they say. In politics, the game is the same. Candidates will swear they are different and that only they have your best interest at heart, but when push comes to shove, the new boss is the same as the old boss. For his latest Liberty Report column, Ron Paul tackled the presidential election and how the “game changer” candidate is never all that revolutionary.
“Every election,” he explained, “we’re told that ‘this is the most important election in history.'” But as we can see, things are not looking very different under President Barack Obama.
“…we were told so when Barack Obama was elected. It was so important because we were supposedly choosing between a continuation of George W. Bush’s policies of continuous war and Barack Obama’s who was going to turn the page and put an end to the nonsense.
Well, we now know for sure that it was a false choice all along. President Obama is coming to the end of his term by not only expanding Bush’s wars, but starting some of his own as well. Yet another instance of ‘the most important election’ being nothing of the sort.”
But Dr. Ron Paul was never the one to hype the presidential elections. He explained why:
“It should not come as a surprise to you that I’ve always downplayed the importance of elections. I’ve been on the receiving end of distorted results and other electoral chicanery. Americans obsess way too much on elections and whether or not a Republican or Democrat wins. Nothing ever (especially with the most critical issues) really changes.
I always approached voting and the elections as a way to help change people’s minds. Never did I entertain the thoughts that my election was somehow going to ‘change the world’ as we so often see advertised today. I merely took elections as a vehicle to get information out.”
Instead of winning a four-year stay in the White House, Ron Paul always ran with the intention of teaching others about the importance of liberty and why the solutions politicians keep implementing are the very causes of the problems we now face as a nation.
To illustrate his point and show his readers that he sees through the fog surrounding the elections, Ron Paul continued by reminding us of a quote by H.L. Mencken.
The late journalist once said that “Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods.” Unfortunately for us, that statement continues to be true to this day.
“What’s disappointing,” Paul explained, “is how evidently true that statement has become. We see it with the current crop of candidates. Promises of more stuff, to be paid for with other people’s money, are so numerous that it’s hard to keep track of them all.”
“America’s Founders abhorred democracy, and modern-day America is a great example as to why. Americans have conceded philosophically that the government can steal money. It must never be forgotten that government inherently has nothing and produces nothing. The only thing that they can do is steal from somebody. So in the current system, all you have to do is have the majority vote. Once you get that, other people’s property are now up for grabs!”
Washington, Ron Paul reminded us, is not a place for thinkers. Instead, Washington was put there for reactors. Instead of focusing on the presidential election just for the sake of it, how about using the opportunity to teach America about principles?
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