A few days ago, Laura posted a wonderful, well reasoned and reseached piece arguing for different parties to control the Oval Office and Congress.
Although it is probably generally true - I believe it is in our best interest to root against it in this election.
There is little dispute that neither of the major parties are currently a vehicle for greater freedom. Also, they are the only ones with a chance of getting elelcted.
So do the forces of liberty hope for a slightly slower slide to totalitarianism or do they hope for an opportunity for quick victory?
Ron Paul changed everything this year.
He proved three previously held political certainties to be false.
1. The freedom coalition is small. Although he failed in his run as a presidential candidate he showed that not only Libertarians care about freedom. The supporters are broad and diverse.
2. Freedom/message candidates can't raise money well - you need to offer handots or favors to get serious cash. Obviously, not true. $35 million for a candidate who polled 4% in six months is not chump change.
3. You can't get the youth to support the message of individualism. Ever head to a college campus during the election? I'd say they 'get' it. Those are today's creative activists and tomorrow's candidates.
So we have to storm the gates of one of the two parties. The democrats are so hopelessly enthralled with socialism that they are a lost cause. The GOP is philosophically bankrupt but has a platform (which it rarely adheres to) that is more friendly. Plus, there are a number of activists now engaged and gaining positions of power within the Republican Party..
But the forces of liberty are hopelessly outnumbered and at a severe tactical disadvantage. They have a ruling establishment in bed with the neoconservatives and media. And the only message most Republicans listen to is (re)election.
So the only way to convince them to change is to face widespread defeat in their races and philosophy. We must force introspection within the talking head class which only comes with defeat.
We need a wholesale repudiation of the philosophy of big government conservatism.
In other words, we need to risk a few years of democratic controlled government to allow an opening for the forces of liberty to remind Americans and Republicans why freedom works.
Letting the neoconservatives rise up again in 2 years after the Democrats fail to 'fix'' the country is not an opening that we can allow to be exploited. We must drive a stake through the neoconservative monement, burn it, stomp on it, and shoot its ashes into the sun.