Well ain’t that a kick in the head?
Going into the Iowa caucus, it was starting to look like Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch’s libertarian moment was going to happen in a big way. Ron Paul was actually leading in some polls. But now that the results are in, I’m starting to lose all hope.
It’s not just that Mitt Romney beat Ron Paul. That’s really not so bad. Romney is a big-time professional politician who is, shall we say, adept at molding his image to the voters’ desires. He’s been the odds-on favorite to win the Republican nomination for months. If he wins the Presidency, I fully expect him to be an Obama-of-the-right whose single overriding goal as President is to win another term as President. I won’t be voting for him, but I can understand that he appeals to voters.
No, what really hurts is that Ron Paul came in third behind that freedom-hating fuck Rick Santorum. I mean, watch this video, where he spends three minutes pretty much denouncing all human freedom. Near the end, he literally says the “pursuit of happiness” is harming America.
Santorum’s nephew John Garver explains it pretty well:
If you want another big-government politician who supports the status quo to run our country, you should vote for my uncle, Rick Santorum. America is based on a strong belief in individual liberty. My uncle’s interventionist policies, both domestic and foreign, stem from his irrational fear of freedom not working.
It is not the government’s job to dictate to individuals how they must live. The Constitution was designed to protect individual liberty. My Uncle Rick cannot fathom a society in which people cooperate and work with each other freely.
Ron Paul is the only Republican candidate who spends any time talking about making us more free. Given his baggage, I can understand why people might not vote for him, but it makes me a little insane that so many people voted for a guy like Rick Santorum who hates and fears our freedom.
Mark is a computer programmer, website builder, photographer, and sometimes journalist in Chicago, where he also writes the long-running Windypundit blog.