Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The left and right middle ground is called Libertarian
By Ken LaRive

Have you noticed the small signs around Lafayette that say: “Who is Ron Paul?” It was a curious reminder of the famous book “Atlas Shrugged” by Ann Rand and her Libertarian character’s similar sign that read; “Who is John Galt?” When I Goggled Ron Paul I saw why, as there is a definite and very relevant correlation...

The political determination tests that are becoming popular on the Internet this year showed that most Americans found themselves in the middle ground of good sense, not in the ‘ultra”. Also, they saw that the root cause of world terror, the consequences of socialism, and the securing of our borders seem mute points to the candidates, and not reflecting the will of America proper.

As I studied Ron Paul, I was amazed about what he proposed, and though he won’t stand a chance this election, it seems he is causing something of a revolution in thought. His Libertarian points of view go back to our Founding Father Thomas Jefferson, and the philosopher John Loche, who inspired him.

When interviewed by NEWSMAX Magazine, he was asked “What should government do?” Paul gave a very Libertine answer: “Protect our freedoms. Have a strong national defense. Look at and take care of our borders. Have a sound currency. That’s the responsibility of the federal government- not to run our lives and run everything in the economy.”

Ron Paul takes from the left, anti NAFTA, anti-War/anti Patriot Act. From the middle right he takes Pro Life and Anti Immigration. From the Libertarian and Conservative right he proposes Anti Big Government and Intervention, anti tax, and pro privatization.

Some contemporaries, other than Ann Rand, who have somewhat of an affinity with Mr. Paul, are notables like Milton Friedman, Roy Innus, Charles and David Koch, and Bob Barr, who are Libertarian advocates. There are star proponents too, like Dave Barry, Drew Cary, Penn Jillette, Ted Nugent, Clint Eastwood, and Kirk Russell.
The Libertarian Movement, though now considered grass root, is a growing phenomenon popular with both young Republicans and Democrats alike, as it promises to finally bridge the gap between the two. Those who see the dangers of Constitutional dismantlement, basic human rights, ultra-government intervention/control, and sound international policies, may create a new face for America, where again “We the people of the United States of America” might take back liberty and justice for all. In effect, it may finally bridge the ultra-idealistic gaps that so weaken us.
Too bad it’s too late for ’08. Or is it?

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