Friday, February 08, 2008

I've lost all respect for Ron Paul supporters.

I understand the Libertarian mindset. I have voted Libertarian in several Presidential elections in the past. I get it. I don't agree with all of the ideology but I get it. I specifically disagree with the unrealistic ideas of Government revenue streams a lot of Libertarians endorse and I'm not an isolationist. I'd like to be, but when people who haven't bothered to learn how to land Jumbo Jets fly them into our most iconic landmarks, isolation is impossible. All who believe in viable isolationism to me are Ostriches with heads buried in Terra firma.

In attempting to discuss this years Presidential race with Pauliacs, several things are always true for them. No matter how late in the game it is, "Ron is gaining fast, you'll see!" Also "Ron Paul will win the Presidency!" this in spite of the fact that his own website is starting to make statements to the effect that they just wish to make the largest splash at the Republican National Convention that they can and hope to create a brokered convention. In the end, Pauliacs would rather see Obama as President and us suffering the consequences of not anointing Ron Paul, rather than a nominal Republican and Conservative in name only who is only seen as Right Wing because he is to the Right of the radical leftist running as a Democrat.

Politics is always about the possible. If you're against elective abortions and you get a Supreme Court decision or a President that restricts some of them, you rejoice. There are less elective abortions and you get about the business of reducing them again. If you have two Presidential Candidates, both of whom have a "Pro-Choice" record and one promises to appoint "Pro Life" judges, you vote for the one that promises. He may break that promise, that is true but the most likely candidate of two that will advance your cause is the one that made the promise. Your choice is obvious.

All or nothing is just plain stupid in Politics. Politics is about negotiation, compromise, worse vs worst choices, and good vs better choices. Rarely do you get what is best. It's Sophie's choice. Almost every time. In view of that do you do as Sophie did and make the choice, or do you let someone else do it for you?

Francis Schaeffer once said: "If we insist on perfection or nothing in any area in this fallen world, we will have nothing every time." So when you Pauliacs insist on Constitutional perfection, on Libertarian ideal, I cannot accept your vision as reformed. You are demanding that we accept nothing, because the alternative is less than perfect. I say you're idiots.

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