Paul and Gandhi
by Walter Block: Reply
to a Doubting Infantry Veteran
Gandhi "First they ignore you, then they laugh
at you, then they fight you, then you win." How does this
apply to Ron Paul? Well, it is a bit more complicated than that
in this case. Here, the "ignoring" certainly
The mainstream media talks about everyone else under the sun except
for You Know Who. And who can forget the "laughing": he
is a crazy old uncle, his suits donít fit, his eyebrows arenít "presidential"
enough, etc. The "fighting" is clear: he has been smeared
with everything in the book they could throw at him, and with lots
of stuff that isnít in the book too. But in the Gandhi case, each
of these things occurred pretty much one at a time. Firstł
they did this, then they did that. The implication is that
after they finished the first thing, they stopped it, and then went
on to the second; ditto for the third and fourth. Not so in the
case of the Congressman from Texas. Even now, amidst all the laughing
and the sneering, they are still ignoring Dr. Paul. How many
stories about the presidential campaigns of Romney, Gingrich and
Santorum (notice who is missing?) must we read from the New York
Times and the Washington Post? How many times must we
be reminded that Dr. Paul has not yet won any state election outright?
(Maine doesnít count. Vote fraud is yet another issue that did not
beset Gandhi.) Why is it that the major media almost
magnificent and unprecedented march of his supporters in the military
on Washington D.C. on February 20, 2012? Donít ask me how these
people can at one and the same time ignore Ron, smear him and laugh
at him. To the uninitiated, this sounds like a logical contradiction.
But, it would appear, our Powers That Be are even capable of ignoring
the laws of logic.
But there are
at present two more altogether different deviations from the Gandhi
scenario now in play.
The first is
that Ron Paul has "elevated" to the status of "power
broker." Nonsense. No, nonsense on stilts. This is just
another attempt on the part of the ruling class in our society to
deflect Mr. Paul from his goal. First, to win the Republican
nomination for President, then to gain a landslide victory over
Mr. Obama in the fall, and finally to turn the U.S. and the world
too into a free, peaceful, prosperous place where there is liberty
for all. And, he will do it too. Yes, the Texas Congressman will
have a difficult time attaining the first of these goals. But when
and if he does, it will be all downhill after that, as he cashes
in on his additional support of first Independents, and second,
disaffected Democrats too. The status of "power broker"
implies that the next president of the U.S. will take Paulís calls;
that he will have some input into the party platform (which is almost
totally ignored in any case); that, perhaps, there will indeed be
some sort of luke-warm oversight placed on the Fed; that there will
be yet another blue-ribbon commission instituted to study whether
marijuana shall be legalized (which will also be ignored). No. "Power
broker" is a mere booby prize. Ron is in this for the long
haul. For him it is "President or bust." "Power broker,"
along with ignoring, laughing at, smearing, are just attempts to
deflect him from his magnificent goal.
non-Gandhian scenario being experienced by Ron Paul is that he is
now in cahoots with Mitt Romney. Mitt Romney? Bost and tosh. Yes,
there is a lack of personal antipathy between the two men; indeed,
there is some sort of grudging respect between them. Their wives
are friendly. Yes, Ron sees in Mitt a person who is less of a loose
cannon in many ways than either Scam or Noot. So what? When it comes
to matters of substance, in terms of foreign policy, economic principles,
personal liberties as Ron never tires of telling anyone who will
listen, there is as much of a unbridgeable a gap between Ron and
Mitt as there is between Ron and either of the two others (notice,
Iím not mentioning their names? Hah! Take that). This collusion
scenario too is an attempt to deflect the Congressman from his goal
of bringing liberty to the world. For surely Dr. Paul would be the
junior partner in any such amalgamation, at least in the
eyes of the mainstream media and the real power brokers in the Republican
Party. Maybe, possibly, he or his son Senator Rand Paul from Kentucky
will be offered the Vice Presidential spot on the ticket.
who knows, the future is uncertain. But at this point in time, there
is no doubt about it. Ron Paul is in this game for all the marbles.
And power broker, along with junior partner, are only obstacles
in his path, along with ignoring, laughing at, smearing, and other
Block [send him mail] is a
professor of economics at Loyola University New Orleans, and a senior
fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute. He is the author of Defending
the Undefendable and Labor
Economics From A Free Market Perspective. His latest book
Privatization of Roads and Highways.
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