May 12th, 2009 8:50 am | by Marc Gallagher | Published in Activism, Big Government, Commentary, congress, Constitution, Foreign Policy, Free Market, Gary Johnson, government spending, Individual Responsibility, Libertarianism, Liberty, Maven Commentary, Politics, Rand Paul, Ron Paul, Ron Paul Republicans | 9 Responses
The Republican Party is more or less in shambles. It is the political equivalent of New Orleans post-Katrina. All of the tired old neo-conservatives are scrambling around trying to make sense of the disaster but “making sense” has never been a ubiquitous neo-conservative trait. Finding the next GOP “leader” is quite easy. It’s hard to step anywhere in DC without having to wipe Red state leadership off the bottom of your shoe. Just about every Republican you bump into these days is trying to use political muscle to be the next Barry Goldwater or Ronald Reagan. All these attempts will likely fail.
The real problem with the GOP is the lack of activist and faithful followers. When everyone is trying to be a leader, who is left to do the following? The GOP is a city where every building is a comedy club holding an open mic night all on the same evening. The only people in the audience are Democrats laughing out of pity. Well, they are bleeding hearts after all.
The Republican Party doesn’t need new leadership. It needs old-style leadership, very old-style leadership. Newt Gingrich with a makeover is still neo-con Newt. A kinder gentler Rush Limbaugh? I thought the GOP was against drugs? And please don’t let me go down the lipstick on a pig avenue again regarding Sarah Palin. What a giant heaping pile of leadership!
The GOP needs brand new blood with Old Right roots. They need a person who has the political integrity and consistency of Ron Paul in someone who is not Ron Paul. My fellow Ron Paul faithful may get angry at me for saying this, but sometimes the truth hurts. Ron Paul has the answer, but he is not the answer. His message is the Republican Party’s message prior to the neo-conservative infiltration. It is the Old Right message of severely limited government, severely constrained spending, minimizing regulation, maximizing freedom, and of course a non-protectionist, non-interventionist foreign policy.
There is a difference between spreading democracy at the point of a gun, and spreading it through commerce and example. If the gun were so effective at spreading democracy why is the entire world on the path to socialism? I don’t make a habit of answering my own rhetorical questions, but perhaps the old axiom “might makes right” should really be “might makes left”. Maybe the recipe for widespread socialism/fascism is our attempts to spread democracy by force? The success of unintended negative consequences bites us again.
If not Ron Paul, then who is the right person for the old school GOP message? As stated it can’t be a Gingrich with makeup, so that eliminates most of those being talked about in the media today. It has to be someone with historically consistent Old Right (even libertarian) views. My list consists of three names:
- Most Unlikely: Rand Paul – Ron Paul’s son, more charismatic with the right message. Don’t laugh, he’s set to announce a run for the Senate in Kentucky. He is perfect if he can shed some of the baggage he may have due to being Ron Paul’s son. That baggage is only negative if you are one of the transitioning neo-cons. If you are already a Ron Paul supporter he is the perfect candidate. By 2012 he could be the next hot up-and-coming lawmaker.
- Less Unlikely: Gary Johnson – Former New Mexico Governor. He has the history and the story, but does he have the desire?
- Most Likely: Mark Sanford – He’s the establishment guy and the one most likely out of this group. There are some questions about his integrity when it comes to Old Right principles, especially with foreign policy.
If I were putting together a small group of people to influence the direction of the GOP I’d choose the above three and have Ron Paul available for freelance consulting work as required.
It shouldn’t be too difficult. we already have the best government rule book ever devised. Our Constitution should be the 2009 version of the Contract with America. This time around Gingrich, Limbaugh, and the other neo-con cronies should step aside and let the true conservatives restore the GOP to its Old Right roots.