The candidate taking on Ron Paul’s assault on the Reagan legacy.
“Why is an alliance between conservatives and libertarians inconceivable? Why, indeed, would such articles of confederation undo whatever gains conservatives have made in this United States? Because genuine libertarians are mad — metaphysically mad. Lunacy repels, and political lunacy especially. I do not mean that they are dangerous; they are repellent merely, like certain unfortunate inmates of ‘mental homes.’…. At the Last Judgment, libertarianism may find itself reduced to a minority of one, and its name will be not Legion, but Roth bard.” — Russell Kirk, author of The Conservative Mind on the ideas of Ron Paul’s “very important intellectual influence” Murray Rothbard
As Ronald Reagan used to say, a twinkle in his eye.
As the nation awaits the next Republican presidential debate, this one tonight at the Reagan Library in California, a decided conservative drama is set to play itself out on the stage of the presidential library honoring the president who won the Cold War.
That president would be, of course, Ronald Reagan. The very same president who has come under sharp attack from the GOP presidential candidate Congressman Ron Paul and his supporters.
A while back in this space we took a look at the doings surrounding the Ron Paul campaign. Among the… ahhh… numerous… responses was this one over at YouTube from Ron Paul supporter Tom Woods, about whom more can be found here. (Be warned, the Woods video — which begins as an attack on The American Spectator and your humble correspondent truly gets…promise….much more interesting. But because it runs over 16 minutes we will cut to the chase, inserting at appropriate moments the timing of various Woods attacks as mentioned so readers can cut through what they see as fluff. Besides, who wants to hear Tom Woods launch on a writer… who will respond in an appropriate blog post that is not this article?)
On the eve of tonight’s Reagan Library debate it should be noted that Woods has in fact quite helpfully raised an issue that is at the heart of the Ron Paul campaign.
An issue that former Senator Rick Santorum, alone among the GOP presidential candidates, has tackled head-on.
And perhaps here I should stipulate that Woods and I agree on one thing. I have in fact met Ron Paul and Tom Woods is absolutely correct: Congressman Paul is “an obviously kindly man.” No disagreement there.
But that, of course, is not at issue. What’s being discussed are Ron Paul’s views, and, befitting any and all presidential candidates, anything and everything politically connected with that candidate is under discussion. As the Woods video makes crystal clear, the preeminent goal of Ron Paul and his enthusiasts like Tom Woods is as much “lunacy,” to quote Kirk, as it is determined.
As he takes to the stage tonight at Ronald Reagan’s library, Ron Paul will be spending his time trying to lead an intellectual coup d’état of the movement of which Ronald Reagan was once the undisputed leader: the American conservative movement. To re-make that movement into the long dispatched idea of something half-Right and half-Far Left.
In effect, while Paul will be on stage tonight at the Reagan Library nominally engaged in a debate with Santorum and the other contenders for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, his real target — as Woods’ YouTube video more than effectively demonstrates — will be Ronald Reagan himself.
This was predicted in the fall of 1981, mere months after Reagan took office. By the great conservative intellectual Mr. Kirk, who warned in a Modern Age article titled “Libertarians: the Chirping Sectaries”:
Doubtless the libertarians, long accustomed to skulking in the Cave of Adullam, soon will be calling Mr. Reagan a socialist.… Adversity sometimes makes strange bedfellows, but the present success of conservatives disinclines them to lie down, lamblike, with the libertarian hyenas.
Russell Kirk was right. Ronald Reagan is no hero to Ron Paul, as Paul has made plain.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online