The Enemy of the State versus the Enemy of the People

From the New Yorker article Enemy of the State:

Yet what is and isn’t part of the mainstream is something that political campaigns determine. And the truth is that [Ron] Paul’s vision reveals—with candor and specificity—what the G.O.P.’s rhetorical hostility to government would mean if it were rigorously put into practice. A minimal state, without welfare provisions for the unemployed. A quarter of a million federal workers—as a first installment—joining those unemployed. Foreign policy and national defense reduced to a few ballistic-missile submarines. The civil-rights legislation of the nineteen-sixties repealed as so much unwarranted government intrusion. As for the financial crisis, Paul would have countenanced no regulation that might have prevented it, no government stabilization of the financial system after it happened, and no special help for working people hurt by it. This is where the logic of government-shrinking leads.

Under Paul: A minimal state, without welfare crowding out private charity for the unemployed. A quarter of a million federal workers finding cooperative, wealth-generating work in the private sector. No more illegal, immoral drone weapons killing civilians in far-off lands. As for the financial crisis, Paul knows that no regulation might have prevented it, no government intervention helped stabilize the financial system after it happened, and no government funds went to the working people hurt by it, only their bosses.

THIS where the logic of government-shrinking leads.

When anti-government rhetoric meets big issues like war and economic disaster, it’s usually good for the Democrats, because they can make the argument for action without being hypocritical.

Did you somehow miss the surge in Afghanistan, the illegal war in Libya and the civilian-killing drone attacks in Pakistan? Cuz they happened, and under a Democrat president and Congress.

Wake up! Paul is your only real option for real solutions to rampant unemployment, wealth creation, ending the wars and correcting and preventing booms and busts.

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