No Ron Paul Isn’t the Best, but He’s All We Got… and Here’s Why

From Ta-Nehisi Coates’ post entitled “No one Left to Lie To”:

If you believe that a character who would conspire to profit off of white supremacy, anti-gay bigotry, and anti-Semitism is the best vehicle for convincing the country to end the drug war, to end our romance with interventionism, to encourage serious scrutiny of state violence, at every level, then you should be honest enough to defend that proposition.

The Best? There is no ideal in American politics, so if you’re waiting on that guy, don’t hold your breath. He ain’t comin’. And I’ll tell you who else ain’t comin’ in the next 3, 4 or 10 election cycles; a man who believes 1.) Incarceration is racist 2) The War on Drugs is a lost war 3) Free market capitalism should trump crony capitalism 4) Non-interventionism is the best American foreign policy 5) The Constitution should be our guide (even our law professor President doesn’t adhere to that one) 6) People should be left alone, even if being left alone means that they smoke marijuana.

There won’t be another Ron Paul any time soon, which means no one’s picking up the mantle and fighting for any of the aforementioned  issues any time soon.


It’s curious to me how Obama supporters so often rail against progressives as idealists who don’t understand how the wheels of government turn. But here’s the thing; we get it. And for some of us, Ron Paul is the practical choice for forcing President Obama to clarify, defend, and reassess some of his most heinous decisions. We’re pretty clear headed on this one… and we’re not going to sit around and wait for the ideal candidate to come along. Didn’t Coates himself say in a previous post that all the prophets were dead?  Yeah, that.

 

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Yvette
Yvette

Uh-huh. Listen, if you want to make the case, make it for yourself. Don't rehash someone else's point of view, especially when I've already addressed those concerns in previous posts.