[Prediction: The Ron Paul movement will eventually split into two camps. One will be a more system-friendly movement for whom Rand Paul is the figurehead. The other will be a more radically anti-state movement whose radicalism surpasses that of Ron Paul. The latter likely includes a lot of future ARV/ATS associates.]
Contact: Carla Howell, Executive Director
The Libertarian Party issued the following statement today:
Rand Paul Betrays His Father’s Principles, Endorses Mitt Romney
Why Ron Paul Supporters Need the Libertarian Party
When Dr. Rand Paul ran for U.S. Senate in Kentucky, many of his fund-raising appeals were sent to the donors and supporters of his father, Congressman Ron Paul. They were designed to convince Ron’s supporters that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. That Rand was, like his legendary father, a steadfast champion of liberty.
But no true libertarian, no true friend of liberty, and no true blue Tea Partier could possibly even consider, much less actually endorse or approve of, the Father of Obamacare, Big Government tax and spender, Republican Mitt Romney.
Especially the son of Ron Paul, who has no excuse.
Especially a medical doctor, who has even fewer excuses.
Earlier this year, Rand Paul showed his willingness to sell out his supporters when he called higher federal government spending a “spending cut” – Orwellian language used routinely by Big Government Democratic and Republican politicians.
Sorry, Senator Paul. An increase is an increase, whether it’s a big increase or a really, really big increase in federal government spending.
Rand Paul had a list of excuses for his endorsement of Mitt Romney for president. For example, he claims that Romney will support auditing the Federal Reserve, oppose SOPA legislation which impairs Internet freedom, allow construction of the Keystone Pipeline, and support the REINS Act which would require Congress to vote on major new regulations.
But as Sherlock Holmes would note, it’s the dog that didn’t bark that proves Rand Paul made a devil’s deal with Big Government Mitt Romney.
It’s what Rand Paul did not say that Mitt Romney will support that tells us what we really need to know.
He did NOT say that Mitt Romney would cut federal spending.
He did NOT say that Mitt Romney would never raise taxes.
He did NOT say that Mitt Romney would end Obamacare.
He did NOT say that Mitt Romney would bring the troops home from Afghanistan like Rand’s father has promised to do again and again.
Because a President Mitt Romney would NOT do those things.
Which is why Republican Mitt Romney is unfit to be president.
Vote Libertarian – the only political party that embraces the same core value as Dr. Ron Paul: Liberty!