Ron Paul in 2012? Dare we dream? The buzz is coming from a surprising source. This article from leftist Internet magazine Salon speculates that Paul’s anti-Fed, pro-gold message might sell better in four years given the current economic crisis, a crisis he nearly alone in Washington has been predicting.
Ron Paul appeared on CNN’s “American Morning” on Friday, pushing the same apocalyptic message he served up during the Republican primaries, with one difference. His prediction of doom makes a heck of a lot more sense now than it did then.
“This system that we’ve had since 1971 is nonviable,” he said, “and it’s coming to an end.”
Amen. He can say that again. But is there anything to a potential Paul 2012 candidacy? Well this statement from Paul is what has Andrew Leonard of Salon teasing us.
But right now there’s a fight going on in this country. Our numbers are growing. We’re not the majority, but our numbers are growing. And as this situation deteriorates, more people are going to say, “Hey, maybe it’s right. Maybe limited government and freedom works. Maybe freedom is popular, and maybe freedom really works.” And this idea that we have to depend on government for all these programs is an illusion.
Personally, I think Leonard may be reading more into that statement than Paul intended. Let’s not forget, Paul will be 77 in 2012. While Paul is reportedly a nearly pathological exerciser, another grueling campaign may be too much to ask of even the healthiest 77 year old.
The Ron Paul presidential campaign morphed into the extra-partisan Campaign for Liberty. It seems likely that Paul had his Campaign for Liberty or the “freedom movement” in general in mind when he made the statement above instead of another personal run. But as the current house of cards economic system continues to implode, who knows? Maybe by 2012 America will be ready for the harsh medicine of fiscal responsibility that Dr. Paul is prescribing.
You can’t blame a man for dreaming, can you? I hope Paul takes it easy on those chocolate chip cookies. His country needs him healthy and ready in 2012.
Hat tip to Lew Rockwell.