By Stephanie Wang
We’ve all heard that fashion changes. Things come in and out of vogue. The Associated Press reported on a similar trend in ideas. Apparently, freedom is cool again!
And it’s all thanks to Ron Paul.
Ron Paul has been spouting a message of freedom for a long time now, and people, especially young people, are catching on.
Paul’s libertarian message is appealing to many young people who, yes, are “socially liberal, fiscally conservative.” Of course, it’s more complicated than that, and there are all sorts of libertarians, but the message of freedom is appealing. Young people are beginning to realize that when government intervenes, freedom is often lost.
The AP goes on to say something along the lines of “hey, libertarians might matter this election!”
The article says that since there are so many more libertarians, they might push the election in one direction or the other, but I’d disagree. Libertarians will play a role in the November election, but it won’t be in the presidential election. Many libertarians will refrain from voting for either President Barack Obama or Mitt Romney.
Instead, libertarians will play a role in electing freedom-loving congressmen. Electing congressmen who believe in the libertarian goal of a more limited government will be far more important to the promotion of liberty than electing a president.
For example, libertarians will play a key role in Kentucky’s fourth district where Thomas Massie is running for congressman. Libertarians will also play a role in replacing Ron Paul in Texas. Paul endorsed a similarly minded libertarian, Randy Weber.
Libertarianism is slowly creeping into American politics. There are already a few libertarians in Congress, including Paul’s son, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, and Michigan Rep. Justin Amash.
Libertarians are trying to spread an idea. They are looking past the election, and they are hoping freedom remains fashionable.