If Romney wins at least Ron Paul won’t get blamed for the coming financial crisis, and it might lead to more converts to Paul’s message than if Obama stays in office.
Trust me, I’m no closet fan of Mitt Romney, but barring acts of God and alien invasions Ron Paul will not be the next President of the United States. Not that winning elections was ever the most important thing. What non-supporters of Ron Paul have never seemed to understand is that we Paul supporters never saw the election of Ron Paul as an end in itself, but merely the means to an end. What is the end goal? Liberty. The freedom to do what I want, unmolested, as long as I’m not physically hurting anyone else nor doing damage to their property. A step on the road to that goal is to change peoples’ opinions about the role government should play in our lives. I saw a Ron Paul presidency as a great teaching opportunity. I never harbored illusions that Paul would sweep into office and suddenly fix everything. But I believed it would be a great opportunity for him to explain the principles of liberty to the world, and perhaps one day, decades down the road, this would lead to real change. But is this a simplistic view of the situation?
The other day I had lunch with a friend. My friend works for one of the largest ecommerce companies in the world. The CEO of this company is a certifiable genius, especially when it comes to math. Even those who don’t like him would never claim he’s a dunce. This CEO recently made the prediction to my friend that whoever wins the White House in 2012 is going to preside over the collapse of the dollar and the American economy. Peter Schiff has been saying as much for at least this year if not longer. So here’s the question–if the economy is going to collapse, do we want Ron Paul as President?
I’m leaning towards no. First, Paul would not be able to fix things unless he had a 100% compliant Congress and a good percentage of the US population on board, and then it’s still kind of iffy. Second, who would listen to or understand Paul’s explanations of what’s happening? Sure, more than are listening and understanding now, but how many more? Double, triple, quadruple? That’s not enough. It’s almost certain Paul get the blame, especially since the media and both major political parties would see it as an opportunity to make sure someone like Paul never gets elected again. Nothing gets fixed, hardly anyone gets educated, and Paul’s message gets a bad rap. Not exactly a panacea for Paul supporters.
On the other hand if Romney gets in nobody can blame Paul for ruining Romney’s candidacy by writing in Paul’s name, voting for Gary Johnson, or staying home. When things go bad, Paul will look prescient. Sure, the left will blame Romney, and Romney will blame Obama just as Obama blamed Bush. But for many Republicans it will be too much of a stretch to believe that Obama could have caused all this in just four short years without some help. And they’ll be wondering why Romney, the supposed numbers guy with the good business acumen, never warned them. The Republican and conservative laity will be searching for answers, and they’ll find them as they are reminded that Ron Paul told them this was coming. It will be a teaching moment like never before.
If Obama gets in, the opportunity isn’t there. The economy will fail, Obama will get blamed, and Republicans and conservatives will assume that had Romney been elected everything bad could have been avoided. And they’ll blame Paul supporters along with Obama. So, if our goal is to convert people to Paul’s message, and assuming a financial crisis will happen prior to 2016, should we perhaps be relieved Romney won the nomination, and not only that but support his bid for the presidency?