|Rand Paul, the last hope for America?|
Tom Woods recently conducted a sobering interview with Robert W. Merry of The Amercian Conservative. (The full interview is here.)
Tom had Merry on the show because of an article Merry wrote, What If Trump Fails?:Get ready for an American version of socialism.
The article begins:
It may be time to contemplate the political fallout in America if Donald Trump fails as president and the American people decide to expel him from the White House. The most likely result will be a pronounced lurch to the left. Get ready for an American version of socialism.It is an indication that smarter Trump supporters are starting to get it. As Tom indicates on his show, Trump is the perfect foil for the Democrats.
If things stand as they do now, the Democrats are going to gain a large number of congressional seats in the mid-term elections and they will win the 2020 presidential election.
Strategically for Democrats, they should continue to punch and punch at Trump but not impeach him. They should want to run against him.
But here is the thing, Woods and Merry both acknowledge that
the direction the Democrats will move in is the direction of socialism. Voters do not want establishment Democrats like Hillary Clinton. But because the masses have no understanding of basic economics they will welcome the change from Trump buffoonery and the Democratic establishment toward Bernie Sanders-type socialism. The perspective, "It's time for America to move socialist," will be big.
I have refrained from throwing "I told you so" at Libertarians for Trump but I must point out that immediately after the election I warned about gains for socialists.
On November 10, two days after the election, I wrote a post, The Problem With the Donald Trump Victory for LIbertarians.
I began that post this way:
Heading into the election, I felt that for strategic reasons Hillary Clinton was the best alternative for libertarians. Not because she is good on many issues, she is not, but because she would come with a ready-made opposition that would listen to libertarian arguments against her.Boy did I hit the nail on the head. I have lost readers because of my anti-Trump stance. My anti-Trump posts, where I point out that he is anti-free trade, that he is surrounded by military generals and Goldman Sachs operatives and that he has escalated wars, get the fewest hits.
It would have been a great opportunity to reach out to Trump supporters and spread the libertarian message. That opportunity is now gone with the Trump victory. Trump supporters are rabid, they will likely follow him down almost any hell hole.
These people are not going to listen to our arguments for smaller government. Their man is in power.
There will be opposition to Trump but it will be coming from the left, not the Trump right.
The left is all about expanding the state. Thus, it will be very difficult to reach out to these people and present state shrinking anti-Trump ideas. They are a perfect target for the socialists.
The comments to those posts usually carry twisted logic to justify Trump's interventionist positions as some kind of master scheme that will land us in a world of freedom and free markets. It makes me wonder if I have somehow landed in the middle of the film Being There.
It doesn't look good.
I hope that those who should know better start to now turn on Trump. This is not the time to be quiet and occasionally point out a negative direction he is going in. He needs to be abandoned. He needs to be bashed viciously.
The world needs to know there is opposition to Trump from those who advocate liberty, It might not be enough to stop the move toward socialism but it may be our last hope. If the wrong socialist gets into the White House, as opposed to the plodding, boring and obviously crony Hillary Clinton, it is possible that the America we know will slowly die. We could face anywhere from 10 years to 50 years of severe decline. Banana America should not be ruled out.
The only shot we may have is if Rand Paul can get himself elected president. I was a severe critic of his 2016 presidential primary run but as I look at the presidential field and what is lurking on the Democratic side in 2020, Rand may be the last hope for America.
It is going to be very difficult for a Republican to get elected president in 2020 after Trump, as Merry points out. Rand has a slim chance. But he has to stop objecting to interventionist measures on procedural grounds. He looks wimpish when he does this. He needs to object to interventions on principle, quoting the Founding Fathers when he can. It was the tough guy persona that got Trump elected and it is his lack of ability to pull off the tough guy promises that is causing him to dive in the polls. Rand needs to be the real tough guy---taking on anyone who wants to abandon the course set by the Founding Fathers---with a bit of Clint Eastwood in his swagger.
It appears that Trump respects Rand. They have had numerous conversations even though Rand has objected to the GOP/Tump healthcare plan. But if Rand is serious about a 2020 presidential run he is going to have to distance himself from Trump in a much harsher manner so that the media takes notice and starts writing, "Rand, the first Republican to distance himself from Trump."
The sooner Rand does this the better. Republicans who stick by Trump will not stand a chance in the presidential general election in 2020 and no one can bring forth principled opposition to Trump the way Rand can if he attempts to deliver the message of freedom and the American Way.
Many presidential elections do not matter in terms of setting significant trends, which side gets elected is often of little consequence, but the 2020 election may be different. Rand beating out a Democratic socialist may be the last hope for America.
Robert Wenzel is Editor & Publisher of EconomicPolicyJournal.com and Target Liberty. He also writes EPJ Daily Alert and is author of The Fed Flunks: My Speech at the New York Federal Reserve Bank. Follow him on twitter:@wenzeleconomics and on LinkedIn. Also subscribe to his youtube series, Sunday Morning with Robert Wenzel.