Sunday, November 25, 2007
Personal Aside: The Paul Gottfried Article on Ron Paul.
Paul Gottfried on Ron Paul.
Paul Gottfried is a venerable commentator and scholar of the Right who is Raffensperger Professor of Humanities at Elizabethtown College, Pennsylvania and a former Guggenheim scholar. His columns are distributed by the Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation which used to disseminate Joe Sobran until Sobran lost his health. Im going to cite Dr. Gottfried here but to read his column go to http://www.shotsfired.us/foundatio.html.
Gottfried a distinguished writer who, believe it or not, was writing for conservative publications when I was a wee broth of a lad, has a high regard for Congressman Ron Paul as expressed in his column entitled Their Worst Nightmare. It appears to Dr. Gottfried that the neo-cons worst nightmare is that Ron Paul will run on a third party ticket in 2008 which given Pauls new celebrity and prowess at raising funds on the Internet would elect Hillary Clinton, with Paul occupying roughly the same force as Ross Perot did in 1992 to elect Bill Clinton.
I have heard some libertarian followers of Dr. Paul express the view that the election of Clinton is a necessary expedient for the country to absorb preparatory to its turning to the right. Without Clinton turning off the electorate with another liberal presidency and the Republicans continuing their weak approach, some libertarians have told me, the election of a true liberty-oriented candidate such as whomever would be Pauls successor in 2012 would not be achievable. To use historical allusions, one libertarian put it this way to me: I hate to use this analogy but it is apt. The Communists saw the need to elect the Bolsheviks with Alexander Kerensky in order to win later with Lenin. There is some thought that Hillary would be the Kerensky of this movement, so alienating the electorate that the election of a Ron Paul philosophically committed libertarian conservative would come naturally later.
I would ask your comments on this feasibility and in particular would welcome those who support Dr. Paul to give me their views. I understand that he has said he would not run as a third party candidate again. Let me ask these questions: (1) Do you think that the phenomenal rise of Paul as a grassroots candidate which is far different than his Libertarian candidacy before with access to money and publicity should cause him to change his mind? Specifically were you to advise him now would you urge him to consider a third party run if he does not win the Republican nomination? (2) Do you agree that he should do so even if he takes a sizable chunk of conservative votes away from the Republican nominee and causes the election of either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama?
Let this be a plebiscite. I look forward to your views for in all seriousness I would imagine this view is far from impossible. Thanks. Try t to steer away from vitriol against each other and concentrate on being an analyst.