and, therefore, for the sake of America, I truly hope the media/political onslaught against Ron Paul is answered by public resistance to media's attempt to silence libertarianism. In a libertarian world, present media wouldn't fair too well, because no one would buy what they're peddling.
Make no mistake, media attacks on Paul are attacks on classical liberal ideas. Nothing scares the statist machine like libertarianism. There's a panicked approach to Paul demonization, because this is the first time since the Old Right made a viable stand in the early and mid 20th century that libertarian ideas have caught hold with the public -- maybe during the Reagan years, but that wasn't really libertarian-influenced. Fear of FDR's dictatorial presidency motivated Old Right/classical liberal popularity. Today, classical liberal ideas are catching hold because the Information Age has exposed Americans to an alternative, a true opposition to statism. Between Bush and Obama and the current congress, Americans realize we need systemic changes, and the Republican Party can no longer present itself as an opposition party without proving it will limit government power. Paul is the only candidate for President determined to limit government power, while congress contains a sizeable group of representatives who are working for systemic changes.
This morning on a MSNBC panel discussion regarding Paul, they were merciless in their attacks, and several stated that Paul represents what's wrong with upholding principles consistently. I suppose this means that consistent application of principles upsets a statist system which values ad hoc expediency. This adhocracy, as William Voegeli calls it, has bogged us down in statist failures which threaten to collapse our economy. Statists are concerned with protecting State power, while our country sinks in debt, economic stagnation and slogs of foreign entanglements.
Yes, Americans need to stand against media and the political class and return to economic means and non-intervention overseas. We've been suppressed by political means and State expansion of power. We can no longer afford to vote for weak alternatives who do nothing to change the system.