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22 January 2012
The Main Difference Between Congressman Ron Paul and President Barack Obama
Obama's brand of socialism seeks to establish a safe and
comfortable national state of mediocrity with acceptable (though
increasing) levels of servitude to which Americans have become
accustomed, whereas Paul's brand of freedom is a tougher sell, implying
the unpredictable and sometimes even dangerous, while simultaneously requiring individual
responsibility that has limited appeal to the majority of modern-day
Freedom as an American theme is losing out to the (sadly
false) notion of security grounded in governmental institutions
providing a workable welfare state. The entrepreneurial spirit
(imperfections notwithstanding) that helped make America great and
practically unique among nations seems to appeal to a smaller and
smaller minority of the population as time passes.
If indeed freedom is
just too frightening a concept for humans at this time and place in
world history, there will be no shortage of ideologies and politicians willing to usurp
what little vitality remains. This is merely an observation rather than a condemnation or approval of one viewpoint over the other, but has freedom outlived it's usefulness for our species?