In fairness Romney is probably not fully involved at this point. The establishment Republicans are seeking desperately to find a candidate which keeps the current GOP power structure in place.
One of the points we try to make here at ACC is that it’s not that “bad” people are in government and that what we need are “good” people to come in and take the reins. It is of course a very good thing when we are lucky enough to have honest people representing us in Washington, and it does happen, but generally it is the system that is the problem. It is too large. It runs too much of our lives. There is too much power vested in Washington. This power attracts the power hungry like moths to a bug zapper and often corrupts the decent people who find themselves in DC.
I would actually argue that this is an antiquated way of looking at things. I would be more interested to know which cities leaned more toward statism and which generally leaned away.
I don’t remember who said this but it is absolutely true. One Ron Paul in Congress can be ignored and marginalized. But 20 Ron Pauls in Congress and House leadership has a big time problem.
Yes, this is the genius masterstroke the DC GOP has been waiting for.
You have to hand it to the establishment. They keep trying. So what if Romney is another big government Republican which a large part of the GOP vote couldn’t really support in 2012. The consultants which got paid big time during the 2012 Romney run could get paid again! And if Romney could somehow get the nomination it would be another blow to the libertarian/conservative coalition in the Tea Party. Win/win. Well not for the American people, and probably not for Mitt Romney. But certainly a win for the folks who work in Downtown DC.
The barbarians are now inside the gates and things are absolutely changing. What is happening in Los Angeles is happening across the country. The libertarians are driving the GOP toward a more across the board small government philosophy. They are making big government conservatives uneasy and changing the dynamics of the American 2 party system.
The DC GOP crowd, mostly Bushites these days, has no real interest in shrinking the size of government or in reducing crony capitalism. Chris Christie, Jeb, and the rest really don’t care about rolling back the state. In fact their ilk are really all for expanding government’s roll in your life and in the economy. They just want to control the levers of power.
Gold is honest money. Gold has been valued throughout the millennia at roughly the same real amount. The old example is that the cost of a nice tunic and a good pair of sandals in Jesus’ time was roughly an ounce of gold. In 1900 the cost of a nice suit and a good pair of shoes was roughly an ounce of gold. Now, today, at $1300/ounce this example still holds. The real value of gold has of course varied a little over time. A little bit up, and a little bit down, but generally gold is a steady Eddie when valued in real goods (not dollars).
Leadership in the GOP is fighting the takeover trench by trench. That’s fine. I think most people who care about changing the GOP and about attacking crony capitalism understand that this is going to be a long slog. Boehner isn’t going to suddenly see the light. The GOP isn’t going to turn its back on special deals for the connected with Mitch McConnell at the helm of the Senate. It just won’t happen. There are many more battles ahead.