Rand Paul Endorsement of Mitt Romney Was a Tactical Masterstroke for Libertarianism

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I’m starting to think I must be the only voice in an avalanche of Paulites who wasn’t outraged by Senator Rand Paul’s endorsement of Mitt Romney.

As a libertarian with a perspective of the Scottish independence movement and the nascent liberty movement in my home country, Ireland, I sometimes wonder if many of Ron Paul’s supporters are more invested in the short game of winning elections than in the long game of building a free world, an objective which transcends personality politics.

So was Rand Paul’s endorsement really a sellout? Or was it a tactical master stroke for the libertarian agenda? It depends. Let’s face it, the reaction itself was just a lot of hot air, equivalent to the outrage of folk fans when Dylan went electric in the sixties.

“Sellout!” they cried. “He’s giving in to the man!” It’s a rich metaphor considering the general air of folk whimsy about Ron (as well as the purity complex of his more hardcore fans) and the more hard-edged, charismatic persona of his sequel.

I don’t believe that supporting your party’s nominee somehow represents a devaluation of principles. Endorsements are just talk, and talk is cheap. But no need to worry; so far at least, Rand walks the walk. He is against foreign aid. He wants to audit the Federal Reserve. He has proposed a budget which balances in five years. He is one of the few members of the Tea Party insurgency who eats with a knife and fork.

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