VP Sweepstakes, Part II
Walter Block and Steve Berger
by Walter Block: Ron
Paul and the Self-Hating ĎLibertariansí
Ron Paul choose for Vice President, when he wins the republican
nomination for President? The present authors have already taken
at this crucial question of the day, and are now back for round
two. Again we mention several possibilities, so as to ease the way
for the Ron Paul team on that day they must make this decision.
Here are the additional possibilities, as we see them.
Ron Paul would never in a million years choose this man because
he is black, so as to defend against the charge that he is a racist.
He need not do so. Dr. Paul is just about the most color blind man
we know in U.S. politics, slurs to the contrary notwithstanding.
In the view of the Congressman from Texas, "Racism is simply
an ugly form of collectivism, the mindset that views humans strictly
as members of groups rather than individuals. Racists believe that
all individuals who share superficial physical characteristics are
alike: as collectivists, racists think only in terms of groups.
By encouraging Americans to adopt a group mentality, the advocates
of so-called Ďdiversityí actually perpetuate racism. Their obsession
with racial group identity is inherently racist. The true antidote
to racism is liberty. Liberty means having a limited, constitutional
government devoted to the protection of individual rights rather
than group claims. Liberty means free-market capitalism, which rewards
individual achievement and competence, not skin color, gender, or
ethnicity." So, what are the merits and demerits of placing
Mr. Cain on the Ron Paul ticket? On the plus side, he is a successful
businessman, very articulate, even charismatic. He is pretty good
on economic issues,
albeit a bit too soft on unions for our taste. Unfortunately, his
foreign policy planks
are not at all compatible with Ron Paulís emphasis on defense, not
offense. Cain makes no such distinction on his web, and this is
a crucial oversight.
He is a Democrat. Dr. Paul is a Republican. Have we lost our minds?
No. (Well, at least not for this reason.) Congressman Kucinich is
an ally of Congressman Paulís at least insofar as foreign policy
is concerned, and that is no small achievement for a member of either
party. However, unfortunately, while Kucinich is excellent on war
and peace, and is not so bad on personal liberties, he is a big
government liberal when it comes to economics. Thus, no sale, here.
However, he does deserve mention on our compilation for his support
of Dr. No on a very important public policy.
She is a retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and a regular
contributor to LewRockwell.com. She is currently running for the
6th District of Virginia House seat. Her place on the ticket would
underscore, ever the more, that of all Republican candidates for
president, Ron Paul not only receives the most donations from members
of the U.S. military, he garners more from this source than all
of the others put together. If her presence on the ticket will
not banish forever the calumny that Dr. Paul is "weak"
on defense, then nothing will. If Hillary is Obamaís VP choice in
2012, Colonel Kwiatkowskiís presence on the Paul team will help
counteract that perceived benefit. However, Congressman Paul will
not choose her for that reason. He will do so, if he does,
because he trusts Karen Kwiatkowski to promote liberty, freedom,
and constitutionalism. Can you imagine the magnificent thrashing
Karen will give Hillary in a Vice-Presidential debate!?!
He is co author with future president of the United States Ron Paul
of the book The
Case for Gold. Needless to say, Mr. Lehrman is sound as
a bell on monetary questions, crucial for understanding the present
plight of the American economy. In 1981 he ran for governor of New
York State, losing by only a few percentage point to Mario Cuomo.
He was a fellow member with Ron Paul of the U.S. gold commission;
the two co authored its minority report. Ron knows and trusts Lewis.
The two would make a great team.
Rick Perry is a blowhard, doesnít have a freedom oriented bone in
his body, was recently, ugh, a Democratic, and a strong supporter
for, double ugh, Al Gore. However, fair is fair. No one who dumps
on the Fed can be all bad. He characterized Ben Bernanke as "treasonous."
While Ron Paul does not employ such language and prefers to criticize
ideas, not people, Perry deserves inclusion on this list of possibles
for his stalwart condemnation of the Fed. Of course, a Paul-Perry
ticket would not be exactly "balanced," but that would
not stop Dr. Paul from choosing Governor Perry as his running mate,
if the latter were worthy. But, alas, he is not.
Peter Schiff, CEO of Euro Pacific Capital, is an esteemed investor
and outspoken advocate for hard money, free markets and the end
of crony capitalism. He is author of primers on investing and economics
and is an accomplished Austrian economist (as is Ron Paul). Amidst
great and raucous laughter, Schiff flashed early warning signs of
the housing and subprime mortgage bubbles that brought Americaís
financial system to its knees. Peter Schiff continues to sound the
alarm bells on sovereign debt bubbles, the perils of central banking
and Keynesian fiscal policies. In 2010, Peter ran for US Senate
from the State of Connecticut. He was a formidable debater and continues
to make frequent guest appearances on CNBC and Bloomberg. Peter
didnít fall far from the tree. His heroic father Irwin Schiff is
a noted tax protester, who challenged the constitutionality of the
federal income tax and is serving a 13 year federal sentence for
tax crimes. Bush the junior waged an unconstitutional, immoral war
on Iraq to avenge the "failures" of Bush the Elder to
trample Saddam. By contrast, Peter can be expected to wage a moral,
constitutional war to validate the efforts of his father to unmask
the illegitimacy of the IRS, yet another project of Ron Paulsí.
For his extremely bearish views on the U.S. economy, Mr. Schiff
has earned the title, Dr. Doom.
Can you imagine the combination of Dr. No and Dr. Doom? This would
give rise to the slogan: "No Doom with the Paul-Schiff team."
He was elected Governor of Minnesota as an independent on a budget
of only $300,000. He is a staunch Ron Paulite on economics, personal
liberty, and, most important, foreign policy. He has been an outspoken
critic of government propaganda and deception in war. His recent
is all about the governmentís biggest lies. Ventura, along with
Ron Paul himself, is that rare breed of politician willing to be
outspoken and candid regardless of political consequences. He would
be like a breath of fresh air on the Ron Paul ticket.
If we were considering the criteria of adherence to economic liberty
and individual personal freedom, there are few people more qualified
to be Ron Paulís running mate than Williams. A black man like his
mentor and friend Thomas Sowell, Williams has taken quite a bit
of unfair criticism for being a "traitor" to his race,
since he favors laissez faire capitalism and private property rights.
Again, like Sowell, he has done more than practically anyone else
on the entire globe to expose the idiocy, immorality and inefficiency
of our affirmative action industry. However, and this is a big however,
Prof. Williams "parts
company" with Ron Paul over foreign policy. Therefore,
although he richly deserves mention in this compilation, we would
reject him as a leading candidate for VP on the Ron Paul ticket.
The lead author of this essay is particularly proud that Williams
is one of his co-authors.
Woods. He would be an excellent choice. An avid Catholic, he would
"balance" Congressman Paulís Protestantism. More to the
point, Woods is "solid" on every conceivable libertarian
issue, likely even more so than Dr. Paul himself. Although a relatively
young man, phenomenally productive Dr. Woods (Ph.D. from Columbia
in history) has published 11 books (and is the editor of five others),
enough, more than enough, for an illustrious entire career. We doubt
that his parents gave him "Charisma" as a middle name,
but in failing to do so, they missed a bet. Tom Woods is perhaps
the most charismatic public speaker on the entire globe, putting
Barack (teleprompter) Obama to shame. A dark horse candidate? Yes.
But a worthy one. A very worthy one. The present authors would sleep
a lot easier each night with Tom Woods in the position of Vice President.
numerous letters sent to us in response to our first attempt to
shed light on this important decision. Many suggested names we had
not included in our first go around, including some of the above.
Also amongst them were almost all of the senior
fellows of the Mises Institute. In addition, the following people
were mentioned, and we pass them along in alphabetical order without
comment, except for one case: Jim DeMint, William Grigg Richard
Mack, Fred Reed, Paul Craig Roberts (not a supporter of full free
trade and thus highly problematic), Lawrence Vance and Jack Wheeler.
Certainly, these names should all be placed at least on the Ron
Paul teamís initial list.
Block [send him mail] is a
professor of economics at Loyola University New Orleans, and a senior
fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute. He is the author of Defending
the Undefendable and Labor
Economics From A Free Market Perspective. His latest book
Privatization of Roads and Highways.
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