Accepting that the past is immutable, and the Obama has in fact won the US Election, we now have two choices. Moan and wollow in self pity for a bit before huddling in fear as the system collapses under it’s own greed, or thinking about what we do next to put the world back on course.
Of course, the battle was really lost when the rules were changed on Ron Paul to exclude him from the ticket. A Romney win would not have been a vote for freedom anymore than a vote for Obama but I can’t help being much more worried by an Obama victory. First, Obama represents a complete departure from the founding principles of America, a fact he made abundantly clear in his victory speech, he also represents a more urgent and devastating attack on the economy than Romney, and a wealthy society was more likely to be consistent on issues of personal freedom and much more open to new ideas. My amateur analysis is that Obama’s second term makes the libertarian mission harder and more urgent.
There are reasons to be cheerful. The economic trouble looming for America might make it easier to make the economic arguments. We’re a little gang of libertarians on this here blog, but the liberty movement is growing quickly at home and abroad. Same sex marriage, medical marijuana, and even recreational marijuana in Washington and Colorado have all been made legal at the ballot box. People want freedom and our numbers are growing.
So, with a UK hat on please, what to do next? What now are your priorities for the next four years?