Andrew Sullivan Backs Ron Paul
While this isn’t surprising, I wonder who he would pick between if Paul and Obama actually got the nominations of their respective parties. He seems much more in line with Obama right now, but I think he seems to long for the idea of a libertarian in the White House.
But the deeper reason to support Ron Paul is a simple one. The great forgotten principles of the current Republican party are freedom and toleration. Paul’s federalism, his deep suspicion of Washington power, his resistance to government spending, debt and inflation, his ability to grasp that not all human problems are soluble, least of all by government: these are principles that made me a conservative in the first place. No one in the current field articulates them as clearly and understands them as deeply as Paul. He is a man of faith who nonetheless sees a clear line between religion and politics. More than all this, he has somehow ignited a new movement of those who love freedom and want to rescue it from the do-gooding bromides of the left and the Christianist meddling of the right. The Paulites’ enthusiasm for liberty, their unapologetic defense of core conservative principles, their awareness that in the new millennium, these principles of small government, self-reliance, cultural pluralism, and a humble foreign policy are more necessary than ever – no lover of liberty can stand by and not join them.
I’m becoming convinced more and more that this really isn’t about Paul. He’s just given a voice to a movement. This will last beyond him if he doesn’t get the nomination and whichever party can grab hold of this zeitgeist may well ride it all the way to the White House.
Oh, and here’s some Obama love:
You know: you can mock him for being too goody-two-shoes, but I’ve come to believe he really is the real thing. I keep looking for evidence he isn’t, and spent some time this year looking for reasons to doubt him. But I couldn’t. Don’t dismiss it. Don’t buy the Clinton crapola. Don’t give in to the tired Beltway baloney from Penn. Sometimes, it’s worth supporting someone for the right reasons. Obama and Paul give me hope. And, boy, do we need some.
Indeed we do.