I’ve been reading the latest article by the Honorable Ron Paul. Great stuff – I find I usually agree with what he says because he is so informed and logical that it just makes sense…

Check out a few paragraphs:

“Many things have contributed to the mess we’re in. Bureaucratic management can never compete with the free market in solving problems. Central economic planning doesn’t work. Just look at the failed systems of the 20th century. Welfarism is an example of central economic planning. Paper money, money created out of thin air to accommodate welfarism and government deficits, is not only silly, it’s unconstitutional. No matter how hard the big spenders try to convince us otherwise, deficits do matter. But lowering the deficit through higher taxes won’t solve anything.

“Nothing will change in Washington until it’s recognized that the ultimate driving force behind most politicians is obtaining and holding power. And money from special interests drives the political process. Money and power are important only because the government wields power not granted by the Constitution. A limited, constitutional government would not tempt special interests to buy the politicians who wield power. The whole process feeds on itself. Everyone is rewarded by ignoring constitutional restraints, while expanding and complicating the entire bureaucratic state.

“Even when it’s recognized that we’re traveling down the wrong path, the lack of political courage and the desire for reelection results in ongoing support for the pork-barrel system that serves special interests. A safe middle ground, a don’t-rock-the-boat attitude, too often is rewarded in Washington, while meaningful solutions tend to offend those who are in charge of the gigantic PAC/lobbyist empire that calls the shots in Washington. Most members are rewarded by reelection for accommodating and knowing how to work the system.

“Though there’s little difference between the two parties, the partisan fights are real. Instead of debates about philosophy, the partisan battles are about who will wield the gavels. True policy debates are rare; power struggles are real and ruthless. And yet we all know that power corrupts.”

For the whole article, which I highly recommend, see this link.

I’ve had the same conversation with my brother – he graduated with a degree in economics, I graduated with a degree in political science. We both agree that the current government system is corrupt and unworkable, but he optimistically believes it can be changed, while I, being the realist that I am, believe that in order to change the system, you have to get power within the system, which means you have to play by the rules of the system, and once you’ve done that, your ideals have been corrupted and you no longer see the need to change the system, or you are unable to get the power to change the system in the first place – too many powerful people depend on the system to allow anyone to change it.

Ron Paul seems to be one who still believes that the system can be changed, and seems to be one who is intelligent enough to change it. I admire him for his insights, and his courage to stand up and call a spade a spade within the government itself. Unfortunately, that’s why he’ll never be able to change it…