In addition to being uniformly anti-Obama, the Republican field in the race for the 2012 presidency has other common attributes; one such is the extreme ideology many of them profess. Ron Paul is a leading libertarian, and his thinking is unsettling to many of us. But Ron Paul may see himself as being less interested in the presidency than in the potential to have his ideas heard.
Among the Republicans, including libertarians, evangelicals, and a wide range of anthrostrategists, we find some who support the corporate domination issue. This is not something new; following WWll, Eisenhower was called a communist because of his aversion to the military/industrial complex of the 1950’s. Further back, Judge Robert W. Archbald of the United States Commerce Court was removed from the bench by a House Judiciary Committee for accepting favors from corporations. Again, this is nothing new.
Mitt Romney still seeks the support of the Heritage/Limbaugh people, which some would agree makes him old school. Rick Perry while making some effort to distance himself from that old school thinking, is solidly in good standing with George W. Bush, and is a cohort of Karl Rove. The old school politicians are a threat to America, and all the worse for proclaiming to the naïve tea party constituency that they are solidly for the people.
Many of the Republicans agree to end taxation, a noble idea, but not consistent with rational behavior. Statist thinking restricts media coverage of the administrators and promotes corruption. To take a position that bringing the power to the 50 states will instill in diplomats’ new zeal and patriotism is not altogether consistent with human behavior. The election of 2008 was steeped in demands for new accountability and transparency, and we now see a swing of the pendulum in the opposite direction. If the tea party people have a firm belief that our free and democratic society is forever assured, they may be setting themselves up for a shock.