American politics is polarized. Our government is in a state of paralysis. Conservatives, liberals, and moderates are at each other’s throats. National unity is no more. And yet, I see a presidential candidate who might be able to bring the country together: Ron Paul.
He has the support of the Tea Party dissidents on the right who yearn for a more limited, more constitutional government. But he also has significant support from the Occupy Wall Street dissidents on the left for his criticism of big corporations and the banking interests. And yet he appeals to business folks as a free market purist. He is pro-life, which is enough to satisfy lots of social conservatives (and he would certainly appoint “original intent” judges). He is also anti-war, which attracts lots of liberals disillusioned with Obama’s war machine. Above all, he has appeal to the vast internet subculture, which, as observers have noted, is essentially libertarian.
Whether or not you want him as president–and please don’t confuse my mental experiments on this blog for my own endorsements–could it be that Dr. Paul or someone with an ideology like his shows the way to bring this country together again?