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May 19, 2012

The rEVOLution After Paul

by Stephen Littau

With Congressman Ron Paul’s third presidential run and career coming to an end, what will become of his rEVOLution he inspired? Prior to the 2012 campaign, some suggested that former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson would be the “next” Ron Paul but with Johnson running as the Libertarian Party nominee after being mistreated by the GOP establishment in the primaries, it appears to me that that bridge has been burned and will likely never be rebuilt. Johnson’s activities in furthering the liberty movement will be done outside the Republican Party.

The new heir apparent to lead the rEVOLution appears to be the congressman’s son Sen. Rand Paul. Rand Paul has been one of a handful of voices of reason in the senate voting against renewing the Patriot Act, the NDAA*, standing up to the TSA, and speaking out against President Obama’s unconstitutional “kinetic military actions” in Libya and elsewhere to name a few. For the most part**, Sen. Rand Paul has been a consistent champion of liberty much like his father. Speculation abounds that Sen. Paul will make a presidential run of his own in 2016.

The rEVOLution and the greater liberty movement must be much larger than one person***, however. According to Brian Doherty, author of his new book Ron Paul’s rEVOLution: The Man and the Movement He Inspired, Paul’s movement will continue long after Paul himself has left the political stage. Doherty summarizes the thesis of his book in the Cato forum (video below); David Boaz and Sen. Rand Paul also offer their thoughts on the future of the liberty movement after Ron Paul.



*There have been some rather interesting developments of the NDAA as of late that I haven’t had the opportunity to comment on here.

**Then he inexplicably panders to Evangelicals when he said that President Obama’s statement on gay marriage “could not be any gayer.” This is not something I would have expected to be uttered by Rand Paul and is a most disappointing development.

***The idea that one person could be “the leader” of the liberty movement is quite laughable when one considers the endless debate within the movement about the role and size of the government should be (if the government should exist at all).

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  • Peter L

    Another young up and coming liberty lover who will be carrying on the Ron Paul message is Rep. Justin Amash from Michigan. Look for him to be in the news much more in the future, fighting on the side of smaller government and more freedom.

  • procopius

    I’m more into people like Amash than I am into Rand.

    It’s awesome that Rand is there, bar none. He’s voted correctly in essential circumstances, but there are rare other times like Iran sanctions that he seemed to have just floated for whatever reason. He’s simply hard to read as far as his future goes.

    Another thing… (this is neither good nor bad per se) is that he’s brutally honest. He had already announced that his father would be out of the running almost a month ago on Alex Jones. Just matter-of-factly stated that like he was talking about the weather that Ron Paul would be basically finished in May or June. Didn’t bother to really expound on it either.

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