A conspiracy of silence and misinformation
By John Silveira
Backwoods Home Magazine
Since I first started paying attention to politics, there’s been what amounts to a conspiracy of silence and misinformation about libertarians and their ideas. This is especially true lately regarding Ron Paul, the libertarian-minded candidate who’s creating a stir in the Republican Party. Paul is bidding to become the party’s presidential candidate, but there are powerful forces that do not want him. Many in his own party wouldn’t want him even if they thought he was the only Republican who could unseat Obama.
Even the mass media, which has big-government sympathies, does little more than patronize Paul with comments like: “His ideas would be good for the 19th century, but they’re irrelevant today.” As if today’s raging deficits, smothering regulations, curtailments of liberties, and endless meddling in the affairs of other nations, all of which were brought on by Democrats and Republicans and all of which libertarians oppose, are somehow beneficial to the American people. Worse was the silence in the media when the National Taxpayer’s Union said Ron Paul was the only candidate whose plans would reduce the National Debt. The report was ignored by the mass media. That story should have run with banner headlines.
A more curious statement bandied in the press is simply: “He can’t win!” While others who caught the media’s eye — Gingrich, Santorum, Perry, Bachmann, Huntsman, Cain, and a host of others — have all fallen by the wayside, Paul is the only one the media continues to try to stigmatize with a “can’t win” label. Even though he continues to fill auditoriums wherever he speaks, the media acts as if he isn’t even in the race. As I write this today, some news outlets, after ignoring him for weeks, are erroneously reporting that he’s dropped out. He hasn’t!