Leftists in America are choosing to have fits of anxiety over the candidacies of Ron Paul and Mitt Romney. Ron Paul has the intellectual ammunition to destroy leftist philosophy, and Mitt Romney has a spiritual presence which people can feel and which can never be matched by the minuscule little humanism of the left-wing viewpoint.
Most libertarians practically worship Ron Paul while pooh poohing Mitt Romney's candidacy. This of course is a tactical mistake. Intellectualism devoid of spirit cannot win the votes of the vast majority of people. Voters still listen to what they know is true inside themselves ... a spiritual connection with the candidate.
The logical solution for libertarians is to continue supporting Ron Paul in the hopes of gaining widespread advertising for libertarian philosophy and establishing a strong libertarian wing which might someday take over the Republican Party, just as leftists have taken over the Democratic Party; and at the same time stay on the friendly side of Mitt Romney, who has what it takes to actually win the Republican nomination and the 2008 election, and who has shown great willingness to be convinced of the merit of new ideas.
In other words, libertarians need not put all their eggs in one basket, and then watch once again from the shoreline as the basket floats away. They can choose to be happy as Ron spreads the philosophy and equally happy as Mitt wins the Presidency and listens to their ideas.
The libertarian preparation device, A Course in Miracles, speaks of the value of reaching others by choosing happiness:
God’s Will for you is perfect happiness. Why should you choose to go against His Will? The part that He has saved for you to take in working out His plan is given you that you might be restored to what He wills. This part is as essential to His plan as to your happiness. Your joy must be complete to let His plan be understood by those to whom He sends you. They will see their function in your shining face, and hear God calling to them in your happy laugh.
You are God’s messenger today. You bring His happiness to all you look upon; His peace to everyone who looks on you, and sees His message in your happy face. For this you came. Let this one be the day that you succeed!
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Course in Political Miracles