It now appears Ron Paul will place first in the Iowa Caucuses held on the night of January 3rd.
Newt Gingrich will place second. Mitt Romney will place third. Rick Perry will place fourth.
Ron Paul's Iowa victory doesn't provide many delegates to the Republican National Convention, but it does have enormous impact on the American national dialogue.
On the one hand, the movement behind Ron Paul appears somewhat old-line conservative, but on the other hand it contains revolutionary elements. The American War of Independence and establishment of the United States was a wonderful advance in mankind's evolution toward non-coercive political infrastructure. But obviously the American experiment did not finish the job. Mankind still has a way to go to establish full political liberty once and for all time.
The American Founders, for all their genius, were nonetheless limited to the perceptions of their day. Like scientists who cannot yet see an entire picture, their reasoning was boxed in by what they could see at the time. The activists behind Ron Paul have in some very important respects "jumped out of the box." Their understanding of the moral basis of political liberty and the spiritual basis of political liberty has the advantage of over 250 additional years of human progress since the American founding.
Barack Obama recently gave a speech in which he tried to convince someone that Teddy Roosevelt's policies of a hundred years ago were right for today (and by implication he himself is the spiritual reincarnation of Teddy Roosevelt). Ron Paul supporters don't play such games. Instead, they look to logic and common sense and perception which is not blinded by preconceived ideas. Whereas Obama imagines himself a "progressive," Ron Paul's supporters are on the cutting edge of human progress.
So a Ron Paul victory means a far broader public discussion of liberty ideas and much deeper public awareness of human beings' deep spiritual craving for political liberty. Some might imagine such a discussion and awareness could have been experienced 40 or 50 years ago if libertarians had been willing to focus on winning elections. But, as the Bible points out, there is a season for everything.
Anyway, with Ron Paul's victory, it appears that the season for libertarian ideas is finally in full bloom. The movement has been called the Ron Paul Revolution, but it actually is the inevitable advancement of human political evolution.
Iowans apparently pay attention to changing seasons. Thank you, Iowa!
To understand the evil psychology of modern "liberal progressives," read Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged"
"God's laws will keep your minds at peace, because peace IS His Will, and His laws are established to uphold it. His are the laws of freedom, but yours are the laws of bondage. Since freedom and bondage are irreconcilable, their laws CANNOT BE UNDERSTOOD TOGETHER. The laws of God work only for your good, and there ARE no other laws beside His. Everything else is merely lawLESS, and therefore chaotic." -Jesus Christ in A Course in Miracles
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