An influential former U.S. lawmaker is warning that it will take more than just a GOP victory for the nation to realign its moral compass.
Appearing on Russia Today, former Congressman and three-time presidential candidate Dr. Ron Paul pushed back against the dominant two-party paradigm, whom he says both endorse the same detrimental values of Keynesian economics and foreign policy interventionism.
“Well I think it seems like this will be a very good year, better than it has been in the past,” Paul said of the Republican party winning total control of Congress.
According to Dr. Paul, the public has to stop voting for “the lesser of two evils” and endorse liberty candidates for dynamic change to occur.
“[W]e’re still locked in on this mentality that people will think positively on these other options, but when it gets down to the wire they say ‘Oh, I gotta vote for the lesser of two evils,’ and they end up voting that way. So we have to wait and see if there is a breakthrough.”
“Rather disgusting,” he says, “this whole idea that a good candidate that’s rating well in the polls can’t get in the debate. That’s where the corruption really is. It’s a monopoly of a one-party system. They claim it’s two parties, but it’s a monopoly of a one-party system and they don’t even allow a second option.”
When asked if third party candidates will soon have a chance of overcoming the paradigm to hold national office, Paul affirmed he believed that to be “a long way off” due to the two parties’ “tenacious cling to power.”
“If a third party person gets anywhere along, [republicans and democrats are] going to do everything they can to stop that from happening. So I think it’s a tough job. I think everybody should keep doing it, the people who are sick and tired of republicans and democrats, and according to a poll about eighty percent of the people are sick of republicans and democrats, yet they don’t go and opt out for another decision.”
Paul, who ran as a presidential candidate for the libertarian party in 1988 and later joined the GOP, also recommended attempting to “influence” and “infiltrate” the parties with ideas in order to fundamentally shift each party’s thinking.
“So there’s two ways you can do it: fight for competition, fight to get rid of the monopoly of the republicans and democrats, or you try to influence people with ideas and infiltrate both political parties, because this is our problem right now is republicans and democrats both endorse Keynesian economics and they both endorse foreign policy interventionism and wars overseas and that’s why we’re in this mess today.”