Ron Paul’s Compatriot-The VP Sweepstakes, Part II
by Walter Block and Steve Berger
Who should Ron Paul choose for Vice President, when he wins the republican nomination for President? The present authors have already taken one hack at this crucial question of the day, and are now back for round two. Again we mention several possibilities, so as to ease the way for the Ron Paul team on that day they must make this decision. Here are the additional possibilities, as we see them.
Herman Cain. Ron Paul would never in a million years choose this man because he is black, so as to defend against the charge that he is a racist. He need not do so. Dr. Paul is just about the most color blind man we know in U.S. politics, slurs to the contrary notwithstanding. In the view of the Congressman from Texas, “Racism is simply an ugly form of collectivism, the mindset that views humans strictly as members of groups rather than individuals. Racists believe that all individuals who share superficial physical characteristics are alike: as collectivists, racists think only in terms of groups. By encouraging Americans to adopt a group mentality, the advocates of so-called ‘diversity’ actually perpetuate racism. Their obsession with racial group identity is inherently racist. The true antidote to racism is liberty. Liberty means having a limited, constitutional government devoted to the protection of individual rights rather than group claims. Liberty means free-market capitalism, which rewards individual achievement and competence, not skin color, gender, or ethnicity.” So, what are the merits and demerits of placing Mr. Cain on the Ron Paul ticket? On the plus side, he is a successful businessman, very articulate, even charismatic. He is pretty good on economic issues, albeit a bit too soft on unions for our taste. Unfortunately, his foreign policy planks are not at all compatible with Ron Paul’s emphasis on defense, not offense. Cain makes no such distinction on his web, and this is a crucial oversight.