President Obama, gold-bug message boards say, is working to confiscate all gold in private hands and even the Libertarian Party has deleted overt references to the shiny stuff from its platform. In fact, gold has only one major friend in the national spotlight: Ron Paul.
I see enough of myself in libertarians to recognize that they do not deserve to be marginalized. Though they are certainly quirky, any group with this many original ideas should be listened to, not scorned.
The images of college students thronging to Ron Paul campaign events inspire a nostalgic twinge in me. Once I upon a time, I, too, needed nothing more in life than to be left free to achieve. I was a Libertarian, at least until graduation.
Invest in duct tape, night vision goggles and stores of non-perishable foodstuffs. Instruct your children in the science of zombie slaying (it takes a head shot). Distrust your neighbors. Hoard firearms. Get with the times or the times will get you.
Lately, I've been hearing all this talk about election fraud, "noncitizens," and the like. Well, I say forget about it. Not necessary! What we need is an election dance-off à la Dancing with the Stars, and the winner gets to be president of the United States!
If the Ron Paul actually wants to see President Obama defeated in November, he should bow out of the Republican nomination process quickly, accept whatever offer the Romney camp offers him for a speaking slot during the convention, and endorse the inevitable nominee.
Of course, there are Latino libertarians out there. But in general, talking Hispanics into espousing the Ron Paul agenda is only slightly easier than getting the pope to show up at the Stonewall Inn for a drink.
The number of Asians in the country is on the rise. Will this group of voters be courted by candidates to the same extent as other constituencies?
Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert were on vacation, but Conan O'Brien in particular picked up the slack, not only having a great week on his own show, but also popping up in New York on Letterman to lay into Jay Leno in a way he hasn't done since everything went down more than two years ago.
Is the Ron Paul campaign finally over? Depends on whom you ask.
Americans Elect was never a grassroots movement. At best, it was a well-funded organization in which a number of elites could dream up a fake democratic process and pretend they were above the silly infighting of the plebes.
Why are we trusting of authority in our society? It's an old, even clichéd question from a well-populated side that is so often seen as the "counter," or the "other" side.
Mitt Romney and the Republican Party establishment are currently in a bind over what to do with Ron Paul at the convention.
What if Paul's supporters just ignore the binding rules and vote their consciences? What if, in Tampa, all those Paul supporters who are bound by state rules to vote for Romney put the ball firmly back in the GOP's court, and say, "Your move"?
Whether Rand Paul could now -- against all odds -- catapult him to the vice presidency is likely to be one of the more compelling dramas to unfold as the GOP nominating race slowly draws to a close.
Last year, Bachmann mentioned that one of her favorite economists is Ludwig von Mises. Her endorsement of Romney, though, has Mises turning in his grave. Romney's political views represent everything the Austrian economist despised.