On Friday, former Rep. Ron Paul was interviewed by Texas-based KERA News, and provided some insight into why he thinks his son Rand Paul’s campaign faltered, along with his thoughts on Bernie Sanders.
Of his son’s suspended campaign, Paul said, “Conditions are different right now and unfortunately, people are scared and are much more willing to listen to people who have magical answers.” Paul also noted that, “There’s a lot of demagoguing going on, so it’s not easy to present the case of liberty…”
One such politician peddling the kind of “magical answers” Paul cites is of course “democratic socialist” Bernie Sanders. Of Sanders, Paul said, “There are some things that Bernie and I overlap on. He and I could work together to go after corporatism and corporate welfare, even though he’s a socialist, we could agree on things.”
Paul also explained that he could work with Sanders on foreign policy issues. Both were vocal opponents of the Iraq War, and Sanders is far less of an interventionist than Hillary Clinton. Paul even went so far as to say that having a progressive as president might be a good thing.
But Paul’s reasoning is based on logic that Sanders’ supporters would completely reject. “It’d be better to have some progressive in [the White House],” he said. But not because he in any way supports Sanders’ objectives. Added Paul, “It’d be much better for the country long-term. Because of partisan competition and power, you will hope to have gridlock.”
Gridlock! A term universally reviled on the left; one President Obama has invoked repeatedly since Republicans took over the House of Representatives in 2010. It seems that quite often, progressives forget the legislative branch is constitutionally responsible for exactly that – legislating. The executive branch simply, you guessed it, executes the laws. Hence Paul’s logic.
So if you’re “feeling the Bern,” don’t get too excited about Paul’s comments one way or the other.
When asked if his statement constituted an endorsement of Sanders, Paul laughed and said that it absolutely did not.