Arvin Vohra: Ron Paul, Rand Paul, and the Libertarian Party

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Ron Paul has more courage and integrity than any other per­son I know of . He argued against the War on Drugs when it was at its height of pop­u­lar­ity. He chal­lenged the Fed long before it became pop­u­lar to do so; in fact, he almost sin­gle­hand­edly made it pop­u­lar to do so. He has fought against social secu­rity, the pre­scrip­tion drug sub­sidy, corn sub­si­dies, and count­less other pop­u­lar sta­tist boondoggles.

But, although he aggres­sively attacked Rick Perry and Newt Gin­grich, he never really attacked uber-statist Mitt Romney.

Ron Paul under­stood how prob­lem­atic the Fed was back when most of us thought it was essen­tial for eco­nomic sta­bil­ity. I doubt he sim­ply didn’t notice the sim­i­lar­i­ties between Rom­n­ey­care and Oba­macare, or Romney’s Key­ne­sian tax-and-spend poli­cies. Nor do I think that Ron Paul, who is about to retire any­way, would have been par­tic­u­larly afraid of any backlash.

I can’t pre­sume to know Ron Paul’s moti­va­tion. But I do know that there are cer­tain pres­sures that a man of integrity won’t ignore. He won’t ignore pres­sures on his moral­ity, his friends, or his family.

For months, the Repub­li­can estab­lish­ment has been openly threat­en­ing his son, Rand Paul. In Jan­u­ary, nation­ally syn­di­cated con­ser­v­a­tive talk show host Mark Levin said, “If Ron Paul decides that he is going to go third-party…I will do every­thing in my power to defeat his son in Ken­tucky. I will do every­thing in my power to defeat his son Rand Paul in Kentucky.”

If that’s what the Repub­li­can estab­lish­ment said on national radio, what were they say­ing behind closed doors?

I have no doubt that Rand Paul endorsed Mitt Rom­ney after a dis­cus­sion with his father, with his father’s encour­age­ment, and with great reluc­tance. His choice was to swal­low a dis­gust­ing pill and live to fight another day, or end his polit­i­cal career in the Repub­li­can Party.

Ever since I got involved in pol­i­tics, I have got­ten repeated requests to run as a Repub­li­can, and a few to run as a Demo­c­rat.. I have turned those offers down because I know that there is no future in it for me. I’m unwill­ing to attack gay mar­riage, to sup­port cor­po­rate sub­si­dies, or to pre­tend that abor­tion is the most impor­tant issue in Amer­i­can pol­i­tics. (In order to be suc­cess­ful, Rand Paul has been forced to talk about abor­tion con­stantly, and pro­pose var­i­ous “Life Begins at Con­cep­tion” bills.) And I’m cer­tainly unwill­ing to back big-government sta­tists like Mitt Romney.

That’s why we need a strong Lib­er­tar­ian Party. The notion of “work­ing within” the Repub­li­can Party is ludi­crous. If the Repub­li­can estab­lish­ment can pres­sure Ron Paul into for­go­ing attacks on a super-statist like Mitt Rom­ney, then what could they do to the rest of us?

Ron Paul ran as a Lib­er­tar­ian can­di­date for pres­i­dent in 1988. And if our party were bet­ter funded and had more clout, he prob­a­bly would have joined us for future cam­paigns, includ­ing his many suc­cess­ful con­gres­sional cam­paigns. We need to make the Lib­er­tar­ian Party stronger, so that Amer­i­can states­men will never need to choose between their prin­ci­ples and get­ting elected.

For that, we all have to work together. You can join the LP at Make sure to also join the LP face­book page at

And join your state party (there is a list here: We have great can­di­dates this year, includ­ing Gary John­son. Now let’s work together to get them elected.


Arvin Vohra cur­rently serves as Rep­re­sen­ta­tive At-Large on the Lib­er­tar­ian National Com­mit­tee, and on the Exec­u­tive Board of the Mary­land Lib­er­tar­ian Party. He is the inter­na­tion­ally pub­lished author of two books, includ­ing Lies, Damned Lies, and Col­lege Admissions.

10 thoughts on “Arvin Vohra: Ron Paul, Rand Paul, and the Libertarian Party

  1. Deran

    I think this esay makes a lot of assumptions not based on evidence, rather wishful thinking?

    I have never heard abt Senator Paul bemoaning the yoke of the GOP establishment?

  2. JT

    I think this article is generally a good one. Also, Mark Levin is a hack. Whenever I’ve heard him (before I quickly change the station), I’m reminded about why I’m a Libertarian.

  3. Jill Pyeatt Post author

    I posted this mainly because Arvin is new to the party (or at least to the LNC). I’m hoping we can all get to know him better. So far, I like what we see!

  4. Erik Viker

    I appreciate a lot of what Arvin says, and I believe he has been around the LP for a while before his recent LNC election. But I wish he didn’t pander to Republican sympathizers as he did in this article. And he has “no doubt” about stuff he probably doesn’t know for sure concerning Rand Paul’s mind, and what Ron Paul might have done differently since abandoning LP activism after 1988 if the LP had more resources.

    The most important bit of Arvin’s essay is this: …we need a strong Lib­er­tar­ian Party. The notion of “work­ing within” the Repub­li­can Party is ludi­crous.’ Amen.

  5. Mike Jones

    Brett, did you really have to post that on so many articles? Looks good tho….

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