08-26-2016, 09:56 AM
Ron's presidential campaigns were educational first and foremost. He had no mandate to reach certain percentages, nor expectations of winning. These factors allowed him to say things one would never say if he were in Gary's position. More pointedly, IINM Ron's stump speeches on the congressional trail were not as "pure" as his speeches on the presidential trail. Why do you think that would be? Perhaps because all politicians "pander" if they actually want to reach certain percentages.
And how has running the Browns, Badnariks, and Pauls worked out for us in the end? What I see is the authoritarian flip-flopper Trump taking the lions share of the uninformed.
IMO purist libertarianism is highly nuanced and difficult to sell in the soundbite nature of modern politics.