But I have my reservations. One the one hand, there are those who argue that a Ron Paul victory would only prolong the life of the American Empire. While it may have it's reigns tightened for a time, it would ultimately continue it's course of plunder and destruction once Ron Paul is out of office. While Ron Paul would be a beacon for educating the masses on the principles of liberty, when the Empire does reach it's logical conclusion, Ron Paul and libertarianism would be made into a scapegoat. I have sympathy for this position.
On the other hand, with Ron Paul reaching ever-wider audiences, and people finally being offered an alternative to the statist quo, he may do just enough to make serious inroads to the growth and centralization of the State. He would, purportedly, bring all the troops home and close down hundreds of foreign bases. He would pardon non-violent drug offenders, freeing millions(?) with the stroke of a pen. He would stop enforcing unconstitutional laws and promote respect for State sovereignty. He would be a very powerful weapon for decentralization from Washington. These are things that are certain, moves toward liberation and freedom that would happen now.
Mixed feelings indeed. Of course, this is all theoretical. I believe he'll be assassinated before he's able to do anything of consequence, as I explored here. That aside, it will be an interesting next few years. There will be a silver lining either way. While I don't believe a post-collapse America uneducated on the principles of liberty would keep a free society for very long, it would end the plunder and destruction by the Federal government immediately. Likewise, a Ron Paul presidency would make real advances on correcting injustice and righting wrongs. Perhaps either way, liberty wins for a time, before the state makes it's seemingly inevitable rise once again.