Bernie Sanders vs. Ron Paul: The Tale of a Real Political Revolution vs a Fake One

People who follow me know I’m not a fan of libertarians. I don’t despise them as individuals, but as a collective I loathe the naive idiocy of their political beliefs. These are folks who somehow think giving more power to the people who are corrupting our government will make them behave more ethically. Who in their right mind would think companies that are already trying to skirt the laws meant to protect Americans would act more ethically without those laws put in place?

That’s just stupid.

But it was in 2012 during the “Ron Paul Revolution” and the “#RonPaul2012” nonsense where I hit my limit with these folks. Since then I’ve pretty much refused to debate libertarians. I adhere to a strict rule of not wasting my time by trying to use reason to reach out to those who are unreasonable. People who think society benefits from fewer regulations, almost no taxes, and giving corrupt businesses more unchecked power to do whatever the heck they want are definitely unreasonable.

Though what was commonly uttered by many “Paul Bots” (as they were called in 2012) was the call for a “revolution.” You couldn’t go on a political post anywhere online where Ron Paul supporters hadn’t taken it over with “Ron Paul Revolution” and “#RonPaul2012” posts.

Sound familiar?

It should. Because in a lot of ways it’s very similar to what we’ve seen with Bernie Sanders. A candidate with a strong social media presence, preaching a “political revolution” and heavily supported by younger voters. To listen to Paul (and his supporters online) speak back then, you would think the whole country was rising up to change everything in politics.

Except, it was all bullcrap. Ron Paul won exactly zero states in 2012. Then his son, Rand Paul, did even worse in 2016.

On the flip side, we have Bernie Sanders.

In just a few short months, Sanders has done everything “revolutionary” Paul said his movement was about but never was: He built a strong grassroots movement on passion, driven by people who are sick of the status quo. People who’ve seen what this country has become and want real change – a real “revolution.”

While libertarians like Ron Paul push the idea that the American people want less and less government, Bernie Sanders is proving that most Americans actually see great value in the services the government provides. While libertarians like Ron Paul oppose things like socialized health care, the minimum wage and EPA regulations, Sanders is proving that Paul’s policy stances were (and still are) only supported by a small, very vocal minority.

Because the truth is, even if he doesn’t become the Democratic nominee, Bernie Sanders has changed damn near everything. The “Sanders tidal wave” will impact every facet of the Democratic party for years. We’re going to see more Sanders and Elizabeth Warren types in Congress, pushing for a return to the type of government we had in the 50’s and 60’s when it was built around helping 98 percent of Americans, not just the top two percent.

The fact of the matter is, while libertarians like Ron Paul talked about a political revolution – Bernie Sanders actually created one.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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