As I watched the elections yesterday, I had the same reaction I had in 2008 and 2006, “the only winners today were those who helped perpetuate the status quo.” Even though I was happy to see some of the candidates I supported win (i.e. Justin Amash) and some who I knew were going to win (i.e. Rand Paul, Marco Rubio), it was sad to see that people still prefer the status quo over real change. And that’s partly due to the fact that corporate interests don’t care about the free markets, sound money or any actual issue, only in their ability to amass more power. The status quo won the elections as they always do, and we always end up losing again and again. As long as people are stuck in the false left-right paradigm, there will never be any change that people really desire. Voting for principles instead of parties is one way to go, but our election system works against those who have true principles regardless if you agree with them or not.
With regards to the election results, while I was relieved that Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell did not win their respective races, this only proves the point that the Tea Party movement was only a Republican-oriented movement and I have been saying that since the neocons created the movement to discredit the first tea party movement that I and many other Ron Paul supporters and libertarians created. The Tea Party movement in my opinion is dead and has been dead for a while. What we really need is more of a third rail movement that concentrates on bringing people together on issues such as our interventionist foreign policy, the War on Drugs, the War on Terror, the Federal Reserve and other issues we can unite on. We may not agree on the economy but we can learn to bridge the divide and understand that corporatism is the root cause of all our problems. Only then can we truly affect change, instead of promoting the status quo as the Tea Party has done.
In the end, the winners of the election will always be the status quo because people would rather blindly vote for a candidate that makes false promises than put their money where their mouth is. This election also proves that politicians only care about one thing: power and more of it regardless of party. Support principles, not party.