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March 13, 2013

Anderson: Could Rand Paul spark an American Spring?

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Many young people are already on board with Sen. Paul’s father, Congressman Ron Paul, and his desire to audit the Federal Reserve Bank while leaning on Big Banks to control the excesses that helped lead to the fiscal crisis in 2008. Let’s all sit down together, and we can discuss Barney Frank and Fannie Mae, too.

Then let’s revolt against the $85 trillion of national debt and unfunded liabilities that young people should be most concerned about, since they’re the ones who carry most of that burden.

Let liberty Republicans lead, and other Republicans join them, moving away from the social issues that divide traditionalists from the young voters who see gay marriage and legal abortion as settled political questions. Illegal immigration will remain a difficult issue, as will environmental concerns. But with enough in common on fiscal and military issues, there is hope that the Republican Party’s old and young libertarians can mount an effective future against the statist Democrats.

I myself begin with last week’s mantra, Stand with Rand, all the way perhaps to his running for president in 2016: a liberty-Republican campaign that can excite and inspire the young, who are soon to inherit the country from those of us who’ve almost lost it.

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Barbara Anderson of Marblehead is a regular Salem News columnist.

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