Unlike his son, Ron Paul isn't currently scheduled to speak at the Republican National Convention and to state the obvious: Dude ain't going to be president. But rest assured, the awkward pause you hear when mentioning Ron Paul's name to people who don't live on Internet forums isn't silence, it's the sound of the invisible hand applauding because, for better or worse, we'll be dealing with Paul's legacy for some time to come…
1. Hating the Federal Reserve is now totally mainstream. Not too long ago, the Fed was considered a successful technocratic institution beyond the reach of politics, or as Paul called it, "an enormously destructive and unaccountable force in both the U.S. economy and the greater global economy." Paul's view seems to be winning, with 327 Members of the House voting for an audit bill.
2. The Paululons have taken over some state Republican parties. From Nevada to Alaska, Paul's supporters have taken control of key party posts, allowing them to set the rules for future intra-party contests and providing a payoff for all those years of being Dungeon Masters.
3. Many Americans like Paul's foreign policy. During the debates, every GOP candidate wore an American lapel flag pin, while Paul preferred to keep all his precious metals out of sight. This made him easy to caricature as unpatriotic, but in fact, his views align more closely to most Americans than do Romney's or Obama's – 78 percent of Americans support full withdrawal from Iraq and 57 percent think the U.S. should not be involved in Afghanistan.
4. We are all basement libertarians now. According to a report from the Census Bureau, the number of adult children who resided in their parents' households increased by 1.2 million between 2007 and 2010. Some call this a social disaster, others call it building the libertarian base.
5. Skepticism of government remains high. According to Gallup, 57 percent of Americans have little or no confidence in the federal government to solve domestic problems, which is totally the first step in the libertarian plan of not solving any domestic problems.
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