It’s time to call some people out. It’s time to disregard tact and diplomacy. It’s time to state the truth, no matter who it might offend.

Following Rand Paul’s announcement that he will run for president- a move which surprised no one- many liberty-minded individuals suddenly wanted to get behind the Rand Paul campaign. People that I thought were for freedom are now celebrating their enslavement by the state through the election of a figurehead, one who will be a very small part of a very large and destructive machine called the government. It’s easy to see the hope people have that he will improve things for the better. It’s easy to see how people believe he might finally be the president to run around more a long-standing tradition of unchecked abuse from the executive branch of the American government.

Those hopes will never come to anything. Those of you who think that Rand Paul can turn around, or even arrest the course of today’s government, are flat wrong. I’ll say it as plain as I can: anyone who supports Rand Paul, or any other candidate, supports their own enslavement through taxation bondage and market manipulation by the Federal Reserve. If you’re for Rand Paul, you’re not for liberty.

Even presuming that Rand stays a consistent person (no president ever has), is able to come through on his campaign promises (meaningless words that are always disregarded later), is able to affect positive change with the power of his office (presuming that he isn’t stonewalled by the thousands of government statists who understand no other way of life save obedience to the system), there is no indication that he will abolish the IRS, or the Fed, or the NSA, or the TSA, or the CIA, or the FBI.

In fact, the Federal Reserve is not the first central bank in America. In 1816, James Monroe created the Second Bank of America in an attempt to recover an economy that had been debilitated by the War of 1812. In 1832, when the charter came up for renewal, Andrew Jackson, believing that the bank served the interests of wealthy people only, vetoed the charter. The following political cartoon from 1833 tells the story of Jackson’s ongoing fight to abolish the “devil’s bank”:

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Though, in this particular instance, Jackson used the powers of his office for a positive end (which he finally accomplished in 1836), he also signed the Indian Removal Act, a bill designed to forcibly relocate Native Americans from their ancestral lands. In addition, when South Carolina threatened to secede from the Union over the Tariff of 1828 (called the Tariff of Abominations), Jackson threatened to use military force against any state that made such a decision. In other words, he was equally capable of using the discretionary powers of his office for both good and bad ends. He was, like most presidents, a tyrant who seeks to have his will be done wherever and whenever possible.

Today, the discretionary powers of the president have widely expanded. And though some may believe that Rand Paul might use those powers for good, there is also a danger that, much like Jackson, he could prove both a blessing and a curse. The same holds true for Ben Carson, Steve Christie, Marco Rubio, Hillary Clinton, or any other person foolish enough to nail himself up before the nation as a target for all that is wrong with the government.

All of this presumes that the process of voting itself is a fair and impartial process. It is not. Candidates are often sued off the ballot- those who have more money can bankrupt those who do not have money by drawing out legal proceedings to the nth degree. Courts also have the power to disqualify people from the ballot for a number of reasons, the most common of which is not having enough signatures (itself an outdated process that makes of forgery a paid industry). Then too, election machines can be programmed to register negative votes for candidates, as was the case for Jill Stein’s 2012 campaign in Erie County, Pennsylvania. Stein lost votes as time went along, an indication that people were voting for her but that the votes subtracted rather than added to the total. There have also been numerous cases of dead people voting for candidates, the most recent of which was discovered in the state of Ohio with deceased individuals casting their vote for President Obama. As if all of that wasn’t enough, in the 2012 election, Tagg Romney, Mitt Romney’s son, bought up a number of election machines. What he did with them is not yet known.

To engage with the Rand Paul campaign, or any other campaign, is to presume that election fraud does not exist. It presumes that one person’s voice, one person’s choice, can make a difference as to who is chosen for high public office. It also presumes, in a naive sort of way, that the people who vote for a candidate get to say which laws the candidate supports or opposes, or which appointments he will make or not make. An industry called lobbying is simply nothing more than people suggesting- or bribing- politicians into taking one position or another. If lobbying has any effect at all, then the government is always up for sale to the highest bidder. If lobbying has no effect, then the politician acting upon his own principles ignores the desires of those who elected him.

Nowhere in the current system of American governance is independence and self-determination. Nor is any politician, even the most liberty-minded politician, Justin Amash, talking about removing the state from the equation altogether. Unless people realize that the state itself is the most destructive, most vicious, most pernicious creation human beings have ever devised, very little will change from one candidate to the next.

So please, let’s all throw Rand Paul to the dust bin of history where he belongs.