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Republican Annihilation Is Not Likely

Barbara1247 Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 1:57 PM
You are partially correct. Most libertarians are in favor of open immigration, but with no welfare goodies, free education, free medical care being handed out, why would that be a problem. Given our rapidly aging population, we really need an influx of young immigrants. As for drugs, libertarians are for individual sovereignty - apparently many conservatives are not. Most libertarians don't care who you marry, so long as you choose a consenting adult. Libertarians are divided on the abortion question, usually depending on their degree of religiosity.
These days, our political parties are defined by their presidents. Their policies and their programs tend to become their respective parties' orthodoxies.

And the perceived success or failure of those policies and programs tends to determine how the parties' candidates, even those who don't support many of them, do at the polls.

This has been especially true in the past two decades, in which fewer Americans have been splitting their tickets or changing their minds from election to election than was the case from the 1950s to the 1980s.

For years, white Southerners voted Republican or for a third-party candidate in presidential elections and...