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Why The Hell Should Anyone Vote For The Republican Party?

Blowtorch of Reason Wrote: Feb 19, 2013 6:02 PM
Vote Libertarian, a party that actually says what it means and you will have a chance to win elections.
Anonymous908 Wrote: Feb 19, 2013 6:56 PM
Its good to note that teh libertarian wing of the republican party is the fastest growing subsection. It should also be noted that libertarianism is bringing new people into the party (especially young people and independents). The republican party is being given bone here if it chooses to accept it. The republican party can become a libertarian opposition to the democrats and harness the backlash against Big government Obama. OR, it can reject libertarian ideas, continue to be the party of 'slightly smaller government than the dems', and fade away by never winning an election again.

I whole heartedly believe that the future success of the republican party is dependent on whether or not they accept or reject libertarian ideas.
Stuart95 Wrote: Feb 19, 2013 8:04 PM
Anonymous, you nailed it.

Republicans need numbers, and they aren't going to get them by narrowing their definition with insoluble, no-win social issues. The Green Party and Nader Party are left of the Democrats; that leaves the solidly fiscal-conservative libertarians as the only other game in town.

Just waiting for a principled, articulate leader to make it happen. Cruz? Rubio? Jindal? Paul?
Roy323 Wrote: Feb 19, 2013 8:44 PM
Anon-I am in the process of finally accepting that, for the most part, I am. basically, of the "Libertarian" persuasion; However, I'll never accept the ISOLATIONISM as a National Policy!
Stuart95 Wrote: Feb 19, 2013 9:02 PM
Roy, welcome.

"Isolationism" is an accusation often thrown at libertarians by people who are frustrated by their inability to find legitimate holes in libertarian principles as they try to rationalize political theories (parties) that approach all issues as if every day were a new day. Given time and an open mind, you will see that "providing for the national defense" does not mean "spend trillions parading around the world turning forlorn countries into little Americas".

The most easily grasped proof that libertarians are not isolationist is their commitment to free trade, a subject manipulated for political purposes daily, at your expense, by the other parties' politicians.
Roy323 Wrote: Feb 19, 2013 11:29 PM
Stuart95-I truly wish it were that simple. I must accept the fact that this World is an extremely place and the "Bad Guys" only hope/wait for the day when we (the US) cannot/will not defend ourselves.

The only answer anyone ever seems to be able to offer to that question these days is, "Because the Democrats are worse." However, the problem with being the lesser of two evils is that you're still an evil.

Well, what about the GOP's principles?

What about them?

Name something that the Republican Party stands for today.

Low taxes? We've won that battle so thoroughly that 47% of Americans don't pay income taxes even though we have a trillion dollar deficit. Meanwhile, many of the richest Americans are comfortable enough with what they're...