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Well, it is hard to do. I'm not willing to compromise further than I already have: I've supported (with money and votes) R's who are pro-life, even though I don't want government involved in reproduction at all. I'm not willing to start supporting the National Security State, worldwide empire, the drug war, or extrajudicial execution, whether by drone or other means. I suppose that if we all agreed to take the Constitution seriously and literally, we'd have a basis to agree upon, but I don't see that happening without a fight that will fracture the GOP. So, fracturing the GOP is going to be the first step. Then we can turn this argument around, and recruit more Dem voters of the free speech, civil libertarian, anti-war persuasion. THAT coalition would be very powerful, indeed.
Nope. Pro-choice libertarians are very much the majority; in the Libertarian Party, pro-lifers organize for every convention, and a pro-life plank for the platform is introduced at every one, and it goes down 70-30 every time.
I'm voting for you.
Although it'll be rough for me to not back Gary Johnson, who would make a truly great President.
Gary Johnson would have been a much better answer, but the GOP blocked him from debating, and their captured press went to great lengths to ignore him until he dropped out of the party and ran as a Libertarian, getting a million votes. I think Rand would be an imperfect game changer, but certainly a vast improvement, if your goal is constitutional, limited government. I disagree with him on abortion (in that I don't want politicians to have any power whatsoever extending inside of a woman's vagina), but I'm willing to, ahem, hold my nose and back him anyway.
This article dismissively skims the surface. Libertarians (I'm a life member, and have run for office as a Libertarian) have a consistent philosophy that we apply. I'm just as adamant about the 2nd Amendment as I am about the War on Drugs. I don't do drugs (outside of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, that is), but I definitely don't think politicians should be involved in whether or not I do. Here's where the GOP either has to change or descend into minority status in the next generation. You can't say you're for limited government and still champion government's involvement in what individuals do with their own bodies, whom they love & marry, what kind of sex they have, and an unfettered National Security/Police State. We extend this to foreign policy. It's not up to us to help impose corrupt and brutal dictatorships on people in other countries in order to give ourselves access to their resources, natural or otherwise. If they did to us what we do to them, you and I would fly jets into their buildings, and we'd be hailed as heroes here at home. That our politicians have tried to run the world is resulting in a blowback that isn't going to end, and it is the direct cause of having our children groped at the airport by the TSA, having our phone records swept up in warrantless, widespread searches with no probable cause whatsoever, etc. The GOP either has to become the party of limited government - consistently and across the board - or it will have to learn how to do without the 15-25% of the electorate, a segment that is growing, that is now demanding that consistency as a matter of principle, as a matter of true patriotism.
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dangfitz Wrote: Aug 03, 2013 7:37 PM
Amen! although the Constitution included the Commerce Clause not so much to have robust regulation of commerce between the states from the feds as to take that power from each individual state so as to minimize each state creating protectionist barriers.
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dangfitz Wrote: Aug 03, 2013 7:34 PM
I'm not a "rugged individualist". I'm just against coercion.
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dangfitz Wrote: Aug 03, 2013 7:33 PM
I mostly agree, John4853, but I snigger when either one does it. Neither is a libertarian. Both are central planners by avocation, as long as they're the ones doing the planning.
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dangfitz Wrote: Aug 03, 2013 7:32 PM
when you rob Peter to pay Paul, you can depend on the support of Paul. Budweiser is the best selling beer in America, and I wouldn't pour that dreck into my own toilet; I'd take it to the nearest gas station, and pour it in theirs. That we haven't tried something doesn't make it bad. As H.L. Mencken put it, "Nobody ever lost a buck by underestimating the taste of the American public". Stone Cold Steve Austin is 'way more popular in America than Picasso, Charles Ives, or Thomas Pynchon. Sorry, but this argument falls apart with a single glance. More: we tried socialism around the world in the last century. The result was hundreds of millions of people murdered by their own governments.
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