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Pharisees and Sadducees of the GOP

JustMC Wrote: Jan 22, 2013 10:11 AM
The path to a bigger tent is NOT what the author has suggested, namely, voting for anyone with an 'R' next to his name, even if he is a big-government establishment GOP hack. (While this approach DOES make for a bigger tent, it also just makes for ever more intrusive big-government..) Rather, for true believers in small-goverment and liberty, the path to a bigger tent is making the party far more libertarian. The liberty lover understands that free speech means PROTECTING speech he does not like. He knows that freedom of speech is FAR more important (and more viable) than trying to IMPOSE the "right" speech. cont'd
JustMC Wrote: Jan 22, 2013 10:15 AM
Likewise, the lover of liberty sees a similar distinction between that which is right or wrong, virtuous or sinful, and that which should be LEGAL or ILLEGAL. It is not only for God to judge what is virtuous or sinful, but also for God to punish. Only a subset of such actions are clearly appropriate for mere men to judge and punish through force of law.

If a man does not directly harm or threaten others with his actions, then their virtue or sin can be left to God. Men may of course choose not to associate with people based on their own assessments, but they should not use force against them if there is no harm and no threat.

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JustMC Wrote: Jan 22, 2013 10:28 AM
Put another way, just as freedom of speech means hearing some things you don't like, freedom generally means seeing some things you don't like. But if those things don't cause direct, measurable harm to individuals, or threaten them directly, or defraud them, so what? Condemn them, sure, if you like. Choose not to associate with the people who do them. Fine. But leave the law out of it.

That's what freedom looks like, and that's how to make the tent bigger. Live and let live. If adults want to smoke marijuana, or have sex with others of the same sex? As Jefferson said, it neither picks my pocket nor breaks my arm. So feel free not to associate with them, but use no force against them.

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JustMC Wrote: Jan 22, 2013 10:35 AM
There are a LOT of young and old, sensible, fiscally-responsible and fairly self-reliant people who CAN'T STAND the GOP because it looks like the Klan to them. They know full well that their pot smoking is no different from our alcohol consumption. They know full well that their gay friends are not harming anyone. And they RIGHTLY perceive that much of the GOP establishment caters to people who want to continue imposing pointless LEGAL restrictions onto such people. And they know that the GOP is all talk and no action about limiting government intrusion and spending, and being the world's policeman, just like the Dems.

They see a slightly open-minded party of big-govt and a close-minded party of big-govt, and they choose the...
JustMC Wrote: Jan 22, 2013 10:37 AM
former.

Change that, give them a real party of limited government, fiscal responsibility, non-intervention in other nations, and stop the persecution of the smokers, the gays? Then the GOP is more appealing on nearly all fronts. THAT's how to build a bigger tent by becoming the REAL party of small-government, freedom, and peace through strength.

Every Republican knows another Republican who agrees with them on 99% of the issues, yet will attack them relentlessly over the 1% of issues they disagree upon. Instead of uniting against the left, these busybodies waste countless hours criticizing other Republicans. They will frequently do it under the ruse of being the “true conservatives,” claiming that anyone who does not agree with them is not conservative enough. Yet the 1% of issues they disagree with others on are often arbitrarily decided and not legitimate issues. Mitt Romney was criticized for being too moderate of a Republican presidential candidate, yet he ran...

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