Skip to comments.Driving libertarians out of the Tea Party movement
Posted on 12/30/2009 4:51:48 PM PST by Publius804
It appears that some state and county Tea Party groups are trying to cleanse their ranks of libertarians. That's a shame since the movement started with Ron Paul and his libertarian followers, and was then co-opted by mainstream GOP Sean Hannity types.
Lawrence Samuels, editor of Facets of Liberty: A Libertarian Primer and participant in the Monterey County Tea Party, is witnessing the purge firsthand:
[A]fter a successful 4th of July Tea Party parade and Freedom Rally in Monterey, the cracks in the alliance split wide open. I was accused of belonging to too many leftist organizations. In fact, I am co-chair of the local Libertarians for Peace, which joined the 27-member Monterey County Peace Coalition to protest the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But Libertarians for Peace is neither Left nor Right .
Obviously, the Tea Party conservatives were neophytes; never before had they been involved in political activism. Some had never heard of Congressman Ron Paul. Prof. David R. Henderson, one of the libertarian Tea Party Board members, described this curious phenomenon as "activism without ideals." I thought my phrase captured it best: "a cause without a rebel." In fact, as demands to purge the libertarians intensified, we got the distinct feeling that the purgers fit the category of "reactionary" since they seemed to know only what they were against, not what they were for. Amazingly, they never pointed out any philosophical differences that they found objectionable. It was as if they were devoid of ideas, marooned with empty rhetoric and no real solutions .
In retrospect, it did not help our case when we asked these rookies embarrassing questions. We asked them why they had done nothing when President Bush bailed out the banks and auto companies, spent money like a drunken sailor, bashed civil liberties and advanced socialized medicine with Medicare Prescription Drug law, a program that some in Congress estimated will have a price tag of $1.2 trillion by 2016. I suppose our questioning merely rubbed their noises too deeply in their ignorance.
You can read his entire account here.
If the Tea Party movement is to function merely as the activist wing of Republican talk radio, it won't get very far.
I thought it started with Freedom Works, Dick Armey’s organization. Along with spontaneous local tea parties. The one in the Tucson area is unaffiliated, but the local Republicans have been very involved.
Along with Smart Girl Politics
[If the Tea Party movement is to function merely as the activist wing of Republican talk radio, it won’t get very far.]
we have groups right now trying to destroy the movement because theyre afraidYou are right. And in one sense the author of this article is right. The anti-tax, anti-socialism, anti-surrender-to-Islam movement needs to coalesce around a single leader.
And that single leader is not going to be Ron Paul. For one reason, he's not willing to even recognize, let alone stand up to, the threat of Islamofacism.
For another reason, c'mon, LOOK at the guy. Listen to him speak.
We need a LEADER... not a... well, never mind...
And we have a leader, don't we?
And I don't need to say the name, do I?
True, but without these supporters, the GOP can't win. Which is why Orrin Hatch begged Paul to endorse McCain.
Huh? Sarah Palin trumps all Republicans in that regard.
Sarah Palin praised Paul before.
The last thing this growing movement needs is a bunch of selfish disruptors, dismissive of everyone else.
Wonder why the PaulBots arn’t bragging up Ron Paul’s
recent comments that we were attacked because we are occupiers. “Imperial America”
He has a 6 min you tube and rants on between neo left propaganda and
Alex Jones - Lew Rockwell propaganda
“I love peace who doesnt love peace?”
Screw peace, let’s have war!
Only? That's a stretch. And using small government and GOP in the same sentence is nearly an oxymoron. ;^)
“Libertarians are not the enemy right now.”
They are just as much an enemy as the democraps.
Ron Paul has built a nice little movement (and industry) around his name (as have a lot of other conservative 3rd party movements.) Now comes the Tea Party movement that threatens to unite those upset about the current political situation under a common banner (leaving most conservative third parties as well as Ron Paul’s little movement unneeded and unfinanced.)
It’s not surprising to see those that have a lot to lose (like Paul’s movement) trying to either sew discord or take over the Tea Party movement.
I have a lot of Ron Paul supporters in my district (I’m an LD chair) and they’ve been very active and helpful supporting conservative Republicans.
The concept of speaking softly with a big stick holds more power then when using it on the diplomacy front.
We are not even fighting the right war in the Middle East. When these wars are over Islam will be left in power and that proves we have no idea who the enemy is.
Then we elected a stealth Muslim/Marxist. This reminds me of how a guy getting his head cut off with a chain saw in his building after a major argument with a developer wanting him out of the building the police labeled it: non-suspicious (we have no clue.) At this point it is just a matter of time before the inevitable happens.
More GOP idiots stuck on stupid.
The independents are needed; wise up.
Thank you. This is why we lost the last election - too many different little groups calling each other names & demanding 100% agreement. The ONE thing we all have in common is a belief in SMALLER government - isn't it? This is our strength.
Stop this kindergarden name-calling and lets stick together, we'll never agree on everything!
A lot of people are trying to co-opt/claim traditional American values but really don't share them.
Libertarians are just a bit off the beam. But they are a whole lot better than others.
However, they don't own nor did they start the modern Tea Party movement.
I’m a Tea Party participant. I never checked party affiliation of others though I have my suspicions. Members of any party are welcome to join us remembering that we do not answer to any party. We are issue advocates who may also just happen to work with one party or another.
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