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GOP in desperate need of libertarian infusion
The Nashua Telegraph, Nashua, NH ^ | 2009-04-30 | Ed Lopez

Posted on 04/30/2009 7:33:36 AM PDT by rabscuttle385

Over a year ago, Mitt Romney was losing primaries to John McCain, and conservative pundits from Ann Coulter to Rush Limbaugh predicted the end of the GOP – Coulter went as far as promising she would campaign for Hillary Rodham Clinton if McCain became the party's nominee.

By November 2008, the GOP had embraced a nominee who had considered switching parties twice, had opposed tax cuts, and had failed to advance an aggressive shift in a foreign policy that left the GOP discredited in an area it had always trumped in.

It's not that McCain's willingness to reach across the aisle was condemnable. On the contrary, had McCain been able to do that as a conservative, he would've had more than tepid support from voters.

It also has less to do with the reasons conservatives disagreed with him when they should have found common ground. For example, McCain angered many conservatives when he opposed the federal ban on same-sex marriage.

Here in New Hampshire, congressional candidate Grant Bosse was among the few Republicans who understood the importance of leaving some decisions for adults to make with God and their state, not judges and the federal government.

It's precisely the reasons many couldn't support McCain – even conservatives who stuck by their guns and refused to send him to the White House – that merit serious reflection.

So far it's difficult to sense the fundamental message shift required for the GOP to make inroads in 2010 and 2012, but it seems no state is better poised to nurture these than the state of New Hampshire.

They key to doing this successfully? Allowing New Hampshire's libertarian spirit to infuse the GOP grassroots and allowing that to spread nationally.

(Excerpt) Read more at nashuatelegraph.com ...


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1 posted on 04/30/2009 7:33:36 AM PDT by rabscuttle385
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To: bamahead; djsherin
The fact that today's national GOP is so far removed from the commonalities it shared with the Libertarian Party many years ago suggests that it has also moved in the wrong direction: today's GOP is more similar to the Democratic Party.

Ping!

2 posted on 04/30/2009 7:34:25 AM PDT by rabscuttle385 ("If this be treason, then make the most of it!" —Patrick Henry)
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To: rabscuttle385

I prefer that the GOP infuses with the Constitution Party!


3 posted on 04/30/2009 7:36:25 AM PDT by johnthebaptistmoore (Conservatives obey the rules. Leftists cheat. Who probably has the political advantage?)
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To: rabscuttle385
GOP in desperate need of libertarian infusion

Agree completely. Be the real party of small government in all its forms. Unfortunately the GOP's proven track record of being the party of big government, huge deficits and welfare state expansion will be hard to escape.

4 posted on 04/30/2009 7:37:10 AM PDT by pnh102 (Save America - Ban Ethanol Now!)
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To: rabscuttle385

The GOP needs a CONSERVATIVE infusion. Conservatism is a three-legged stool — free markets, national defense and traditional values. Abandoning any of the three spells doom for the Republican party.


5 posted on 04/30/2009 7:37:56 AM PDT by Ol' Sparky (Liberal Republicans are the greater of two evils)
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To: rabscuttle385

The GOP generally offers libertarians nothing but scorn.


6 posted on 04/30/2009 7:38:20 AM PDT by mysterio
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To: johnthebaptistmoore
We've been hearing loud and clear that we can't win without the socons. And it's true.

But they can't win without libertarians, either.

7 posted on 04/30/2009 7:39:37 AM PDT by Jim Noble (They are willing to kill for socialism...but not to die for it.)
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To: rabscuttle385
By November 2008, the GOP had embraced a nominee

Embraced? Hardly. If it weren't for Palin, McCain would have had EC numbers in the Mondale zone.

8 posted on 04/30/2009 7:40:05 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (Don't blame me...I voted for Palin!)
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To: Ol' Sparky

I agree with that. Libertarians have a bunch of stuff that I dislike, and in my experience have no interest in compromising. Of course, I’m hard to please — I’m upset with the Republicans because they compromise too easily with the Democrats, and I’m upset with the Libertarians because they refuse to compromise with Republicans. I’m a curmudgeon.


9 posted on 04/30/2009 7:40:24 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (American Revolution II -- overdue)
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To: mysterio

Some libertarians earn that scorn.


10 posted on 04/30/2009 7:40:48 AM PDT by ontap (Just another backstabbing conservative)
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To: rabscuttle385

The hell it is!


11 posted on 04/30/2009 7:42:45 AM PDT by DGHoodini (God's gonna getcha!)
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To: rabscuttle385

“Yes” to the title of this article.


12 posted on 04/30/2009 7:43:12 AM PDT by villagerjoel ("Income tax is involuntary servitude" - Ron Paul)
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To: johnthebaptistmoore
"I prefer that the GOP infuses with the Constitution Party!"

Me too. But I just wish the constitution party would get some better economic understanding.

13 posted on 04/30/2009 7:45:25 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Ol' Sparky
free markets, national defense and traditional values

Language...Culture...Borders...you bet!

14 posted on 04/30/2009 7:45:28 AM PDT by Don Corleone (Leave the gun..take the cannoli now reads "Oil the gun..eat the cannolis.")
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To: johnthebaptistmoore
I prefer that the GOP infuses with the Constitution Party!

So do I...but whether it is the Constitution or Libertarian Parties that the GOP tries to join forces w/ would be a major improvement to what it is these days.

15 posted on 04/30/2009 7:46:24 AM PDT by ChrisInAR (The Tenth Amendment is still the Supreme Law of the Land, folks -- start enforcing it for a CHANGE!)
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To: johnthebaptistmoore

I agree the GOP needs a “small l” libertarian injection.

The biggest issue is fiscal conservatism and small government.

A true fiscal conservative -— cheap son of a bitch, is almost (almost) always pro-life, etc.


16 posted on 04/30/2009 7:48:27 AM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Beware Obama's Reichstag Fire.)
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To: MeanWestTexan

The only thing the GOP needs to do is to run out all the RINOs and faux conservatives. Then the party will regain all the moral authority and principles it once had!


17 posted on 04/30/2009 7:51:50 AM PDT by Ev Reeman
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To: rabscuttle385

I agree with the general theme of this article. The answer isn’t to move to the “center”, in other words left. The answer is to define real core principles in line with what the 70% of sane people in this country agree with. Glen Beck took a shot at it with his “core principles and beliefs”.

In conjunction with that, the Republican Party has to come back to terms with science. Science is not the enemy, true science tells us about the reality around us. That isn’t to say science is misused _by both sides_ for political purposes, but that is what should stop. In particular, Republicans should ally with reputable scientists to debunk catastrophic anthropogenic global warming as an ongoing process.

Having a robust intellectual basis would do a lot to help the Republican Party at this point. We also need a vigorous, impeccable, and intelligent candidate who isn’t Mitt Romney. ;-)

I’d like to see Sarah go in the VP slot again, with four more years of experience (and hopefully education) under her belt.


18 posted on 04/30/2009 7:52:00 AM PDT by PreciousLiberty
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To: PreciousLiberty

“is misused”

Sorry, that should read “isn’t misused”.


19 posted on 04/30/2009 7:53:50 AM PDT by PreciousLiberty
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To: Ol' Sparky

The traditional value of America is FREEDOM.


20 posted on 04/30/2009 7:53:53 AM PDT by steve-b (Intelligent design is to evolutionary biology what socialism is to free-market economics.)
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To: rabscuttle385

They need to get back to the fusionist coalition of the Reagan era that brought conservatives and libertarians together to roll back federal spending and statist expansionism. But they will need charismatic candidates who can speak coherently and connect with the people. If they replay the disasters of the Bush-Cheney and McCain type, business as usual, statist expansion and adventurism, Obammunism just rolls on.

They will also need to figure out how to pick up some of those Reagan Democrats in a few blue states if they want to win the presidency.

21 posted on 04/30/2009 7:54:13 AM PDT by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: mysterio
The GOP generally offers libertarians nothing but scorn.

You're forgetting whines and recriminations, especially after they lose a close race by less thant he LP vote total.

22 posted on 04/30/2009 7:55:21 AM PDT by steve-b (Intelligent design is to evolutionary biology what socialism is to free-market economics.)
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To: rabscuttle385

Republicans need not support open borders, a weak National Defense, homosexual marriage, lax drug laws, a lack of public decency standards, or any of the other bad ideas that the libertarian party represents.

Let the libertarian party members decide for themselves if they want to infuse the republican party in order to achieve more limited government (which is what conservative republicans want to achieve already) but I am not compromising my conservative principles to attract libertarians.


23 posted on 04/30/2009 7:56:37 AM PDT by TheBigIf
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To: rabscuttle385
Libertarians for national office!
Conservatives for Local and State!

Limit the federal governments power in EVERY way possible... no federal mandates on abortion one way or the other, no federal mandates on gayness one way or the other, no federal mandates on drugs one way or the other...

Here's the key... STATES are fully capable of managing these issues in their own way.

IMHO, This is the only way to get this country back in line with the constitution.
24 posted on 04/30/2009 7:57:30 AM PDT by Pantera
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To: rabscuttle385

McCain is a thousand times worse in retrospect.


25 posted on 04/30/2009 7:58:09 AM PDT by villagerjoel ("Income tax is involuntary servitude" - Ron Paul)
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To: Ol' Sparky
The GOP needs a CONSERVATIVE infusion. Conservatism is a three-legged stool — free markets, national defense and traditional values.

I admire what you have said here, but the problem is that those who consider traditional values to be one of the legs of the GOP have ignored the fact that our nation has a federal system of government, & instead of leaving the traditional values part to the States (& getting the federal government out of the way) as the 10th Amendment requires, they have turned them into national issues that have increased the size & power of the federal government over the States.

They ended up turning the GOP into a big-government party whose only difference w/ the Dims are the issues that an all-powerful national government should control.

26 posted on 04/30/2009 7:58:16 AM PDT by ChrisInAR (The Tenth Amendment is still the Supreme Law of the Land, folks -- start enforcing it for a CHANGE!)
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To: rabscuttle385
Didn't NH just vote to allow queer marriage?

I don't think Republicans need to take advice from NH Liberalterrians.

27 posted on 04/30/2009 7:58:32 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: rabscuttle385
GOP in desperate need of libertarian infusion

I disagree to an extent. It was libertarian laisse-faire economic views that played a considerable role in the financial meltdown. What we need is to scale back government where it is a waste but have government where it is needed, such as adequate regulation of derivatives and banking.

28 posted on 04/30/2009 7:59:48 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: Pantera
Libertarians for national office! Conservatives for Local and State!

Exactly!!!! That needs to be the blueprint.

29 posted on 04/30/2009 7:59:55 AM PDT by dfwgator (1996 2006 2008 - Good Things Come in Threes)
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To: Night Hides Not

But a vote for Palin was a vote FOR McCain. HIS name was the 1st name on the ticket, not hers. “Conservatives” who had any principle should have done what I did, & either vote for Pastor Chuck Baldwin (Constitution Party( or Bob Barr (Libertarian Party)....I voted for Baldwin.


30 posted on 04/30/2009 8:03:04 AM PDT by ChrisInAR (The Tenth Amendment is still the Supreme Law of the Land, folks -- start enforcing it for a CHANGE!)
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To: rabscuttle385

The Republican party needs some more time in the wilderness in order to return to its roots and act like a viable entity once again. Unfortunately, a wilderness is all we will have left if they don’t get their stuff together and start presenting a decent alternative to the madness that has been foisted upon this nation!


31 posted on 04/30/2009 8:05:25 AM PDT by rockrr (Global warming is to science what Islam is to religion)
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To: dirtboy
It was libertarian laisse-faire economic views that played a considerable role in the financial meltdown.

It's not laisse-faire economic views if the lenders know the Gubbmint is going to bail out bad sub-prime loans

32 posted on 04/30/2009 8:05:27 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Obama in Office for 100 days: Wall Street panics.)
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To: dirtboy; sickoflibs

***It was libertarian laisse-faire economic views that played a considerable role in the financial meltdown.***

Really now?


33 posted on 04/30/2009 8:07:14 AM PDT by djsherin (Government is essentially the negation of liberty.)
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To: Ol' Sparky

“The GOP needs a CONSERVATIVE infusion. Conservatism is a three-legged stool — free markets, national defense and traditional values. Abandoning any of the three spells doom for the Republican party”

Good comment.

FWIW, there IS a libertarian infusion of the GOP grassroots going on. I was at a meeting of precinct chairs in our county exec meeting, and many new and young precinct chairs were sworn in, several of them are Ron Paul supporting Republicans. The ‘campaign for liberty’ is highly organized here.

It’s a good thing overall. My only concern is that we dont neglect or lose the other aspects/wings of the conservative movement.

As the patriots said in the revolution: UNITE OR DIE.


34 posted on 04/30/2009 8:09:15 AM PDT by WOSG (Why is Obama trying to bankrupt America with $16 trillion in spending over the next 4 years?)
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To: Oztrich Boy
It's not laisse-faire economic views if the lenders know the Gubbmint is going to bail out bad sub-prime loans

Bingo!!!

But that is the argument for anti-trust laws, because once a company gets to be "too big to fail", in essence, it becomes a public trust, even though it is private in name.

35 posted on 04/30/2009 8:10:07 AM PDT by dfwgator (1996 2006 2008 - Good Things Come in Threes)
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To: Don Corleone; Ol' Sparky
free markets, national defense and traditional values

Language...Culture...Borders...you bet!

- - - - -

I like both of your comments, but how about this:

LIFE...LIBERTY...& THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

36 posted on 04/30/2009 8:10:21 AM PDT by ChrisInAR (The Tenth Amendment is still the Supreme Law of the Land, folks -- start enforcing it for a CHANGE!)
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To: djsherin
Yes. Credit default swaps were exempted from regulation by Phil Gramm's CFMA legislation, and look at the mess that created. Greenspan thought for years that the financial sector could effectively self-regulate itself. He was wrong, and has acknowledged as much. And the decision to not regulate ICE terminals played a key role in the commodities bubble of last year.

There needs to be basic regulations in place for the financial and insurance sectors to ensure adequate reserves to cover obligations, and to prevent speculators from manipulating commodities markets.

37 posted on 04/30/2009 8:11:22 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: ClearCase_guy

“I agree with that. Libertarians have a bunch of stuff that I dislike, and in my experience have no interest in compromising. Of course, I’m hard to please — I’m upset with the Republicans because they compromise too easily with the Democrats, and I’m upset with the Libertarians because they refuse to compromise with Republicans. I’m a curmudgeon.”

How do you get independent-minded curmudgeons to work as a team?
How do you herd cats?

Maybe the answer is found in this question:
Why is Obama trying to bankrupt America with $16 trillion in spending over the next 4 years?


38 posted on 04/30/2009 8:11:41 AM PDT by WOSG (Why is Obama trying to bankrupt America with $16 trillion in spending over the next 4 years?)
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To: Oztrich Boy
It's not laisse-faire economic views if the lenders know the Gubbmint is going to bail out bad sub-prime loans

If adequate regulations regarding reserves had been maintained and enforced, we wouldn't be looking at bailouts now.

39 posted on 04/30/2009 8:12:09 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: PreciousLiberty

Sarah as VP again? She definitely will be ready to run for ‘12 POTUS, if she really wants it and if the dominating leftists even allow there to be elections in ‘12. Why do you think that many leftists, including the MSM and entertainment world, are still attacking her today? Because they already know that she may possibly be the GOP front runner in ‘12. Sarah continues to take on everything negative associated with Sarah Palin as best as she can, and, so far, she’s doing just fine. I just hope that she also doesn’t eventually become “politically burned out” by the time that the ‘12 election cycle starts up (if, I repeat, if the leftists even allow the ‘12 elections to occur). Leftists, including the MSM and entertainment world, are trying to make Sarah have “political burn out” asap.


40 posted on 04/30/2009 8:12:50 AM PDT by johnthebaptistmoore (Conservatives obey the rules. Leftists cheat. Who probably has the political advantage?)
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To: dirtboy

It was libertarian laisse-faire economic views that played a considerable role in the financial meltdown.

I strongly disagree:

1) Community Reinvestment Act
2) Ethanol Mandates
3) FED and their 1% interest

.....Just to name a few ways the government stuck it nose into the free market!!!

Flame away......


41 posted on 04/30/2009 8:14:16 AM PDT by Le Chien Rouge
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To: ChrisInAR
They ended up turning the GOP into a big-government party whose only difference w/ the Dims are the issues that an all-powerful national government should control.

That is spot on.

42 posted on 04/30/2009 8:14:40 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Pretending the Admin Moderator doesn't exist will result in suspension.)
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To: HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
They need to get back to the fusionist coalition of the Reagan era that brought conservatives and libertarians together to roll back federal spending and statist expansionism. But they will need charismatic candidates who can speak coherently and connect with the people. If they replay the disasters of the Bush-Cheney and McCain type, business as usual, statist expansion and adventurism, Obammunism just rolls on. They will also need to figure out how to pick up some of those Reagan Democrats in a few blue states if they want to win the presidency.

All good points. We need to add that Reagan was not a rigid ideologue. He was an ideologue in the best sense - his ideas and principles were his keel, his spine, and he was rock-solid on his core ideals. But he was willing to work with people who didnt agree 100% to get what he wanted and make a positive difference.

We in the grassroots have been too abused by 'sellouts' and as a consequence we risk erring in the other direction, throwing out pragmatic conservatives with the RINO bathwater. In all cases, communicating and articulating the conservative vision and WINNING hearts and minds should be the key.

43 posted on 04/30/2009 8:15:31 AM PDT by WOSG (Why is Obama trying to bankrupt America with $16 trillion in spending over the next 4 years?)
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To: rabscuttle385; Abathar; Abcdefg; Abram; Abundy; akatel; albertp; AlexandriaDuke; Alexander Rubin; ..
The fact that today's national GOP is so far removed from the commonalities it shared with the Libertarian Party many years ago suggests that it has also moved in the wrong direction: today's GOP is more similar to the Democratic Party.



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44 posted on 04/30/2009 8:16:07 AM PDT by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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To: rabscuttle385

The author makes the common mistake that allowing gay marriage is the small government thing to do. If we lived in a libertarian society where the government was not involved in rewarding or punishing you based on marital status (taxes, student aid, federal benefits, etc) and was not in the role of forcing businesses to treat people differently based on marital status or sexual behavior than government shouldn’t get involved in a personal or religious decision. But that is not the world we live. Allowing gay marriage is an expansion of this governments power. That is the reason behind the gay rights movement, not to obtain some right to bond with one another but to use the government to force others to reward that bond legally and financially, and to force the government to indoctrinate children with their beliefs through the government school system. They don’t seek a libertarian government that leaves them alone, they seek an activist government that punishes those who do not share their beliefs.


45 posted on 04/30/2009 8:17:55 AM PDT by azcap (Who is John Galt ? www.conservativeshirts.com)
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To: rabscuttle385
We need no liberaltarian infusion. We need articulate, unafraid, unabashed CONSERVATIVES.

Liberaltarians can barely muster 1% in any given election. That 1% won't help us.

What we need to do is bring disaffected conservatives back into the fold.
46 posted on 04/30/2009 8:17:57 AM PDT by Antoninus (Now accepting apologies from repentant Mittens.)
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To: Le Chien Rouge
.....Just to name a few ways the government stuck it nose into the free market!!!

I didn't say that laisse-faire policies were the only culprit. This is not an either/or situation. Like all things this messed up, the feds did way too much of what they shouldn't be doing (Fannie/Freddie/CRA, and creating a credit bubble), and way too little of what they should be doing (ensuring financial institutions have adquate reserves, preventing rampant speculation in commodities markets by those who neither produce nor consume commodities).

Until those on the right grasp that this is not just a Dem-created crisis, we will have little credibility with the voting public.

47 posted on 04/30/2009 8:18:20 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: rabscuttle385
There are two strains of libertarian thought: free market, anti-tax, economic libertarianism, which is readily compatible with traditional conservatism; and lifestyle libertarianism, which insists on abortion on demand, gay marriage, and relentless secularism.

The trouble between traditional conservatives and libertarians comes from this second set of issues, which are increasingly prominent for libertarians and liberals.

GOP capitulation to lifestyle libertarianism would push traditional conservatives out of the party. That kind of political subtraction is self-defeating -- which is precisely why the claims of lifestyle libertarians against the GOP get such traction in the media.

Here's a better idea: let time and events resolve the problem. When the Obama economic program falters through high taxes, out of control deficits, high unemployment, and the lack of a strong recovery, newly energized economic libertarians and traditional conservatives will ally and make a revitalized GOP majority -- just as they did in 1980.

48 posted on 04/30/2009 8:19:56 AM PDT by Rockingham
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To: Ol' Sparky
The GOP needs a CONSERVATIVE infusion. Conservatism is a three-legged stool — free markets, national defense and traditional values. Abandoning any of the three spells doom for the Republican party.

I would add, "fiscal restraint" to that stool, but no worries. You've nailed it. If libertarians want to unite under that banner, I'm happy to have them.

If they can't, then let them continue to have their little tree-house and get 0.4% of the vote.
49 posted on 04/30/2009 8:20:10 AM PDT by Antoninus (Now accepting apologies from repentant Mittens.)
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To: ChrisInAR
They ended up turning the GOP into a big-government party whose only difference w/ the Dims are the issues that an all-powerful national government should control.


50 posted on 04/30/2009 8:20:49 AM PDT by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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