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Why Did the Libertarian Chicken Cross the Road?
Townhall.com ^ | August 18, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell

Posted on 08/18/2013 12:38:51 PM PDT by Kaslin

The good thing about being a libertarian is that you are motivated by freedom, which is a very noble principle, and you have lots of evidence on your side, whether the issue is economics or personal liberty.

You can’t afford to be smug, of course, since it’s still a big uphill battle to convince politicians not to engage in plunder.

But at least you can sleep soundly at night knowing that you’re on the side of the angels.

And that even means you have self-confidence about your ideas and you can laugh when someone puts together some clever anti-libertarian humor.

Here’s the latest example, sent to me by a TV journalist.


What makes this funny is that libertarians are sometimes quick to defend their rights, even when nobody’s trying to take them away.

Which is why we sometimes get pigeonholed as being weird, like the family in the lower left of this poster, or paranoid, like the guy in the #8 spot of this poster.

But let’s be thankful that there are some libertarians willing to raise a stink about government even if the rest of the world thinks we’re a bit odd. As we’ve seen dozens of times, most recently with the IRS and NSA, bureaucrats and politicians have a compulsive tendency to grab more power and make government more intrusive.

I started yesterday’s post with a mother-in-law joke, so I’ll end today’s post by mentioning the fable of the frog that gets put in a pot of water and doesn’t jump out because the temperature feels comfortable. But then the heat is slowly raised and the frog no longer has the energy to escape when he finally figures out he’s being cooked.

Well, libertarians are the ones who loudly complain when the government puts us into pots.


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1 posted on 08/18/2013 12:38:51 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
Why Did the Libertarian Chicken Cross the Road?

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Ummmm...

To provide a teachable moment for welfare armadillo??

--OR--...

To win a bet with the liberal 'possums...
...that it could actually be done successfully...??

2 posted on 08/18/2013 12:55:56 PM PDT by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: Kaslin

Why waste a vote on a principled Libertarian candidate when you can invest it in an unprincipled Vichy Republican stalwart who’ll do the Democratic [sic] party’s bidding?


3 posted on 08/18/2013 1:04:37 PM PDT by Standing Wolf (No tyrant should ever be allowed to die of natural causes.)
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To: Standing Wolf

most likely they crossed the road to get high on the pot across the way......


4 posted on 08/18/2013 1:14:36 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Kaslin
The "liberterian" label has been taken up by a number of factions which disagree with differing parts of the Republicrat platform, but otherwise have little in common. Further, even in cases where different factions may seemingly be united in their opposition to one particular aspect of the Republicrat platform, they may have opposite notions of what should replace it.

Additionally, "libertarian" factions often push a number of things which conservatives should be happy with if certain other things happen first, but which would have pro-leftist side-effects if they're done before those other things. Some "libertarian" factions are pushing for such things in the expectation that the aforementioned preconditions will be met before their push succeeds; others are pushing for them in the hope of achieving the side-effects. Again, it's unclear who should be regarded as enemy or ally.

5 posted on 08/18/2013 1:16:35 PM PDT by supercat (Renounce Covetousness.)
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To: Kaslin

I have become more of a Libertarian the last few years. I have come to understand that even some Conservatives have no problem useing the Constitution as toilet paper. I cringe whenever anyone tries to push their moral or religious agenda on someone, doesn’t matter if it comes from the left or the right. This whole NSA debacle was brought to us by the Right starting with the damn Patriot act. If we are to survive as a nation more of those who are Conservatives need to move to the Libertarian side. Looking at this thing from a purely Constitutional standpoint, I see no other way. Either you believe the document as written is the law of the land or you don’t. There is no wiggle room.


6 posted on 08/18/2013 1:21:18 PM PDT by sean327 (God created all men equal, then some become Marines!)
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To: Wings-n-Wind

Why did obama cross the road?

His d—k was in the chicken.

Probably get pulled,,,, that’s okay. Sorry!


7 posted on 08/18/2013 1:22:47 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Kaslin

I can not support Libertarianism as they want to give up on social issues while knowing the Left is using those social issues to take liberty from dissenters.


8 posted on 08/18/2013 1:24:10 PM PDT by RginTN
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To: Kaslin

To prove to the Raccoon that it could be done :) :)


9 posted on 08/18/2013 1:27:47 PM PDT by patriotspride
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To: Kaslin

Libertarianism is the flavor that gives sense to constitutional government. “Leave me alone” is not a bad default position for sovereign citizens in this republic. “Leave us all alone” is a better one.


10 posted on 08/18/2013 1:28:05 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: sean327

I’m no libertarian but I recognize that some libertarian ideals will have to be integrated into a true GOP platform if the GOP hopes to have even the slightest chance of winning in the future.

If I were running I would promote the idea of being a lot more reluctant and selective about dumping money and troops into foreign lands. I’m not a fan of drug legalization but would leave it up to the states to legalize marijuana or not. The bulk of the drug war would be fought with secure borders. Ditching federal sentencing guidelines is a no brainer, that sort of thing should always be up to the states and locals. Then there are the obvious things like ending the spying on American citizens etc.


11 posted on 08/18/2013 1:37:03 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Kaslin

12 posted on 08/18/2013 1:37:35 PM PDT by Veggie Todd (Still crazy after all these beers.)
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To: Nifster

You beat me to the punch on that one.


13 posted on 08/18/2013 1:43:39 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: Kaslin

Libertarians: confused liberals of the right. Libertarians are not conservatives. They can’t get elected under the name Libertarian, so they become stealth Republicans flying under the radar so to speak, posing as conservatives hoping they won’t get exposed for what they are. The dope smoking hippies, sodomites and queers, love ‘em.


14 posted on 08/18/2013 1:44:10 PM PDT by sasportas
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To: Wings-n-Wind

Why Did the Libertarian Chicken Cross the Road?

To pretend to be a republican.


15 posted on 08/18/2013 1:49:26 PM PDT by Owl558 (Those who remember George Santayana are doomed to repeat him)
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To: cripplecreek

I love, and will fight for, liberty. I self-describe as a libertarian. There are many here on FR that pounce on me for beliefs that I don’t hold. Our Constitution, if followed, provides liberty. Our culture provides for morality. Our culture is circling the drain, granted. That doesn’t make my desire for liberty any less meaningful...to me at least.


16 posted on 08/18/2013 1:51:55 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: sasportas
They can’t get elected under the name Libertarian

And when was the last time someone got elected from the Conservative Party? The truth is both those parties represent the extreme of those schools of thought, as does your characterization of libertarians.

17 posted on 08/18/2013 1:56:17 PM PDT by Hugin
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To: Kaslin

Why Did the Libertarian Chicken Cross the Road?


To buy more dope for their stash....


18 posted on 08/18/2013 1:57:17 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: Hugin

We need some of both or we’re going to suffer under marxist rule permanently.

It is that simple.


19 posted on 08/18/2013 2:02:02 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: hosepipe

For me, it would be to pick up another 1000 rounds for my belt-fed...

To each their own...


20 posted on 08/18/2013 2:13:11 PM PDT by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: cripplecreek

“We need some of both”

I agree. Boiled down to their simplest terms I see them like this...

Conservatism—”If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.

Libertarianism—”Mind your own business”.

Since I agree with both of those, I consider myself both.


21 posted on 08/18/2013 2:14:23 PM PDT by Hugin
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To: Kaslin

To get to the weed. :-)


22 posted on 08/18/2013 2:19:40 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Hugin

I’m certainly not going to slap libertarians for reaching out. I’d rather negotiate an acceptable compromise for both.


23 posted on 08/18/2013 2:29:46 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Hugin

Stealth liberals are something, I don’t know who you think you are fooling, real conservatives - not the RINO’s - know what you are all about, very little different from Obama’s agenda, you want once Christian America to be remade in your image, an antichrist atheist type country.


24 posted on 08/18/2013 2:37:02 PM PDT by sasportas
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To: Kaslin

A “Because someone else told him ~NOT~ to do it!”


25 posted on 08/18/2013 2:40:07 PM PDT by JSDude1 (Is John Boehner the Neville Chamberlain of American Politics?)
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To: Veggie Todd
Thanks for that.

hahahahahahahahaha......ahhh...hehehe

26 posted on 08/18/2013 3:02:36 PM PDT by HusbandMan
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To: Kaslin

I appreciate the humor and I notice that the general tone towards Libertarians on FR has softened somewhat. That’s a good thing in my view. Not because I agree with libertarianism: I often don’t, but because the enemy of my enemies can be my friend.

I also think that if conservatives and libertarians are not able to change the current trajectory of things, we will have plenty of time to discuss the relative merits of each political philosophy at length over our daily rations of soylent red in the gulags.


27 posted on 08/18/2013 3:07:54 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Power disintegrates when people withdraw their obedience and support)
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To: Standing Wolf
The Banner of the Republican Party

The Motto of the Republican Party:

Je Suis Un Collaborateur Veuillez Comme Moi

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Republicans vs. Democrats: Maybe A Dime’s Worth Of Difference

~ Larry Elder, The Ten Things You Can’t Say In America

28 posted on 08/18/2013 3:08:10 PM PDT by Old Sarge (Opinions are like orgasms: only mine count, and I couldn't care less if you have one...)
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To: Old Sarge; Standing Wolf

George Wallace got a lot of things wrong. But one thing he really got wrong was in saying there wasn’t a dimes worth of difference between the gop and the ‘rats.

He was off by 9 cents.


29 posted on 08/18/2013 3:13:21 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Power disintegrates when people withdraw their obedience and support)
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To: gorush
Our Constitution, if followed, provides liberty.

Not exactly. The Founders were not even vaguely libertarian, by modern standards. We think they are because they established a federal government with limited powers.

This was not because they wanted government to leave the people alone, as much as because they wanted the state governments rather than the federal governments to control the people.

Originally, the Bill of Rights did not apply to state action and were violated routinely by the states. The Constitution put remarkably few limitations on what the states could legislate with regard to "domestic affairs."

30 posted on 08/18/2013 3:17:06 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: RKBA Democrat

There isn’t a dimes worth of difference between libertarians and the rats. Since they choose the Republicans to infiltrate, they must see them as easier to deceive than the rats. This is true of only the RINO’s.


31 posted on 08/18/2013 3:21:42 PM PDT by sasportas
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To: sasportas

” you want once Christian America to be remade in your image, an antichrist atheist type country.”

That is complete, utter BS.

Libertarians are all about letting people do what they feel is right, as long as they don’t infringe unduly on others. You know, “freedom”, including “freedom of religion”.

Too many so-called conservatives have become statist control freaks.


32 posted on 08/18/2013 3:43:41 PM PDT by PreciousLiberty
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To: Kaslin

The graphic spelt Losertarian wrong.


33 posted on 08/18/2013 3:48:00 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: Old Sarge
Je Suis Un Collaborateur Veuillez Comme Moi = I'm A Contributor, Please Like Me
34 posted on 08/18/2013 3:56:38 PM PDT by ~Peter
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To: Old Sarge
Je Suis Un Collaborateur Veuillez Comme Moi = I'm A Contributor, Please Like Me
35 posted on 08/18/2013 3:56:54 PM PDT by ~Peter
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To: Georgia Girl 2

Why did the libertarian chicken cross the road?

Like because the corn was across the road and
all that weed made me hungry?


36 posted on 08/18/2013 4:00:23 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Probably get pulled,,,, that’s okay. Sorry!


The d—k or the chicken?


37 posted on 08/18/2013 4:06:47 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: supercat
Additionally, "libertarian" factions often push a number of things which conservatives should be happy with if certain other things happen first, but which would have pro-leftist side-effects if they're done before those other things.

Example, please? I don't have any idea what you're talking about.

38 posted on 08/18/2013 4:34:58 PM PDT by BfloGuy (Keynesians take the stand that the best way to sober up is more booze.)
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To: RginTN
I can not support Libertarianism as they want to give up on social issues while knowing the Left is using those social issues to take liberty from dissenters.

Sounds kind of like me and the GOP - I can't support them as long as they have lefties like McCain, Boehner, Gayham, Rubio who want to give the left a lot of what they ask for. And that's just a few of the numerous lefties in the GOP. Damn shame how bad things have gotten and how blatant they are about their loyalties.
39 posted on 08/18/2013 5:12:21 PM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: PreciousLiberty
Too many so-called conservatives have become statist control freaks.

"So called" conservatives, eh? A conservative seeks to preserve the concepts this country was founded on. Not a one of the founders would support your libertarian sodomizing of America. The founders weren't a bunch of sissy long haired pot smoking queers.

"Statist control freaks?" You are no more against socialism than Christian conservatives. Libertarians accuse Christian conservatives, because we are against the moral destruction of America they assume we want a theocracy. Not so, all we want is the conservation/preservation of Christian values - which doesn't meant a thing to you as a libertarian.

40 posted on 08/18/2013 5:20:45 PM PDT by sasportas
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To: Kaslin

Libertarians are right-on when it comes to economics and preserving choice. But the more extreme versions are hostile to law enforcement and the military, believing that if we leave the thugs alone, they will leave us alone. This does not work with the thugs across the street, and it won’t work with the communist and Islamic thugs running foreign countries.


41 posted on 08/18/2013 5:27:56 PM PDT by Socon-Econ
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To: Hugin

” If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism.”

- Ronald Reagan, July 1975


42 posted on 08/18/2013 5:32:05 PM PDT by Skepolitic
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To: sasportas

Sorry. Not buying it. If the gop stands for so little that it can be “infiltrated” by a group that is so small and marginalized as the LP then good for the libertarians.


43 posted on 08/18/2013 5:51:51 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Power disintegrates when people withdraw their obedience and support)
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To: kabumpo

some lines just write themselves don’t they?


44 posted on 08/18/2013 5:55:41 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: RKBA Democrat
If the gop stands for so little that it can be “infiltrated” by a group that is so small and marginalized as the LP then good for the libertarians.

So you admit that libertarians are, as I made reference in a previous post, stealth infiltrators? Would to God you would leave us alone and do your stealthy infiltrating in the other party, your moral soul mates. You could have joined in with them in their last convention when they tried to vote God out.

45 posted on 08/18/2013 6:06:17 PM PDT by sasportas
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To: Socon-Econ
Libertarians are right-on when it comes to economics and preserving choice.

What do you mean by "preserving choice"? What kinds of choices?

46 posted on 08/18/2013 6:18:28 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: PreciousLiberty

The LP party platform, which it seems most libertarians agree with, has nothing at all to do with the vision and principles that founded our country.

It’s all about extreme hedonist licence.


47 posted on 08/18/2013 6:23:28 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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Rand Paul’s immigration speech
03.19.13 | Hon Sen Rand Paul (KY)
Posted on 03/19/2013 7:04:07 AM PDT by Perdogg
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2998395/posts

...The Republican Party must embrace more legal immigration.

Unfortunately, like many of the major debates in Washington, immigration has become a stalemate-where both sides are imprisoned by their own rhetoric or attachment to sacred cows that prevent the possibility of a balanced solution.

Immigration Reform will not occur until Conservative Republicans, like myself, become part of the solution. I am here today to begin that conversation.

Let’s start that conversation by acknowledging we aren’t going to deport 12 million illegal immigrants.

If you wish to work, if you wish to live and work in America, then we will find a place for you...

This is where prudence, compassion and thrift all point us toward the same goal: bringing these workers out of the shadows and into being taxpaying members of society.

Imagine 12 million people who are already here coming out of the shadows to become new taxpayers.12 million more people assimilating into society. 12 million more people being productive contributors.

[but he’s not against amnesty, snicker, definition of is is ping]


48 posted on 08/18/2013 6:40:17 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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Rand Slams Congress for Funding Egypt’s Generals:
‘How Does Your Conscience Feel Now?’
Foreign Policy | 15 Aug 2013 | John Hudson
Posted on 08/15/2013 5:44:10 PM PDT by Hoodat
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3055253/posts

Sen. Rand Paul is hammering his fellow senators for keeping billions in financial aid flowing to Egypt’s military — even as Cairo’s security forces massacre anti-government activists.


49 posted on 08/18/2013 6:40:24 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: sasportas

Say what? For the record, I think that the gop wing of the uniparty is only slightly less loathesome than it’s allies in the ‘rat faction of the uniparty. Neither faction is conservative, neither faction gives one whit about the Constitution or the people or the country. I would be fine with either or both being infiltrated by martians let alone libertarians whom I even occasionally agree with.

As for “admitting” that libertarians are infiltrating the gop, I’m not a libertarian, so I don’t know what they’re doing. But if they are then good for them. They couldn’t do any worse job.


50 posted on 08/18/2013 7:46:52 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Power disintegrates when people withdraw their obedience and support)
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