Friday, November 09, 2012

Libertarian or Bust

I know I keep harping on this, but hey, this is my blog, and I'll harp if I want to.  Anyway, Nick Gillespie's latest take on why Romney lost is worth reading.  Never mind that I'm linking to it because it's pretty much what I personally think, but whatevs, right?  Blurb:
... the GOP, despite its endlessly repeated mantra of limited government, is wildly out of touch with the majority of Americans who consistently say they want the government to do less, spend less, and not enforce a single set of values.
Well, DUH!  Maybe the GOP establishment will finally stop looking at libertarians as though we were insane, shiftless loose cannons with no morals at all.  (Or NOT, probably not, but a girl can dream ... and, believe it or not, I actually dream of limited government and individual rights more than I dream of Ryan Gosling and Jensen Ackles.  I'll swear on a stack of Bibles!)

More blurbage after the fold so you can skip it if you're tired of my cheerleading for libertarians, sweetie pie.

When it comes to spending, economic intervention, foreign policy, executive power, and civil liberties in the 21st century, there has been precious little daylight between the Republicans and the Democrats (do we really need to rehearse GOP-backed initiatives such as No Child Left Behind, Sarbanes-Oxley, the creation of the Transportation Security Administration, Medicare Part D, TARP, and the first auto bailout?). To the extent that the GOP offers a choice on broadly defined social issues, it is a party anchored firmly in the past that needs the federal government (of all entities) to enforce its desired positions on abortion, drug legalization, and marriage. 
That's simply no way to woo the increasing number of libertarian voters and of other independent voters who have turned away in increasing numbers from the Democrats and Republicans as worn-out artifacts of the dim past. The GOP can lick its wounds and tell themselves whatever they want to hear—that it was the media's fault, that they need to be more religious, that they just need better candidates, or whatever. But until the party actually changes its positions on basic policy issues and articulates a clear and consistent role for limited government, it has nowhere to go but down.

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