NOTE: This is NOT a critique nor criticism of actual Libertarian Republicans who are basically anti-big government, anti-tax fairly moderate and rational individuals currently chaired by Dave Nalle.
Nor is it a criticism of actual Libertarians, who have nothing to do with this current brand of independent stupidity.
It should not be misconstrued as a criticism of “true” Libertarians. The old fashioned, true believer Libertarians I’ve known appear to have absolutely nothing to do with the “conservative” Ron Paul version of Libertarian. Old fashioned Libertarians were left-over hippies, former stoners, and were all about the legalization of marijuana. Some were very pro gun. Then there were the anti-military former Dems who felt the Democratic party was no longer liberal enough.
It was not about culture. It was not about Ron Paul. It was not about “the Constitution”. They were not about denigrating various politician. It was all about NOT being involved, not getting one’s political act together, and tilting at wind-mills. Their cause was romantic. They had a few good ideas, but a true Libertarian is so akin to an anarchist that the very act of attending a political meeting, a national convention, or actively promoting a candidate or agenda is simply not possible.
Any resemblance to the intolerant, bigoted (politically bigoted) bunch of lying, Ron Paul loving, Glenn Beck swilling, Robert Stacy McCain holier than thou sore-heads some of whom are advocating the violent overthrow of various elected officials who don’t agree with their extremism, is purely coincidental. They are now reaching the point where some of them are advocating a second revolution, civil war, and the actual lynching of politicians who do not agree to their emotional black-mail, both Democrats and Republicans.
(Dirty little secret: The WTimes had become such a bastion of white supremacism and actual editorial contacts with such neo-Nazi leaders as Bill White that the offspring of cult leader – owner, Sun Myung Moon, were forced to clean house at the times. One of the victims of this house-cleaning was Robert Stacy McCain, who now claims to be a main-stream conservative. He is not.)
They have taken over the Tea Party Movement.
They have taken over the Libertarian Party.
Contrary to very public protests against such, they are connected with VDare, American Renaissance, white supremacists, the CofCC, Stormfront, various anti-immigration organizations, and are manipulated by ego and hate.
Any actual resemblance to their agenda, their desires, and their politics and reality is purely coincidental.
They are a very small, but very well exposed, vocal and prevaricating minority.
They are loud.
They are irrational.
There is no basis in any form of political reality.
They have hijacked the real Libertarian Party.
They are promoting an increasingly extreme agenda.
They have no intellectual honesty.
And – they took “officially” took over the Libertarian Party in 2008.
Perhaps it all began when Howard Phillips founded the Constitution Party. Once part of a troika that included the late Paul Weyrich, and Richard Viguerie, they spread their canards about Reagan to the point where they were no longer marginalized. Reagan marginalized all three of them, basically excommunicating them from the “conservative movement” when they constantly attacked him, demanding either he resign or not run for re-election because he betrayed the conservative movement.
Howard Phillips has a political party. It is obvious the con-artist ego of Richard Viguerie needs one too, so he, Bob Barr, Neal Bortz, and Robert Stacy McCain staged a coup last year and took over the Libertarian Party. Don’t ever think any of these tawdry liars is about “conservative values”. They are about personal power and status, so they hitched their fading stars on Ron Paul’s racist wagon.
Viguerie, Phillips, and the late Paul Weyrich weren’t able to get away with their agenda of stupidity and hate under Reagan.
Now they do.
Something has happened that has allowed them to promote their personal agenda of power and ego to the point where they truly do harm the GOP. Not content to hijack the Libertarian Party, they sally forth, unafraid, to do as much malicious damage as possible, and assimilate as many pathetic followers as possible.
The Republican Party is being pulled farther and farther to the right for several reasons, primarily due to an assault from Libertarians who are basically out to destroy the party if they can’t have their own way. When decent Republicans like Lindsey Graham expose them for what they are, they are treated like dirt, and then the little blogs and pathetic little pundits take up the lie, spreading it like wildfire.
The other reason is the far right, NON Republican, white supremacist leaning conservative movement.
Neither one of these are to be compared to The Party of Reagan.
While both groups may be pretending to be the “Party of Reagan”, their increasingly disruptive lies and paranoia along with the simmering violence some of these individuals are advocating, is starting to be analyzed and realized within more reasonable conservative Republican circles.
It is all about destroying viable and highly electable Republican officials who do not scrape and bow to their increasingly irrational agenda. Perhaps we are looking at the possibility that the extreme reaches of the far, irrational right have failed in their take-over of the GOP and are now turning their sights at the Libertarian Party.
The first problem we are facing is the fact that the average decent conservative and “libertarian” leaning Republican is far too trusting. There are times when good decent conservatives ar just plain downright stupid. They think anyone who uses the precious buzz words of “Reagan conservative” is good. Nothing can be farther from the truth.
Because of this abject stupidity, the far, “irrational” right has managed to make so much noise, they are pulling conservatives farther and farther to the right to the point where they can no longer win elections.
This creates a another almost insurmountable difficulty. The far “irrational” right makes so much noise, and is so visible, good, decent conservative Republicans think they are the “voice of the people”. Once again, nothing can be farther from the truth. In appeasing these people, conservative leaders like Rush Limbaugh have ventured farther and farther right. Unfortunately neo-con voices of reason like Michael Medved are becoming increasingly hard to find in this world of extremes.
There are several reasons for the looming conservative disaster:
1) Ron Paul and his supporters who are starting to sound increasingly violent and irrational
2) The irrational show-man libertarian demagoguery of Glenn Beck
3) The Libertarian Party which may (or may not) be controlled by Richard Viguerie, who is basically owned by Sun Myung Moon
4) The influence of Sun Myung Moon’s Washington Times and it’s former white supremacist editorial staff including Robert Stacy McCain
5) The white supremacist cabal of Vdare, American Renaissance, Pat Buchanan, and the anti-immigration far right movement
6) A group of irrational conspiracy wonks who have turned their personal anti-government paranoia into a movement
WHAT DO LIBERTARIANS BELIEVE
We all know Libertarians embrace as little government as possible, very low taxes, and as few government services as possible. As much as possible should be private sector.
1. Free love
2. No zoning
3. No strong military
4. No FDA
5. Woman’s right to chose
6. No government funding for schools
7. No mandatory schooling K-12
8. Heck of a lot of guns
9. No international intervention in a time of war
10. No minimum wage
11. Unbridled movement across international borders
12. Legalization of all illegal narcotics
This is great if your are a socially stunted adult who is terrible immature and want no real grown-up responsibilities, but what actual Libertarians advocate is basically anarchy. Anyone with any intellectual honesty should be forced to admit that there is NOTHING conservative about Libertarians.
Anyone thinks today’s version of “libertarians” have anything to do with Reagan is also intellectually dishonest. In 1988 Ron Paul gave a scathing critique of Reagan.
And so misguided conservatives, who truly are interested in their country are roped into an agenda of hatred, stupidity, and personal agendas, they don’t have the brains to actually educate themselves as to what real, old-fashioned Libertarians are.
That’s quite sad, really. There is nothing conservative about a real Libertarian. I have a heck of a lot of respect for them and do not have a “beef” with them. My complaint is with the so-called Ron Paul, Glenn Beck brand of libertarianism that has NOTHING to do with Libertarians, and everything to do with personal aggrandizement.
What’s a real Libertarian to do?
The latest thing these conservative “independent” purveyors of “libertarian” stupidity are doing is to attempt to hijack Sarah Palin and make her their standard barer. They just know she is powerful enough for them to destroy the GOP. This is truly pathetic. I think Dana Parino’s recent revelations reveal Palin to be a neo-con just like George W. Bush, Lindsey Graham, and your humble Pink Flamingo.
The hallmark of one of the irrational conservative libertarian independents is the fact that they detest all good Republicans. Listen to Glenn Beck. He spends as much time criticizing the GOP as he does the Dems. People like Mike Huckabee, Michael Steele, John McCain, Tim Pawlenty, Rudy Guliani, and George W. Bush are not good enough for them.
They cling to this myth of conservative purity, holding Ron Paul up as a paragon of virtue. If you want to have a little fun compare his life-time ACU ratings with those of Lindsey, Rick Santorum, and Fred Thompson. You might be shocked at who has the highest rating.
The real agenda – preventing a GOP majority at any cost.
You might want to ask them why.